The Level 1 Sports students organised a charity event where staff played against students in a 11-a-side football match. The event was part of the course with the aim of raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Learners had to plan the event, organise facilities equipment and teams.
The game took place at Coach Lane Campus at Northumbria University and was a hotly contested affair. As expected, the students started on the front foot, but struggled to break down the strong staff backline. The staff's quality shone through when they carved open the students back line with ease to take a lead through Ben Richardson. Shortly after, the staff team turned up the heat and grabbed a second through a clinical finish from Houghton to take a 2-0 lead following a flap from Eaton. The staff continued to dominate within midfield through the intense Kenenrley and the workmanlike Richardson and went 3 up when Richardson waltzed through the students back line again to notch his second of the day. It could have been more if it wasn't for the wasteful McCutcheon, who despite creating numerous opportunities, struggled to hit the target. However, he did have his creative head on, setting up two of the goals for the staff.
Some dogged defending from the staff backline; in particular last ditch tackles from talismanic skipper Rees and by the evergreen Walker. The students pulled one back through a trademark Baptist strike, in which he did 4 laps of the pitch before scuffing one into the top corner.
Half time - Staff 3 Students 1
The second half started in similar fashion, with the staff going 4 up following some great team football finished off by the tricky Baistow at the back post from a yard. The second half changes for the students struggled to make an impact and the staff team were again comfortable, both on the ball and in defence. The students broke through the staff defence after some good work from Burns and the move was finished off by Stanley. The game was finished off by a hat trick strike from Richardson, which flew over the head of the ducking Crosland and straight past the helpless Eaton into the student net.
Full time - Staff 5 students 2
All in all, an excellent event from the level 1 students and they would like to say a big thank you to Northumbria University for letting them use the facilities, Jim Scoffham for refereeing a potentially hostile game and the NESA staff for the equipment.
MOM - Ben Richardson