The Windsor Boys’ School took on Millfield in Somerset on Wednesday 7th February playing for a spot in the semi-final. We were taking on last year’s holders of the ESFA Under 18 Schools’ Trophy but our boys were confident in their own ability and game management from their experience in the competition already. The setting was great with a pristine pitch, sun coming out and boys’ parents making the journey to support.
During the first ten minutes Windsor looked nervous and were chasing the quick passing from Millfield. However the boys were resilient and tactful in their play not letting anything into our penalty box. Once we settled and changed formation, two central defensive midfielders, we began in move the ball nicely. Millfield’s defence were relentless not giving our strikers any time and space to work their magic. Alex Mitchell and Scott Sparks had all the answers to anything Millfield threw at us. With the majority of the half played in midfield the best chance came from Jack Hall hitting the post from a free kick.
Half time gave Windsor a much needed break to regather and think tactics. Windsor were edging more and more into the game, stretching play and opening up chances at each end. It was clear the opposition had spent a lot of time on fitness and were used to playing at a high tempo for long periods of time. Joe Whiter was showing why he is first team goalie, saving shots from both long and short range. Gus Bowles was leading the charge up front and dropping into midfield but couldn’t quite find the final pass. Final whistle went, full time (0-0) and we were headed for extra time.
At this point we had been rotating our substitutes and we still couldn’t find the break through. Just before half time of extra time Millfield took a shot, hit our player and deflected the ball into the back of our net (1-0). The second half of extra time we went to three at the back to put more pressure on them but to no reward. They then played quickly down our right hand side crossed the ball and took another deflection into our goal (2-0).
Millfield 2 The Windsor Boys’ School 0.
Special mention to all of the senior squad that has represented the school so far this year. We can take pride in the fact that we are in the top eight schools in England at football at U18 level.
Man of the Match: Joe Whiter (pictured)
Mr Jeffery & Mr Woods