Sharples’ football teams were back in action this week as three of our year groups played host to St James’ School. It was fantastic to see our sizeable home squads as they arrived at our pitches on the sunny match day afternoon. It was also nice to see 9 Year 11 pupils officiating the games.

Year 7 looked short of match practise and struggled at the start of the game. They soon found themselves 2 goals down. The team never really got going and, despite finishing the game well, lost 4-0. The team will hope to bounce back in their match next Tuesday when they will be playing away at Horwich St Josephs’.

Year 8 also conceded 4 goals but deserved more from their game. They were unable to capitalise on their opportunities in front of goal. Keane Smith was unlucky and could easily have scored a hat-trick on a good day. It was a much improved performance from the team, with plenty of positives to build on.

The Year 9 team had a number of debutants but the competition for places couldn't prevent the team from suffering a heavy defeat to a very talented St James’ team. The team finished strongly and managed to score two goals, but must tighten up defensively in their next game.

Unfortunately, ESSA Academy had to cancel the Year 10 fixture. Year 10’s next game will be against Horwich St Josephs’ on Tuesday 24th March.