Last night, Mr Caldecott and I took our Year 5 and 6 footballers to their final league competition of the season at Fisher More school, where they have been competing throughout the year against the best schools across Pendle.
In an unusual twist, our A and B team were matched in the same group, meaning they would be playing each other! But before that, the first round of games saw our A team overcome a resilient St Paul’s side 1-0 and our B team battling to a creditable 0-0 draw against Walverden.
Then came the game we were all waiting for: the Park v Park grudge match! Both teams were fired up for the contest, but it was the A team who drew first blood, with Charlie smashing home from close range. However, fresh from their success last week, our B team kept battling away (with goalkeeper Jack Pana in top form) and were almost rewarded with an equaliser at the death, only for Cameron to deny Reece with a top-class save. The match ended in a tight 1-0 win for our A team and was contested in an excellent spirit throughout. Buoyed by the victory, our As went on to demolish Walverden 4-0 in their final game, with Shayne scoring twice.
Following the end of the games (and after some nervous waiting around), it was announced that our boys had finished top of the league, a comfortable 6 points clear of their nearest rivals! The children received the trophy and enjoyed a well-earned celebration. Both myself and Mr Caldecott (and Mr Thompson, who popped up at the very end to try and steal some of the glory!) were incredibly proud of the boys, who displayed a great attitude to the games and were a credit to the school. Well done!