Hastings team reach semi finals of the County Shield

The Ark William Parker football team showed great perseverance, faith and respect when they achieved a place in the semi-finals of the County Shield. The Year 10 team won 3-2 against Oriel High in Crawley.

After waiting 30 minutes, due to the council not marking out the correct lines, the game eventually got under way. The Parker team had a few chances to score but so did Oriel High and it was the hosts who took the lead towards the end of the half. Parker still had real hope that they could win; they didn't let their heads drop and continued to create chances.

After their team talk at half time, Parker showed a great amount of team spirit by creating their own huddle to gee themselves up. This clearly showed in the way they played in the second half when they came out really fired up; they could have been level but again the hosts broke away and scored a second.

After going behind, Parker levelled through Finley. This now provided a real sense of perseverance in the team and they had a belief that they could win. After sustained pressure Jaden then equalised and sent the game into extra time.

Another team talk and they were motivated to get the winner which Finlay scored.

Parker then really started to play with confidence and could have scored more but eventually settled for a 3-2 win to move into the semi finals of the County Shield.

Coach Mr Morris said, “The Year 10 football team were an absolute credit to the school today both on and off the pitch. They encompassed all of our core values as a school and fully deserved the win.”   

In terms of what they did, our team encompassed the academy's core values throughout the 5 hours that they were on the trip. In terms of respect - they showed this not only to the other players but amongst themselves with their conduct. In terms of faith - they all showed faith in themselves and each other by having the belief that they could win the game. Our congratulations go to the boys on their achievement and for representing the academy so well.