The Beacon School (Year 8)
Fixtures & Results
Thursday 4th April saw The Beacon year 8 football team play Carshalton Boys in the semi final of the County Cup. The game was held at Sutton Football Club after both schools agreed it would be a great opportunity for the boys to play at such a nice venue.
The game started well and it was clear both sides were footballing sides, as each wanted to keep possession of the ball and play the right way. The first chance of the game fell to Carshalton as a free kick was placed into a dangerous area for their striker to get a shot at goal; Alfie pulled off amazing save number 1. Shortly after, The Beacon were put under a little pressure as Alfie pulled off amazing save number 2, 3 and 4 all at the same time. The ball was struck at goal, Alfie made the save; the striker followed up to place the ball into what seemed an empty net, however Alfie saved again; the rebound landed to another player to strike from 5 yards for Alfie to make the save AGAIN! The only word that came to mind was WOW!
Although Carshalton had some clear cut chances it was The Beacon who were on top. Freddie, Jacob and Sonny dominated the midfield, stringing lovely passing moves together. George had the better of his opposite number and was a nuisance down the left hand side. Jack was calm at the back and James won every first and second ball that came near him. Alfie M and Harry were combative as full backs which made it difficult for Carshalton to break us down. It truly was a great game for the spectator, even though it was still 0-0.
This is how it stayed as the game reached the half time stage. A tactical change at half time meant The Beacon tried to keep the ball away from the Carshalton centre backs who were extremely tough to break down. The game opened up and Beacon created some lovely chances with Jack M on the right hand side, Lorcan in the middle and Freddie on the left. This rattled Carshalton and Beacon we’re pressing to get a goal. Luis made a positive impact in the left back position as he kept it simple which is what was needed to keep us calm and moving forward. Taylor also made some great passing exchanges to try open up the Carshalton back line.
Alfie continued to make unbelievable saves in goal. However, with 5 minutes left on the clock Carshalton had an opportunity which was struck into the bottom corner, no goalkeeper in the world was getting near that; 1-0 Carshalton. Beacon continued to battle to the end, throwing everything and everyone forward, however it was not meant to be.
The final score was The Beacon 0-1 Carshalton.
Thank you to Harry (sixth form) for being our linesman; the Beacon parents for their support on and off the pitch all season and Sutton FC for hosting the semi final.
I am so proud of our entire squad for an outstanding season. The football has been first class and everyone should be extremely pleased with their achievements. We will build on this for next season with the aim to go one step further in this competition. Finishing joint 3rd in the whole of Surrey is amazing, especially as 64 teams competed. Well done boys! Have a nice Easter!
Year 8 v RAAS
The year 8 football team played their penultimate game of the league and their first home game of the season on Tuesday. The game started well as The Beacon started to pile pressure on RAAS. Jack was causing mayhem down the right flank with several crosses landing inches away from strikers feet. Half time approached and Beacon were still on top but could not find the net.
After half time The Beacon continued to press but were caught on the counter attack as RAAS scored a great goal into the top corner; 0-1 RAAS. The Beacon continued to create chance after chance but it was going to be one of those nights. The game ended 0-1 RAAS.
Not the result we wanted but huge lessons to learn going into a huge game next week as Beacon play in the semi final of the County Cup.
MOM: Jack McNiff
On Tuesday 26th February the Year 8 football team played an away match against Oxted. The squad had played a competitive fixture the night before in the quarter final of the Surrey Cup so there were some tired legs and also some players that could not play this game. This allowed some other members of the squad to play the game which was excellent. The game started well as both teams battled for early possession. It was clear that those who played the previous night felt a little ‘leggy’ as The Beacon struggled to win first and second challenges. Oxted took the lead as a through ball was played leaving their striker one on one with Rafferty; 1-0 Oxted. Shortly after, Oxted extended their lead to make it 2-0. The Beacon were playing some excellent football as they kept the ball extremely well, creating width in attack and playing some nice one and two touch football. The boys were rewarded for this excellent spell as Ollie scored an absolute thunderbolt of a strike to make it 2-1. Again, The Beacon continued to dominate possession and had 5 excellent corners delivered in by Alfie (who usually plays in goal) but no one could get on the end of them! Against the run of play, Oxted scored from a corner to make it 3-1 at half time.
The half time team talk was all about character. The team had not been in a losing position at half time all season and needed to find the motivation and determination to turn this game around. There was a change in shape and Brandon was given his debut in the second half. Shortly after the restart, The Beacon scored as Ollie chipped in a free kick for Alfie to strike into the bottom corner; 3-2. The Beacon continued to play exciting football and as the ball was passed into the centre of midfield to Ollie around 25 yards out, he struck it first time into the far corner. This was even better than his first, a fantastic strike; 3-3! The belief was installed into the team and they pushed for a winner. Freddie then produced some individual brilliance to finish left footed into the bottom corner to make it 4-3 to The Beacon. The comeback was complete!
A huge well done to the squad who have had a great week on the pitch. Man of the Match was Ollie for his 2 goals and assist in the game. Thank you to Oxted for hosting the game.
The Beacon Year 8 football team go marching on into the semi-final of the County Cup!
The Beacon travelled to The Winston Churchill School in Woking to play the quarter final of the County Cup. The game started well as The Beacon put Winston Churchill under pressure early on in the game. Jack and Freddie’s pace caused the Winston Churchill defence some problems. It wasn’t long before another through ball was played into Freddie who finished calmly; 1-0 Beacon.
The Beacon started to control the game with some lovely passing moves and combative midfield displays from Freddie, Sonny and Olly. Just before half time The Beacon extended their lead as Jack made it 2-0.
After the break, Winston Churchill changed formation to match The Beacon and scored quite quickly to make it 2-1. The boys were put under some pressure but continued to work hard and stick to our principles. Both teams had their chances second half but a superb display from The Beacon kept it at 2-1.
Well done to the entire squad for reaching the last 4 in the County. It is a fantastic achievement! Thank you to Winston Churchill for hosting and The Beacon parents for their support.
Men of the Match: Alfie and Jack
Final Score: Winston Churchill 1-2 The Beacon
The Beacon go marching on into the Quarter Finals of the Surrey Cup after a fantastic 1-0 victory over Warlingham!
On a very wet Friday afternoon, The Beacon year 8 football team travelled to Warlingham to play their 3rd Round Surrey Cup fixture. The two sides met earlier in the season with The Beacon losing 2-0, so this tie was sure to be a cracker!
The game started fast as both teams battled the conditions to get control of the game. The Beacon were playing against a strong wind and rain which made it difficult to launch attacks. That being said, the boys managed to put together some lovely passing moves to get up the pitch and create two good opportunities for Taylor and Lorcan; the latter made his debut for Beacon. Jack and James worked together brilliantly in the heart of The Beacon defence as James did not lose a header or tackle and Jack was extremely calm and composed on the ball to start attacks from the back.
Half way through the first half The Beacon had a free kick just wide of the 18 yard box. The night before we had practiced set pieces so there was a plan in place, and it worked perfectly; Olly crossed a lovely ball into Jack to volley in from close range - 1-0 Beacon!
The second half began and the weather started to ease, which was frustrating as it would have been with The Beacon for the second half. The boys continued to battle and Warlingham started to put the boys under pressure searching for an equaliser. The Beacon held on to reach the quarter finals of the Surrey Cup, which is in itself a huge achievement.
Final score: Warlingham 0-1 The Beacon
Men of the match: Alfie, Harry, Jacob, Jack, James, Alfie M, Sonny, Olly, Freddie, Luis, Taylor, George and Lorcan.
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.”