By Mr Doble and Mr Clayton-Jones
How brilliant was it to be able to get back to this annual clash of the titans? The last time we were able to hold a Staff v 6th Form Football match was in October 2019, a few months before the world changed forever. So it was with great excitement and anticipation the two sides took to the pitch ahead of what turned out to be a bit of a classic in front of a capacity crowd at Bassaleg, Front Field.
Lewis Tutton opened the scoring for the 6th Form fairly early into the game as he instinctively capitalised on a loose ball to fire home from close range. The action was end to end with both teams giving a good account of themselves. The staff team’s rolling substitution policy meant that the substitutes were keen to take matters into their own hands to get onto the pitch with changes being made frequently.
The 6th Formers went further ahead around the half way point with a goal from Alfie Thomas from a well worked corner. He rose acrobatically above Mr Adams at the front post to guide the ball into the roof of the net. The staff managed to pull a consolation goal back through Mr Doble towards the end of the game as he also scored from a set piece taken superbly by Mr Hall making it a very fair 2-1 on balance of play.
The staff team tactically implemented a more direct approach to their style of play in the final minutes of the game, but the 6th formers defended valiantly. The game ended 2-1 to the 6th Form team and retaining their trophy after a competitive game.
Mr Thomas, who refereed the match told us, “The game was played in a great spirit with only one yellow card issued to the students’ team. A close finish to the game with some high level finishing the difference between the teams.”
Post-match, the 6th formers voted Alfie Thomas as their player of the match. Sam Protheroe stated, “Alfie’s presence up front, his headed goal and his ability to link up play was significant in the result.”
Finally we would like to say, a big thank you to all staff and pupils who played and supported a really enjoyable community event.