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In preparation for the ISA 5 - a - side football finals the senior boys have played a couple of matches. On Monday 27 February two teams travelled to Cleves.


In rather wet conditions both teams were pushed to their limit. The mainly Year 5 team played with determination and had some really good periods of play, but were eventually beaten 1 - 5. Player of the Match was Monty.


The ISA team were up against a strong Cleves side and were pushed all the way, which was good preparation for the finals. Westward played some very good passing football and were eventual winners 2 - 1. The team is beginning to gel as a good unit.


On Wednesday 8 March the ISA team played a Hersham F.C team, playing 5 - a - side football. We played some really classy football in the first half, with Ben’s finishing in superb form, especially his chip over the goalies head. Substitutions by both sides made the second half a lot more interesting and a lot closer. The Westward side ran out winners 8 - 2 with Ben Player of the Match with his four goals.


Well done boys, you are developing into a formidable unit. A big thank you to Hersham F.C for hosting us and particularly to Mr Sloggett for organising the game.


The next instalment in the journey to the ISA finals was on Monday 20 March against the Hampton Youth side at their ground. In the first twelve minute game our boys were shocked by a goal in the first minute. We didn’t recover from this early setback and lost 3 - 0. A very good lesson was learned - switch on from the off. The next twelve minutes saw us apply more pressure and play as a team and were unlucky to lose 0 - 1. The final twelve minutes showed that we are very capable of holding our own against bigger opposition, so a 0 - 0 result was very satisfying.


A big thank you to Mr. Dowson for organising this, driving us there, reffing the game and imparting valuable knowledge.


On Friday 24 March, eight boys and their parents congregated at Westward at 06.45 to embark on the journey to Market Bosworth and the ISA 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL FINALS.


The journey was uneventful and we arrived well in time for a good warm up, ready for our first game against Littlegarth from Colchester. This was really tight, but we squandered chances to score so had to be happy with the 0 - 0 score line. Our next opponents were Hale Prep from Cheshire. Both sides had chances to score, but both sides shot wide and a 0 - 0 score was the result.


Sherborne House, from Dorset, were the next team we had to do battle with. This was a really hard fought affair with both sides finding the net on two occasions. Unfortunately we surrendered a lead to draw the game. Our first win was 1 - 0 against St. James Junior of London. We should have scored more goals but the goal scoring compass was a little awry.


Our final group game was against The Priory. This was an ill tempered and drama filled affair which resulted in our first loss, 0 - 1. Now we had to wait and see which play off group we were in. Westward finished fourth in the group which put us into the Plate group playoffs.


The first game in the Plate was against St. Margaret’s School from Hertfordshire. We weren’t at our best, letting in two soft goals, not an auspicious start to the battle for the Plate. Gateway School, Buckinghamshire were next to face the mighty Westward. It was good to see the team shake off their previous loss and win 2 - 1. Our final Plate group game was against Vita Et Pax of London. Again we were on song and managed a very important 2 - 1 win, which saw us progress to the Plate Final against Hale Prep, who we had played earlier in the day.


This was a really tense and exciting final. After full time the score was 0 - 0. The extra time saw no score, so the dreaded penalty shootout was to decide the Plate winners. Westward players held their nerve with only one miss out of the five shots at goal. A fine save by Tom, our goalkeeper saw Westward, very happily victorious.


The team thoroughly deserved their victory and accolade of being the winners of the Plate. Our goal scorers were Jamie (3), Himmat (2) and Ben (2). However, the player of the tournament was definitely Tom in goal. He pulled off some magnificent saves and very definitely kept us in the hunt for glory. Well done all the boys for your hard work on and off the field.


A big thank you to Bruton’s Coaches for getting us to and from Dixie Grammar on time and safely. To the parents who endured the journey and supported the team, thank you - we hope you enjoyed your trip ‘up north’.


Mr Pettipher

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