Week 22 Sports Report

8 March 2024

National Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall Leicestershire

Year 5 Beacon boys represented the Bucks Swans county team at the nationals – William L-S, Sam W, James M and Ollie F.

In Year 6, George O finished 30th and Barney G both finished in the 80.

In Year 7, there is a great picture of Finley F and Charlie C looking very refreshed after a tough race. Superb effort! Well done, boys, it was very tough conditions.

The Picture of the boys leading the race – Barney G and George O.

Reported By Mr Winter 

Colts C2’s vs St John’s Beaumont:

On Wednesday afternoon, the Colts C2’s got their football season back on track with an away trip to St John’s Beaumont and while the going was ‘soft, heavy in places’ the boys acted on the going and put in an excellent performance.

To see five different goal scorers during the game was very pleasing and the whole team made a concerted effort to get the ball down and play some quality passing football. Not even the infestation of midges could deter the boys – probably because they were all biting the coach.

Those scorers were Freddie H with 2, Xander F, Leo M, Joey F and Thomas B all with 1. The boys ended up winning the game 6-2 and should be very proud of their efforts away from home.

Great game boys, well done.

Reported by Mr Powell

Under 12 A vs Swanbourne:

The Beacon 12A enjoyed a win over Swanbourne on Wednesday that was far more comfortable than the 1-0 scoreline suggested. In fact if we handed our squad members a machine gun and asked them to hit a barn door it is fair to say they would probably have missed…

In the end it didn’t remotely matter, a competitive game of football was played without any controversy and it was a lovely afternoon. The ball was swiftly moved around the pitch with Finley W, Theo H and Berik I to the fore. Jack R was a constant threat in the opposition box but it was at the back that I thought the game was won. GK Tag L had an armchair ride as a back three of Thomas R, Finlay F and Xander B soaked up all the pressure to nullify any Swanbourne attack. Alex C and Louis D combined for the latter to break the deadlock.

Well done all, and with the return of one or two skiers, we can look forward to next week’s game against Moulsford with confidence.

Reported by Mr Williams 

U8As vs Moulsford (Won 5-1)

After a couple of weeks off, due to heavy rain and waterlogged pitches, the U8As were able to grace the pitches of Willsfield once again. The game started quickly with a moment of excellence from Sebi W, who dribbled past three defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal. Pressure continued to be applied to the opposition from a high press from attackers Aaron F and Macsen T, forcing them to make mistakes and to turn the ball over. This led to a further three goals being scored before half time without response. One of the goals scored was a terrific effort from Teddy S-S, who struck the ball with all his might from outside the box past the opposition keeper.

The second half was a much closer affair and down to the defensive efforts of Wilf W and Austin B, the boys only conceded one goal in a hotly contested 15 minutes. The moment of the match came from an excellently placed shot, struck by Maxim M, that the keeper knew nothing about until it had rocketed past him. What a goal! The game finished 5-1 after a thrilling encounter. Well done boys!

Reported By Mr Stansfield 

Under 8 C Vs Moulsford 

The mighty U8C’s enjoyed a brilliant afternoon yesterday as they put their counterparts from Moulsford to the sword 5 -0. In a resounding win the boys played some scintillating football, with sublime passing, slick movement and superlative shooting. Ezra B led the way with a wonderful hat trick, while Charlie MS nearly matched that feat with a brace. Edward M was a constant thorn in the opposition’s side and without him, and Hamish M, no goals would have been produced.

Oliver P and Humza I were rocks in defence (we had to work hard to keep Moulsford goalless to be fair) while Luca H and Alfred B were exceptional on the flanks. Well done, all!

Reported by Mike Williams

U11B2 vs St. John’s Beaumont B (A)

On Wednesday afternoon, the U11B2 team travelled to Windsor for a tightly contested fixture at St. John’s Beaumont school. The pitch was heavy but that didn’t stop our boys playing some excellent football which was too good for the opposition at times. The first half yielded chances for both sides, although neither team found the back of the net. On a number of occasions we lost the ball in our own defensive third, getting caught in possession of the ball. However, keeper Joel Jones stood firm in net to save any shots on target.

A half-time team talk which touched on making use of our wing-backs in the wide areas to capitalise on the spaces left by SJB’s 3-2-3 setup, together with an emphasis on being clinical in front of goal, seemed to bear fruit when both sides took to the field for the second half. Despite an early counter attack that saw us go 1-0 down to a smart finish to Joel’s left, we didn’t let our heads drop and bounced back within the next 5 minutes to equalise through a tidy finish from James G, who lead the line superbly for the whole game. 1-1… game on.

The comeback was completed when a period of pressure on the SJB goal resulted in a poor clearance that fell to James on the edge of the box, who rifled it into the top right stanchion. All the keeper could do was stand and watch as it flew past him. Fantastic strike. 2-1.

At this point, confidence was flowing throughout the team and we played some magnificent football at times, consistently getting in behind the SJB defence. One passage of play from a goal kick saw the progression of the ball through the lines to beat the SJB high press, utilising the wing-backs Nikhil J and Lawrence H to full effect, amid the calmness of Hunter O in the number 6 position who dictated the pace of play expertly. A ball over the top into the path of Casper A who marauded forward to latch onto it resulted in a fine strike across the keeper into the bottom left corner. 3-1. An outstanding team goal to cap off a memorable game of football, not least because their coach could only be described as a ‘box of frogs’ on the sideline having his calves bitten to shreds by the midges…

Team – Joel J, Nikhil J, Lawrence H, Zach W, Emilio T, Hunter O, Nicholas L, Casper A, James G.

Reported by Luke Sutcliffe

Bucks Hockey

On Monday, a number of Year 7 boys took part in the Bucks Minis Hockey Tournament at Dr Challoner’s School. The boys played four games against some tough opposition and improved with each game that they played. The afternoon started with a hard fought 1-0 victory against John Hampden Grammar School. The Beacon boys then had a rest match and do some analysis of the opposition. Next up was Sir William Borlase’s who were a very strong team who won 5-0. Our boys went straight from that match to play against Dr Challoner’s who went 3-0 up early on. After a re-group at half-time, the boys rallied together and performed well in the second half to make the final score 3-3.

Last up was RGS. The Beacon boys had some self-belief after their last performance and went on to win 3-0 playing their best Hockey of the day.

Well done to all involved.

Reported by Mr. A. Walker

U13 Football

The sun was shining on Wednesday afternoon for the U13B football match, away against Swanbourne House. The Beacon boys put their opponents under pressure straight from the first whistle and as a result, Zac H intercepted the ball after a loose pass and put away his first goal of the day after only a minute gone. He quickly added to his total after more pressure and it was 2-0 to The Beacon after only 6 minutes played.

The opposition settled down slightly after conceding two early goals and started to keep hold of the ball. The Beacon kept the pressure on and this time is was Bryon H who hit the back of the net to make it 3-0. As the match was only 8-a-side, the fitness level of our boys showed and they continued to press the opposition and steal the ball, this time for Cassius J to get a shot away and make it 4-0.

Some good defense from Dino J and Abhi D at the back and good passing in midfield from Rufus T and Ben G led to the next goal for George G who connected with the ball well to make it 5-0. With Swanbourne House tiring and most of the match being played in their half of the pitch it was a quiet afternoon for goalkeeper Adrian T. With a few minutes remaining and more pressure mounting, the ball dropped nicely for Sam H who put it in the bottom left-hand corner of the net to make to final score 6-0. Well done to the U13B team.

Reported by Mr. A. Walker

U8 C2/3

On Thursday the U8 C2 and C3 played a triangular match against Moulsford. The C2’s played against Moulsford first and passed the ball around nicely. Their were some excellent defensive clearances from the defenders and good work rate from the midfield players which led to the first and only goal of the game. Aman saw his chance and hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to The Beacon.

The C3’s were on next against Moulsford and it was a similar match to the first. Our boys put them under pressure from the off and worked hard as a team. Some good play down the right wing led to a pass into the box to Lucas who was calm under pressure and slotted the ball into the goal to make it 1-0. Moulsford tried their best to level the score but The Beacon’s defence was too good and the match remained 1-0 to The Beacon.

Well done to all involved.

Reported by Mr. A. Walker

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