On Thursday 18th October, we took thirty-five Year 7 boys to play three football fixtures against Colne. The first squad started very strongly and took an early lead courtesy of another excellent finish from Reuben Mudd. He is establishing himself as an accomplished finisher (4 goals in 2 matches). The opposition slowly began to assert themselves on the game and take control of the midfield. Colne were creating chances and a strong defence, lead by a strong Sam Foley, was put under pressure. Eventually the pressure became too much and Colne equalised. At half-time, tactics were discussed and the hope that playing with a strong wind behind the team would bring more chances for TTC. The second half was a much more even contest and unfortunately a wicked deflection took the ball passed Luke Jones in goal. Colne ran out eventual winners 2 – 1 but it was a great game and gave food for thought after such an excellent win in the Essex Cup.
The second team playing were involved in a fantastic match. At half-time no goals had been scored, but after an inspiring half-time team talk by Sixth Form coach, Matt Lee, the team managed to score six goals in the second half! Jack Justice was the star with four goals, one of which was a great strike from the edge of the 18 yard box. Max Bates scored the remaining two, the second of which was a fabulous header. Henry Speck must also be congratulated on a strong performance.
The third team, coached by Sixth Form pupil Connor Pierson, kicked off and the first half was a closely fought contest which again had no goals scored in it, with neither side creating many clear cut chances. Unfortunately Colne broke the deadlock just after half-time with a great free kick. TTC went straight back on the attack. From the resulting corner, Jacob Usher equalised for Tendring with a superb header. The game continued to move from end to end and late on in the game, after a tight battle with both teams having plenty of chances, Colne scored with the last kick of the game. There were strong performances from Bailey Adnams and Josh Beasley.
Year 7 squad - Jonny Allen, Dylan Sijanivandi, Tom Gray, Sam Foley, James Coley, Jerome Furusa, Elliott Pennell, Lewis Winter, Alex Doyle, Jake Sanchez-Infante, Kieron Donovan, Joshua Jacobs, Luke Jones, Henry Speck, Jack Justice, Zac Woodman, Louis Crick, Woody Fitzpatrick, Aaron Muckle, Joe Redgewell, Kieran Wreford, Max Bates, Ben Burrows, Dozie Ekeanyanwu, Jacob Kelly, Jacob Usher, Lincon Pretlove, Josh Stinson, Oliver Binns, Alexios Dos Santos, Freddie Fowle, Reuben Mudd, Calum Sage, Josh Beasley, Bailey Adnams, Zac Coates, Aaron Everett.