FOOTBALL: Bilton School

Bilton High School Year 10s football team won the county cup
Bilton High School Year 10s football team won the county cup

Year 10s are county champions

Bilton School’s Year 10 football team were crowned Warwickshire County Cup winners earlier this month. A dominant performance from the Bilton team resulted in a convincing 4-1 win at Atherstone Town FC against a resilient Hartshill team.

Bilton started the match much the better team and looked dangerous in attack with Alex Webb making some excellent runs at the opposition defence. However, it was not until 20 minutes had gone that they managed to break the deadlock with Keelan Bennett stretching to get on the end of a through ball and lifting it over the keeper to scenes of jubilation from the team and supporters.

Josh Giles who was struggling to shake off a recent hamstring injury was replaced by Kieran Williams who added some extra pace down the right, however Bilton were pegged back for the next 15 minutes by some excellent play from the opposition, who benefitted from a strong breeze towards the Bilton goal. Bilton’s defence held firm, well marshalled by Elliot Groocock and Jamie Hall, but Hartshill eventually, and rather fortunately, levelled through a scrappy own goal.

At half time the teams went in at 1-1, a scoreline which didn’t do the Bilton team justice. Zach Keith, who had played superbly in the first half came off after turning an ankle to be replaced by Adam Lee. Hartshill started the second half much the better team and a nervy ten minutes ensued, however Bilton began to get some joy down the flanks with Alex Webb and Dan Winiarek giving the Hartshill fullbacks a very difficult evening.

Adam Lee was also getting forward at every opportunity and it seemed only a matter of time before Bilton retook the lead. It came in rather bizarre fashion as Alex Webb scored directly from a corner amid some confusion in the Hartshill defence. Bilton now looked dominant again.

With the opposition struggling with cramp and their fitness, Bilton started to put their stamp on the game more regularly. Jordan Mosby constantly curtailed any attacking threat from the talented Hartshill left wing, and Bradley Osborne-Wells and Jamie Hall started to find their passing range superbly setting up some very good chances. It didn’t take long before Bilton scored again, a goal claimed by both Keelan Bennett and Dan Winiarek gave us a 3-1 lead and left Hartshill looking despondent.

Harry Leggett was introduced, with Josh Kavanagh, a constant thorn in the opposition’s side, the man to be replaced. Harry’s introduction allowed Dan Winiarek to move upfront and it did not take him long to add Bilton’s fourth. A superb 35 yard pass from Bradley Osborne-Wells left Dan with some work still to do but he hammered the ball home to scenes of celebration.

Hartshill seemed to have little left and were unable to find a way back into the game. Ben Wilson, who was rarely called into action, will not have many easier games in goal than this but whenever called upon he was alert and able to set up attacks with some excellent kicking.

It is difficult to highlight one player’s performance as being a man-of-the-match display but after much deliberation it goes to Dan Winiarek. It could easily have gone to 7 or 8 others but Dan’s ability to play superbly in three different positions on the night just edged it in his favour.