Bedwell Football Club has expanded rapidly over the last five years, and we now have over 70 boys and girls training with us every week. This year we are fielding teams in the Year 5/6 girls, Year 5/6 boys and Year 3/4 leagues, with all 3 teams playing regular matches throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. We also run lunchtime training sessions for children from Year 1, as well as inter-house competitions during the Summer Term!
We have worked really hard to improve our football over the last few years, and since finishing bottom of Division 3 six years ago, we've made some huge steps forward, with our Girls finishing as league and cup runners up twice in the last three years and our Boys making it to the Stevenage FA Cup semi-finals
for the first time in 2016. We've also been delighted to see four of our most talented players recruited to play for the Stevenage District side over the last three years, and over the last twelve months we have also hosted the Stevenage Year 3/4 tournament, the Girls Autumn Tournament and the Stevenage Primary Schools FA finals night - which you can read about here.
Our Girls team made huge improvements through the Spring Term, with the line-up finally settling into place and every player growing in skill and confidence. As a result, we scored our first goal of the season against Lodge Farm (a brilliant free-kick from Kate that shot into the top corner) in an evenly matched 2-2 draw, and then followed that up with another draw two weeks later, in a 1-1 tie with Camps Hill that we probably deserved to win. A heavy defeat away at a very strong Giles team took a bit of the gloss off the end to the season, but it has been fantastic to see every player contributing to the side’s improvements in form, with Millie’s all-action, no-fear defending, Ashley’s ‘be everywhere’ commitment and Hannah’s astonishing development in goal really standing out.
- February - back in action
February saw our Year 5/6 Boys Football team getting back into action after their winter break, with tough games against Woolenwick and St Margaret Clitherow. On Thursday 2nd February the boys took on league leaders Woolenwick - and, thanks to some great defence from Connor and Bradley and some brilliant saves from Man-of-the-Match Michael, the game stayed very tight in the first half, with the boys unlucky to be 1-0 down at half-time. In the second half, however, we made a lot of substitutions and, with players being pulled out of position and some of our key playesr off the field, the game slipped away, eventually seeing us lose 6-0.
A week later, however, we took on St Margarets in the Stevenage FA Cup with a smaller (and more confident) squad. Noah, Joe-Lee and Cristiano put in tireless performances, winning the ball back all over the field, and the boys never let their heads drop, despite going 1-0 down early on. Hard work (and some great play from Man-of-the-Match Joe-Lee) pulled it back to 1-1 at half-time, with Noah scoring after being played in by an excellent pass from Harvey - only for a messy goal to put us behind again early in the second half. Once again, however, the boys upped their work rate, levelling again thanks to a thumping drive from Connor and, with just 5 minutes left, finally going ahead 3-2, with Noah scoring from a corner. The last few minutes were really tense, with the ball flying from end-to-end, but we held on and the boys therefore made it through to the Quarter-Finals of the Cup for the second year in a row.
The Boys next fixture saw them taking part in the Stevenage FA Autumn Tournament, playing in the group stage that we hosted at Bedwell. With half of the squad unavailable for a variety of reasons, Edy, Devon and Brandon P stepped into the team and performed really impressively against some very strong schools. Losing a really tight game 1-0 against eventual tournament winners Walkern was a particularly good result - but we were ultimately let down by our inability to put the ball in the net, which we’ll be working hard to put right next half-term.
The Girls, meanwhile, have had to quickly get to grips with competitive football. With only Aanshi and Honey every having played for the School before, over half of the team were playing their first ever competitive game when they took on a highly-rated St Vincent side. An 11-1 loss showed how steep the learning-curve is going to be this year, but over the following few weeks the results got closer and closer, and while we’re still finding it hard to score, the Girls are determined to secure a first victory next half-term.
Both our Boys and Girls Football Teams have had a busy start to the season, competing in both the Stevenage League and two festivals. The Boys team began their season away at Round Diamond, with a new-look team that featured Michael in goal, Noah in defence, Joe-Lee and Daly in midfield and Harvey up front. A brilliant start saw the boys go 1-0 up after just 3 minutes, with Harvey’s hard work in training paying-off with a deserved goal. However, as the Round Diamond players grew into the game, the match became more and more stretched, and we conceded to make it 1-1 at half-time. In the second half, the fact that it was this group’s first ever game together began to show and, despite some brilliant work from Joe-Lee and man-of-the-match Noah, we ended-up losing 4-1.