The Tabor Year 8 and 10 students participated in their NWESSA district football semi-finals during the first week of the Summer term, and while the two teams experienced mixed fortunes, both year groups represented Tabor Academy in a superb manner.
Wednesday 13th April 2016 – Year 8s Semi-Final – Notley 4-1 Tabor Academy (After extra time)
The Year 8s reached the semi-final stage once again having done so in Year 7 too. The boys finished in 2nd place in group B winning three and losing one of their group matches. They were coming up against a Notley team who had won all of their games in the opposing group without conceding a goal, so it was going to be a big challenge attempting to make the final. Tabor started the game impressively, closing down the opposition at every opportunity and looking dangerous on the counter-attack. Tabor broke up play in their own half, and an excellent through ball was sent through to Jordi, who ran into the Notley penalty area holding off numerous challenges before drilling the ball past the Notley goalkeeper to put Tabor into a 1-0 lead. Notley came back at Tabor with some effective attacking play, however the defensive organisation of Tabor was strong alongside Chris showing good handling skills in goal. Moving into the second half, Tabor were coming under increased pressure and were relying upon catching Notley out of position. Both teams had a few chances, but players such as Liam were epitomising the spirit of Tabor by making last ditch tackles and preventing Notley from equalising. Tabor were unable to hold on as the game moved into the final 10 minutes. The ball was cleared to the edge of the area, and the Notley midfielder hit a high shot over the goalkeeper to make the score 1-1 and send the game into extra time.
Tabor continued to battle well in extra time however the strength and guile of Notley finally managed to overpower the opposition. An unfortunate mix up in defence allowed a ricochet to fall at the feet of a Notley player 6 yards out, and he sent the shot into the far corner of the goal to give Notley a 2-1 lead. As Tabor pressed for an equaliser, they were caught out pushing players forward, and a swift counter attack from Notley led to a well taken third goal as the striker hit an angled shot into the far corner of the goal. By this point, Tabor were showing tiredness due to their hard work throughout the game. Notley added a fourth goal late on, which was harsh on the Tabor boys given they were leading the game 1-0 for so long. The referee brought the game to an end and it meant Notley advanced as 4-1 winners and will take their place in the final.
The Tabor Year 8s should be commended for their efforts. Every player put in 100% to all aspects of their game, and it demonstrated the excellent talent we possess at Tabor alongside the drive and determination that so many pupils possess. The boys were beaten finalists in Year 7 and semi-finalists in year 8, so have performed admirably in their first two years at Tabor. Team: Chris; Josh; Regan; Tom; Joe W; Joe B; Benedict; Liam; Hayden; Kai; Jordi; Joe H
Thursday 14th April 2016- Year 10s Semi-Final – Tabor Academy 5-0 Maltings
The Year 10s have been the strongest Tabor football team so far this year remaining unbeaten in their group winning all four group games, scoring 15 goals and conceding only 2 goals. With that being said, Tabor came up against a Maltings team who they played in the Year 8 final two years ago, so they were up against some stiff opposition and would have to be at their best to progress to the final. The game started evenly with both teams looking strong in attack. Maltings possessed a fast striker who was causing some problems for the Tabor defence, but at the same time, Tabor were stringing together some excellent passes and creating good opportunities to score. Tabor took the lead midway through the half, as a Tabor corner was half cleared. The ball fell to the feet of Darshan and he sent an accurate low strike into the bottom corner of the net to put Tabor 1-0 up. Maltings came back at Tabor and created a couple of good chances, however James made some excellent saves for Tabor and kept the 1-0 lead intact. As the half wore on, Tabor gained the upper hand with good closing down and playing the ball all over the pitch. The half came to an end with Tabor holding the narrow lead after a very competitive first half.
Tabor came out with even greater determination at the start of the second half. Shaye was having an unbelievable game in midfield and contributed the second goal for Tabor. A swift ball through the right channel sent Brooklyn away, who hit a left footed shot to the keeper’s right side. He could only parry the ball back into play, and Shaye had made a bursting 50 metre sprint to convert a side-foot finish into the goal putting Tabor 2-0 up. Tabor grew in confidence once the second goal went in, with Alex and Sam demonstrating a solid centre back partnership. George was beginning to control the midfield area and it was frustrating the Maltings players significantly. Tabor made it 3-0 after good work on the left side of the penalty area. A looping ball went over the goalkeeper and Charlie added the finishing touch from a couple of yards out. It wasn’t long before a fourth goal came along, as Brooklyn found some space in the area and hit a left footed shot into the far corner to make it 4-0. The final goal came towards the end of the game as George showed some excellent skill in the box, interchanging passes with a team mate, before efficiently striking a shot across the goalkeeper to make the final score 5-0.
The Tabor Year 10s will take their place in their third consecutive final which is an outstanding achievement. The positivity, willingness to succeed and encouragement of the whole team from the boys has contributed to their consistent high standard of play. Fourteen players have performed for the team this season and every one of them has contributed with great success. We look forward to the boys taking their place in the final over the next couple of weeks, and wish them the best of luck. Mr Welton- PE Department