The Beacon School drew sports partnership rivals De Stafford in the 2nd round of the Therfield Cup. Both teams set up to play attacking football on a cold afternoon at Priest Hill.
Both teams worked hard in the early stages, creating chances without end result. Ollie Tully broke the deadlock with a stunning 25 yard strike which was driven hard into the roof of the net. Some neat midfield play from The Beacon ensured captain George Thompson was able to latch onto a through ball and calmly slot the ball home. Two further quick goals from Ollie Tully to gain his hat trick gave The Beacon boys gave a comfortable lead as the 1st half drew to a close.
The Beacon continued to dominate possession and moved the ball around nicely, before Freddie Taylor got onto the score sheet – a really well worked team goal. De Stafford worked hard in defence as more chances fell to The Beacon. A precise free kick from Ollie Tully curling into the top corner and an unfortunate own goal by the visiting team increased the goal tally. Freddie Smith took his chance to increase the lead and fired the ball past the keeper.
Chances came a plenty as The Beacon grew in confidence throughout the second half and George Thompson was able to gain his hat trick with two more well taken goals. Freddie Taylor scored a last minute goal to take the score to 11 without reply on the final whistle.
Man of the Match: Ollie Tully