The St Peter’s Sixth Form football team began their season emphatically in 2017, looking like a formidable force in both league and cup. They are still yet to suffer a defeat, or even a draw at that, and hold an impressive 6 convincing victories out of 6 games. The team consists of many players who were involved in the 2016/17 season; this was also another invincible, unbeaten year.
The most current victory that has been added to this steam-train like form was that of the resounding 10-0 score, over Arnewood School. The game was held in New Milton and looked to be an interesting game, as the two teams had encountered each other already early in the season; Arnewood were the team that fell short in this previous game, so were looking for revenge this time round.
The starting line up showed that we were not here to mess around and risk our unbeaten record, as we fielded arguably our strongest team this season. As soon as the first whistle blew, we showed energy and determination through our work rate, which essentially led to the beginning of the onslaught. The first goal came from new man, Harry Whitton, after a ball was swung invitingly across the six yard box by Patrick McKay; the opposition goalkeeper came to collect the ball but failed to do so, and it was placed on a plate for Whitton to fire into an open net. Now that we had one up on the opposition, the game began to fall into our possession completely; the midfield shifted the ball around the pitch effortlessly and rarely gave possession away.
We looked content in every aspect of our game, even so in the heart of our defence and this was shown through a fantastic 30 yard pass from centre back Ed Aimson, whose cousin is a centre back for professional side Blackpool FC, which switched the play to our right back Sam Drake. Drake continued a mazy run down the right flank and drove towards the edge of the 18 yard box where he fired in a cannon of a shot, into the bottom left corner.
This second goal gave the whole team an extra boost and from this, the goals began to flow. The third goal that was scored came from veteran striker Lewis Sainval, who has proved this season that he can still score goals despite him being near the end of his playing career at the grand age of 19! This was not the only goal that Sainval would score, but in fact scored another three including contender for goal of the year which was a back heeled shot that flew past the keeper. This is another match ball that Sainval now adds to his collection for this year; he has totalled 3 hat tricks this year as well as multiple braces. Again, new star Whitton shows his worth as he buried another extremely similar goal to his first, showing his poacher instincts. I managed to catch up with Harry and asked him how he felt after scoring a brace for such a historic school football team. The modest Whitton said he was, “pretty happy” with his goals but did not wish to share more detail than this. Another player to add to the scoring was Tom Betts, whose goals brought our score up to 8-0.
Luck was proven to not be with the struggling Arnewood side as they saw one of their players turn the ball into their own net, after a sizzling ball that was played across the 6 yard box. Then the final, almost unnecessary, blow came from Ollie Meaning. The goal which was of incredible pedigree was struck home from a perfectly timed volley, past a hapless and dishevelled goalkeeper from 10 yards out. The final whistle sounded and the massacre of Arnewood was ceased.
Yet another incredible and convincing win for St Peter’s who are proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Can they continue this “invincible” season and replicate what was done last season? With the football they are playing, and the amount of talent in the squad; would you want to bet against it?
Goalkeeper – Sherwin Shajikurian
Defenders – Sam Drake, Oran Dougan(C), Ed Aimson, Omid Farjadpour
Midfielders – Harry Whitton, Flynn Quarchioni, Eamon Long, Pat McKay
Strikers – Lewis Sainval, Tom Betts
Ollie Meaning, Harry Wright(injured)
Student Reporter: Harry Wright, Year 12