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Knights regain Sixes trophy


Holy Trinity Knights won the Hazlemere Sixes trophy for the third time in the last 4 attempts in a very closely contested 2016 Under 14 tournament.

Knights Sixes Winners

In the group stage, each of the six teams played the other in a round robin format. Knights had entered two teams – HT Knights Blue & HT Knights Red – and the group stage was very competitive with teams taking points off each other so any of the teams could have progressed to the semi-finals.

Knights Red started with a draw and a win but then found goals hard to come by and suffered three 1-0 defeats. In hindsight they were saving their scoring boots for later!

Knights Blue also found goals hard to come by, suffering a couple of defeats in their first two games which led to a formation change, following which they conceded just one goal. It transpired that the Blues needed to at least draw their last game to do the Reds a favour. A solid performance secured a 0-0 which put the Reds into the semis – had Blues lost, the eventual winners would have been eliminated.

With the semi-final line up determined, coach Sanj Sharma and the players re-grouped and devised their strategy – it was clear that any of the 4 semi-finalists could win the trophy – energy, determination and the will to win could make the difference.

In the semis, Knights would take on the strong Chalfont St Peter team that had finished top of the group table. The group game between the sides had been very close, Knights succumbing to a late winner from Chalfont. The semi-final proved equally close and at 0-0 with 3 minutes to play the ball broke to the Chalfont striker in the box. He struck a firm, accurate shot which was heading into the corner until Knights keeper Jake Roberts extended a telescopic leg to block the ball. With matches being so short and evenly contested the first goal is hugely important and Jake’s save was pivotal. Moments later, Oliver Baldwin skipped past his defender and delivered a fizzing cross that just needed a positive touch, which was delivered by Adam Hutchinson, to send it into the net.

Knights were into the final and were up against Bourne End who had also beaten the Reds 1-0 in the group stages. However, the semi-final victory had visibly lifted the Knights who proceeded to dominate the final. Knights defensive pairing of Ciaran Harris & Raphael Prinz were serene and Jonah Sharma holding in front of them was dictating play impressively. Despite creating a couple of clear chances in the first half, the score-line remained blank at half time. Although Knights were in control, the dreaded penalties loomed large until Daniel Harris was sent clear in the left channel. Daniel steadied himself, picked his spot and drilled his left footed shot into the bottom corner. Bourne End threw everything at the Knights to try and equalise but the defence stood firm, denying any chances. In the final minute the ball was passed out to Daniel whose slide-rule pass sent Oliver clear. Once Oliver is clear there is no catching him and he firmly and confidently passed the ball into the bottom corner to secure a 2-0 victory.

Cue the celebrations. All of the players from the Knights Blue team had stayed to cheer on their team-mates and the Red team knew that the Blues had helped them have the opportunity to win – truly a great team effort from both sets of boys.

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