Brentwood School’s U15 A football team have written themselves into the School’s history books after winning the Essex Schools’ Cup three times!
Brentwood’s triumphant team lifted the Robert Cook Cup after a hard fought encounter with Gilberd School. It was the third time the team has been crowned county champions.
Director of Sport Mr Ian Wignall said: “The Ken Aston (U12), Alf E Wood (U14) and now the Robert Cook Cup (U15) all bear the name of Brentwood School and for that achievement the boys should be incredibly proud.”
The U15A team finished their season with a flourish on Thursday under the bright lights of Thurrock Football Club with their 2-1 victory over their Colchester opponents.
Headmaster Mr Ian Davies said the football team’s success came hot on the heels of the School’s First XV Rugby Team winning the Essex Cup. “The School is celebrating a season of extraordinary sporting and academic success. We are very proud of our students both on and off the sporting field. Earlier this week, our Senior Public Speaking Team scooped a national award fending off orators from across the UK.”
Thursday’s final was closely fought. The first few minutes were indicative of junior cup football as both teams failed to settle. However, after eight minutes a defence splitting pass from David Wainwright found Petcharat Chotipala on the edge of the box. Petcharat beat one defender and calmly slotted the ball into the goal via the left hand upright.
Despite the goal Brentwood failed to take advantage and allowed Gilberd back into the game, and with five minutes of the first half remaining they penetrated the Brentwood defence to slam home a left foot volley via the underside of the crossbar.
The second half saw a more assured performance from the Brentwood team renowned for their free-flowing football as co-captain George Dobson, the industrious David Wainwright and man of the match James Woodcock began to take control.
Indeed it was James who surged into the box early in the second half only to be tripped as he attempted to pass. The referee did not hesitate to point to the spot and George Dobson ably dispatched the resultant penalty to the cheers of the travelling support.
In a nervy final 15 minutes Gilberd had opportunities to draw level but Chris Maddison proved to be in inspired form with one particularly fabulous save. At the final whistle the tired legs of the Brentwood players were evidence of a hard fought encounter but the jubilation that greeted George Payton and George Dobson lifting the trophy was the culmination of a season’s hard work.