King’s Chester tour visits the Prep
On Friday 4th October, the King’s Chester touring side arrived at the Perse Prep for their annual football tour and met with their host families (the families of the Prep’s U11 A & B footballers). King’s Chester played fixtures against other local schools on the Friday and Saturday and their form looked strong coming into the fixture against the Prep on Sunday morning. The Prep were the current holders of the biannually fought-for trophy, meaning that an aggregate draw across the two matches would be enough to see The Perse retain the trophy. In their quest to regain the trophy, King’s Chester started strongly in the B team match, which was played first. Ben Henderson performed well in goal to deny Chester after a number of early attacks, and Tingkai Huang passed the ball well in midfield, but in the end the pressure told and Chester ran out as deserving 2-0 victors.
This meant that the A team had an uphill task to turn things around, and the boys knew that they had to start quickly. Byron Miller looked solid in defence, whilst Corbin Abbasi provided an early threat down the wing. After an excellent interception from captain Henry Howarth, Thaddeus Glass played a well-timed through-ball to Ben Knight, who buried his finish in the bottom corner with a sweetly-struck angled drive. The Perse were unable to convert a number of other opportunities before half time, with Theo Zamirski providing a constant threat up-front. 1-0 at half-time was a good lead, but The Perse would still need one more goal to retain the trophy. Substitutes Rishi Tanna and Alexander MacGregor provided some fresh impetus after the break, and a powerful run and shot from Alexander rebounded to Ben Knight who again provided the clinical finish to give The Perse a thoroughly deserved 2 goal lead. King’s Chester, now realising that they had to score, then upped their work-rate and The Perse had to defend very well to hold onto their lead. Thanks to some fantastic saves from goalkeeper William Baldwin and some heroic defending from man-of-the-match Henry Howarth, The Perse held on to win 2-0, meaning the day was drawn 2-2 on aggregate and The Perse were again presented with the trophy.
The day was an excellent occasion, with a fantastic atmosphere and all of the boys involved were a credit to their respective schools. We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to all of the parents who hosted the Chester boys over the weekend and came to support our boys on the day. Thanks also go to Mr Elston for refereeing, Mr McCaughran for providing first aid support, Sean and his team for providing some much-needed refreshments and a super lunch after the game, and finally to Mr Knowles for organising the whole weekend. The return fixtures in March promise to be another set of closely fought encounters, with the Prep boys very much looking forward to their annual tour to Chester.