QEGS travelled to Skegness Grammar School to play in a 7-a-side hockey tournament. In their first match they faced opponents JSTC. QEGS played consistently well and held their defence, preventing the opposition from scoring on a number of occasions. They were unlucky themselves not to finish any of their attempts at goal and the match ended in a 0-0 draw.
Their next match saw them up against the hosts, Skegness Grammar School. Feeling confident, having settled well in their first match, QEGS dominated from the start. Most of the match seemed to be played in the opposition’s D, where Skegness Grammar School were put under pressure by QEGS’ attacking players but defended extremely well and prevented them from scoring. Again, the match ended 0-0.
In their final game against King Edward VI Grammar School, Spilsby (KEVIGS), the QEGS team carried their momentum forward and left very little for their own defence to do. They attacked heavily through the middle and down the left wing and KEVIGS struggled to defend these attacks. Despite a couple of counter attacks from KEVIGs and a good save from the QEGS keeper, the team managed to score 4 well placed goals, winning the game 4-0.
Mr Cope and the team would like to say special mention to Sam Howden, for travelling with the team to officiate the matches and also to assist in warming up, encouraging and advising the team throughout the tournament. The team finished 2nd as a result of their undefeated record.
QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI vs Boston College, Wednesday 8th November 2017
Once again looking back on an away defeat in the previous game, the QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI were ready to defend their home turf and take 3 points against Boston College last Wednesday. Despite winning comfortably on the first team’s main pitch 3 weeks ago, it was deemed too dangerous to play on for following fixtures and so Mr Cope arranged for the so called ‘home match’ to be played on a pitch behind The Wong in Horncastle. A much better playing surface, but unfortunately the pitch was several yards smaller than the players were used to and this also meant less home support could come to watch and get behind the team. Changes to the squad were minimal and saw the return of Alden Midmer and the introduction of Tom Caswell in replacement for the injured Nick Benton.
Mr Cope’s side started as follows:
November brings along with it cold air and early sunsets, neither condition was desired for a football match. So as the first half kicked off QEGS had to play with the sunlight directly in their eyes, an annoying inconvenience, but nothing to excuse a poor performance and so the boys got straight to work battling hard from the first minute. The shortened pitch allowed for longer balls to be much more effective for both teams, so the defence quickly caught on and decided to sit deeper than usual so they weren't on the back foot all the time. Although this tactic occasionally allowed unnecessary pressure on the home side’s goal, giving Boston some chances to get ahead.
The game was very open early on and neither side looked better than the other, but after about fifteen minutes played and not for the first time this season Gowshall seemed to be the difference, scoring the opening goal with a right-footed shot from just inside the right-hand side of the box to the bottom left corner, giving QEGS the lead. A second shortly followed after for the home team. Controversially scored by Jamie Jenkins with a shot/pass (yet to be decided) across the 6 yard box that deflected off a retreating defender to go over the goal line.
Despite being ahead QEGS allowed the visitors to continue to be a threat. Not getting their heads up and making some poor decisions when in possession of the ball, they lost it in midfield and with Haskins drawn out with an attack Boston hit a long ball down their left flank. It was chased down by one of their midfielders and forced Emerson to come across to engage. An agile touch inside of him meant Midmer had to then come across to prevent a shot at goal, which bought enough time for Emerson to come to assist once more. The two both struggled to cleanly steal the ball off of the menacing midfielder as he skilfully broke free from the tussle. Still in possession he delicately flicked the ball over the defenders heads and hit a volley with the laces of his left boot, sailing the ball straight past the outstretched arm of Jenkins into the top right corner.
The half was wrapped up shortly after, with the score at 2-1, QEGS had let Boston back into the game. Mr Cope proceeded to repeat what the players already knew themselves. We can be better. The first half performance wasn't even half of the potential this side can achieve, so the stage was set for the second half and only the players could turn it into a show worth watching. Hopefully the talent of Lindsey and Caswell would turn on the big lights, as they were to be unused no more, replacing Midmer and Dean. Drinks on board, substitutions made and with the sun no longer in the eyes of the home side, the game was ready to be restarted.
A very positive response to Sir’s team talk left Boston finding themselves three goals down within the first two minutes of the second half, Gowshall to getting his second and QEGS’ third. A simple ball played between the centre-halves was poked with the toe of his right foot underneath and between the legs of the helpless goalkeeper. Nothing spectacular, but getting the job done. Just perhaps what the boys had been missing. With the visitors heads down it was time to bring the onslaught and finish the game off like they should've done in the first half.
On looking all of the goals Gowshall was bagging, his strike partner Kenneally-Forrester, yet to score this season, was not going to go second best and decided that perhaps it was time to get some of his own. So when another simple ball was played in behind the dying defence, he needed not to be asked twice before firing a shot with his deadly right foot from the right of goal into the bottom left corner to add another to the growing QEGS tally. One behind Gowshall, he found himself in the exact same position staring the goalkeeper down once again. He pulled the trigger. A touch from the goalkeeper was a worrying sight, but it was not enough to send it wide of the post and as the ball trickled towards the netting he was ready to celebrate his brace. Unsurprisingly to his despair, he found that the captain, Jenkins, was ready to claim his brace also and perilously watched the midfielder tap the ball into the open net to steal his glory just before the ball crossed the line.
Now with five to their name, the game was truly done and dusted. The ball had hardly left Boston’s half in the final fifteen minutes of the game and their players were only waiting for the final whistle. QEGS’ players on the other hand were all keen to get their name on the score sheet and no more so than Gowshall, who’s hunger for a hat-trick shone through as he received a pass from the left flank, opening his body to cut inside and curled a marvellous right-footed shot onto the post and into the back of the net to put the icing on the cake.
The final whistle blew. A shower of goals and a victory to maintain a 100% home record for the QEGS Sixth Form First XI this season. A job well done, building up confidence to go into the next game.
Man of the Match: Max Gowshall
Top Goal Scorers 2017/18:
6 - Max Gowshall
3 - Jamie Jenkins
1 - Blake Kenneally-Forrester
1 - George Littleworth
1 - Oli Dean
Match report by Ben Robinson
During September & October the under 15 netball team have been competing in the Coastal Netball League. They have played 6 games & remain undefeated:
Beat Banovallum 53 - 2
Beat Skegness Grammar 31 - 6
Beat QEGS Alford 18 - 9
Beat John Spendluffe 40 - 3
Beat Barnes Wallis 32 - 12
Beat King Edwards, Spilsby 51 - 3
6 games, 6 wins, scoring 225 goals in total & only conceding 35 goals.
13 players from years 9 & 10 contributed to the wins & we now have to wait for the final against the Wolds league winners, which will be either KEVIGS, Louth or Caistor Grammar.
Lincoln College vs QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI, Wednesday 1st November 2017
Two games down, one win and a difficult season ahead. After a well deserved half-term break the QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI were back in action on Wednesday afternoon. On the road again, away at Lincoln College, the team were looking to build on their home victory against The Deepings School. With only room for 12 on the minibus and Alden Midmer being unavailable meant Mr Cope’s squad was unchanged apart from the absence of Hugo Finley.
QEGS started the first half from kick off with beautifully worked passing play involving almost every member of the team, transporting the ball into the opposition penalty area, not allowing for a single Lincoln player to touch the ball within the first two minutes, leading to a shot from Kenneally-Forrester that was blocked for a corner kick . This positive start was exactly what the team needed and a couple of chances were created early on using this momentum, but nothing would break through for the visitors. Don’t be mistaken though, Lincoln were not going to be dominated by this away team and got themselves out of first gear, creating a few chances of their own. Unfortunately for them goalkeeper Jenkins was at the ready to guard his netting and the game at this point looked like there was perhaps going to be plenty of goals at both ends.
With about 15 minutes gone Lincoln made a breakthrough. A simple goal at the near post from about 6 yards, played low and hard into the box by the home side’s winger, who had battled the ball back off the defence before it had rolled out for a QEGS throw-in, which should've been dealt with and sent into row Z before he had the chance. A shot to their own foot. With a few heads already beginning to drop, the boys now needed to dig a little deeper to get themselves back in the game. After the restart, the strike force were having no more joy when they finally got the ball, than the back four was, who were being relentlessly bombarded with Lincoln attacks. Reliably, Benton was a commanding presence, marshalling his fellow defenders in keeping everything out that home team had to throw at them.
When each Lincoln attack died down QEGS persistently used the full-backs as outlets to play out from the defence and into midfield. The best chance of the half came through this, with Jenkins beginning the attack by rolling out from his hands to Robinson who obliged to the call of Lindsey providing width on the left flank to get the ball up to the half way line. A quick pass into Gowshall just inside of him, allowed him to turn and run at the defence. After having travelled a good 25 yards he laid the ball to into Kenneally-Forrester, in a good shooting position, just left of goal. A poor shot made the chance look lost, but Gowshall was alert to run onto the loose ball that the defence had yet to deal with and the Lincoln goalkeeper was ready to pick the ball out of his net. The sound of the crossbar echoed across the field to his delight, leaving the number nine with his hands in his head, unable to convert this time.
The referee blew for half time and the team made their way over to Mr Cope. Acknowledging some good play during the half, Sir praised the boys, before making it clear that the performance was a little under par due to the large gaps between defence to midfield, and midfield to attack. This was creating more work for us and Sir encouraged the same team that showed up two weeks prior to show themselves once again in the second half. A quick substitution before the restart saw Oli Dean make way for George Littleworth, in hope to get the momentum back in QEGS’ favour. The teams were then ready to get back into action.
Starting positively once more, the away team got straight into the faces of their opponents, boxing them into their own half. The midfield looked completely different with Jenkins and Jordan putting in 110%, making transition from defence to attack look like a breeze. But the most noticeable change in performance suddenly came from Kenneally-Forrester, by not once failing to put pressure on the defence at any moment and who had a newfound hunger to get the ball to feet and drive at Lincoln with pace. The best the defenders could do to deal with it was to repeatedly put the ball out of play for a QEGS corner, which were consistently delivered into dangerous areas by the various takers. The tiring defence finally fell apart when Gowshall caught out one on the centre-backs in possession of the ball and took it past his partner before coolly slotting the ball into the bottom left corner with the inside of his left foot. QEGS were now back in the game.
Attack after attack, corner after corner the visiting side looked to take a deserved lead. But the chances grew gradually less and less and Lincoln began to slowly build themselves up again. The defence continued to remain solid though, Emerson doing a good job of man marking the loan striker and Haskins growing more confident on the ball, driving it forward with good distribution. A rare breakthrough switching from right to left turned the defence, but was dealt with comfortably for the home team’s first corner of the half. Delivered with speed at an awkward height to the edge of the 6 yard box, nobody could get the vital clearing touch as the ball bounced off bodies of both sides. Suddenly the ball sat up nicely for a loose Lincoln player to pick his spot between the helpless Jenkins and Jordan on the line and didn’t need to be asked twice to regain the lead. Downhearted once again QEGS only had a few minutes to try to turn this game around once more, an attacking substitution of Dean for Robinson would hopefully make that happen.
Another corner for QEGS led to another chance for the visiting team. The ball was delivered and cleared, but Lindsey unexpectedly came out with a volley on the edge of the box. Destined for the top right corner, eyes lit up across the field. Only to be shut in despair when they saw the ball comically blocked by the face of Jenkins, who was unable to move himself away from the flight of the ball in time. The moment summed up the game for the boys. So close, but not close enough.
Before the full-time whistle could be blown by the referee there was one more attack left inside the home side. As the ball was launched forward to their striker, Jenkins had no choice but to come and meet him as he charged into the box. Able to get a hand on the ball, but unable to remove the danger, he pushed it into the path of another loose striker following in. Who gratefully tapped the ball into the unguarded goal for 3-1.
A disappointing result once again. Similarly to that of the first game, a slow first half and tough luck in the second meant the boys couldn't kill the game off when it was in their favour. But one to learn from nonetheless. The QEGS Sixth Form 1st XI will look to defend their 100% home record next week.
Man of the Match: Jamie Jordan
Top Goal scorers 2017/18:
3 – Max Gowshall
1 – Oli Dean
1 – George Littleworth
1 – Jamie Jenkins
Match report by Ben Robinson