The new season is up and running! Following on from a brilliant display to finish third in the OLCC tournament, the rest of the squad played two tournaments in two days!! The first, held at L&M college, turned out to be a disappointment. Maybe it was the astroturf. Maybe it was inclement weather? We left the tournament wondering how we didn’t make it out of the group stage.
The next day saw a totally different outcome. After conceding no goals whatsoever, we drew the first and won the next 4 games against som e tough opposition. Needing a win to end the day as champions, we didn’t disappoint. Ryelands were once again the Lancaster Primary School’s tournament winners!! Hopefully there is a photo to accompany this win. . . . . .
The ongoing Morecambe High School football league has been running since September now, featuring 18 primary schools. The initial matches played were to determine which teams got placed in to which separate leagues, on ability. The choices were . . . . . . The Champions League or The Europa League. Hard work and determination paid off for the squad, as Ryelands were placed in to the prestigious Champions League! A great result for our first venture into the MHS league system.
Although the official results from the Champions League organisers haven’t materialised yet, I will attempt to summarise what actually happened. . . . .
The squad had a baptism of fire in our first game, losing to the eventual winners of the league, despite holding them out for a long period of time. The defensive wall collapsing under intense pressure from a very good opposition attack.
The following games that evening were of a similar thread, although not losing by more than one single goal each time, a loss is still a loss. We deserved more out of our first round of matches but that is football.
In the second and third rounds of the league we showed a much better account of ourselves. A masterstroke of technical genius by Mr Hyde (the author of this piece) resulted in a run of brilliant performances from the squad. The defence became a fortress of invincibility. We ended with a flourish, winning two and drawing one of our final three games. A brilliant end to the league.