U8 Football

Elmhurst School for Boys

30th September 2013 | Sport

Sports Report

Under 8’s Football Tournament at Royal Russell

Royal Russell School hosted an under 8’s Football tournament for their Open Morning on Saturday 21st September. This tournament offered our Under 8 squad their first opportunity to play together. They played in five 8 minute matches providing an enjoyable and invaluable experience for all of the boys involved.

Under 8’s Squad

Oliver, Isiah, Alex, Tobi, Andrew, Oscar, Akbar & Temu

The first game was against the hosts, Royal Russell. The boys had to defend hard as a team in the early stages of the game but Royal Russell were unable to take advantage of their early possession. Our team then started to gain confidence from the way the game was unfolding and began to work the ball up the pitch more. Ultimately, both teams had their chances and in games of eight minutes, you need to take at least one of those chances and neither team did. A 0-0 draw was very commendable for an Elmhurst team playing together for the first time.

The second game was against a very organised and strong Chinthurst team. Again, our boys battled hard against the team that did not lose a game all morning. We conceded one goal from one defensive error and lost the game 1-0.

Our next game was against Caterham Prep. The Elmhurst boys were feeling confident as both of our games had been close and we had created some chances. In this game our biggest chance came from a free kick just inside the Caterham half. Oscar launched the ball into the danger zone in front of their goal and Tobi fired the ball into the back of the net. We dominated the rest of the game and secured our first victory of the tournament.

The penultimate game was against Oakfield, who had looked like a strong, well organised side throughout the morning. Encouraged by our win against Caterham, we played extremely well in this game without scoring or conceding a goal, which meant another 0-0 draw.

The last game of the tournament was against Cumnor House. Although we played well at times, the boys were tired and feeling the effects of playing 5 matches in one morning. Again, one defensive error led to Cumnor scoring the only goal of the game, meaning that we ended the tournament with a defeat.

Mr. Vaneer, brought all of the boys together at the end and emphasised that the morning’s play was entirely a learning experience and asked if the boys had enjoyed themselves. A huge cheer from all of the players suggested that they had and as a first experience of inter-school football, I was delighted with the overall performance of the Elmhurst Under 8’s team. 

Mr Padfield

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