King’s School under-16s brought home a bronze shield from the All England Schools Finals at Walsall on Saturday.
Their opening game of the day was against one of the best drilled sides in the country, Manchester Grammar. King’s scored in the first 30 seconds, with Fletcher and Bosworth adding one apiece each. Manchester were visibly stunned as King’s defended well to leave the score 3-3 at half time.
But a strong second half from Manchester made the final score 7-3, leaving all for King’s to do in the later games to make the play-offs.
Kings played to their strengths in attack and led 3-1 at half time against Alleyns. The second half saw a strong period for the opposition but a 4-3 King’s victory meant the play-off position would be decided on the outcome of their last game against Bolton.
King’s were 3-2 down at half time to Bolton and finally lost 9-2. A3-2 win over KES in the play-offs secured them the bronze shield.
Special mention went to Luke Greenwood who won all but one of his ball swims, and player of the tournament was Adam Found with some outstanding and agile goalkeeping.
King’s under-16s are, from left (goals) – Tom Roe (1), Adam Found, Aidan Monaghan (1), Charlie Wilkinson, Luke Greenwood, Phil Fletcher (2), Jack Shennan (3), Dan Bosworth (5) and Josh Adams.