U15 County Cup Final - TWBS v Sandhurst School – Best in Berkshire!
Thorough their campaign the U15 team faced many challenges… Pitches too small and goals under regulation side, dominating games but finding themselves behind, and injuries. These challenges have helped shape the character and resilience of the team. With only one defeat to their name all season, the squad went into this final with full confidence at the luxurious pitch at Ascot FC.
TWBS started fastest out of the blocks with Harvey Brook netting early on. It looked like TWBS would take the game away from Sandhurst in the first half, however, momentum started to swing as Sandhurst found themselves isolating our centre backs and scoring a well-finished move. 1-1 at half-time.
The half-time team talk required composure and leadership from Vice-Captain Finnley viotto (standing in for injured captain Lockie Lee). It seemed subdued and nervous in the TWBS dressing room, when all that was required was more effort, confidence and belief, as we were the better ‘footballing’ team.
It seemed to have worked as Jaye Long won and scored a penalty after five mins of the second half. Some scary moments as Sandhurst hit the bar and started to chase an equaliser followed. A sin-bin did not help TWBS’ cause but the team dug in deep. Injuries to Alfie Holland (GK) meant Harry White, buoyed by his recent call up to Woking, stepped in. Harry was cool, calm and collected running down the clock in expert fashion. With minutes to go Ellis Lehane broke through on goal, after some build up play by Marcel Guzynski, Harvey Brook and Jaye Long to wrap up a 3-1 victory, crowning the TBWS U15 Champions of Berkshire!
Special mentions this season to Marcel, Ellis, Lockie, Markus Reisi, Bailey Niblett, Finnley viotto and Charlie McCreanor. Man of the Match on the day went to Jaye Long who proved he was the best player on the pitch. Harvey Brook and Markus Reisi put in outstanding performances in the final.
On a personal note, I am very proud of these boys. They are an incredibly talented bunch who learnt from their one loss this season and bounced back to win a famous treble. I look forward to next season and hope some reinforcements can drive this team on to more successes.
Mr R Unsworth ‘Jose’
Director of Pupil Progress Year 10 & Head of Ottrey House