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Hersham take the spoils in first ever ‘Origin’ matches!
On Wednesday, boys from Years 4, 5 & 6 took part in our first ever Walton residents v Hersham residents football matches. Both teams fielded 2 sides and not surprisingly the games were very keenly contested.
In the ‘A’ game, Walton dominated the early possession and territory but couldn’t find a way past a resolute Hersham defence and goalkeeper. Despite some intense goal-mouth action (and some dangerous counter-attacking by Hersham) the teams reached half time locked at 0-0. Hersham were forced into a key change as goalkeeper James had to leave to go swimming – Toby dashed across from the other pitch and the second half got underway. Walton poured forward, another scramble near the goal, Charlie chipped the new goalkeeper and Keelan headed the ball into the goal from on the line. They may have disputed who scored it, but without question Walton were 1-0 up. Cue the fightback… Hersham stormed forward, Tyler grabbed the equaliser and then, with time running out, Jonathan collected a corner at the edge of the box and smashed an unstoppable drive beyond Matthew into the top corner of the Walton net. 2-1 to Hersham and it was enough to earn the victory.
Over on the other pitch, the ‘B’ game was just as competitive. The first half was tight, there were great chances at both ends but only 1 goal, scored for Hersham by Walton resident Daniel (playing as an ’overseas’ signing for Hersham!). Walton were a man short in the second half due to the re-organisation caused by the swimming but they had a strengthening wind at their backs. They powered forward but couldn’t quite find the finesse in front of goal to grab an equaliser. When they did carve out a golden chance, a wonderful point blank save by Tom denied a Walton goal. Most of the really classy football was being played down the Hersham right with Daniel and Luca (another ‘overseas’ signing) exchanging one touch passes and carving open the Walton defence. It was only a matter of time before an opportunity was converted and it came midway through the second half when Luca fed Ben who cut in from the right to fire a low left footed shot past Ollie into the Walton net. With Walton hurling themselves forward in the final minutes in something resembling the Charge of the Light Brigade, Hersham once again broke away with swift passing leading to Oliver slotting home number 3. A truly great, entertaining game for the bumper crowd to enjoy. It was Hersham’s day but I’m certain Walton will be back!
Well done to all boys who took part. For now, Hersham are the ‘Origin’ boys football champions.
Walton A – Matthew Beecher, Joseph Horsey (c), Tom Cursons, Keelan Brient, Eoin Canning, Charlie Hill, Jacob Garland, Joe Nolan
Hersham A – James Heyburn, Daniel Leyshon, Sean O’Brien, Michael Burns (c), Jonathan March, Mark Loggia, Tyler Fifield, Cristian Silva
Walton B – Ollie Herbert, Lewes Block, Luca Hutton, Thomas Cardemil, Raul Fernandez, Giuseppe Alessi (c), Ethan Fishpool
Hersham B – Toby Bevan, Tom Fitzpatrick, Mark Broadberry, Matteo Hutton (1st half for Walton), Luca Federico, Daniel Horsey, Ben Matthews (c), Oliver Tack, Joe Drummond