Lineup: W. Gainey, J. Newman, T. Sawyer, A. Forden, T. Halsey, A. Castle, S. Webb (C), J. Collins, E. Clem, R. Tanner, L. Woodhead
Subs: C. Knight, E. Stephan, D. Gilchrist
S6C’s unbeaten win streak was extended to 6 games last week in the WSFA Group Stages, after beating a well-drilled side away from home in Swindon. Commonweal started off the better side, keeping the ball neatly for the first few minutes. The game was opened up at around the 5-minute mark – when captain Sam Webb delivered a moment of individual brilliance. He picked up the ball at the halfway line before beating 5 of the oppositions players and driving home a shot into the bottom left-hand corner. 1-0 S6C. S6C then spurned many chances to put the game out of reach (some shooting practice may be in order). Just before half-time top goalscorer Reece Tanner doubled the lead with a close finish. 2-0.
In the second half Commonweal dominated both possession and chances created – with number one goalkeeper Will Gainey coming to the rescue a couple of times. Commonweal’s goal came from a spectacular long-range effort, which nestled in the top left-hand corner of the goal. 2-1. The Swindon side will rue their missed chances as they had opportunities to level the scoring late on. After what seemed like an age of injury time, the full whistle was blown. That win seemingly confirms S6C’s qualification to the semi-finals of the WSFA Cup in April. The boys are now looking forward to a game against Sarum Academy, before competing in a futsal tournament against Wiltshire College.
Goals: Adam Castle (2), Sam Webb, Lewis Woodhead, Archie Forden
Lineup: W. Gainey, H. Grannell, T. Sawyer, A. Forden, T. Halsey, A. Castle, S. Webb (C), J. Collins, E. Clem, R. Tanner, L. Woodhead
Subs: C. Knight, E. Stephan, J. Newman
Another game, another win! S6C’s football team beat local rivals, Bishops Wordsworth, in a much-anticipated derby game played away at Britford Lane. Bishops started off the much better side, playing an attractive style of passing football and causing the S6C midfield to chase shadows for much of the first 20 minutes. The home team opened the scoring after a long free-kick found one of their players unmarked in the box, a well-taken header nestled in the bottom left-hand corner. This woke up the S6C team, skilful winger Adam Castle struck from long range to make level the scoring. Soon after, striker Lewis Woodhead had a goal disallowed, with the referee blowing up for an injury just before he tapped the ball in an empty net. Bishops scored a quickfire double to go into half time 3-1 up.
Half time substitutes meant an S6C debut for german exchange student Emil Stephan, who put in an industrious shift on the left-wing (which was a new position for him). S6C started a lot better this half, and managed to pull a goal back after a penalty from captain Sam Webb after Reece Tanner was fouled in the box. The boys then levelled the scoring again after centre back Archie Forden scored from an indirect free-kick. The winning goal came again from Adam Castle, who tapped in from close range. 4-3 to S6C. The final goal came from striker Lewis Woodhead, who raced in on goal and lobbed the keeper after a long ball from the defence. Man of the match went to debutant Jacob Newman, who was outstanding at both left-back and right-back. S6C now travel to Commonweal school in Swindon, before facing inter-MLP derby against Sarum Academy.