[KES Mag Winter 55-56] THE results speak for themselves. This has been by far the most effective team in recent years. The football produced has been of a very high standard, and but for some rather erratic shooting the results would have been even more devastating. A great deal of the credit must go to the half-backs and inside forwards who have completely dominated the midfield play.
(Courtesy of David Hancock)
In goal Henderson has gained confidence with every game and is developing into a very sound keeper. The full-backs, Hancock and Davis, are steady, but tend to play rather square. They do use the ball intelligently and have rarely had recourse to wild kicking. At wing half Lord and Powell have taken their full part both in defence and attack. They tackle hard and feed their forwards cleverly. Crowson has been a tower of strength in the defence and has used his height and speed to full advantage. He is not purely a defensive player but he must curb his eagerness and leave scoring to the forwards. The wingers Dalton and Dakin have shown commendable dash and have shot accurately and often. Dalton falls too often into the offside trap. Findlay at inside left has provided the chief link between defence and attack, whereas Andrew, the other inside forward, has displayed excellent ballcontrol and distribution. Gilbert is a bustling centre-forward. I should like to see him shoot more often, more quickly and more accurately. The team has been adequately served by Manterfield and Board as reserves. Hancock is a strong and efficient captain, but I should like to see him clamp down more quickly on some of the fiddling which occurs. The success of this team augurs well for the future of the School's football.
D. J. W., B. D.
|v. Rowlinson Sch.||(H)||Won||
|v. Central Technical Sch.||(H)||Won||
|v. City Boys||(A)||Won||
|v. Chesterfield G.S.||(A)||Won||
|v. High Storrs G.S.||(A)||Won||
|v. Southey Green Sch.||(H)||Won||
|v. Ecclesfield G.S.||(H)||Drawn||
|v. Mexborough G.S.||(A)||Won||
|v. Manchester G.S.||(A)||Won||
|v. Brunswick Trinity||(H)||Won||
|v. Brunswick Trinity||(A)||Won||
Goals : For 83, Against 6.
Goal-scorers : Gilbert, Andrew 16, Lord 12, Findlay 11, Dakin, Dalton 9, Crowson 6, Board, Davis, Hancock, Manterfield.
[KES Mag Spring 56] IT was a pity that such a fine record had to be shattered right at the end of the season, but the team has only itself to blame. Quicker and more accurate shooting could have secured the match against Firth Park by half-time. The score is perhaps not a fair reflection of the play as goals were given away in the closing stages of the game in a desperate attempt to equalise. The record is still one of which the team can be justly proud. Little need be added to the comments on players made last term. Board in various capacities - and for various schools! - has proved himself perhaps the most improved player of the year; with a little more speed he could be sure of a regular place. If possible the whole team should be kept together next season. It would be a pity to sacrifice the teamwork and understanding in which they excel, in the interests of individual advancement.
D. J. W., B. D.
|Barnsley G.S.||(H)||Won 8-0|
|Chesterfield G.S.||(H)||Won 7-2|
|'High Storrs G.S.||(H)||Drawn 3-3|
|Manchester G.S.||(H)||Won 11-3|
|Firth Park G. S.||(H)||Lost 1-4|
Season's Record: Played 16, Won 13, Drawn 2, Lost 1, Goals for 113, against 18.
Leading Scorers: Gilbert 25, Andrew 23, Dakin, Dalton 14.