Match Report
Highfield School 1st Team vs  Highfield U13 Football Tournmanet
On: Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

The 1st Team started their Football season by hosting a 6-a-side tournament on a beautiful afternoon. Highfield were drawn in a challenging group with Hoe Bridge, Edgeborough, Farleigh and St. Edmunds.

Straight out the gate, the group had three matches on the bounce but were not fazed, looking to play positive football and move the ball around quickly and at high tempo. After a 0-0 draw with Hoe Bridge, the boys earned an impressive 2-0 victory over St. Edmunds, Tom McKenzie scoring both goals with one completing a beautiful passing move where all the players were involved. Another clean sheet, and 0-0 draw, against Edgeborough left things tight at the top of the group, with James Trigg and Tommy Locke's defensive partnership leaving no gaps. The final group game versus Farleigh was a scrappy game, with a lack of flow or calmness. Farleigh scored a good goal on the break before Ross Seavill won a penalty, converted by McKenzie. Tom also hit the bar but the team couldn't break through for a winner, meaning we finished third in the group and headed into the Plate Semi-Finals.

Disappointment lingered for only a short while and the boys were ready to tackle Twyford in their next game. After an intercept by Twyford, they took the lead against the run of play. The boys kept their heads, with Charlie Rowlands and Fernando Martinez-Pinel applying pressure through-out, and created an opening for Seavill to level the scores. The second half was tight before Highfield conceded a penalty. Edward Read, excellent all day, made a strong stop and the game went into Golden Goal Extra Time. The patience and maturity of the football played during this period was excellent to see and an opening was eventually made for McKenzie to squeeze a shot past the 'keeper, a 2-1 victory and a final ahead.

The Plate Final was played against a physical Lanesborough team but Highfield started the game perfectly. Starting with the kick-off, the boys moved the ball patiently around, with Sammy Valentine being instrumental, before Zachy Cooke-Priest found an opening and finished with his left foot. Cooke-Priest then converted a penalty, again earned by Seavill before McKenzie and Trigg, with an excellent header, completed an outstanding performance and a well earned Plate victory.

Despite being so early in the season, and only two training sessions together, the group should be very proud of their achievements. Highfield were unbeaten in the tournament, only conceding two goals, and played some of the best football on show. It was a superb start to this Football season and the boys have put down a clear marker for the rest of the term.