Last Sunday we took the Year 11 football team to Wembley to watch England play Lithuania in a World Cup qualifying match. What a day! After getting fuelled up with a Morissons breakfast in preparation for the long journey we headed off down the M1. When we arrived, we soaked up the atmosphere and stopped by the famous Bobby Moore statue. After heading to our seats we then enjoyed a cracking 90 minutes of football which saw a comfortable England win.
Mr Hall’s prediction competition was also a big hit with the lads. The students were once again a credit to Clifton and great fun to be with.
Y8 has a new scoring hero. He’s a student who came in from Spain in the summer transfer window. He wears neon pink boots. His name is Oscar.
The Y8 lads played on a full-size pitch for the first time, given the Grass pitch at Clifton is a 9 a side one. This didn’t, however, deter them from having a good go. The boys impeccably behaved on their first away fixture and showed real character after to going behind early, a fantastic goal which the keeper could do nothing about.
The game was what you might describe as a physical encounter. Our lads got stuck into the Wath team, hustling and jockeying the players and winning challenges fairly. although Ibby Bostan did catch a lad in the face with his boot by accident.
The game was littered with chances, Jamie Hartley in the second half produced an amazing double save from 6 yards out which kept them in it.
With about two minutes to go, a one-two from Oscar and Logan played Oscar clean through, which he dribbled around the keeper and rolled it into the net. The lads all raced to him and celebrated. Wath was devastated, we had threatened all game, and didn’t deserve to lose.
The lads showed great maturity when the whistle went, shaking hands with the players and doing the three cheers without prompt.
It was great to see the lads actually talking and encouraging each other. The best game so far this season. It felt like a win.
So next we go to Thrybergh. Perhaps we’ll do another away day!
Well done to the students below who took part:
Oscar Santana (MOTM)
Logan Hewitt (Captain)
The Year 7 Netballers were in a tough draw for their tournament last night and although the results did not all go our way, they did have a good win against Thybergh and a couple of well fought draws against Wales and Maltby.
Y7 enjoyed a well fought and by what we saw a well-deserved victory. Unfortunately, the Y8 team couldn’t emulate the same success, crashing out with a 0 – 6 home defeat.
The boys for the first 20 minutes held their own, with both teams jostling for possession, Roman Bogdan was superb tonight in the middle of the park, tough tackles and trying his best to move the ball for the forwards to run into the channels. Unfortunately, two quick goals from the opposition saw our heads go a little, Bernards adding a third before half-time.
The most impressive thing was that we had 16 lads turn up tonight, so we decided to change things so they all got a game, some playing in new positions as we gambled and rode our luck to try and get back in contention. But the second half saw weary heads and legs, conceding another three, all through balls which the keeper did his best to smoother.
All in all, I was proud of the boys, quarterfinals are nothing to sniff at in the South Yorkshire Cup, we all wish the very best to St Bernards in the semi-final.
Well done to the Y7’s below who took part:
Roman Bogdan (MOTM)
The Y10 boys were in action this week in an away fixture at St Bernards. The team started the game against the wind and had trouble getting out of our own half before Amaan Ghani drew a smart save from the opponents goalkeeper.
St Bernards missed 2 open goals as the action began to swing from end to end. The team went in at the break a goal behind after a good finish. Rio Barker in goal then made a good save. Clifton fancied their chances in the second half and pushed for the equaliser. Brendan Walker went close and Louis Waterhouse fired over. Unfortunately as Clifton threw more and more players forward we were caught on the break and a long clearance resulted in a one on one well dispatched to double the St Bernards advantage.
The Y10 lads tried their best to get back into it and Amaan Ghani and Connor Coady both had good chances narrowly missed.
A very pleasant evening with a well contested game and a good spirit from both sets of players.
Well done to the Y8 Netball girls who played against Wickersley last night. You all played fantastic, beating Dinnington and showing great sportsmanship.
Fantastic performance from the lads winning 4-3 on penalties.
The game started with Clifton on top attacking up hill, after missing a few chances a definite penalty was awarded to Clifton to where Jensen was denied by an unbelievable save from the St Bernard’s keeper. Moments later we took the lead with a header from Finley and soon after doubled our lead with a great touch and lob from Josh. 2-0 at HT.
The second half was tough with St Bernard’s pressing and us looking tired, they pulled it back to 2-2 but lads dug deep to keep it at 2-2 until FT.
Penalties were next… Some brilliant penalties scored and saved from Luke Steane. After 10 penalties each, it was back to Finley to step up and score, it was all down to Luke who pulled off a fantastic save to send Clifton to the final. Sending everyone into mass celebration with tears flying around everywherem with almost a tear shed from myself and Mark.
What a fantastic evening with so much support from both pupils and staff. There must have been over 80 – 100 children and at least15 staff coming to watch which made winning all that better and really showed what a fantastic spirit is around Clifton.
We can not wait for the final!!!
Please congratulate the lads on this fantastic achievement.
COME ON CLIFTON!
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