School Sport: Marshalls Park suffer first loss
PUBLISHED: 08:56 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:56 11 November 2015
National Cup: Richard Challoner 4 Marshalls Park 0
Marshalls Park’s year eight boys were brought down to earth by defeat in the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup yesterday.
The Romford pupils travelled to Kingston with an unbeaten record and looking to continue their good form.
And they had a great early chance to take the lead when Joel Bevan put through Ben Jones, but his shot was well saved by the Challoner keeper.
Challoner were workmanlike with their performance, dominating possession and soon went 1-0 up when Park failed to deal with a cross.
The home side were 2-0 up at the break after Park again failed to clear their lines and were punished when the strong forward poked home a cross from close range.
But goalkeeper William Fisher kept Park in the game with three or four fantastic saves.
The second half started brightly and Thomas Greene was put through by Bevan, but once more Challoner showed their class to stop what could have been a game-changing goal.
Challoner scored two quick succession goals to kill the tie, but Park battled on and Teddy Penn had the last of the chances for a consolation goal, but was judged to have fouled the keeper in the box.
Head of PE Paul Aylett said: “The team can play better and sometimes a loss can teach the players as much as a win.
“I hope the boys learn from this game and can turn it around when we face Robert Clack in the Essex Cup.
“I expect more from the boys and they know it. We have a good team – we just need to take our chances when they come and get our confidence back with a good performance in the next match.”
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