Just over a thousand hardy souls attended a chilly and wet Sixways Stadium last night to see The King’s School, Worcester retain the Football Challenge Cup, following a convincing 2-0 victory over local rivals RGS.
The game, now in its fourth consecutive year, sees the two local schools join together for an end of season local football derby.
In front of a bustling crowd, King’s got off to a flying start with a dominating first-half display leading to two goals. The first goal came from a pinpoint cross and was finished off by Sixth Form student Alex L, putting King’s on the front foot allowing them to take control of the game early on. Alex continued by chasing a long ball and drew a penalty which was expertly finished by James U, allowing the team to finish the first half in the lead.
During the second half, RGS changed their formation and attacked in greater numbers to try to get on the score sheet. However, it was a true squad effort from King’s with the team holding their shape, restricting any opportunities of a goal and seeing the game out for a well-deserved victory.
Jon Sarriegui, Head of Football at King’s Worcester said: “After two years of achieving draws against RGS in the Challenge Cup, our team was determined to win last night. They have had a strong start to 2020 following training with Inter Milan coaches over Christmas and have been undefeated in some tightly contested matches this year. All credit to them, their commitment as a team has been incredible and they deserve last night’s result.”
Director of Sport, Jonny Mason added: “The team performed fantastically well last night, showing great composure and control in what is generally a highly-pressured environment. Even with the hardship of the flooding which has hit Worcester and King’s we have continued to provide ongoing games provisions by fulfilling fixtures and lessons by using our flexible facilities across the whole foundation.”
Captain, Jack Baker said: “Having played in the game for three years and now being captain of the side, it’s been a fantastic opportunity and it was great to finish with a win, having drawn twice before.”
Well done to the players for delivering such an exciting game and thank you to all friends and family who joined to cheer King’s on.
Thank you to Mr Jon Sarriegui (Head of Football) and Alex Stratford (Assistant Team Coach). We would also like to thank Worcester Warriors for again providing us with a superb venue for this annual fixture.
King’s Worcester 1st XI Football Team:-
Ciaran McGee, Ieuan Evans, Finley Chance, Jimmie Poole, William Caddick, James Unwin, Dylan Briggs, Jack Baker (Captain), Alexander Lowe, Luke Coupland, Oliver Tsiquaye, Benji Halford, Jack Copy, Matt Lewis, Ben Amos, Alex Lloyd, William Chapman.