Year 8 started off the football season with an away trip to Little Lever. Last year, this fixture was very one sided with Little Lever dominating the game and finishing convincing winners. This year, the game finished with a similar outcome but the margin was much smaller and our performance was vastly improved. Tom Stanway produced some fantastic saves and Gil Nogueira scored once but was unlucky not to score more. On a more fortuitous day, the result could have been a lot more positive, which bodes well for future matches.
Year 9 began their fixture, also at Little Lever, brightly and competed well. Better passing from Little Lever soon paid off as they netted their first goal on the ten minute mark. This deflated Sharples’ confidence and although they clawed a goal back, from a great strike by Kai, it still left them trailing 5 goals to 1 at the break. With changes made and with the correct mindset, Sharples made the better start to the second half, scoring within the first 15 minutes. Tired legs and a couple of minor injuries meant that Sharples ran out losers 8-2. It was a fantastic effort by the team and a man of the match performance from Nathan Hill in midfield.
The Year 7 team looked for a winning start to their Sharples’ career. After a promising start, Sharples conceded 2 goals from corners due to subpar marking. Just before the break, Rafina Rafique scored a headed goal from a well aimed cross by Sam Fullaton. The second half was a close contest and with numerous goal post rattlers by Senior and AJ. Sadly, the team couldn't find a way to get back into the game. This was a first performance to be proud of, from the team with a very promising looking season ahead.
The last team to travel to Little Lever was Year 10. They looked to put last season’s disappointment behind them and really push themselves towards success. The team looked short of practise and despite some excellent chances found themselves 2-0 down at half time. The second half was a test of character and Sharples responded in excellent fashion. Firstly, debutant Umair Ali scored after great build up play from the impressive Brandon Temple. The second goal was scored by Hisham, who tapped in a rebounded Finley Ward penalty. The game was end to end and in dramatic fashion, Sharples secured the points when Hasan Dashu scored from another Brandon Temple assist. A fantastic start and hopefully a sign of things to come.