HRPS Footballers Dominate Local Tournament
Hutton Rudby Primary School have once again dominated the school sports scene with both their girls’ and boys’ teams qualifying for the youth games in Thirsk!
The girls beat Stokesley 2-0 in a thrilling encounter. With the scores level at half time, it was anyone’s game despite Hutton being camped in the Stokesley box for most of the half. Stokesley were dangerous on the counter attack, however, and their star player had to be closely marked by defenders Alanah and Charlotte. After the break, Hutton’s experience shone through, and goals from midfielder and captain, Freya and forward Brooke. More chances came, including a blistering long range effort from Freya, which hit the post following a fantastic dribble. A well deserved victory for the HRPS girls!
The boys also did themselves proud, beating the eventual second placed team 5-0 in their opening match. Plucked from the HRPS Youth system, Year 5’s Oscar proved to be one of the finds of the season, scoring an amazing four goals in that match! Not since Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene against Arsenal all those years ago have we seen a youngster make such an impact. Remember the name! The next match proved more difficult, with the boys having to come from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw, goal machine Oscar once again stealing the headlines. Following this, Hutton recorded two 2-0 wins, securing their place in the next round. Again, Oscar netted in both games earning himself the golden boot, and a “Sportsmanship Award” for his low-key celebrations. The day wasn’t only about Oscar though, Year 5 goalkeeper Matty only conceded one goal all day, whilst William and Ben also got on the scoresheet. Captain Jake did not let anything get past him in midfield and chipped in with a couple of assists, whilst Olly was a creative force on the left all day.
Manager and walking cliche, Mr. Johnson (a shoe in for this month’s manager of the month award having guided not one, but two teams to victory) said, in a post match press conference, “The children have been fantastic today and will be celebrating tonight, but it’s back to work on the training pitch next week. They are keeping their feet on the ground and taking every match as it comes. It’s a funny old game, but the kids gave 150%. They need to remember that there are no easy games at this level, and every match is a cup final from now until the end of the season.” When asked about the top goalscorer he stated, “He needs to keep his feet on the ground, but it was a fantastic start. For a big lad, he’s great with his feet”
Team water-boy, Mr. Kelly, was left speechless by the performances of both teams.