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Football News

Player of the Week

Zeph (Yr 7) was a rock at the back for the U12As again in their good win versus City Of London while Namish (Yr 7), after moving up from the Ds, was outstanding for the U12Bs on the same day. It is difficult to pick out two players for the 1st XI this week with all players playing so well, but Guy (Yr 12) and captain Josh (Yr 13) put in two inspirational performances against Hampton scoring two goals each. Player of the week is Bradley (Yr 9) who scored another hat-trick for the U14As.

Team of the Week

The U12 teams continue to shine in their first season. Against City Of London their wins for the As, Bs, Ds and Es show the future is bright. The U14As put in one of their better performances of the season to beat Royal Russell away 4-1. Team of the week though can only go to one place with the 1st XI's memorable 4-1 win over the reigning national champions Hampton in the last 32 of the National Cup. One of the best performances by a Wilson's team was even more impressive as they went a goal behind after one minute. The side displayed incredible togetherness and quality to move into the last sixteen in the country. A deserved fantastic achievement for the hard work they have put in.

Photos — above, U14A vs. Royal Russell; right, player ion the week Bradley
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Wilson's 4 VS 1 Hampton (National Cup Last 32)

After several gruelling weeks of training and preparation, it was finally time for Mr Wells' 1st XI to take on the reigning national champions, Hampton, in the last 32 of the National Cup. The team arrived in the changing rooms with a mixture of nerves and excitement, aware of Hampton's quality but also confident that Wilson's could defeat any team they play. After warming up in the frosty conditions, Mr Wells delivered one final team talk and moments later the game was underway.

It couldn't have started less well. We all knew how dangerous Hampton would be from set pieces and within the first few minutes, a clever corner routine caught Rich (Yr 13) out at the front post and squirmed in past Ellis (Yr 11). 1-0 Hampton. We didn't let our heads drop, knowing we had the whole game ahead of us, and minutes later, we found ourselves with a corner of our own at the other end. An in-swinging Tom (Yr 11) delivery led to a scramble in the box, with Josh (Yr 13) eventually volleying home into the top right corner. After what had been a frantic first 20 minutes, we relaxed into the game, defending resiliently and limiting Hampton to very few chances.

With the scores level at half-time, we knew that we had a great chance; the game was ours for the taking. We were beating Hampton to every loose ball, with dominating performances throughout the side, although we were lacking the crucial composure required in the final third - that was until Guy (Yr 12) found himself with his back to goal in the box, swiveling and bending a vicious shot past the Hampton keeper. The opposition were shell-shocked. We were ruthless. Another teasing corner floated in by Tom met Josh's forehead and he had his brace. Now two goals down Hampton were turning up the heat with long spells of possession. Wilson's stood firm however, with Callum (Yr 13) commandeering the defence and the midfield trio working their socks off to win the ball back. It was this relentless pressure that led to the fourth goal: Rich (Yr 13) won a crunching tackle near the Hampton penalty area, before delivering a low cross into the box which was tucked home for Guy's second of the game.

The support from parents and Wilson's boys had been incredible and the crowd erupted at the final whistle. We had not only knocked out the national champions, but we had knocked them out in style. It was a game that will live on in the memory of everyone involved and the feeling of pride in the group at the end was one that I will certainly never forget.

Article by Richard (Year 13)

Football Results

Monday 13 January

Wilson’s vs Glenthorne (Sutton Cup)
U15A won 3 - 1

Friday 17 January

Wilson’s vs City of London (Friendlies)
U12A won 3 - 0
U12B won 5 - 2
U12C lost 3 - 2
U12D won 5 - 1
U12E won 6 - 2

Saturday 18th January

Wilson’s vs. Hampton (National Cup, last 32)
1st XI won 4 - 1

Wilson’s vs. Ewell Castle
U15B won 3 - 1
U14B lost 6 - 1
U12B won 3 - 2

Wilson’s vs. Royal Russell (Friendly)
U14A won 4 - 1


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