March 2012 Sports Reports
6th Form County Cup Final
Thomas Bennett Community College 6th Form Football team were crowned as 2nd XI County Cup Winners last Wednesday. They completed a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Worthing College to become the first ever 6th Form the school to win such a competition.
It only took the team just 2 minutes to take the lead through central defender Darian Clay who scored with a header from a well rehearsed corner. The lead was then double only 3 minutes later when Jordan L'Etendrine scored with a crisp finish. The match almost seemed over after only 12 minutes when Tom Howard-Bold scored from an almost impossible angle.
Worthing College, who’s players take part in a football academy, then slowly came back into the game with some good possession and got themselves back into the game with goal. This ended up having the opposite effect for Worthing and fired the Boys from Bennett up and responded almost immediately with a fourth goal. Jordan L'Etendrine completed a brace with a timely run into the penalty area.
The second half ended up being a little bit of an anti-climax and the score remained 4-1 with no real threats to either goal.
The team now go on to face The Weald on Wednesday 18th April in the U19 County League Cup Final and hope to complete an unprecedented double in the under 19 tournament. The game will be played at Sussex FA HQ, Culver Road, Lancing 7.30pm KO
Girls U16 Football Final
On Friday 23rd March 2012 the Thomas Bennett Community College U16 girls football team ventured down to Lancing College to take part in the Sussex County Cup final. No other Thomas Bennett Community College girls football team had ever reached this stage of the cup and so it was a massive achievement in itself to be there. The opponents were Beacon School in Crowborough and both teams had their eyes on the prize.
The game kicked off within the beautiful historic grounds and both teams were ready to battle for the cup and give their all for the next 80 minutes. After 15 minutes Thomas Bennett Community College took the lead with a goal from Ana Periera, who has scored in every single county cup game and Bennett were ecstatic.
Ten minutes later captain Charlotte Owen scored the best goal I have ever seen in a school game, from just over the half way line it shot like a bullet into the top of the goal.
The second half started well and the cup was almost within reach until a penalty was awarded against us. This brought a wave of uncertainty over the team and then when Beacon scored 2 more goals within the next 7 minutes I thought the team would give up. Although the score line did not change and we ended up losing 3-2 the girls battled to the final second with shot after shot on target.
When the final whistle went the team were disappointed but acted in such a mature manner that was an amazing thing to witness. They all went and shook every single opponents hand and were gracious in defeat.
Despite losing the game the girls made Miss Wells and I the proudest teachers in Sussex and were an absolute credit to the school. Well done girls.
Jemma Barnes, Michylea Humpries, Ashleigh Miller, Alicia Haworth, Steph Cox, Nicole Newman, Siobhan Miller, Kelly Poynton, Charlotte Owen, Keyannea Barrett, Ana Pereira, Lauren Glover, Fahran Hill, Diana Silva Da Corte, Catia Pestana Luis
Year 9 Football Final
It was clear from the first year they came together as a team that we had something special in the current year 9 team.
From the off they have dominated the football in Sussex and for the past two years they have been successful in winning the Sussex School County Cup. This year they have had some tough competition, but they felt they still had a good chance. That was until they discovered their opponents in the final were Lancing College and the match was to be played at Lancing!
In the first few minutes, Ollie Gill had an amazing attempt in goal which raised their spirits and gave the team confidence.
Soon after Decarrey Sherriff put away the first goal and close to the end of the first half Decarrey Sherriff scored yet another goal for Bennett. Bennett dominated in the second with Ollie Gill scoring a brilliant goal set by the team with an excellent piece of play. After that Jordan Drew nearly took on the whole team and then driving forward to the goal keeper going to the side of him and back heeling it into the goal but on the way it deflected off a defender and therefore being an own goal. This made it 4-0 and gave us all high hopes for the end result. Near the end of the match it dropped kindly for Connor Perry who hit it powerfully and on accurate shot swung into the top right hand corner.
The whistle went for full time; we all had a huge smile on our faces as we were the COUNTY CUP CHAMPIONS three years in a row.
‘The Match’ as told by player - Owen Wyeth