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What a Game - Bolsover WINS County Cup

Year 11 Boys Football Team Captain Harry Bridge recalls the match...

What a game, what a day, what a year. It’s some accomplishment to be able to say we are the first team from Bolsover to lift the County Cup. It started with the boys turning up to school in our normal gear and seeing Mr Pemberton knowing we had the final only hours away. Then we got on the bus, songs blasting, getting in the mood. Then we arrived at Moor Farm (Derby’s training ground), headed straight to the training room, we heard a motivational speech from Mr Pemberton. We headed out to the pitch ready to warm up. After the warm up we headed back into the changing rooms where I told the boys to enjoy it as this is the last time we play together and to go and get the trophy. We were now out on the pitch ready and the first whistle blew. Straight from the off we pressed however we were on the back foot. We dominated the midfield but their long balls were cutting us open. About 10 minutes in they scored, making it 1-0 to them (West Park) and it was a wake up call.


They continued to dominate until just before half time where Zac put a ball into the box where I lunged for a diving header. However, the keeper wiped me out, kneeing me in the head which knocked me out! Sir told me to run through a brick wall but this won us a penalty and I was adamant I was taking it even after being knocked out but the Derby physio said I was unable to play so Kaine Britton stepped up and scored the penalty making it 1-1 at half time. After a speech from me and sir at half time the boys were raring to go and win the game.


So the second half has kicked off and we were all over them and it didn’t take long for the top goal scorer Max Eastwood to put us in front 10 minutes into the second half with a clinical finish and coming to celebrate with me after. The momentum stayed and Max got the brace 5 minutes later with another poachers finish. After this we dominated until the last 10 minutes in which it was park the bus time and we soaked in a lot of pressure. Me and Sir had our hearts in our throats but thankfully the final whistle blew and the celebrations started. We had stopped West Park’s streak of 4 county cup wins and I lifted the trophy with the boys in front of the fans. What a result.


Thank you to the boys – Tyler Harrad, Tyler Riley, Zac Hibbard, Kaine Britton, Callum Timmins, Kian Turner, Max Eastwood, Charlie Ramsdale, Ben Chapman, Tom Stray, Tom Evans, Joe Gregory, Caelan Wall, Dylan Beer, and Jack Morris. Thank you to the gaffa, Mr Pemberton.


It’s been a pleasure to be the skipper and to lift the cup for the first time for the school!