Football Report

Posted on: 14/12/2015

Year 7: 

This year saw a tough start to GTS football for our Year 7s. Having no side in the local football team meant that many of the pupils had little match experience compared to some of the schools' stronger rivals in the North Devon area. Head coach, Mr Cooke, however, was delighted with their application in training and in the strides they made game by game in the North Devon Schools' League. This has a somewhat fairy-tale ending we are delighted to say, as the boys went to the North Devon Schools 5 a-side tournament and despite not registering a win up until that evening, went on to remain unbeaten in all 7 games and become North Devon 5 a-side champions. A true underdog story! They will now represent North Devon at a South West Schools tournament in Torquay in the new year. We wish them good luck. 

Year 8: 

A tremendous start to the year saw the Year 8's book their place in the North Devon semi-finals with ease, without dropping a point in the 4 games of the pool stages. A tight and nervy affair against Pilton School swung both ways in the semi-final, but saw GTS make fewer mistakes on the night to book their place in the final against a notoriously strong Bideford side (last years' winners). No Cinderella story here though I'm afraid, after a plucky start and an excellent free kick from Ben Brown to put GTS ahead, Bideford (controversially with home advantage in the final) used their superior tenacity and strength to good effect and came out comfortable winners in the end. On the bright side, the Year 8 team are still firing away in a National Cup where we have reached round 5, beating strong teams such as Stoke Damerel (Plymouth) and are hoping for a strong cup run to round off another good year for the boys. 

Year 9: 

The year took a turn for the worst in the first game of the season when the Year 9 side, who have been one of our most successful at GTS, lost their opening game of the season against Bideford. Fortunately, extra training sessions and a stern talking to rectified some issues and they went on to win their remaining pool games and semi-final with some comfort. The final again saw us matched against Bideford, at Bideford, and again unfortunately an excellent virtuoso performance from Bideford's striker stole away our ambitions of being crowned North Devon Champions for the second time in three years, losing to the odd goal in 5 in some horrific gale force winds. 

Due to our status as a small school, we struggle against our 'bigger' counterparts as a general rule and the county cup this year proved no different. Drawn against last years' finalists (away) in round one, saw our boys facing several Exeter academy players and a fantastic game of football ensued. We did lose by one goal on the day but gained a lot of respect in the process with the superb application of the team and some excellent individual performances too. Some excellent performances from: Jack Magarotto as captain, Nathan Souster in midfield with him, Will Bright up front, Bailey Stubbings on the wing and Jack Hill in defence, have given the team a very strong spine and give us good hope as we continue in the National Cup we have entered and again are doing well in. This group of players reached the quarter final stage last year and we are hoping to go at least one stage better this year. We are into round 5 and welcome Cape Cornwall in the next round in what should prove to be another close game. 

Year 10: 

Notoriously a year group short on football players, this year saw the team fulfil all their fixtures for the first time. Some wins and a few losses meant that despite beating eventual finalists Bideford, they failed to leave the pool stages of this year's tournament. A tad disappointing but some good experience gained for previously uncapped players. 

Year 11: 

Due to the nature of Year 11 and the increased exam pressures, all Year 11 teams play one tournament and complete all fixtures on that night. Winning two but losing one meant that the team ended up in second place this year which is not a bad result at all really. We wish the entire team all the best in their studies and exams this coming summer. 

Another strong year from our football teams. As a coaching staff we are very proud of all our teams especially the way they conduct themselves on and off the pitch, which is, on the whole, exemplary. We continue to push hard and hopefully next year we end up going one better in a few age groups and become North Devon Champions again! Let's train hard and see. 

 

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