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U11 Boys Football – Bronte Pool Champions!

U11 Boys Football Squad: Alfie, Archie, Callum, Harry, James M, James R (c), Josh, Toby, Tom

Our U11 squad won all five of their matches tonight at the first pool of the Bronte School Games cluster tournament. In doing so, the boys now progress (along with the Pool 2 winners) to the Bradford Winter Games on February 14th next year. Well done!

Match 1: 4-0 v Stanbury

Silsden started with a comprehensive victory against a youthful, but enthusiastic, Stanbury side. Skipper James R notched a hat-trick – turning in from a goalmouth scramble after a corner, knocking in a rebound after Archie’s shot was saved, then prodding in after a long throw. With little defending to do, Tom took the chance to venture forward to grab the other goal.

Match 2: 3-0 v St Joseph’s

In a match against last season’s pool winners, Silsden withstood a bit of early pressure to eventually run out comfortable winners. A quick Archie throw led to James R racing through to grab the opener, and he quickly added a second too. James R then turned provider – beating his man before teeing up Josh for the finish. Toby was assured in reading the play from the back whilst Callum pulled off a fine save from an early St Joseph’s chance.

Match 3: 3-2 v Beckfoot Nessfield

In our closest match of the evening, the team responded brilliantly to going one down by equalising almost immediately. James R was again the creator – breaking down the left and returning the ball (after his initial shot was saved) for Archie to tuck home. Silsden then nosed ahead – James R again – but were pegged back to 2-2 with a second cracking finish from the Beckfoot Nessfield striker. Our preferred attacking route via the left wing again provided the final breakthrough – James R crossing for Alfie to knock in. With the opposition deflated, the boys could have added more but for a couple of glaring misses from Toby and Archie (think Ronnie Rosenthal – a reference for the older readers there…!).

Match 4: 3-0 v Victoria

With confidence high, Silsden brushed aside a physical Victoria side and would’ve had more but for a string of fine interventions from their keeper. James M put in the first before Josh had a fine shot tipped over and Toby put narrowly over the bar from James R’s cross. After a couple of nervy moments were settled by watchful defending from Harry, Josh stole turned in a shot from James R before Toby finally got on the score sheet – mopping up after James R’s Maradona-esque mazy dribble.

Match 5: 1-0 v Oakworth

The squad had identified the Oakworth team as the ones to beat right from the outset – as some players were familiar to them from other events. And it turned out to be the closest affair, with a single goal proving to be the difference. Taking a throw-in from right in front of his manager, James R followed the firm and clear advice to “hurl it right into the mixer,” and before you knew it, Josh was clean through to place it past the keeper (assist: Mr Pickering). Oakworth responded well and an almighty goal mouth scramble after a corner led to Toby and Harry repeatedly blocking resolutely just a few feet from the goal line. With the pressure rebuffed, James R had time for one final trademark dribble but the shot was deflected wide when it looked as if he’d sealed the win in style.

Well done to the whole squad. Callum produced saves when needed, Tom and Harry showed great defensive composure to limit the opposition’s opportunities, our rotating midfield of Josh, Archie, Alfie, James M and Toby worked tirelessly and all chipped in with goals, whilst James R ran the show up top.

Player of the evening: Skipper James R – some fine dribbling and classy finishing.

Goal scorers: James R – 6; Josh – 3; Alfie, Archie, James M, Toby & Tom – all 1.

Metal Monsters in Y3!

Children in 3 Elm have been so inspired by reading The Iron Man that an ever increasing army of metal monsters is appearing in the classroom! 

And they have been determined to improve their writing by working with their partners to check every spelling and to use our new dictionaries.

The end of a great week for Y6 at Buckden!

How quickly the week goes! Trip 2 came up on Wednesday and have enjoyed two fantastic days in mainly dry weather. A few highlights from the children are below.

Harry recalls his walk in the glorious sunshine on the first afternoon. “I had a great time and will never forget how Josh J walked all 4 miles in his jumper and full waterproofs whilst everyone else was in shorts!”

Summer remembers a ‘near-death experience’ on the ghyll scramble. “Tayla was convinced we were going to die! We didn’t.”

“The cave was sooooooooooo cold!” said Lydia. “I’m pretty certain Harry lost a couple of fingers from frostbite.”

“Mr Pickering seemed to get rather worried in the cave,” recalls Tilly. “I think he thought he had lost Matthew because Matthew (who was leading us out) kept ignoring him when he was checking we were all ok! Or maybe I was just confused because it was so dark…?”

Maisie also wanted to contribute to this blog but she couldn’t because she was too traumatised after Lydia rolled down the hill and nearly flattened her.

Well done everyone – thanks to a great week from all the staff.