A crowd of more than 150 gathered at the Astroturf to witness a battle of the ages in the name of Sport Relief – the long awaited match between the sixth formers' 11, and the decidedly more experienced side put forward by the teachers.
After a week of banter across social media, both sides were up for the challenge. The match began, and the teachers took the early initiative, coming close with a couple of chances. Then the sixth formers began to grow into the game, until a counter attack saw a controversial penalty when Mr Rosling went down in the box after a tussle with Brandon Purcell – bringing himself to his feet to convert the chance.
The students responded well to going behind, and continued to press forward, earning themselves a corner. A goalkeeping fiasco at the set play from Mr ‘Protein’ Pateman saw the sides draw level, the chance going down as an own goal.
Following some end to end play and lovely football from both sides, a deflected strike from Jordan Green rolled under the keeper to give the sixth formers the lead. This resulted in an extended period of pressure from the teachers until, from a throw-in, the ball somehow found its way into the back of the net. However, referee Tom Oxley disallowed the chance, claiming that Mr Rosling – who had previously gone off for a substitution – had infringed upon the field of play after several warnings from the referee to stay off the pitch.
The students managed to hold out for the victory after a match to remember. The total money raised from the event was £225, contributing half of all the money raised on the day for Sport Relief.
A further £187 was raised by a bake sale and collection during form time, bringing the grand total to £412.
By Matt Atkins, Year 13
***UPDATE*** Discussions continue as to the final score, with the staff team challenging the referee's decision on the Mr Rosling incident, claiming that the score should be equal at 2-2. We await a decision!
GALLERY: All the photos from the match