St. Johns vs Frederick Nattrass Academy 22nd April 2015
St Johns squad: Joseph Murphy, Danny Waistle, Harry Featherstone, Wiktor Wojtowicz, Freddie Howe, Ross Dinsdale, Kieran Burney, Lucas Dowdle, Jacob Green, Oliver Waller and Rhys Laking.
An even start to the first half with St. Johns having the best chance of the game early on when Freddie Howe forced an excellent save after a brilliant strike. From the goalkeepers kick Frederick Nattrass are on the attack and they gain two corners in quick succession both narrowly missing their intended targets. With St. Johns in possession an excellent pass by Freddie found its way through to the back post where Lucas Dowdle was waiting and scores. St. Johns 1-0 up! From the restart Frederick Nattrass go through the midfield and send a dangerous ball which was met by a great header narrowly missing the target by a few centimetres. Minutes after coming on as a substitute after a defensive mix up, Oliver Waller found himself in possession he makes an excellent run down the left wing another great cross and finished by Jacob. Into the final minutes of the first half St. John’s clear a corner and Rhys Laking is on the ball he sends a defence splitting pass (that any professional footballer would be proud of) and Jacob is through one on one with the goalkeeper he cooly finishes St. Johns go 3-0 up at half time.
Early in the second half after some unusual defending from a dependable back three Frederick Nattrass scored two goals in the first five minutes. Captain Joseph Murphy re-groups the team and demanded more from his team mates. St. Johns gain possession and are on the attack and force a corner Freddie takes and it somehow finds its way in. St. Johns 4-2 Freddie Nattrass. Following a wave of attacks from Frederick Nattrass and some excellent defending from Wiktor Wojtowicz St. Johns finally remove any further danger. From the kick off Freddie again intercepts a short pass and makes a superb run deep into the opposition half and slams the ball into the bottom corner giving the goalkeeper no chance. Oliver picks up the ball this time on the edge of the box and curls it into the top corner making the score 6-2 to St. Johns. An excellent save from Ross Dinsdale prevents Frederick Nattrass scoring when a swerving shot was seen late and tipped over the cross bar. From the resulting corner St. Johns had a counter attack when Freddie was in the perfect place to score and get his first hat-trick for St. Johns. Two goals in quick succession from Danny Waistle who ran the full length of the pitch before putting the ball past the keeper and Kieran Burney who had just returned to football following a broken leg put the game beyond doubt. In the final stages of the match Frederick Nattrass managed to pull a goal back a superb solo effort. In the final seconds Joseph carried the ball and drove at the Frederick Nattrass defence which he had done all game and finally got the goal that he deserved.
Final Score: St Johns 10- 4 Frederick Nattrass
KS2 Football Team
Our KS2 football team has enjoyed a very successful season. In the teams first outing against St. Patrick’s Fairfield, they ran out 7-0 winners this prepared them well for the St. Michaels’s cluster cup.
With a well balanced team St. John’s completed a hat-rick of wins against their opponents to take the title, and qualify for the Stockton Championships!
Due to the heavy snow and wintery weather a lot of the teams early season momentum was lost by the time the finals came around. On a glorious February afternoon, the team met a better class of opponent and although they maintained a water tight defence (5 games with clean sheets) could not turn their superior possession into goals.
However congratulations and praise must go to all pupils who represented the school with a wonderful attitude of fair play and sportsmanship. Well done!
16th February 2011.