Yesterday afternoon, the school football season kicked off for Highfield. And what a start it was! Playing in the Wide Lane League, the eleven young stars began their campaign with a game against Mason Moor Primary. Having spent this week’s lunchtimes practising technique, drills and formation, under the expert tutelage of the team’s captain, they were quietly confident.
After a frenetic first eight minutes, Highfield found themselves 5-0 up, after a series of clinical finishes from midfield and attack. Tactical substitutions saw the scoreline rise to an impressive 7-0 final score, a record under manager Mr Iszatt’s tenure.
Final score: Highfield 7-0 Mason Moor
At this stage a vital team talk was held, ensuring that any idea of complacency was firmly wiped out of the buoyant player’s minds. Next up was Calmore Primary.
The early stages of this game involved an end-to-end tussle for supremacy, with missed opportunities on both sides. But it was Highfield that broke the deadlock with a superbly calm finish from their talented striker. Shortly afterwards it could have been all-square had it not been for the acrobatic heroics of the silver-shirted Highfield keeper, who managed to superbly tip the ball around the post for what had seemed a certain equaliser.
With substitutes made after the halfway point, and with further Calmore pressure soaked up, it was Highfield who struck the killer blow. Some deft footwork from the midfield maestro saw him find space to deliver an inch-perfect pass out wide. The winger took instant control before launching in a searing cross that evaded the helpless Calmore defence. It was left to the talented captain to coolly place the ball beyond the bewildered keeper and firmly into the rippling net.
Final score: Highfield 2 – 0 Calmore
Although this was a super start to the season, the players will be getting back to the training ground on Monday to ensure that this momentum continues into the next set of fixtures.
Thanks must go to the parents who helped provide transport (and support!) last night. We couldn’t have done it without them!