School Sport: Up-and-down season for Kingsford
PUBLISHED: 14:48 30 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:52 30 June 2015
Year 10 footballers experience highs and lows
Students from Beckton’s Kingsford School have had an up and down season on the football pitch.
The year 10 squad made it far in the London Cup, reaching the semi-finals, but they lost in the first round of the Essex Cup.
PE teacher and coach Mr Andrews said: “The team has some quality players and they bond well, but they have not had a run of games which has affected their chemistry on the pitch.”
After losing their London Cup semi-final to Stratford’s Eastlea, 3-2, captain Isaiah Forde said: “It hurts to have a game slip out of your hands, especially a game we knew we could have won. Eastlea just had a bit more luck.”
Kingsford had enjoyed a good run in the competition, beating Dagenham’s Robert Clack 4-1 along the way, but they fell to a 3-1 home defeat against Roding Valley in the county competition.
Kingsford did well in a series of friendly games, especially against Newham rivals Royal Docks.
After beating them 9-0, Kingsford also recorded a 2-1 victory and completed a treble with a 3-0 success thanks to goals from Forde, Charles Boahen and Usman.
Coach Andrews added: “They played like a team and played good football, so therefore got a good result out of it “
Midfield playmaker Jose Tchuda-Costa added: “This one was for bragging rights.”
Stephen Koudua said: “We always beat them man” and skipper Forde added: “It is starting to get boring playing them!”
Despite having a change of manager, the Kingsford players have warmed to Andrews and had some good games and good results.
Koudua said: “Mr Andrews is a good manager” and Tchuda-Costa agreed, adding: “He has good game plans.”
Forde shared those views with his team-mates, saying: “He believes we can win every game. Before a cup game he said ‘Isaiah, I can see what’s going to happen after the game, I can see me shaking your hand and saying well done we have made it to the next round’.
”And he was right! He came up to me and shook my hand, that gave me a lot more confidence and made me be more positive about games.”