Year 7s In “Seventh Heaven” Following First Round Cup Win!

On Thursday 20th January, the Year 7 football team strolled into the second round of the County Cup after an emphatic 7-0 win over Coombeshead College.

The Paignton boys took the initiative early on and were duly rewarded for their strong start when Jamie Gruit skilfully drilled the ball through the legs of the Coombeshead keeper to give his team an early lead.

Having gained the early advantage, the team were determined to not rest on their laurels and present their opposition with a way back into the game, so they continued to press forward with waves of attacking football.

The pressure from the home team paid off midway through the second half when Lewis Wealthall doubled the Paignton lead with another well executed shot across the Coombeshead shot stopper to put his team 2-0 up.

The home team refused to take their foot off the proverbial gas as they continued to try and put the cup tie to bed before the first half closed, and a special goal from midfield maestro Harry Hutchings gave them a great chance of doing just that.

Hutchings picked up the ball in the left-wing position and started a Lionel Messi-esque run by beating his first two opponents. He then continued into the Coombeshead box, beating another defender in the process, before sliding the ball into the corner of the goal to cap off a fantastic individual effort and earn his team a 3 goal lead.

The Blue Army extended their lead even further as the first half came to a close when livewire striker Harry Tipton got his name on the scoresheet with a brilliantly controlled finish to give Paignton a 4-0 lead.

The pace of the game became a lot slower in the second half as the home team went into “Game Management Mode”, however this didn’t stop them extending their lead even further as Wealthall doubled his personal tally by adding the fifth goal of the contest mid-way through the second half.

If 5-0 was comfortable, the sixth Paignton goal created an unassailable lead and surely secured progression to the next round of the County Cup. A well worked move provided Tipton with a chance to add to his ever-growing goal tally for his new school, and the striker duly accepted the invitation by dispatching the ball into the top corner of the Coombeshead net to make the score 6-0.

The best was still yet to come and this came in the form of the excellent Paignton seventh goal as substitute Harry Roberts found himself free in the middle of the away team penalty area, before swivelling beautifully and rifling an excellent volley into the top corner of the goal.

What a way to score your first goal at your new school!

The excellent 7-0 score was a great testament to the hard work that the team has been putting into it’s weekly training sessions, and there is great optimism for the rest of the Football season.


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