The 1st XI took on Adams’ Grammar on 27th February. Although they allowed Adams to capitalise on a defensive mix-up and open the scoring, our central midfielders of Fingal Dickens (R) and Ollie Thomassen (S) started to dominate the opponents, with Lucas Arkwright (O) also finding more space on the right-hand side. The equaliser came after some excellent individual skill by Jac Evans (O) on the stroke of half-time.
Shrewsbury's second goal came through great forward play by Felix Jebb (O) and Seb Price (R) down the left, scoring with a reverse stick shot. The third goal came from excellent combinations between the midfield and attack, with Dan Davies (Ch) able to generate some space along the Adams' baseline before squaring to Jebb for a smart finish at the back post. Evans’ second goal came in a similar fashion with the team now scoring at ease. The final result was a win (4-1).
On the same day, our junior teams took on Wrekin College.
The U15 XI made it an unnecessarily difficult match that should not have gone down to the wire! After allowing the opposition two goals as a head start from essentially breakaway play, the U15s finally made some comeback in the last ten minutes of the match, Charlie Jones (Rb) eventually finding the net from some scrappy play in the Wrekin circle. The second goal came from a well-drilled ball from just outside the 25-yard line, that connected with a deflection from captain Harry Twelves (S) into the top of the net, levelling the score with only seconds to spare. The U15s’ final score was a 2-2 draw.
The U14 XI continued their winning habit by defeating Wrekin with some consistently accurate passing and movement that dominated the opposition. Although it took until the second half, the three goals from Oscar Edmondson (PH), Freddie Wells (I) and Harvey Walker (SH) were well-deserved, and together with the fortress in front of goal that was Ollie Thompson (Rt), the team never looked like losing. The U14s won (3-0).
The following Saturday saw the U15 XI playing their toughest fixture of the season against Denstone College, so it was a little surprising that we were only down one goal at half-time! Due to the tenacity of the team, and a ‘fortune favours the brave’ attitude, we were able to grab back a goal through a rapid counter-attack that saw the ball transfer quickly from our end of the pitch, up the left-hand side and release Seb Price (R) to score from open play. Final result a 1-1 draw.
This then brought all squads into the County Tournaments part of the season, with competitions at U18, U16 and U14 level.
The 1st XI travelled to Lilleshall National Sports Centre to challenge for the Plate competition, but despite playing valiantly were not able to return successful.
The U16 and U14 competitions were held here at Shrewsbury School, and despite the loss the day before against a scratch Abbotsholme team of U15 and 2nd XI players, the U16 XI challenged for the Plate competition, captained by Will Gardner (Rt). Having drawn against Wrekin 2 – 2, with both goals from Seb Price (R) earlier in the day, we needed to beat Thomas Telford by more than 5 goals in the final match of the afternoon to win the Plate. With goals from Price x 3, Gleb Petukhov (SH) x 3, Hugo Price (O) and Harvey Walker (SH), we won the game 8 – 0, and with it won the Shropshire U16 County Plate!
The following day saw the U14 XI in the equivalent competition, and after beating Wrekin College earlier in the afternoon 2 – 1 with both goals from Tom Hughes (S), we faced Oswestry in the final game of the match. Although a win might have been a formality, the U14 XI were ruthless in their execution, and beat Oswestry 15 – 3, with goals from Walker x 4, Price x 5, Hughes x 2, Dan Grinnall (O), Oscar Edmondson (PH), Joss Gowar (S) and Freddie Wells (I).
As a result, we won the Shropshire U14 County Plate as well.