articley9footballoct2016a

Year 10 started the week off with an away trip to ESSA Academy. Conceding a goal after 7 seconds, the team couldn’t recover from their horrendous start. The next 15 minutes were not much better – definitely 15 minutes to forget! Eventually the game settled down and despite going close twice (through Keane Smith) they couldn’t capitalise. Despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Levi Hazelwood, Sharples couldn’t contain a strong ESSA team.

Year 9 (pictured) continued their excellent form recording their 4th victory in a row. It was a tight game with Sharples falling behind in the first half but Mohammed Amir equalised just before the break. Sharples were a lot stronger in the second half; they made their pressure count. Amin Asmal side footed the ball into the bottom corner and Hayden Dugdale then secured the 3 points in the last minute when he curled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Year 7 travelled to Essa without top goalscorer (and captain) Cole Bridge who suffered a broken toe at the weekend. Despite Uwais Zangaria scoring his first goal of the season, the team couldn’t avoid defeat.

Year 8 were back to winning ways with a convincing 5-2 win at ESSA. Taylor Biggar joined the team; he had a solid game. There were an array of goals from our team. Abdifatah Mohammed scored twice, Sam Fullarton, Taylor Biggar and Josh Crompton were also on the scoresheet.

Year 11 travelled to Bolton School (for the Bolton Cup) with a strong squad looking for a good cup run in their final year. However, the fairy tale ending wasn’t to be but a 4-0 score line wasn’t a disgrace against an excellent team that must be the cup favourites. The PE department would like to thank all players for their commitment since Year 7 and we hope you look back on your school football with fond memories.

This week was the annual Bolton Cross Country Championships. It was an excellent event held at Smithills School. All competitors should be proud to have been selected to represent the school and showed great determination on the day.
Some students deserve a special mention due to their outstanding achievements competing against all of the secondary schools in Bolton. Ellie Forrest in Year 11 finished in 20th place whilst Emily Jones (in Year 10) finished in 15th place. Kyle Jones in Year 9 finished in 8th place and both Emily and Kyler will qualify to run in the GM cup. Cole Bridge, who finished in 3rd place, displayed the performance of the day – he was incredible! He will also get the opportunity to run in the GM Championship.

This week, the school had some excellent news. Year 9 goalkeeper, Tom Stanway, was selected to represent the Bolton town team. Tom will be playing against Stockport on Saturday; the school would like to congratulate him on his achievement. Good luck, Tom!