Staff Football Match TWBS vs Eton College Jul 2, 2021
Some have questioned whether the TWBS staff could do it on ‘a cold Tuesday night in Stoke’. Fortunately, the weather was warm and the location of the TWBS staff v Eton College staff was at, the now called, Fortress Stovell. The pitch was marked out (somewhat bigger than we would have hoped) and as the opposition arrived, some doubt started to creep in (it is fair to say – they looked a lot fitter than us). Captain, Mr Unsworth, led the team out to a crowd of around 70 students and various members of staff from both schools. A back line of Mr Taylor, Mr Baxter, Mr Unsworth and Mr Bailey stood strong, however, it was the goalkeeper Mr Woods who was the stand-out player defensively, making a couple of great saves early on. After 20 minutes of play, a lovely move from Mr Jeffrey, Mr Chester and Mr Bignal led to a great header from Mr Mullett – 1- 0 TWBS. This was quickly followed by a goal by Mr Jeffery and a cool finish by Mr Bignal. 3-0 to TWBS staff by Half time.
Manager, Chef Kev, rang the changes bringing on Mr Le Paih, Mr Breen, Michael Spandley & Kirsty Dover from the WSSP, Mr Jones and Mr Wilson. Mr Woods stepped a-side to allow Mr Holloway to do 45 mins in goal. Ironically, it was Mr Holloway who stepped a-side (from his goal) when Eton sent a floated ball into the box which was met by an Eton head. 3-1 TWBS. It was clear to see that fitness was an issue for both teams as various members of the TWBS staff went down (mostly to catch their breath). Unfortunately, one of our standout players, Mr Peacock, had to go off injured at 60 minutes. Mr Wilson had a chance to wrap up the game but somehow… tripped over! Usually this would result in a penalty, however, there was nobody near him! Eton managed to score a well worked goal with 5 minutes to go. A scream from Mr Holloway ‘Woodsy! We need you back in goal’. One last hoorah from Eton was fruitless and TWBS staff won 3-2!
Thank you to all staff involved in the game, to Eton for being great opponents, the supporting students and most of all Mr Breen for arranging this fixture. It has been a huge and welcome lift to staff morale. Finally, some staff are being praised as local heroes by the students… to which we must reply… It’s Coming Home!
Match Reporter (& Head Year 11)