SOUTH Axholme School Under 16s team entered the Scunthorpe and District hockey competition.
The Isle squad were full of confidence after beating Winterton 5-0 in a friendly the previous night. However, this tournament was certainly not going to be easy, especially as they had to play both of last year’s finalists: Frederick Gough and Vale of Ancholme in the league stages of the competition.
The first game saw the SAX girls face Vale of Ancholme. They got off to a very bright start and after just one minute Jade Jenkinson made a superb run down the right hand side of the pitch and managed to pick out Lucy Corfield at the top of the D, who swept the ball off the ground and into the back of the net leaving the Vale keeper with no chance.
The SAX girls kept up the pressure and it wasn’t long until they secured their lead with a second goal. Holly Lightburn created the goal with an inch perfect pass through to Laura Severn who smashed the ball comfortably into the corner of the goal. Final score 2-0.
The girls next faced the ever strong Frederick Gough. As expected, Fred Gough came out guns blazing but struggled to break down SAX’s solid defence with Jess Moore and Holly Lightburn holding the fort. There were great chances at both ends, but the game finished 0-0, meaning that SAX topped the group on goal difference and went through to the semi-finals to play local rivals North Axholme.
In the semi-final, SAX dominated possession and created many chances, with Charlotte Foley and Lucy Corfield both coming close to scoring. But despite having numerous chances and short corners the girls could not find the back of the goal. With just one minute to play it was looking like the girls would scrape through on short corners, then from out of nowhere a NAX player ran through on goal and found herself one-on-one with SAX goalkeeper Abi Atherton. The NAX player smashed the ball across goal, but somehow Abi managed to dive to her right hand side and tip the ball onto the post. The year 8 goalkeeper had saved the team and ensured them a place in the final against Sir John Nelthorpe. Sir John Nelthorpe looked incredibly strong in their semi final against Fred Gough, winning the game 2-1 and had an exceptional player in their centre of midfield. Therefore Anna Zhou took on the challenge of man marking her in the middle of the park. Anna did a superb job and the SJN player could hardly get a touch of the ball. This allowed the rest of the team to focus on their game and press forward. For the first half of the game it was evenly matched with chances at either end. In the final five minutes SAX really started to press and won a short corner. Lucy Corfield took a phenomenal strike from the top of the D, but it narrowly missed the left post. The final score was 0-0 and there was no time left for extra time or penalties, so SAX won due to receiving more short corners.