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C Social and Newman College

C Social and Newman College

At 3:15 on 10th March, the boys of C Social met on Kennington 1, amid kind conditions, ready to face their Newman College opposition.

C Social’s starting line-up featured both a mix of Bigside stars, with the likes of James Sloan and Jack Elvin, and hockey players doing their part for their Social. The primarily sixth-form team even featured two Fifths who would go on to put on impressive performances with George Seagrave at left-back and Toby White in goal.

Ludo Aslangul captained the C social side and the players started off strongly, with balls going over the top to the ever-threatening Jack Elvin, as well as going out wide to the wingers Archie Marsh and Arthur Dingemans. Emmanuel Berhanu put in a competent defensive performance as he managed to contain Newman’s winger alongside the stalwart centre-back partnership of James Sloan and Harri Guy. Some more tricksy footwork from Arthur Dingemans sent in Jack Elvin, who then forced a fantastic save from the Newman goalkeeper who could only just claw the ball away. The 6.2 midfield contingent of Ed Lennon, Tom Heptinstall, Ludo Aslangul and Archie Marsh utilised their bond off the pitch to string together a fine lot of passes which once again gave C Social the opportunity. The crowd collectively held its breath as a ball crossed the C Social box, intercepted by no one, and the Newman College left-winger jinked through and forced a fantastic close save by Toby White.

Then C Social were attacking up the other end of the pitch, as right-back Freddie Marshall performed a fabulous aerial back-heel which sent through another C Social attack and nearly led to the first goal of the game. C Social’s best chance of the half then came as Archie Marsh delivered a corner from the left-wing, which impromptu-midfielder Tom Bracy jumped brilliantly to reach but the header just went wide. However, with a change of halves as well as a change of personnel down the left for C, Newman College were able to swiftly play the ball into the box, where some defensive miscommunication allowed their striker to competently coax the ball into the back of the net.

The enemy was soon at the gates once more as the Newman winger crossed a ball in which was expertly chested down by their striker, who thumped it into the C Social net. Toby White was once again called upon, as he pulled off a fantastic one-handed save to deny what looked like a certain goal for Newman College; meanwhile his Fifth form comrade, George Seagrave, was having a dynamic influence down the right for C Social and was interlinking well with Elvin, who struck a powerful effort just wide from the edge of the box.

Then a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box soared into the top corner of the C Social goal and it seemed to put the game out of sight. C Social were now playing for their pride and a rejuvenated attack led by Ed Lennon and Tom Heptinstall sent Tom Bracey through on goal, but he forced yet another fine save from their flawless keeper. James Sloan climbed to reach an impressive header which was soaring into the top corner, but once again Newman’s expert goalie was there.

Newman continued to threaten but an impressive defensive performance from makeshift-centre-back Jack Beattie thwarted them time and time again as he handled Newman’s left-winger like a seasoned pro. As Arthur Dingemans jinked through to set up William Heagerty, the Newman defence were once again alert and they slid in to deny the imposing target man. Charlie Besley’s snappy wing play once again created a chance for C Social, as he cut inside and lined up a shot which was blocked yet again by the determined Newman defence. Then the referee, politics don Mr Jewell, looked at his watch and blew for full time with the score standing at Newman College 3 - C Social 0. The players all shook hands and posed for a group photo before Mr Sparks invited the Newman boys and teachers to supper in C Social.

30 minutes later, the cocoa room was packed with boys from both C Social and Newman College discussing not only the match but also their general school life and C Social PHM Dawn Shand provided a fantastic meal for all of the boys after their tiring game. After messages of thanks to all those involved, the Newman boys departed, buoyed by their victory and all who attended were in agreeance that it was a fantastic event which everyone would like to repeat again next year as the bonds between C Social and Newman College continue to strengthen both on and off the pitch.

Report by Arthur Dingemans, C Social 6.1

 

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