The Beacon School (Year 8)
Fixtures & Results
The Beacon go marching into the 3rd Round!
The Beacon year 8 football team travelled away to Therfield School to play the second round of the County Cup. The game had particular significance as this was against Mr Batchelor’s, Ms Marrill and Mrs Rennie’s old school!
Both teams seemed a little on edge to start with as both looked for long balls into the strikers. It wasn’t long before The Beacon settled and started their passing game which has served them very well all season. Thompson and Tully went on mazy runs to show that we had another attacking dynamic to our play but both shots were saved by the Therfield goalkeeper. After the 20 minute mark, McNiff had a long range shot that deflected into the bottom corner. The Beacon took this well deserved 1-0 lead into half time.
The second half Therfield started strongly as they searched for an equaliser. The Beacon did well to nullify any attacks and Brill (in goal) kept our boys calm as he played Ederson style passes out the back to keep our team calm and start our attacks. He did not have many saves to make but was instrumental in setting the tone of our performance. The Beacon rode the mini storm of Therfield pressure, then started to put pressure on Therfield to make the lead more secure. The Therfield goalkeeper made superb saves from Smith, Tully, Thompson and Davies and it was beginning to look like a nervous ending. That was until a defensive clearance was made to Reader-Wells who saw the keeper off his line and struck the ball into the top corner. A great goal to put the game beyond Therfield.
The final score: Therfield 0-2 The Beacon
Thank you to Therfield for hosting and their excellent performance. Thank you also to The Beacon parents for their support.
The Year 8 football team played a league match against Reigate School. The game was on a sand based astroturf under floodlights which seemed to suit The Beacon style of play, which is short passing and moving. The boys started brightly, keeping the ball extremely well and switching the play to create attacks from wide areas. The Beacon created some excellent opportunities with Thompson being the stand out player of the first half with his quick feet and excellent passing skills. It was McNiff who gave The Beacon the lead midway through the first half, rocketing a shot into the top corner.
After the interval The Beacon left off where they started by putting together some slick passing moves. Evans, McNiff and Smith combined several times down the right hand side to cause some problems to the Reigate defence. It was combination that Taylor managed to glance a cross by Evans to make it 2-0; an excellent team goal.
After a few fantastic saves from the Reigate goalkeeper, Thompson capped a Man of the Match performance with a superb finish from 18 yards to make it 3-0. This is how the game ended.
Reigate 0 -3 The Beacon
Men of the Match: Smith and Thompson
Thank you to Reigate for officiating and hosting!
The Beacon Year 8 football team played a league match away at Oakwood. It was touch and go to whether the game was to go ahead due to a heavy downpour but much to the boys delight, it did.
Midway through the first half, The Beacon found their feet, putting together some wonderful passing moves. McNiff in particular was a threat down the left hand side. It wasn’t long before Thompson gave The Beacon the lead with a lovely passing move and accurate finish. Ayres grabbed a second after heading into the far corner with Davies adding another after a well worked Beacon move and Tully assist.
The second half began similar to the first with the Beacon switching the play well to create goal scoring opportunities. McNiff rounded off his MOM performance with a great finish to put the game beyond Oakwood. The game finished:
Oakwood 0-4 The Beacon
A huge thank you to Oakwood for hosting, The Beacon parents for their support and also two Oakwood year 11 students who were excellent linesmen.
The Beacon drew Warlingham in the first round of the District Cup. The game started evenly as both teams traded attacking blows. Taylor had a couple of attempts at goal to test the keeper before Warlingham played a long ball over the top to then go 1-0 up.
A change of team shape at half time and the boys started to launch attack after attack. The Beacon were camped in the oppositions half as they searched for an equaliser. Brill had a stinging shot before Davies had a great long range effort. With 5 minutes to go, a long clearance was met by the Warlingham striker who was brought down in the penalty area. The penalty was converted to make it 2-0.
A fantastic second half performance from The Beacon who did everything but score!
Final Score: Warlingham 2-0 The Beacon
MOM: James Measures
Thank you to Warlingham for hosting the game and The Beacon parents for their support.
The Year 8 football team were looking to build upon their impressive first league victory with a win in the County Cup first round. The opponents were Rutlish school.
The Beacon started strongly with a goal inside the first 2 minutes. Smith struck a lovely 20 yard effort into the top corner. The Beacon took this lead into the interval but seemed to take their foot off the gas after their early goal.
The Beacon started the second half exactly as the first with a goal inside the first 2 minutes (Reader-Wells), to make it 0-2. Shortly after, a penalty was awarded against The Beacon which Rutlish scored to make it 1-2. This did not phase the boys as they put together attack after attack. Reader-Wells then scored his second and completed his hattrick with 5 minutes to go making the score 1-4.
Reader-Wells for his hattrick and Evans for his impressive combative display shared the ‘Men of the Match’ award.
Final score: Rutlish 1 - 4 The Beacon
Well done to the squad and thank you for Rutlish school for being great hosts.
“On Wednesday 19th September the year 8 football team kicked off their season against St Bede’s school. The Beacon started well, dominating possession and creating some great chances in front of goal. After 20 minutes The Beacon took the lead through McNiff, taking a 1-0 lead into half time.
Shortly after the break, Reader-Wells tapped in from a Taylor cross to make it 2-0. The Beacon continued to play expansive football, creating chance after chance. Smith added a third before Ayres struck from distance to put the game out of sight. Reader-Wells then tapped in his second of the game to mark an impressive Beacon display.
The final score: St Bede’s 0 – 5 The Beacon.
Man of the Match: Davies
Thank you to St Bede’s for hosting the fixture and The Beacon parents for their support from the sidelines.”