Written by Ellis Edwards, 13 years old – Westley Middle School
Mildenhall couldn’t have asked for a better start as there was a mix up between the two centre halves. The ball was played through and, no mistake, the number 9 placed it cool as a cucumber through the legs of the keeper. 1-0 Mildenhall. They were most definitely on the up as a number of chances went begging as the Westley defence wasn’t having their best game!
A back pass to the keeper proved costly as the centre forward for Westley, Oli Selfe, pressured the keeper to force an error. As he tried to clear the ball, it hit the thigh of the striker, ending in the top corner of the net. 1-1.
At the other end, Mildenhall threatened with a free kick against the run of play but didn’t test the goalkeeper as he saved it easily. The first half finished 1-1; both teams looked like they wanted to go through to the next round.
Early in the second half, Oli Selfe got himself back on the scoresheet with a bullet of a strike with his weaker left foot and it was 2-1. A great ball down the right hand side for Westley’s Fynn Cunningham, who looked up to see where the keeper was and pulled the trigger, leaving the keeper planted to the ground as the ball rushed past him to make it 3-1.
Westley Middle were dominating possession as they pushed on to look for their fourth. The ball over the top surely would be the fourth for Westley… Oh what a save by the goalkeeper to give a glimmer of hope to Mildenhall. Corner ball whipped in well by Harris Lister, up jumped the centre half, bang, the ball flew into the net. 4-1 and that must be the goal that wrapped up this encounter as the heads dropped of the away side.
On the break, Mildenhall had a chance to score and pull one back in the battle of West Suffolk. Good save by the goalkeeper of Westley as he’d been twiddling his thumbs; there hadn’t been much action at his end. The defence of Westley got let off the hook as the substitute tried clearing the ball but missed.
Playing out from the back, Westley were looking threatening. Harris Lister looked for the cross into the box but instead, the ball ended up in the back of the net. 5-1.
Westley were looking extremely dangerous on the attack and were hard to defend against. Oli Selfe was looking for yet another hat trick (as he had already bagged one in the 15-1 win against Ipswich Academy School in the Suffolk Cup). Oli Selfe beat the defender with a roulette, he had to finish this to get a hat trick… Chipped over the keeper into the back of the net. 6-1. The Mildenhall keeper must have been getting a bad back because of the amount of balls he’d picked out of the net!
The full time whistle shrilled as Westley Middle triumphed.
Final score: Westley Middle 6 Mildenhall College 1