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Yr8 Boys weather Aston Manor Storm to complete double

The all conquering Year 8 football squad continued their dominant season with a hard fought win in atrocious conditions against a strong Aston Manor football team in the AES Super Cup, played at Aston Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground.

Missing key players through injury and illness, coach Conibere had to call on his squad players to step up and fill the gaps left by Patterson and Langley, and they did just that.

Sameer Khan and Emilio Tsouvallaris were both promoted to the starting line up, and they showed just how effective they could be, giving coach Conibere a selection headache with their upcoming league fixture against St Edmund Campion looming.

NBA started the game sloppily, allowing the opposition to get into their stride early, this resulted in a penalty being awarded, which was duly converted, Sam Carter in goal getting a slight touch, but he was unable to keep it out. 0-1.

NBA looked to bounce back straight away, but the small tight pitch worked against them, many of their attacks breaking down with the ball running out of play. They did eventually make the break through, Shilo Waldo breaking through and smashing home the equaliser. 1-1.

NBA continued to press, but it was Aston Manor who made the next break through. A dangerous free kick was fired at goal, and with goalkeeper Carter unable to push the ball away for a corner, the opposition striker got to the ball first to tap home, 2-1 to Aston Manor, and half time.

Coach Conibere made some tactical alterations at half time, sending on Imran Haidary to replace Khan. The result of this change saw NBA on the front foot for the second half, but their search for an equaliser became frustrating. That was until the aforementioned Haidary placed a delightful pass through for Nathaniel Murrain to guide the ball past the keeper. 2-2.

NBA, keen to retain there Super Cup title, then pushed for the winner. They eventually made the break through, Waldo converting a 25 yard free kick into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance. 3-2. Aston Manor pushed to get the equaliser, but a fine save from Carter kept them out. Game over, and the celebrations started.

The squad will now enter the race for the league title, sitting in a strong position at the top of the table. They take on St Edmund Campion on Tuesday @ NBA, a game that could see them seal the title. Get yourselves along to support the lads and cheer them to victory.

Special mention to Miss Poppleton for helping transport the squad to the fixture, and also to the staff and sixth former's who came along to support.