Year 7 had a big challenge at the start of the week as they faced Turton in the league. The team knew they would have to be at their best against opposition fielding four academy players. Sharples started slowly and were immediately on the back foot however AJ Rookes kept the team in the game with some good saves. Sharples always looked dangerous on the counter attack and Matthew Senior used his pace to break the offside trap and lob over the on rushing keeper. The lead wasn't to last though, as Turton equalised with the last kick of the half. In the second half, Sharples grew in confidence and William Scarborough caused the opposition problems up top. It was Senior that put Sharples into the lead again as he followed up his initial shot to tap into an empty net after some excellent high pressing to win the ball back. It looked like an incredible win but three points were snatched from Sharples’ grasp as Turton equalised with just two minutes left on the clock. There was still time for Sharples to nearly win it though, as MOM George Edmonds went agonisingly close after a superb run from defence.
That same evening, Year 8 hosted Ladybridge and hoped to continue their good form into the inter break. However, by time half time Sharples found themselves three goals down, with Ladybridge showing some clinical finishing. The second half started well for Sharples and chances went begging although the score remained the same with the match resulting in a 3-0 win for Ladybridge. The following evening Sharples looked to put the defeat behind them when they traveled to cup holders Turton. It was always going to be a difficult task and Sharples struggled with a depleted squad against talented opposition. Unfortunately, Ladybridge had to postpone the fixtures against Year 7, 9 and 10; much to the disappointment of our students.
Going into the winter break, it has been a really positive start for Sharples football teams with squad sizes increasing for every year group and some excellent performances along the way. Training will resume after half term once each week on the astroturf and all year groups will have arranged fixtures against Essa and St Catherine's to keep the momentum going. After half term, we will also see the badminton and basketball season start so keep your eyes glued to this newsletter!