In Round 4 of the ESFA Cup last Friday, our senior footballers lost 2-4 to Thomas Telford School. In poor weather conditions, mistakes cost us dearly, although goals from Will Hargreaves and Jamie Humes kept us in the game until Thomas Telford’s fourth goal.
The team immediately bounced back with a good performance against Manchester Grammar School the next day. First-half goals from Gene Ratandaros and Jamie Humes were enough to secure the win as, despite a late MGS goal, we held on comfortably for our tenth win from 13 matches.
The 1st XI travelled to Highgate for their ISFA Boodles Cup match on Wednesday, but sadly failed to adapt to the challenging conditions and the strong opposition. The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead after 25 minutes, but Shrewsbury responded to reduce the scoreline to 3-2 by half time. Shrewsbury were getting to grips with the game when Highgate were awarded a penalty, which they converted. Once more Shrewsbury responded and brought the score to 4-3.
Highgate were awarded a further penalty which they missed and Shrewsbury applied a lot of pressure on the home goal, but to no avail. It is very disappointing to be eliminated from two cup competitions in five days, especially after a very successful first half term where we had nine wins out of 11 matches.