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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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