Yesterday was a momentous day for Westholme as, for the first time ever, we competed in an Under 18 boys’ football fixture, playing Rishworth in the Society of Heads Cup. When the first boys enrolled at Westholme Senior School it would have been all too far in the distant future to envisage but 6 years on, they had the honour to be the first representatives for Westholme’s U18 football team. A number of the boys have worked tirelessly improving and developing their football technique at Westholme throughout the years, whilst others mastered their craft elsewhere before joining Westholme in the Sixth Form and bringing their skills to the team.
It really was a day of firsts for Westholme as, not only was it our first U18’s fixture, it was the first time we have entered the Society of Heads Cup, a national cup competition with teams ranging as far as Hull and Portsmouth.
With great excitement around School, the match started off at a quick and fiery pace with chances at both ends. Both teams threw men forward and attacked in numbers, but neither team could break the deadlock and we entered half time at 0-0. With the game balanced on a knife edge, it took some individual brilliance from Shuresh Ghanbari to break the deadlock with 10 minutes to go. With momentum now in Westholme’s favour we pushed for a second and were rewarded when Max Benedetto guided the ball home after a great cross. However, an error at the back allowed Rishworth to get a goal back with minutes left on the clock. With the pressure mounting, we conceded a corner with seconds left. Rishworth took a gamble and sent their goalkeeper up! It took a lot of effort and some goal mouth clearance but Westholme managed to see the game out and win their first ever U18 game 2-1 and, as a result, have progressed through to the second round of the cup.
It really was a day of celebration – well done to the team and to Mr Warburton; we are very proud of your achievements and you have proved that with effort, hard work and teamwork you really can achieve anything! The team's success was also featured on the Society of Heads' website!