Friday 3rd February
Gosfield travelled to CIS and in a well contested fixture, always held the upper hand. Antonio Tibaldi was sublime in attack and skilfully netted a hat trick of goals whilst Bowen McCrory was unlucky to just score the one goal. Bowen and Brad Kent were a tower of strength in the midfield, whilst Joe Skillicorn's skilful play set up numerous attacks. Luke Cohen and George Wilkins were always solid in defence. Cambridge's goals came from a penalty in each half. This was a very well desreved win and a good team effort.
Thursday 2nd February
Gosfield conceded an early penalty after some careless tackling in the penalty area. Despite this, Gosfield fought back, with Captain Charlie Bell leading from the front scoring two excellent goals to put his team in front. A well taken shot by Ollie Ings saw Gosfield lead 3-1 at the interval. The second half was an even affair until the last 5 minutes when first Freddie Calvert, then Kyran Trevain fired home brilliant individual goals to make the final score 5-1. Special mention must go to Toyosi Ibiwoye who was tremendous in defence.
Gosfield were unable to adapt to a tricky pitch and once too often allowed the attack to sneak through. This resulted in a goal late in each half as Gosfield chased the score. Josh Clarke was always dangerous in attack whilst Seb Pilgrim defended with great passion. No doubt the Gosfield boys will benefit from this experience.
Wednesday 1st February
Gosfield and Stoke played a warm up match for the upcoming 5 aside ISA tournament with Gosfield eventually winning well. Taking some time to master the tactics needed for 5 aside, Gosfield eventually began to work as a team and by the end of the match were passing and running with great skill. Harry Whitwood, George Bowers and Francis Ulrich each scored 4 goals with Edward Flynn-Haddon rounding off the scoresheet. Alex De Jong kept very well and Henry Shadrack was very solid in defence, all of which augurs well for the tournament on Friday.
Monday 30th January
Gosfield travelled to Nottingham to compete with 19 other U14 teams from all over England in this well run tournament. Gosfield's first match was against Red House from Manchester who would go on to just miss out on winning the final of the whole event. A brilliant goal from George Redfern saw Gosfield lead with just 3 minutes remaining, when a few moments of madness saw the opposition grab an unlikely victory. Gosfield learnt from this and simply got better with every game - winning all their remaining matches against Queen Ethelburgas, Argyle, Huddersfield and Hull. This resulted in Gosfield winning the 'Plate' competition for teams that finished second in their pool. Effectively this placed Gosfield in fifth behind the four pool winners. Every boy played in every game and each made a huge contribution to the success of the day. Charlie Bell was excellent in goal whilst Ben McQuillan was an absolute rock in defence. Michael Freeman and Chris Crowley defended with great strength and in the midfield Sam Hume and Freddie Bowers worked hard throughout the matches to provide quality ball. George Redfern and Tom Dickson were difficult to stop up front, both scoring and assisting some brilliant goals. Without doubt though, the most influential player on the pitch for Gosfield was Ben Wyss. His workrate and skill netting him at least seven goals and more often than not he stopped opposition attacks in their tracks and turned them into opportunities for his team. A very big well done to all the boys and thanks to parents who came and supported.
Tuesday 24th January
Gosfield made the long journey to Ely and after an intial period where play was very even, Gosfield took control of the match and were never headed. Despite missing some key players, every boy stepped up to the mark. Captain for the day, Tom Dickson led from the front and showed great skill to hammer home the first goal. George Redfern made the most of his opportunities and scored the first of his brace just before half time. Kings fought back with a fortunate goal to make it 2-1 to Gosfield at half time. The second half was again very even and at 3-2 with 10 minutes to go, Gosfield asserted their superiority with another four goals. Michael Freeman was very solid in the midfield and linked up well with Freddie Bowers to create several opportunities. All players should be congratulated on a very well deserved result.