Mr Cope led the 6th form football team to winning the Lincolnshire School’s Football League after only losing 1 game throughout the entire season.
The season started with QEGS hosting Spalding Grammar on their first game of the season and after a really close game it took a thumping header from Captain Elliott Ludlow to win the game for QEGS 1-0.
QEGS then travelled to Boston United for their next game which forced striker Tom Johnson to go in goal as keeper Scott Jenkins suffered a severe foot injury that would keep him out of the side for 6 weeks. However, through hard work and teamwork QEGS grinded out a 2-1 victory with both Ludlow and Wythe scoring.
The next game was eagerly anticipated as the top two teams came head to head with QEGS on home turf. Replacement keeper Will Ross came into the side which allowed striker Tom Johnson to return to a striking role. However it wasn’t to be their day. QEGS lost the game 5-0 to St. Georges Academy and after an edgy start to the season, QEGS soon slipped down the table.
The next game of the season was against previous league winners Carres Grammar. This game saw Jamie Jenkins make his debut and resulted in a well fought 4-3 win away with Johnson (2), Ludlow and Wythe all scoring. The league table began to take shape and even after only losing one game, QEGS realised they needed to up their game if they were to have any chance of winning the league.
On a drizzly October afternoon, QEGS showed what they were made of by turning over Kings Grantham 7-0. A superb hat-trick from Jamie Jenkins gave QEGS the main dominance in the game with Johnson, Perry, Littleworth and Midmer all chipping in. QEGS kept the wins coming with another thrashing over Boston High at home, beating them 5-1 with Midmer (2), Johnson, Ludlow and Littleworth all scoring. QEGS knew they needed to keep this form up and with tough opponents
Spalding next up, they knew they needed to capitalise. Spalding stunned QEGS within the first 5 mins with a thumping striker past keeper Ross. QEGS then woke up and got an equaliser through striker Johnson. Ludlow then popped up with 2 key headers to put QEGS 3-1 up. This then gave QEGS some reassurance throughout the rest of the game which resulted in B K Forrester scoring on his debut and securing QEGS’ 4-1 win. QEGS now were top of the table and with only 5 games to go it was theirs to win.
However, their next opponents, St. Georges, were in the way. A very close 3 way challenge at the top of the league between QEGS, Carres and St. Georges proved this game to me massive in QEGS’ season. The return of Scott Jenkins in goal gave QEGS a bit more confidence but due to an early penalty and good finish, QEGS soon found themselves 2-0 down. However, just before the half, a superb burst of energy from Ludlow to get up the pitch and assist Jenkins from close range put QEGS to within 1. It was safe to say that St. Georges started the second half much better with QEGS barely getting out of their own half. A mistake at the back allowed St. George’s striker to tuck it past keeper Scott. This then force Mr. Cope to alter the formation as he realised QEGS needed to get something out of the game. 2 quick goals from striker Johnson saw QEGS salvage, what came to be, a very important point in their season.
QEGS then won 3 games in a row against Priory Ruskin and Kings Grantham which took them into the last game of the season which was a title decider against 2nd place Carres. Mr Cope decided to bring in Yr 11 striker Gowshall to strengthen the side. An early penalty saw a great opportunity for QEGS to gain an early lead. Top Goal scorer for the season Tom Johnson took responsibility, however, an average penalty and a good save saw the goal denied and another miss from B K Forrester saw another chance go begging. QEGS began to doubt whether it would be their day. However the support from the 70+ fans out on the field urged QEGS on who through, Gowshall and B K Forrester saw the home side go into the half 2-0 up. QEGS carried on piling on the pressure and scored another 2 goals through Gowshall and Jordan and put the game to bed and won 4-0.
A superb way to win the league and a pitch invasion showed how hard the lads fought thought the 5 months of intense football, in order to become worthy victors. Captain Elliott Ludlow produced a key presence in the best defence in the league alongside all the other lads to evidently produce the best team in the league!
· Tom Johnson (8 goals)
· Elliott Ludlow (7 goals) – Capt.
· Blake K Forrester (7 goals)
· Alden Midmer (5 goals)
· Jamie Jenkins (4 goals)
· Sam Perry (3 goals)
· Ben Wythe (2 goals)
· Mark Hendy (2 goals)
· George Littleworth (2 goals)
· Max Gowshall (2 goals)
· Sam Cull (1 goal)
· Declan Bennett (1 goal)
· Nick Benton (1 goal)
· Jamie Jordan (1 goal)
· Scott Jenkins
· Will Ross
· Callum Bennett
· Ben Robinson
· Ben Catchpole
· Louis Williams
· Hugo Finley