Shenfield High School

Shenfield seven’s secure 3 points

On a bitterly cold afternoon, Shenfield hosted William De Ferrer’s looking to build on their dramatic comeback only last week. Missing two key players in Ridley and Sains a real team performance was needed and with some last minute shuffling around, the team was ready to play.

Shenfield started the stronger team and began to play some good football; they held their shape well and created a number of good chances. Ryan Harris playing in his role just behind the striker had his best game to date and looked a real threat throughout. With 20 minutes played Shenfield were awarded a free kick just outside the box and Skipper Portway placed the ball. He struck the ball cleanly and powerfully into the roof of the net and for the first time his team had the lead in a Football match for Shenfield.

The defence stayed strong and compact, holding their shape and playing with confidence from the back. The half time whistle blew and an impressive first half was up and for once there was very little to say during the half time team talk! The message was clear, continue to play with confidence, maintain the workload and keep their shape.

They listened to instructions well and began the second half as they finished the first passing and moving the ball well. After a De Ferrer’s attack, Shenfield passed the ball out from the back and into Harris who played an excellent through ball for Wright who coolly chipped the keeper to make it 2-0 to the home side. After a couple of near misses, last ditch tackles and great saves the score remained at 2-0 going into the last 10 minutes. It appeared as though Shenfield were going to finish the game with a rare clean sheet, however an excellent through ball and finish meant for an exciting finish.

The home side managed to hold on for the remaining minutes and the final whistle blew giving Shenfield a thoroughly deserved 3 points. A great team performance, with special mention to George Burnett, who despite not getting on, had a great attitude to come along and play. MOM was Ryan Harris for a superb performance throughout.