Match Report County Cup Football Yr 6 – Monday 19th November
West Monkton’s footballers progressed in the county cup when they came out on top in their first group stage at Heathfield School and did not concede a goal in the process.
They opened the afternoon with a 2-0 victory over Blackbrook. Stuart set down a marker when he sent a shot crashing against the crossbar after a determined dribble from deep in his own half by Lewis.
Stuart did get on the scoresheet when he followed up to net after Rylee’s shot had been well blocked by the Blackbrook goalkeeper. The result was then put beyond doubt as Rylee slotted home following some quick thinking from a throw-in.
The second match – against Lyngford Park – was a closely-contested 0-0 draw, which saw Monkton have a slight edge, but failed to take what chances came their way.
The match of the day saw Monkton involved in a highly-contested goalless encounter with Creech St Michael, which featured some skilful football from both sides. Luca, in the Monkton goal, made a great save as the ball was flying into the top corner to keep scores level, while at the other end Freddie found himself in great space but was unable to direct the ball into the goal after great work from Stuart.
The result saw both teams end on five points, but Monkton lost out on top spot in Pool B to Creech on goal difference, however, they still gained a place in the play-offs against Ruishton, who topped Pool A. Monkton edged this match when Max netted with a precise shot from distance after a mistake in the Ruishton defence. Freddie and Stuart both brought the best out of the Ruishton keeper as Monkton could have scored more goals.
The Monkton squad all played their part in a successful afternoon with goalkeeper Luca not conceding a goal all afternoon, capped off by his top-draw save against Creech.
Harry and Lewis were rocks at the back with some great tackles and blocks, while Rylee was involved in some amazing link-up play that created many chances.
Max fully deserved his winning goal in the final, while Stuart led the line well and scored the vital first goal.
Captain Freddie led the team by example and never faltered while James helped to freshen the team up when tired legs started to show.
West Monkton now go through to the next stage on the county cup, which is played at Heathfield on 14th January.
TAG RUGBY – Tuesday 9th October
West Monkton’s tag rugby players adapted well to the very muddy conditions as they took on the challenge of four other Tone District schools at Blackbrook Pavilion.
Luca, Daniel, and Samuel scored Monkton’s tries as they earned a 3-3 draw in an evenly-contested opening match with St George’s.
Monkton then came out on top by six tries to five in a see-saw encounter with St Andrew’s. Samuel and Luca each helped themselves to a couple of tries, while Rory and Harry also crossed the whitewash for Monkton.
A 4-4 draw with Cotford St Luke’s then followed with Rory, Samuel and Luca again getting in on the scoring, along with Seth.
Monkton’s final match also ended 4-4 as they took on Ruishton. Harry was again on the scoresheet, but a stand-out performance by the twinkle-toed Samuel brought a hat-trick of scores.
Considering the very tricky conditions it was a good effort by the entire West Monkton squad.
YEAR 3/4 FOOTBALL – Monday 15th October
West Monkton took a much-changed Year 3/4 squad to Heathfield School to take on five other teams from the Tone Area in a series of seven-a-side football friendly matches.
Despite a spirited effort, Monkton opened the afternoon with 2-0 defeat at the hands of Creech St Michael.
Monkton’s next three matches all ended goalless as defences dominated in very tight encounters with Priorswood, St George’s and Lyngford Park.
Despite going down 2-0 to Thurlbear in their final match, Monkton maintained the excellent effort they had shown throughout a fun-filled afternoon of football.
Year 3 & 4 Football Friendlies – Monday 1st October
West Monkton’s Year 3/4 footballers were in unbeatable form as they took on the challenge of teams from four other schools in the Tone District tournament at Heathfield School.
Monkton opened with a 3-0 victory over Lyngford Park. Nile opened the scoring when he nipped in to convert a great through ball from Jack G. Addison then showed great ball control as she reacted quickest after a shot from Nile cannoned back off the post. Danny completed an emphatic victory with a great strike from outside the area.
Monkton’s next match with Trinity was decided when Danny intercepted a goal-kick and shot past the keeper for the only goal of a tight encounter.
The next match, against Holway was equally as close, but Monkton grabbed the only goal as Nile kept his cool in one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Monkton really found their scoring touch in their final match as they saw off Ruishton 4-0. Danny started the ball rolling with a good strike from an Archie pull-back. Nile then shot through a ruck of players from just outside the area to make it 2-0. He then intercepted a wayward pass to grab a third before Archie completed the scoring after some good Monkton build-up play.
For Monkton, Thomas did well in goal as he kept four clean sheets, Jack B was a fantastic supporting player doing everything but score, while Ronaq also played his part in a quartet of fine team displays.
Year 5 & 6 Tag Rugby Event – Tuesday 25th September
A brilliant start to the Tag Rugby season at Bishop Fox’s School. The afternoon started with some coaching from some young leaders who are learning the ropes at Richard Huish College, before going on to play some first matches. A good all-round effort saw the team win two and lose one of their matches.
Year 4 – 6 Cross Country Event – Monday 24th September
West Monkton athletes took part in the Tone Area 3 x 900m relay event at King’s College, Taunton. Monkton fielded three teams, all in Race One.
The team consisting of Samuel (who ran the first and third leg) and Paddy, finished ninth overall over the two races in a time of 14mins 0.96sec.
The team of William, Oliver and Sasha were 15th overall with a time of 14:21.81.
The team of Rory, Luca and Adam were overall 19th in 15:16.73.
There were over 90 teams from all over the district taking part so these three results are absolutely brilliant. Well done to all involved.