SOUTHAM STRIKE FOR THE FINAL

Last night, the year 8/9 with some year 7s football team played Kineton in the semi-final of the county cup.
The team started the game strong with E.Constable, A.Bourton. M.Free and S.Viteri pressuring forward in attack. A.Griffiths-Standagr and M.Norton kept pushing the ball forward and supporting in defence when needed. Some amazing attempts on goal from A.Bourton and S.Viteri kept the Kineton keeper active, but we couldn’t get past her!
H.Freimanis, M.Green, E.Luo and A.Stanley did well in defence to save A.Constable from having to do much keeping in goal. L.Parsons came on to add more pressure to the opposition, but still, neither teams could score!
At half time, Southam needed to up their game. Chasing every ball and pressuring every pass as well as being more creative in attack is what we needed.
After 2 minutes of the second half, Southam scored with a huge team effort, eventually giving M.Norton the goal. R.Dillon came on to support in defence and pressure the ball forward and A.Constable came out of goal to support in midfield, however, once Southam had begun scoring there was no stopping them! E.Constable, H.Freimanis, A.Griffiths-Standage and M.Free added their names to the score line and soon the game was being dominated by Southam.
Southam were definitely the stronger and more composed team in the second half and worked well together as the game came to a close.
Final score 8-0 to Southam! This puts the team into the County Final on Wednesday 3rd April at 4pm. If anyone would like to support the team and the U16s – the finals will take place at Campion school.
Well done to everyone!
Miss MacLachlan

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Magistrates Mock Court Trial Competition

Southam College students participated the local heats of the Magistrates Mock Court Trial competition this weekend at Coventry Magistrates court.

Students from across years 8 and 9 acted in a mock trail where they had to consider the key roles of the prosecution and defence. All students who took part did really well in their roles. Our defence won the first round but however we didn’t get though to the next heats.

Thank you to all those students who took part.

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Year 8 Football

Last year Southam struggled against a Princethrope side that produced quality passing to win a game comfortably. This year I am pleased to say was a different story. Southam in the first half dominated play and played a high pressing game Paul H, James P  Max S and Sam H. were but a few that panicked the  opposition and dominated midfield with Princethorpe not coping with the conditions.

However no end product for Southam when dominant was an issue.  0-0 at half time. The second half started with Southam tiring a little and Princethorpe  producing well recycled ball. We switched off and allowed a long shot to be struck sweetly in the net. Southam responded however with switching on and pressing again 5 minutes later the response was  a short corner from Sam H to Logan M who swung the ball in for Oli H. to get a great touch and see it past the keeper,1-1. Southam could have had a penalty with a poor tackle with the ball running away, but equally late on Princethrope could have had a penalty as well.  Southam on top did get another corner but a lack of thought and shape saw us caught on the break and an easy finish made hard by the striker to make it 2-1 against the run of play. Southam responded well though with another quality cross from Charlie S. pressured by Southam seeing the Princethrope defender putting it in the net. The quality of the ball however was top draw and the Princethore lad was not really to blame.   With 6 minutes to go a tough of poor clearances and again letting the opposition play after getting back into the game Princethorpe got lucky after a ball deflected off a Southam player and allowed the princethorpe player space to strike across goal, 3-2. A draw would have been  perhaps correct but Southam could have won this game with a little more thought. Never-the less a much improved performance with a fine set of lads – a much better touch which allowed for movement. A tough challenge on Monday awaits with Stratford home on grass playing surface.

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