On Tuesday 31st October, the school football team travelled to Holy Trinity in the centre of town for their latest league match. There were two surprises for the players on arrival. Firstly, Miss Kinane was in charge of the Holy Trinity team! Secondly, the pitch was very very small - not much bigger than an average back garden!
Once the match got started it became apparent very soon that the size of the pitch was not going to help the Christ Church passing game. With sixteen players crammed onto the playing area, there was little time or space for anyone on the ball, so tactics had to change. This was particularly true in the penalty areas, where Reuben Blake in goal had to have his wits about him to cope with the melee which followed any throw-in or corner. He performed admirably in the first half and Christ Church soon took the lead with a strong shot from Leo Hunt, playing his first game for the school. This was soon followed by a second goal from Laurie Farrar, so at half-time we were 2-0 up and looking to push on in the second half.
Holy Trinity came out very strongly after the break and much of the action was around the Christ Church goal mouth. The score became 2-1 when a wonderful strike from the halfway line flew into the top corner. This gave Holy Trinity added hope and their attack was relentless. A slightly dubious penalty decision then resulted in the scores level at 2-2 with just a matter of minutes left to play. Unfortunately, luck was on the side of Holy Trinity on this occasion and they managed to squirm a rebounded shot into the goal for a final score of 3-2.
Despite losing and feeling a little aggrieved that the game was 'rather rough' at times, the Christ Church players should feel proud of their performance, particularly having to adjust to playing on such a handkerchief-sized pitch.
Player of the match: Leo Hunt.