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 mixed, Year 5/6 girls and Year 3/4 competitions, with all three teams playing regular matches throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. We also run weekly training for Year 1/2 throughout the year, as well as inter-house and 3-a-side intra-school competitions during the Summer Term!
We have worked really hard to improve our football over the last few years, and as a result we've made some huge steps forward, with our Girls winning the Hertfordshire Cup and Stevenage League in 2018/19. We've also been delighted to see some of our most talented players recruited to play for the Stevenage District side over recent years, while also regularly hosting the Stevenage Year 3/4 tournament, the annual SDPSFA 3-a-side event and the Stevenage Primary Schools FA finals night.
Our first game of the year was a bit of a voyage into the unknown for the Year 3/4 team. For many of us, it was our first every 'proper' game of football with kits, a referee and people we didn't know on the other team - all of which meant that we weren't expecting too much when we took on Ashtree. However, as soon as the game got going, it was clear that everyone on the team was going to give every drop of effort they could to support the team.
Max, Nate and Charlie were relentless in midfield, giving their opponents very little time on the ball, while Jasmine played superbly in defence, holding up attackers in order to give the midfield time to get back behind the ball and help out. Up front, Chance showed excellent control and composure - and scored our first goal of the season - while Toby's fondness for shooting from distance paid off with two spectacular goals. It was a great first outing, and we're looking forward to much more action next term.
Our Football season kicked-off with the Stevenage Schools FA Autumn Tournaments, which we hosted at Bedwell. Our girls were in action first, taking on teams from 11 other schools. With many of the team playing their first competitive game, they performed really strongly, with Ebonie particularly impressing in defence as they secured two draws and two losses in their group, which wasn’t quite enough to make it through to the knock-out stage.
On a much colder, wetter night a few weeks later the girls played their first league game of the campaign, away against Camps Hill. It was an end-to-end game, with Eryn and Ruby running non-stop as they both covered back in defence and looked for opportunities to break-through their very organised opponents. In goal, Daisy continued to grow in confidence, while Sophia (who had only been drafted into the team the day before) put in a player-of-the-match performance in defence, winning tackle after tackle. The girls lost 3-1, but showed great promise for the rest of the year.
A week after the girls had played in their tournament, it was the turn of the boys. They played some excellent football, with Riley excelling in goal and Jacob putting in strong performances in midfield, but they struggled to score and went out in the group stage.
Since then, the boys have worked hard in training and have really come together as a group, winning in the first round of the Stevenage Cup and securing their first win in the league as well. Goals are still in short supply, but their resolute defence is proving incredibly hard to break down, and should give a lot of other teams a real test when the team get back in action after the winter break!