A Brave Fight Back by Ark William Parker team
The Year 8 football team at ARK William Parker Academy won through to the semi final of the District Cup football competition by securing second place in the Hastings A League. Victories against St Leonards Academy and Bexhill Academy meant they would go on to play Claverham in a title decider. They went on to play the winner of the Eastbourne league and valiantly bowed out of the District Cup after an agonising defeat at the hands of a very strong Causeway team.
William Parker entered the match as underdogs as Causeway are the reigning County champions and have produced some impressive displays so far this season. The game started with Causeway playing some very good football and raced into a 3-0 lead by half time.
After the break William Parker raised their game and pressed Causeway into making some mistakes and this resulted in Nathan Crouch making it 3-1. William Parker continued to work hard and defend well. Tom Dearle managed to force the Causeway goalkeeper into making a mistake giving him an open goal to score into making it 3-2. This set up a very agonising last few minutes but unfortunately there wasn't enough time to grab an equaliser.
Manager Graham Morris said, "It was an excellent fightback from being 3-0 down at half time and if there was an extra 5 minutes we may have got an equaliser."
Team- Jay Pepper, Cameron Woodley, Finley Page, Ollie Gain, Warren Pethig, Alex Plummer, Jaden Gerrish, Kian Moynes, Nathan Crouch, Tom Dearle, Richie Davis, Noah Adams, Bean Steadman and Josh Hamer.