Sports report: Football - Year 7 vs. Knole Academy
With several key players missing from the squad, the Year 7 home game against Knole was always going to be a difficult fixture for the boys.
Going into the game, the manager was forced into 3 changes to the starting eleven, which saw the likes of Harvey Fordham, Louis Savage and Merlin Lewis come into the side. The game started frantically, with Knole going 3-0 up in a flash, with only good work from the 3 defenders, and the goalkeeper George Stevenson keeping the scoreline as low as it was.
Then the game started to change, and Hayesbrook came back strongly, firstly, William Oaks scored a wonder goal, beating 3 men before slotting into the corner, and then Harvey Fordham stung the keepers hands with a fierce strike from 20 yards out. Knole scored another on the break before half time, but just before the whistle blew, Harvey Fordham forced home an equaliser to make it 4-2. The whistle went and the boys and supporting home crowd were left wondering how their team were 4-2 down at the break having played so well throughout the half.
In the second half it seemed that every time Hayesbrook scored one goal, Knole went down the other end and scored two; a great game for the neutral fan. Highlights of the second half were George Stevenson at full stretch, making one of the best saves you are ever likely to see at this level, and William Oaks scoring a free kick from all of 30 yards out, a real gem of a goal. Eventually the floodgates opened slightly and Knole ended up 10-4 winners, but this scoreline did not reflect the quality and effort that the Hayesbrook boys put in.
Special mentions must go to Louis Savage and Joe Curry who were immense at the back, and William Oaks for his 3 superb goals. With a full strength squad, there is no doubt that this year 7 team can go on to achieve success.
Final Score: Hayesbrook 4 - 10 Knole Academy