On Wednesday the 9th of December the year 11 football team were preparing for their round of 16 game against Simon Langton School. The game was even throughout the whole of the first half, however with ten minutes left of the half Durrington went ahead when Jordan Burgess played an accurately weighted pass to Conor Chaplin who slotted it passed the opposing keeper. Half time came and the score was 1-0 to Durrington. At the beginning of the second half the game continued as it had finished, even. However a miss hit cross from a Simon Langton striker somehow found its way into the back of Lee Whittaker’s net. So with the score at 1-1 Durrington were the team pressing for a winner. However a counter attack from Simon Langton School forced a fine stop from Durrington keeper Lee Whittaker. With 20 minutes remaining Conor Chaplin picked up the ball outside of the opposing box where he dribbled past 2 players and won his team a penalty, which he took himself. From the resulting penalty Conor Chaplin had put Durrington back into the lead at 2-1. The last 15 minutes of the game Durrington had to hold onto their lead whilst Simon Langton were trying to force the equaliser. Great team shape and defensive work from the back four of Durrington (Jacob Basset, Jimmy Punter, Matthew Smith and David Beeney) kept the away side out. The whole team worked tremendously hard in defending their lead which meant they deserved the victory when the referee blew the final whistle. Durrington progress into the quarter final of the national cup, which is the furthest any Durrington High school team in history has got too. Now the team is left to train and look forward to the next game.
Year 11 Boys Football Team