The Brambletye 6-a-side tournament is a fast paced event where goals make a huge difference to the overall outcome. 5 points are awarded for a win, 3 points for a score draw and 2 points for a goalless draw. Scoring goals is the main focus of the tournament and we found that out the hard way.

In our group we had to face St Christopher’s, Ashdown House and Brambletye. St Christopher’s brushed all 3 teams aside by a minimum of a 3 goal margin so the race was on for second place to secure a spot in the main cup competition. A goalless draw against Ashdown left us rooted on 2 points with only 1 game to play and due to the 1-1 draw between Ashdown and Brambletye we knew we had to beat the hosts to stand any chance of progressing. We were left frustrated as another goalless draw played out. We had a bag full of chances but just could not convert.

So, we found ourselves in the Plate competition against a Cottesmore side who had also endured a torrid time in their group stage. Another goalless draw, more missed chances and 6 frustrated players! As this was the knockout stage we played 5 minutes of extra time and right on cue Cottesmore hit us on the break to end our hope of reaching the final. To maximise game time we played a 3rd/4th play-off game against Ashdown and although it did not mean anything the boys wanted to end on a high. We dominated the game and took the lead via a deflection. Ashdown hit back but Joseph was on hand to slot home to give us our first victory of the day.

All in all it was a good learning experience as we came up against some good teams and looking back at the results, other than the St Christopher’s game, we defended well and everybody had a fair share of football. Well done to Austin, Joseph, Charlie, Jacob, Ben, Sam D and Sam S.

MA