March Cup Semi Final

On Wednesday Mr Davis and Mr Rowlands took the Year 8’s into their second successive semi final this time in the main Rotherham Schools Cup against last years winners Aston.

The 1st half started out frantically with both teams failing to settle, Aston took hold of the game with their physical dominance (that being 4 kids of at least 6ft) after a succession of throw ins they took the lead and shortly after made it 2-0. We dug deep and showed great spirit towards the end of the first half after great play down the left resulted in the ball coming to Jensen who was brought down for a penalty. Finley stepped up and made it 2-1. We pushed on and could have drew level through Marek Sivak but his shot was cleared off the line.

The second half begun very much the same as the first with neither team getting going. It was again Aston who settled and took control of the game. Our lads kept plugging away but their effort wasn’t justified when Aston broke away and made it 3-1. With 5 minutes to go we had to push and try and get a goal which left us open in defence and Aston made it 4-1.

We may have lost the semi final this year but we have got a great team spirit and they will continue to improve which make us stronger next year.

Well done for your efforts!
Dylan Whatley
Luke Steane
Kurtis Rich
Nader Ali
Muhammad Cardesa
Jensen Murr
Finley Chadburn
Owen Bailey
Josh Humphries
David Santana
Marian Ziga
Marek Sivak
Roland Varady
Fredrik Voilgy

Year 8’s Defeat Rawmarsh to Continue Rotherham Cup Run

The year 8’s took to the field last night in the Rotherham Cup against Rawmarsh who we beat on route to last year’s cup final. Read more

Y7 Boys Travel to Dinnington to Compete in the Y7 Futsal Tournament

Last night the Y7 boys travelled to Dinnington to compete in the Y7 Futsal tournament. We were disappointed on arrival to see that some of the other schools had failed to attend but we still got 3 games and the lads had a good experience. Read more

Y11 Snatch Defeat From The Jaws of Victory

Having won a close game 2-1 the last time we locked horns with Wickersley, we knew that we were going to face a tough battle on a sticky surface. We started slightly the better of the two teams and were passing the ball confidently but chances were few and far between for either side. We took the lead through Faisal Khairy with a shot from outside the area that caught the home keeper by surprise. We held our lead until the break.

We were aware that Wickersley would carry the fight to us in the second half. They did this in the opening minutes when two brilliant blocks from full back Jack Johnson preserved our lead. At the other end we were struggling to create many chances and a similar goal to our opener drew the home side level.

We came out and played more on the front foot with Wickersley playing on the break. They were still creating the clearer chances though and a breakaway led to a one on one with the forward rounding keeper Rio Barker. Jack somehow managed to get back and scramble the ball off the line.

It looked as though both sides would have to settle for a draw but with 30 seconds to go more heroic blocks in our defence gained no reward as Wickersley managed to steal the win. Disappointment for our boys but lots of heart and effort and great conduct. Louis Waterhouse gained the man of the match award. He was pushed all the way by skipper Brendan Walker.

Y11 Boys Locked Horns with Oakwood For The Second Time This Season

Our Y11 boys locked horns with Oakwood for the second time this season. We were keen to gain revenge for our cup exit at the hands of the hosts in the opening game of the season. We did this in some style with a 6-0 victory.

We started the game strongly and created a couple of decent openings before we took the lead. Louis Waterhouse’s deep corner was met smartly on the volley by Brendan Walker for his second goal of the season.
We took control of the game from this point with front pairing Amaan Ghnani and Connor Coady linking up well to create chances for one another. Not for the first time this season we met an in form goalkeeper who kept us at bay. The pressure was mounting though and we doubled our advantage through Connor after a well placed cross from Amaan. The boys at the back were keeping Oakwood at bay with Jack Johnson making 3 smart blocks to repel their main threat.

2-0 at half time and we were able to up a gear after Faisal Khairy scored our third just after the break with the help of a massive deflection.
Connor then latched onto a long ball and kept a calm head to make the score 4-0 as Oakwood began to tire.
Henrik Santana gave a strong performance in defensive midfield and he scored our fifth following a rare foray up field.
Connor rounded the scoring off with a well taken lob to complete his hatrick.
6-0 at full time and an excellent performance that showed that the boys are turning into a very good footballing team.

Connor was our Man of the Match but there was not a weak link in the side.



Progress Shown in Year 7 Football

Mr. Gurran had the pleasure of taking 11 Y7 lads to Oakwood for a football fixture.  Having been beaten 8-1 in the corresponding home fixture we were certainly looking for improvement.

Half-time saw us 1-0 down from their only shot on goal.  We were a little sleepy at the back first 5 minutes and were lacking in composure (Logan Billen – “Sir, what’s composure?!!”) in the final third.
Second half a few poor passing decisions cost us and we trailed 3-0 against the run of play.
However, the effort, endeavour, and skill of these lads saw them score two fantastic goals (Ludo Sivak and Alfie Lowe) to get back to 3-2.  Unfortunately, as we pushed for an equaliser Oakwood scored a couple on the break to win 5-2 (hugely flattering to them).
Many positives, not least the number of chances we are creating and with the lads now knowing what I mean when I say they need to have a bit more composure in the final third, our goal tally should improve!!
Well done!
Richard Eblet
Richard Sivak
Tyler Ely
Mitchell Soar
Alfie Lowe
Kain Skidmore
Charlie Wilde
Logan Billen
Ludo Sivak (man of the match)
Kyle Atkinson
Lewis Richardson

Clifton Take Part In The South Yorkshire School Cup

We ended our interest in the South Yorkshire school cup on the 24th October at the hands of our old nemesis Penistone Grammar.

Having lost to the hosts at the quarter-final stage last season we hoped we may be able to gain revenge this time around. Unfortunately, this was not to be. We were disappointed on arrival to find that the game was to be cut short due to the pitch being booked later in the evening.

Penistone started strongly and scored early. They looked the more likely to get the next goal but we cleared our heads and put together a lovely passing move which ended with Josh Woodcock laying the ball into Louis Waterhouse. Louis took his time and drilled the equaliser into the bottom corner. This was from our first real attack of note.

We settled into the game with Jose Santana looking strong in midfield and his cousin Henrik defending strongly at the back. We hoped to get to half-time level but an excellent goal from the home side made sure that we came in behind.

We threw caution to the wind and sacrificed a defender at halftime to try to beef up our attacking threat. Unfortunately, this did leave us exposed at the back and two more Penistone goals finished our hopes.

The boys continued to play good football and work hard for one another and although the better side won, we can take pride from giving Penistone a much tougher game than we did the last time we met. Jose was our man of the match.

Year 8 Football Vs Wickersley

A much better display by the Y8’s this week. With a much changed team to previous weeks the lads showed the effort and commitment which had been lacking slightly, leaving us on the end of an unfortunate 2-0 defeat to a really strong Wickersley team!

The first half started with a real high tempo with some hard but fair tackles. Very few opportunities were created as both defences were on top, with one of the only chances were if the first half Wickersley took the lead after a defensive mix up lead to their striker placing it neatly into the bottom corner. This woke us up and we were on top for the remaining 10 minutes of the first half with their keep pulling of a couple of good saves including one of the best saves I’ve seen from a keeper of this age as the ball was flying into the top corner from Finley’s left boot was tipped onto the corner of the crossbar. 1-0 at HT.

The second half started very similar to the first with both defences on top again. We were on top again creating a few chance through Finley and Josh but we didn’t have that cutting edge to make one count. With 7 minutes left Wickersley doubled their lead from a free kick played into the box which produced a fine save from out new goal keeper Dylan Whatley (who was our man of the match) but the rebound landed to a Wickersley man who slotted home! Another chance came and went for Clifton who knew by this time it wasn’t our day.

All the lads worked hard and showed the desire that is needed to perform well. The lads effort and attitude was again a credit to Clifton.

Dylan Whatley (man of the match)
Owen Bailey
Kurtis Rich
Luke Steane
Nader Ali
Josh Humphries
Jensen Murr
David Santana
Marian Ziga
Finley Chadburn
Marek Sivak

Year 11 Football Against Wickersley

We put in our best footballing performance of the season today in a fine 2-1 win against a well organised Wickersley team.
We started much the better of the two sides and our quick passing game was causing danger every time we went forward. Strangely it was through route one that we carved out the first chance of the game. A high looping ball into the penalty area saw Connor Coady bravely challenge the home Goalkeeper but his header bounced agonisingly wide.

Connor went close again forcing a smart save from the Wickersley number one before Henrik Santana drilled a low effort narrowly off target. At the back Brendan Walker and captain Declan Avill were marshalling the defence as we made sure we avoided the sucker punch.

Our dominance finally paid off when we gained a free kick outside the penalty area. Brendan strode up from the back and duly dispatched a “knuckleball” strike in off the crossbar. It was his first goal of the season and a really good strike.

We continued to control the game although there was a moment of panic when the Wickersley forward got behind our back line and rounded Shafique Rafique (deputising in goal). Thankfully the angle was just too tight and we survived to lead 1-0 at the break.

The second half kicked off with us taking the game to the home team and once more looking the more dangerous. Connor who had looked sharp all morning finally got the goal his running deserved when he latched onto a great header by Amaan Ghani and lifted the ball over the keeper to double our advantage.

Faisail Khary was unlucky not to make it 3 when he struck the post from outside the area but we realised we still had work to do when Wickersley capitalised on a loose ball in our area and gave themselves a foothold in the game.

We did an excellent job of protecting the lead and seeing the game out with our midfield trio of Louis Waterhouse, Henrik Santana and Jose Santana superb throughout. Jose was our man of the match with an excellent display of powerful, skillful running from the middle of the park.
A very enjoyable morning for all involved.


Year 8 Football v St Bernard’s

The Y8 Football team were well beaten this evening in their tussle against St Bernard’s. The boys are still adapting to playing on grass having spent most of last season on a flat Astro turf surface.