Football 2004/05

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Captain of Football : Kwame Asare P/W

  1st 2nd U16 U15 U14
Clifton College     L 0-2 L 2-6 L 0-4
OBs W 5-1        
Grenville W 6-0     W 6-0  
Shebbear   W 6-0     L 1-5
King's Taunton W 3-0 W 5-0 L 0-2    
Bristol Grammar W 5-1 L 1-3      
Clyst Vale     D 2-2   D 1-1
King's Bruton L 2-3     L 2-3  
Downside W 3-2   W 8-6 W 4-2 W 3-2
Millfield B D 2-2 L 1-3   W 13-1 W 1-0
Sherborne W 3-1 W 3-2 D 3-3 L 2-4  

1st XI: Football at Blundell's continues to develop well at all levels.  I would like to thank in particular, the coaches, many of who have taken the time to develop their coaching skills through attending courses.  It is extremely pleasing to look around Amory, and see boys of all age groups improving their individual skills through quality coaching. 

Many of last year’s successful first team squad remained with us this year under the continued Captaincy of Kwame Asare, with Martin Loader as the obvious choice as vice-captain.

The OB’s were disappointingly weak this year.   For some time now the they have relied heavily on a core of quality players, in particular, Matt Pynn, Kwabena Asare, Kev Anderson and Boyo, and in recent times have come close to beating us.  I would therefore like to thank them for their efforts over recent years and pose the question where are the rest of you?

Our second game of the season was against Grenville who put in a gutsy performance, however we were just too strong, which was reflected when even Alex Kingdom scored.

The first real challenge of the year came at Kings’ Taunton.  The opposition were, as always, well organised, however, our key players rose to the occasion and we came away victorious for the first time at King’s (0:3).  Kwame lead the line magnificently with Martin Loader and Shaun Mardell controlling the back four with great authority and Harry Hare-Scott and Liam Lewis totally dominating the midfield.  This was followed by a truly brilliant display of passing and finishing against Bristol Grammar School, winning 5:1.

After half term, the boys continued to play attractive football, with the passing game of Lewys Ryan and Mark Cole creating many goal-scoring opportunities.  The 3:2 win over Downside set us up nicely for the trip to Millfield.  Here we were weakened considerably, calling on Frazer Spackman to play in goal in the absence of the excellent Simon Sobzcak, and a number of the second XI, however thanks to a remarkable team effort we returned an excellent draw (2:2) with goals from Ryan Mason and absolutely stunning volley from Liam Lewis.

The final game of the season was against Sherborne where we rounded of a great season with a 3:0 victory, with a Hat-trick for Charlie Fursdon (has anyone seen the match ball?). JTB

Half-Colours: Martin Loader, Simon Sobzcak, Liam Lewis, Alex Kingdom, Harry Hare-Scott, Mark Cole, Charlie Fursdon, Frazer Spackman.

Full Colours: Kwame Asare

U16 This hugely enthusiastic team led by Freddy Beard is full of individual talent but who rarely gelled as a single unit. Top striker, Will Banbury, has a hit the target rate of about 1 in 6 but was latterly well supported by David Lewis and Joe Smith. At the back the 'flat-back-four' have generally sliced, mis-kicked and tripped the opposition into submission and contributed hugely towards the memorable 14 goal bonanza against Downside's Spaniards. This team have thoroughly enjoyed the season, win or lose, and they are an improving side, who should be perfectly capable of going on to play in a good over 30s veteran side in years to come! JGP

U14 A mixed season with some well deserved wins. Captain, Will Denford, showed goos leadership and organisational skills. There was a marked improvement as the term progressed and as they began to function more as a unit so their team spirit increased. Leading forward was James Hawkins, who showed good strength and pace. All in all, a pleasant season with the side developing the customary Blundell's spirit and improvement. BW

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