Years 9 and 10 had their first game of the season at home to Kearsley Academy. It was fortunate that the game went ahead as poor weather, including torrential rain, meant that both teams had to adapt to the conditions.

Year 10 struggled at the start and soon found themselves 3 goals down. However, the team showed great resilience and after excellent work from Cole. Blazej broke the offside trap twice and fired the ball in to give us hope at half time. Sharples started the second half well and Faraz nearly equalised but saw his shot fire against the outside of the post. This moment proved to be the turning point and despite the best efforts of Talha in goal and Moises in defence, Sharples conceded on the break and consequently suffered their first defeat of the season.

Year 8 were in action in the Bolton Cup having drawn favourites Rivington & Blackrod. It was always going to be a difficult test and Sharples struggled against a full strength Rivington side. Ashton and Andy lead by example and the lads worked tirelessly but will be hoping for a better result next Thursday against St Catherine’s.

Year 9 had a great start to their season on Tuesday at home. They hosted Kearsley Academy in horrendous conditions and showed fantastic spirit from the outset. After an even start, Jacob headed in to give Sharples the lead; showing great commitment from a corner. Shortly after, another well worked team goal was added from close range giving us a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time. At the start of the second half Year 9 showed no signs of letting up and were ruthless in their attacking play. Additional goals from Muhammad including a sensational volley, along with a 40 yard screamer from Liam, proved too much for the Kearsley side with the full time score ending 7-0 to Sharples along with some excellent saves from goalkeeper Mason. Without question this was the best team performance Year 9 produced in their three years at the school. They will now face Mount St Joseph’s next Wednesday at home to see if they can make it two wins out of two.

It was great to see our local primary schools compete in a tournament held at Sharples on Monday and Year 5 will be playing next week. All students played the game in the right spirit and had a fantastic time. Next week promises to be an eventful one with all year groups in action in the League or Cup.