On Wednesday, the 1st XI took part in the Barry Burns ISFA 8’s competition. This competition is for the top 16 Northern Independent School. BGS were in Group 3, which was arguably the toughest group with Repton School, Oswestry School, Stockport Grammar, Grammar School at Leeds and Oldham Hulme. The top 8 teams from the three groups would qualify for either the cup or the plate competition.
BGS started well with a dominant 6-2 win against Grammar School at Leeds. They followed this with another impressive 3-0 win against Oldham Hulme. The final group game before lunch was against Repton School who are the reigning ESFA Cup and ISFA 8’s Cup holders. BGS performed well but lost the game 1-0. After lunch was a crucial match against Oswestry School who reached the Quarter Finals of the ISFA Cup this season and were only knocked out by eventual competition winners Royal Russell. BGS were unfortunate to be trailing this game 1-0 at half time. However, the boys responded well to the half time instructions, dominated the second half and won the game 2-1. A 1-1 draw against Stockport Grammar in the final group game meant BGS had qualified for the plate competition as the highest ranked team.
BGS played St Bede’s College in the semi-final and comfortably won 3-0 whilst the other semi-final was between Oswesty School and Bolton School, which Ostwestry won. This set-up another match against Oswestry in the final of the plate competition. BGS started the final well taking a 2-0 lead into half time. However, Oswesrty showed their class in the second half and equalised with the last kick of the game sending the final into penalties. All BGS penalty takers showed calm and great technical ability and went onto win the shoot-out 5-3.
To win the plate competition was an outstanding achievement when you consider the previous winners of the competition were Cheadle Hulme twice and Manchester Grammar School. It is also worth mentioning that three of the four teams who competed in the two finals came from our group as Repton School lost the Cup Final.
Congratulations to the boys who took part in this competition as they showed outstanding resilience, focus and quality throughout the day and are deserving ISFA 8 Plate Champions.
The U12s played some excellent football against AKS to register a 7-1 win. A goal a piece from Bradbury-Mitchell-Taylor and Mohammed and five goals from Flanagan sealed a great win.
The U13s had a great start to a tough game leading 2-0 at half time; with goals from Kearns and Dalziel. A slow start to the second cost us an early goal which deflected in from our defence, but then BGS continued good form to end the game, playing a superb passing style in difficult conditions.