The most recent fixtures have been dominated by our Year 7, 8 and Year 10 teams, recording 4 victories and 1 defeat between them in the Medway League.Year 10 v Brompton Academy (w 12 – 3)
The Year 10 football team faced Brompton Academy in their second meeting this academic year. With very few alterations made to the starting line-up, Strood, who had only beaten Robert Napier the previous day, were in high spirits, especially due to playing at home on this occasion.
Strood dominated the first half, with some slick passing football through the midfield and some clinical finishing. Strood went into the break 7-1 in front, following a Joe Lee hat-trick and goals from Habas, Smith and Leonard (2).
At half time a couple of players were rotated which allowed for Fox to come on to lead the attack and he soon secured his first goal. This was quickly overshadowed when poor defending led to Strood Academy conceding a second goal but once again they responded by moving the ball around the field quickly, tiring the Brompton players. Further goals were secured and Fox completed a 20 minute hat-trick, and a twelfth team goal was added by Hatchett to secure the goal he had been hunting from the very first whistle.
Despite the score line being dominated by Strood Academy, Brompton Academy did not let their heads go down and through their impressive determination they secured their third goal of the match. Man of the match went to Joseph Lee for the quality of his clinical first half hat-trick.
Year 7 v Hundred of Hoo (w 6-3)
The Year 7 football team played local rivals Hoo at home in the Medway League. This was a real end to end battle, full of enterprising attacking play and plenty of defensive lapses! Strood dominated the majority of the game, and found themselves 6-1 ahead with some brilliantly taken goals by Freddie Bull (2), Luke Barry (2), Kian Alderson and Cameron Martin. Strood then rotated some players and positions, which resulted in Hoo making a spirited comeback, as they scored 2 late goals. Man of the Match was awarded to Lewis Hatchett for a dominant midfield display.
Year 7 v Victory Academy (W 12-2)
The Year 7 football team recently played Victory Academy in a Medway Schools league fixture. The team was severely depleted due to injuries but the boys who did play produced a fantastic performance. The game was completely one sided from the outset with Strood finishing the game as 12-2 winners. Goals from Kian Alderson (4), Luke Barry (3) Lewis Hatchett (1), and Cameron Martin (4) secured an impressive victory. MOM - Lewis Hatchett
Year 10 v Thomas Aveling (w 3-0)
The Year 10 football team travelled to Thomas Aveling in a vital fixture – these sides make up the top 2 in the division and Aveling’s only defeat this season had come at the hands of Strood, so a reverse of that result would have made it extremely tight at the top in the race for the title. Strood Academy dominated the early exchanges and spent much of the first half camped in the Aveling half, although they often committed too many men forward and were occasionally caught on the break. Strood played the enterprising football that has characterised their season, and created a glut of chances, but only had a clean finish from Wise to show for their efforts as they went in at half time. In the second half, Stood again dominated and the substitutes seamlessly entered the game, playing in the same fashion as their teammates. After winning several corners, Strood finally scored a second goal, as Stevie Fox volleyed home from 12 yards with magnificent technique, giving corner taker Callum Smith yet another assist in this Medway League campaign. The continued Strood pressure told on the brave Thomas Aveling back line, as Fox pounced on a defensive error to score his second and Strood’ s third, taking him joint level with teammate Joseph Lee on 9 goals at the top of the league scoring charts. This was the Year 10 team’s most complete performance to date, with slick passing in midfield, good finishing in attack and quality defending that shut out any Aveling counters. Mr Cogger could not split defensive stalwart Teddy Ward and sharpshooter Stevie Fox for the man of the match award, so the players shared the accolade.
Year 8 v Greenacre (w 4-1)
The Year 8 boys football team played Greenacre in a Medway Schools league fixture. After the previous weeks heavy loss to Howard the team looked to bounce back with a victory. The game started well with man of the match Jack Bunter scoring a free kick from just inside the opposing half. Strood quickly added a second when Alfie Montague tapped in a rebound from a Harry Brill shot. In the second half goals from Ciaran Dicker and a penalty from Harry Brill secured the win in what was a dominant display. The game ended in a 4-1 victory. MOM Jack Bunter
Year 7 v Robert Napier (w 7-1)
The Year 7 Football Team welcomed Robert Napier to the Academy. Having narrowly been beaten by Rainham Mark the previous week, the students were keen to secure a win.
The first half started particularly well with Strood Academy quickly gaining possession from the Robert Napier start, and with a number of quick successive passes Freddie B secured the first goal in just 18 seconds. It was another 6 minutes before Strood Academy secured their second goal and this came from the centre midfielder Luke B. Minutes later the students combined with one another again, playing impressive one touch football that allowed Luke B to secure his second goal just two minutes after his last. With the team in high spirits they managed to see out the half with a further three goals scored by Cameron M (12’ & 24’) and Freddie B (16’).
Having secured a 6-0 lead starting the second half, Robert Napier made a number of changes to their line-up that prevented Strood Academy from capitalising on more chances initially. It was Robert Napier that scored the first goal in the second half following an impressive counter attack. Just two minutes later (38’) Cameron M managed to secure his hat trick and Strood Academy’s seventh goal. For the remainder of the game, both teams had a number of opportunities in front of the goals however strong performances from both goal keepers prevented the score line from altering.
MOM: Freddie B
Year 8 2-2 Chatham Grammar
The Year 8 team went into the Chatham Grammar clash full of confidence after their defeat of Greenacre the previous week. After cancelling each other out in the early exchanges, Strood really started to impose themselves on the game halfway through the first half, winning the majority of challenges and aerial challenges. Strood's increasing domination was rewarded when some clever interplay on the edge of the Chatham box was finished by Montague slotting into the far right corner with a curling shot over the goalkeeper.
Strood added a second goal before half-time, as Wilkinson rifled home from long range, picking up a second ball after some more good Strood challenges in the Chatham half. Strood id not start the second half as well as they finished the first, and Chatham began to impose themselves more onto the game. Their pressure told mid way through the second half, when they scored from a Strood own-goal after a mix-up in the Strood defence. Strood battled bravely but the shift in momentum saw Chatham score an equlaiser in the dying minutes, to secure a deserved draw, a fair result in a game where both teams dominated a half of the game each. Harvey Loft was awarded man of the match for an inspired display on the right flank for Strood Academy.
Year 7 8-0 Brompton Academy
The in-form Year 7 team dominated this encounter from the first whistle with some excellent attacking play and distribution from defence. Strood wen 1-0 up early through Martin, but were denied further goals by an inspired display by the Brompton goalkeeper, who pulled off a string of fine saves. Eventually, Strood went 3 up, after Alderson and Martin added further goals in a one-sided first half. The second half saw improvement from Brompton, but as they attacked with a little more regularity, they were picked off by a clever Strood team on the break. This, and the tiring legs of the Brompton players resulted in Strood adding 5 more goals, as Bull and Martin both completed hat-tricks and Alderson secured his second goal of the game. Man of the Match went to Freddie Bull for a goal-scoring and goal-assisting performance that was commended by Mr May, the Brompton PE teacher.