School Sport: Marshalls Park teacher Paul Aylett proud of team despite loss in Essex Chairman's under-13 Trophy
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:15 13 May 2016
Team manager can't fault efforts of his young side
Marshalls Park teacher Paul Aylett praised the school’s boys year eight football team following their 2-1 defeat to William Edwards in the final of the Essex Chairman’s under-13 Trophy.
Played at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground, the first half ended goalless, but William Edwards hit the front with two goals in quick succession after the break.
Alfie Parrish pulled a late goal back for Marshalls, nodding home a free kick from close range, but in the end it was not meant to be as time ran out.
And Aylett, who manages the sides, believes it perhaps was the difference in the physical condition between the two sides which told on the day.
“We’re a bit disappointed, but fitness played a big part and Williams Edwards are good technically,” said Aylett.
“We have to look at a few things, come back next year and try to compete with one of the best teams in Essex. We pushed them. They done me proud the boys, I’m very proud of them.”
The youngsters, though, won’t be too down following the loss, knowing there is still a chance to earn a winner’s medal in the borough cup final later this month.
“We have the Havering Cup final against Hall Mead to come, and they lost to Williams Edwards 4-3, so I’m hoping we can grab some silverware,” added Aylett.