• Successful First season for the Sheffield FC Scholars
  • Successful First season for the Sheffield FC Scholars
  • Successful First season for the Sheffield FC Scholars
  • Successful First season for the Sheffield FC Scholars
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Successful First season for the Sheffield FC Scholars

28/03/2019

It has been a successful first season for the Sheffield FC Scholars of Wath Comprehensive School. This season has been made up of some outstanding solo and team performances, with the league all but won, baring a 12 goal swing in a final fixture. The team have faced some tough opponents within the North East of England, but it hasn’t stopped the Scholars scoring 35 goals in just 8 games, finishing with not only the most points in the league, but by far the highest goal difference in the division. The season had fixtures against, Carlisle United, St. Mary’s College (Hull), Elliott Hudson (Leeds), Macmillan Academy (Middlesbrough), and UCFA Rossett (Harrogate). This success has been accountable for the hard work in training, consisting of around 7 hours of preparation per week, consisting of training, strength and conditioning sessions, as well as match analysis/preparation sessions. The squad have shown a fantastic attitude to the first year of the programme, resulting in this success. Another positive factor in which we hope and expect to continue is the excellent group cohesion amongst the team, not only creating a positive environment, but one that has been a key factor to attaining such success in the early stages of the scholarship programme. THE FINAL GAME vs. Rossett The final game of the season required 3 points to all but confirm the league title which was to be played away at UCFA Rossett. The game began with the Scholars creating the better of the chances, with the deadlock being broke around 20 minutes in, where Lyam Shelley played a lovely through ball for Owen Salmons who used his pace to get in front of the defender, drawing the foul and resulting in a penalty, in which Lyam Shelley, a player who has been highly influential this season converted down the middle. UCFA Rossett put up a good fight, having spells of high ball possession, however again Owen Salmons broke down the wing, winning a free kick in which Lyam Shelley curled into the near corner to make it 2-0. Going into the second half, the Sheffield FC Scholars began to take real control of the game, retaining more of the ball and creating clear cut opportunities. Top scorer Lyam Shelley finished another free-kick in which he hit towards the far corner making it 3-0 with 25 minutes to play. Despite being 3-0 up, the penetration and pressure continued as worked on in training, as around 80 minutes Tom Ward’s pressure resulted in a transition in possession, squaring to Fraser Hartley who finished from close range. A clean sheet and 4 goals was the perfect way to end a fantastic first season, all but confirming the league title and promotion for next years’ programme. If you are a girl or boy in Year 11, and you would like to apply for the Sheffield FC Scholarship at Wath Comprehensive School, please contact Mr E Flowers on football@wcs.rotherham.sch.uk or 01709 76022 Opt. 6 for a trial.