On Saturday 23rd September Avon House School competed in the Forest School Open Day U11 Football tournament.
A full squad of ten players, ranging from Year 6 down to a Year 3 debutant in Charlie, played really over the course of a demanding morning played on large pitches.
Encouraged by a hearty contingent of parents, staff and classmates, the team bounced back from the heartbreak of conceding a literally last- second equaliser in the opening match against St Paul’s Cathedral. Divine intervention saw a desperate free-kick by their goalkeeper bobble past every outfield player to trickle into the net and secure a cruel 1-1 draw.
The second match in our round-robin group of five schools, proved the hardest with a new formation of 2-1-2-1 struggling against a powerful, physical St Edmund’s team and a heavy 4-0 defeat ensued.
The boys rallied brilliantly to inflict a 3-0 defeat on Chigwell with Brandon scoring a hat-trick and earning a much coveted Twix bar for his feat!
The final group match, against Forest A, would determine whether we reached the semi-finals of the Cup or end up 3rd in our group, and in the semi-finals of the Plate instead. Two lapses in concentration sealed our fate and left us trying to retain our title as Plate holders in a tussle against local rivals, Woodford Prep.
An early goal was conceded and, in chasing the game, two more followed but the squad earning glowing tributes from rival school coaches for their brand of football, spirit and organisation.
Well done to every player and many thanks to our keen supporter