Wednesday 16th February saw the long-awaited return of the football Challenge Cup against local rivals RGS Worcester. This annual fixture between the two Schools returned to the Worcester Warriors home ground, Sixways Stadium with the support of just over a thousand spectators.
After missing out on this fixture in 2021 the Challenge Cup was a much-anticipated event and had been in the minds of the senior footballers since the start of the year. The competition to be in the squad was very high as we have had over 40 boys consistently turning up to training every week.
King’s started strongly putting pressure on RGS and Alex L used his pace to dribble the ball down the pitch with chasing defenders who could not catch up with him and scoring the opening goal for a 1-0 lead. Although we continued to pressurise RGS we were unable to add to this opening goal and RGS were awarded a contentious penalty which they took to take the score to 1-1 going into the half-time break.
At the start of the second half, RGS came out stronger, putting the boys under pressure and were able to capitalise on this to take the lead after 15 minutes (2-1).
Following substitutions King’s again began to take control, creating several good chances and Ollie T capitalised on one of these to score a very well taken goal.
The final few minutes of the game were very exciting as King’s had a few good chances to take the lead but unfortunately, we were unable to convert any of these into a goal. With virtually the last kick of the game, Tom P created a good opportunity for himself, only for the RGS goalkeeper to deny him the match-winner with a fantastic save.
King’s have been able to retain the cup since 2016 with this draw. In this period, we have won 3 and drawn 3. For the Upper Sixth footballers, it meant that they played in this and the winning team in 2020. For the Fifth Form, it has given them the experience to go on and hopefully have two more opportunities to play in the fixture.
Well done to all the players who played in the match and to all the boys who have been working hard all season with the football squad. Our matches continue after half term and hopefully, this great performance will help us to have a successful second half of the season.
King’s sold all of their tickets which gave a good crowd to support the team, creating a lively buzz both in school and on the night. It was fantastic to see a broad range of year groups supporting the older boys and hopefully being inspired for when their turn comes!
Well done boys, you did us all proud with such a strong performance and great sportsmanship throughout the game.
Head of Football, Mr Sarriegui said “The match was an entertaining game with chances at both ends. It was especially a pleasing result for the Upper Sixth footballers who played in both this team and the winning team back in 2020. It was equally brilliant for the many Fifth Form players to get involved as it gave them a taste for the match and a better understanding as they prepare for their two more opportunities to play. The lead up to the match created such a buzz around the school and the crowd on the night were in great spirits. We hope this will continue to grow and excite younger footballers in the school.”
A huge thank you to RGS for another fantastic local derby, Sixways Stadium for hosting us and to our wonderful spectators who came along to show their support. What a truly wonderful atmosphere it was in what proved to be a fantastic occasion!
Congratulations to the 1st XI Football Team:
Harry Sproule, Edward Jukes, David Wills, Ben Amos, Will Muirhead, Alex Moule, Ollie Tranter, Jack Havercroft (Vice-Capt). Marc Koliasnikoff, Dylan Briggs (Capt), Alex Lloyd, George Hira, Todd Pinner, Joshua Carr, Hugo Chapman, Alex Evans, Edward Bowers, Thomas Poole, Jack Hyde (GK), Joseph Ward, Oliver Annable, William Chater.