Tuesday saw the beginning of the Spring league. The girls were slightly depleted missing 3 girls from the winter league.
As in the winter league we began our campaign against Springhill. Also identically we began by losing 2-0. The girls played brilliantly against strong opposition. Particularly noticeable was Lexie Allen who made her debut and was fantastic making big challenges in defence!
In game 2 we played Thornhill. Despite beating them 6-0 in the winter this game was to see a reversal in winning teams. Bassett Green dominated the game throughout and in all honesty could have had 7 or 8 goals. Shannon Holloway, Wiktoria Bak and last time hat trick hero Clara Kasengu all coming close only to be denied by post, crossbar or a goalkeeper in fine form! As it was, half way through the second half Thornhill bustled their way into the Bassett Green area and the ball found its way into the net. The girls gave all they can in the remaining 5 minutes but this time it wasn't to be.
I couldn't be prouder of the effort, teamwork and determination from the girls. As the say, it's a funny old game!
Next Tuesday we play Townhill and Ludlow. GOOD LUCK GIRLS!
The Boys began their spring league campaign with a double header at Valentine school.
In their first game Shirley Warren, new to the league, showed fantastic defensive resilience. Bassett Green dominated for large parts of the game, Mateusz Marzeciak in goal not having to touch the ball during the match. After a sprite start Bassett were destined to do everything but score until finally Yasir Haidari opened the scoring with a calm finish under the goalkeeper. David Sheehy then doubled the lead before half time. In the second half Yonis De Rosa missed a penalty before Muhammad Mokhtar and Sonny Wint both got goals to their name. 4-0 was a good solid win for the boys and the performance certainly warranted more.
In game 2 the boys started excellently again, this time against defending league champions Valentine. Yasir Haidari did some great work down the wing before whipping in a cross that was eventually bundled home by Yonis De Rosa. Bassett looked in control until a Valentine corner bounced around the area and into the Bassett Green net. Following their goal Valentine found a new gear and started attacking consistently. Despite Bassett's best efforts there was no stopping them and eventually half time came with Bassett trailing 5-1. After a stern team talk and reassurance that we could get back into the game Bassett played the second half much like the start of the first half. Sonny Wint got himself on the scoresheet and David Sheehy persistently caused the Valentine defenders problems. Eventually the final whistle called time on a 6-2 loss. Despite the result the Valentine manager was full of praise. Without that purple patch the boys did themselves proud in what was a very competitive game. It's now important Bassett look to win all their games in hope that Valentine drop points somewhere this season.
City Five-A-Side Champions!
Bassett Green has taken yet another City championship this time in year 6 boys football. After 3 group stages taking place on Monday’s at St. Georges School the top 4 teams met for the final on the 6th of March. Bassett Green A, Springhill A, Hollybrook A and St Monica A fought out in a round robin event to find the best team in Southampton.
The first game was a 1-1 draw with Springhill with a fantastic solo goal from Yonis De Rosa and the opposition equalising with only 10 second left on the clock! A fine result against a strong team but the boys were disappointed not to have won. The second game against Hollybrook really came to life and finished 4-2 with goals from Yonis, Muhammed Mokhtar and Sonny Wint. The final game for Bassett Green finished 3-0 with the same boys sharing the goals between them. A brilliant achievement from the boys. Well done to;
Adam Ahmad Takiyuddin
Yonis De Rosa
Wednesday saw the boys play Townhill Park and Shirley Warren.
Earlier in the season against Townhill Park, Bassett Green Won 1-0 in a tight game. This game was no different. Bassett controlled the game, stringing passes together and putting pressure on Townhill from the start. Townhill were excellent in defence, organised and resilient. Despite many chances Bassett couldn't hit the target and the Townhill keeper was rarely tested. Halfway through Townhill got the break they needed and their striker found himself 1 on 1 with Mateusz. A cool, calm finish saw Townhill go 1-0 up. Despite more chances Bassett couldn't get the breakthrough they needed and Townhill ended up winners. Well played Townhill.
Game 2 saw a rematch from 2 weeks ago. Bassett showed fantastic attitude to forget the Townhill score straight away and with the first attack scored through Yonis De Rosa. Bassett had their tails up and within 2 minutes it was 2-0 through Muhammad Mokhtar. It was all one way traffic but despite Bassett's best efforts Shirley Warren had learnt a thing or 2 about defending since the last encounter and the score remained the same. 2-0 winners, well done Bassett Green!
The boys now have one more match against Thornhill (Date to be confirmed) before the city tournament at the beginning of April.
The boys concluded their league season in impressive form with a 4-1 win away at Thornhill Primary School. Despite having to use mini goals due to vandalism Bassett Green dealt with the changes immediately and through some slick passing and intelligent movement Muhammad Mokhtar fired us into a 1-0 lead. Half way through the half the best move of the match ended with a cheeky flick from Sonny Wint for 2-0 before Yonis De Rosa added a third before half time. In the second half Thornhill showed great resilience and made life a lot harder for the Bassett team. Eventually their hard work paid off and Thornhill earned a well deserved consolation goal. Bassett were not finished however and shortly before half time another smooth passing passage of play was coolly finished by 'Man of the Match' David Sheehy.
The effort these boys have put in this year has been fantastic. Indoor City Champions and 6-A-Side semi finalists are huge achievements for our school who in recent years have found football tough going. Looking forward to next year we have a lot to be excited about and I'm sure we can fit a few friendlies in after Easter.
Well played all!
Monday 15th May
The girls football team enjoyed a friendly game against Moorlands primary school last night. It was great to see the girls back in action after what has been a very successful year development wise. Each game the girls rise in confidence and it has been fantastic to see marked improvements in all of their games.
We took the game to Moorlands early on but their Goalkeeper was in fantastic form, there were also some fantastic defending blocks taking place. After a shaky few minutes Bassett broke up-field just before half time as Shannon Holloway managed to wriggle through 4 players before neatly placing the ball past the Goalkeeper.
In the second half it was all one way traffic as Bassett turned up the heat. On another day we would have scored them all but it took a special strike from Wiktoria Bak to seal the victory as she returned the goal kick in emphatic style from the halfway line through the Goalkeeper!
Well done girls, I hope we can fit in some more fixtures before you head off to your secondary schools.