Dame Allan’s scored two easy goals to put NSB on the back foot. It could have been a lot worse for NSB if it was not down to Max W who made a number of fantastic saves. However, NSB did not drop their heads and they started keeping the ball and looking dangerous when getting it wide to their wingers. NSB’s improved passing led to a goal with Gagan H passing a through ball to Ali D who placed the ball past the keeper. That goal lifted NSB’s confidence and, towards the end of the first half, they were awarded a free kick at the halfway line. José Bstepped up to take it and smashed the ball in the back of the net making it 2-2 at half-time.
In the second half, NSB were determined to start strongly. Dodds saw the ball head right in the centre of the box, landing at Jack P’s feet to tap the ball in and score to make it 3-2 to NSB. A perfect start to the second half. Dame Allan’s responded well looking for a quick reply, but the outstanding defence from the two centre backs George Dand Alex L prevented them from scoring. NSB were still determined to score more goals, and they were awarded another corner. Dodds, taking the corner again put the ball at the back post for Ling to score a header to make it 4-2. NSB didn’t finish there and added a fifth goal through Dodds again to end the game 5-2.
It was fantastic performance from the whole team but Max W earned man of the match award for his fantastic saves in goal especially in the first half.
The Year 10 football team played against touring side Birkdale in torrential rain which made the conditions very muddy.
NSB began the game slowly, conceding two goals early on. Nevertheless, they reacted well with some great passing play through from defence to attack, looking very dangerous on the break. NSB pulled one back through some excellent passing in the middle of the park, which led to a through ball for Alex N to run onto and finish calmly. After the goal, NSB retained the majority of possession and looked strong leading up to half time, resulting in another goal from Nicholson to make it all square.
In the second half, NSB continued to defend well, keeping Birkdale out for prolonged periods. Even though they remained strong in defence, NSB’s counter attack looked dangerous. A great ball from Joe W to Ali D saw him take the ball around the goal keeper and calmly tapped it in to make it 3-2. However, Birkdale replied immediately through their strong centre forward who was constant threat to the NSB defence. In the final ten minutes, Birkdale finished strongly and had a number of chances to score. However, the defence put in a huge effort to keep them out with two sliding blocks from George D. Unfortunately, Birkdale scored in the dying minutes through an obscured view for Max W and the ball shot through a Birkdale player’s legs and left no time for Max to react. The game finished 4-3 to Birkdale but the whole team can be proud of their performance in testing conditions.
On Wednesday the first VII travelled to Hill House School in Doncaster to play in the Society of Heads' rugby sevens competition.
Despite missing six of the starting squad, NSB's Under 16s stepped up to the plate and learned a lot from the experience. Playing against a range of new schools was great experience for the boys.
NSB finished fourth overall, recording excellent wins over Hill House and Hall Cross, with narrow defeats against Lincoln Minster, Oswestry and Welbeck College. Top try scorer on the day was Cameron B with Charlie J close behind. Well done to the whole squad.