The Year 9 Football B team managed to finish a staggering cup run which started way back in September 2019 with a first-round victory against St Georges School from Southampton. This continued with some excellent football being played over the next five rounds, including wins against schools from Devon, Surrey, and Manchester. This led to a delayed final, which no one knew if it would ever get played. The ESFA did a fantastic job in such difficult times and managed to secure the home of Premier League club Crystal Palace, Selhurst Park for the final.
The boys were treated like Premier League stars for the day and loved every second of it. The game didn't quite go our way in a nervous first half, where the opponents, Hurstmere School from Kent took and early 3-0 lead, which took us into half time. However, the team showed tremendous character and resilience to bring that score back to 3-2, goals from Harrison Marsh and Bradley Walker. Making the last 20 minutes very nerve wracking and interesting. Hurstmere managed to grab a goal to gain a 2-goal advantage again, but that didn't stop the GW barrage continue on the Hurstmere goal. A Superb defensive clearance, led by another strong tackle in midfield, finished with an outstanding Charlie White finish, set up and manic 5 minutes.
We unfortunately couldn't find an equaliser but what a fantastic day out for everyone involved, Mr Doyle and I were joined by Mrs Viney, Miss Ford and Mr Scott who were all so proud of the team. The heart, desire, and commitment the team showed throughout the game was incredible and epitomises what GW is all about.