The team had a tough but enjoyable day at Derby Soccerdome
Chaucer's boys football team had a tough but enjoyable day at Derby Soccerdome, competing in the U11 Kids Cup 6-a-side tournament organised by Derby County. 42 teams were present on the day but the tournament will last 2 days and involve 76 schools from Derbyshire, with the winning team becoming the Rams' adopted school for a FA cup style competition, ending at Wembley.
In their first game, Chaucer played a dominant Howitt team, who are one of the top teams in the Heanor indoor Futsal league that Chaucer participate in. A wonderful Joel Searcy through-ball helped Ethan Lowe get on the scoresheet but the end result was 4-1 to Howitt. The score was a little flattering to the opposition, especially considering the highly dubious nature of the opening goal. [Chaucer's Man of the match = Billy Lynch]
Chaucer bounced back from that defeat with a 2-2 draw against Brailsford. Goals by Ethan Lowe and Joel Searcy had put Chaucer firmly in the driving seat but further chances to extend the lead were not taken and Brailsford battled back to snatch a late draw. This game was definitely a missed opportunity. [Chaucer's Man of the match = Oliver Burrows]
Next up was a crunch match against Swanwick. Chaucer's players knew they had to win to stand any chance of finishing 2nd in the group behind Howitt and progressing to the knock-out stages. However, the game started badly (conceding within seconds of the kick-off) and got no better until Chaucer were already 4-0 down. Clumsy play led to several sloppy goals against. Denver Toplis scored a consolation late on with a quality strike from a direct free-kick but it was far too little too late. [Chaucer's Man of the match = errrr....???]
The last group game against Eureka Primary School (B) gave Chaucer the opportunity to finish with a flourish. The players finally found their shooting boots and didn't disappoint! This time it was Denver Toplis opening the scoring within seconds of the first whistle...and the goals just kept coming. Denver got 4, Ethan got 3, Joel got 3, Liam Flitter got 1, Oliver Burrows got 1 and in the final seconds Ollie Palmer got 1. Connor Hill was quite disgruntled at being the only outfield player not to score! [Chaucer's Man of the Match = Denver Toplis]
Chaucer's player of the tournament was Ethan Lowe, who was consistently the team's biggest threat in front of goal.
We suspect the team finished 3rd in the group although that remains unconfirmed. From our group, Swanwick got through to the last 8 before being knocked out while Howitt made it all the way to the last 4, so will play again next week for the right to represent Derby County.
Although some of the results did not go their way, the boys handled their disppointment well, never gave up trying and they represented the school with dignity. On the whole, a good time was had by all.
Many thanks to Mrs Wheatley for helping with transport and also to the parents (and Wilson the Gnome) for coming along to show their support.
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