Surrey United v Hughventus Charity Match
A group of our Year 11 students organised a charity match on 18th January to raise money for the MS Society. They were inspired by their year leader Miss Joyce, who ran a marathon to help raise money for the society last year. This is something that she is very passionate about and it has since been adopted as the attached year group charity. There was a good feel factor about the place, with 242 people braving the cold to support such a good cause.
Cheam High (Surrey United) ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in a dominant performance. Much was made of the opposition pre-match, with some of their players boasting places in the Crystal Palace Academy. Surrey United started strongly, winning the battles in midfield and applying the pressure which the opposition couldn’t cope with. This pressure paid dividends when Oscar’s cross (he’ll tell you it was a shot) managed to loop its way over the Hughventus keeper to give Surrey United an early lead. The dominance continued through the entire first half with Tate and Daniel W setting the tone in midfield. Just before half time, Daniel W pounced on some slack defending in the opposition box to slam home the second, sending our boys 2-0 to the good at half time.
The hunger didn’t subside, with Surrey United coming out as purposefully as they ended the first. Before long, a corner from the right hand side was expertly headed in from Daniel L, whose goal was well deserved. The centre back had an excellent game, making sure he won every tackle and was first to any loose ball. The rout was completed by Benji, reacting first after pinball in the Hughventus penalty area, rifling in a half volley much to his delight. The boys put their all into the game, Thomas and Daniel L felt the effects of this by coming off with injuries late in the second half. Despite the competitive nature and a fair few crunching challenges going in, the game was played in an excellent spirit which both sides deserve a lot of credit for.
The organisation of such an event cannot be underestimated, this took some planning and our boys handled the occasion superbly and even more impressive that all the proceeds went to charity.
A total of £484.80 was raised for the MS Society. Well done to all those involved on a very successful night – you are all a real credit to the school.