Plumberow Vs Rochford Primary

This week, Rochford Primary visited Plumberow to play a boys' football league match. It was the last game of the season for the boys. They have been unlucky in both cups - going out by one goal in the Jim Smith Cup and on penalties in The Parish Cup. The boys have played well throughout the season, and finished off with a 11v0 win.

This win also confirmed Plumberow as Football League Champions.

Well done boys!

Parish Cup

On Monday 9th March, we went to Shenfield St. Mary to play the next round of the Parish Cup.

We were surprised, with the recent weather, that the game was on, but the pitch was in good condition.

The wind was strong and was against us in the first half. Shenfield St Mary are a decent team, and with the wind behind them, they were creating problems.

Alex went down the wing and sent a lovely ball across falling at Frank's feet, Frank controlled it, but it came to nothing, However, the next time the ball went to him, he shifted it to the right and slammed it into the top corner, 0v1 Plumberow.

That was the score at half time.

Two minutes into the second half Sam hit a fine drive into the top corner, 0v2 Plumberow.

We were then in control and feeling confident. Finally, after a fine passing move, the ball was taken nicely and Alex hit it into the back of the net, 0v3 Plumberow.

A great performance against a strong team.

Well done boys.

Plumberow Girls Football

On Tuesday, Plumberow Girls' football team hosted a cup game against Grovewood Primary.

I knew this was going to be a tough game as Grovewood got through to the finals of the Football festival, and all their girls play in a team every Sunday. However, that wasn't the problem. The girls were so afraid one of their old school friends, who had moved to Grovewood, that they froze for the first half.

Grovewood attacked, attacked and attacked again, so it wasn't going to be long before they scored, and that is exactly what they did - 3 times in fact. Abigail stopped it from being more. At half time, I pointed out that we had not turned up, and we needed to go out and at least put up a fight.

The girls took that on board and went out in the 2nd half like a different team. Grovewood were now having to defend. We hit the post, and continued to let Grovewood know that Plumberow were not going out of the Cup without a fight. Grovewood had a really quick player at the back. and she stopped so many of our decent attacks, and, for me, she was the player of the match. Grovewood were still playing well and managed to score one more time before the end of game. 0v4 was the final score, but a definite 2nd half improvement against a very good Grovewood team.

The girls can hold their heads up high for their great play in the 2nd half.

Parish Cup

On Tuesday, Plumberow Academy visited Grovewood Primary to play in the Parish Cup.

The game kicked off in cold conditions, and on a sticky pitch, but Plumberow started well and forced 3 corners in the first 5 minutes. Then, in the 7th minute, Plumberow passed around the Grovewood team and smashed the ball home - 0v1.

Grovewood responded well and pressured Plumberow. I think the early goal gave Plumberow a false sense of security, and they started to hold onto the ball for far too long. Grovewood were playing well and causing quite a few problems when suddenly Plumberow countered and scored a fine goal against the run of play - 0v2. This settled Plumberow and once again they started pushing the ball around, making the opposition work, and playing nice passes through the lines. Two more quality attacks and two more goals followed. 0v4 at half-time.

During half-time, I spoke to them about how, with having 18 players on a small pitch, they couldn't afford to hang onto the ball. They must move the ball quickly. Out they went. They passed from the start, but couldn't hit the target. Eventually, the pressure was too great and Plumberow went 0v5 up.

Once again, the boys forgot why they were winning comfortably, and started losing possession too cheaply. Grovewood scored two goals in quick succession taking the score to 2v5. Once again, I called from the side and reminded them to play easy flowing football. Taking that on board, Plumberow regained complete control of the game and scored another two goals to take the final scoreline to 2v7.

A good performance by the boys, and on a bigger pitch, I think they would maintain their passing and not lose sight of what works.

Girls Football - Ashingdon Vs Plumberow

Today, Plumberow Academy visited Ashingdon Academy to play a Girls' League football match.

Ashingdon are a new team, and, as in all their sport at the moment, they are trying to find their feet.

Plumberow started the game well and quickly scored. This settled Ashingdon down a little, and some nice defending kept Plumberow at bay. Eventually though, Plumberow got through to score the 2nd, and went in at half time 0 v 5 up.

In the second half, Ashingdon quickly scored with a fine effort through the keeper's legs. Plumberow steadied the ship and ended up 1 v 10 winners.

A fine display by both schools. Ashingdon, to their credit, never gave up, which bodes well for the future. Plumberow on this occasion were too strong, but I believe Ashingdon’s sport is improving, and, with the right attitude and same never-give-up mentality that they showed today, the only way is forward.

County Football Finals

Today, we took part in the Football County Finals. The venue was Melbourne Park in Chelmsford.

There were four groups of four, and each group played a round robin format. The winner of each group went through to the semi-finals.

The results of our group were as follows:

Valance Primary 1 v 2 Plumberow Academy

Shenfield St Mary's 2 v 0 Plumberow Academy

Plumberow Academy 3 v 1 Buckhurst Hill Primary

We won two and lost one which unfortunately left us runners-up to Shenfield St Mary's, so we fell just short of making the semi-finals. However, the boys played well. They just need to settle down and focus more quickly, so that they are ready every time they take to the field.

Jim Smith Cup

Today, in atrocious conditions, Plumberow Academy played their 2nd group game in the Jim Smith Cup.

Plumberow started strongly with every intention of dominating this cup tie as quickly as possible.

Passing the ball as I like them to, we quickly went 1 v 0 up. We stayed in their half for long periods and applied pressure. Soon, 1 became 2 and then 3. This continued throughout the first half, and they went in at half time 6 v 0 up.

In the 2nd half, we started the same - shutting the opposition down quickly and forcing them into mistakes. However, the next goal fell to Wyburns through a well converted penalty. This steadied the boys, and they went back to the initial task, and quickly got back onto the goal trail. 6 v 1 soon became 7 and they continued scoring some fine goals through lovely passing.

The final score was 12 v 1. A great display from Plumberow Academy.

Kids' Cup 2018

Today, Plumberow Academy boys' football team went to Waterside Farm, Canvey to play in a tournament organised by Southend United called Kids' Cup.

The were three groups - A,B and C. We were in group A which, including us, had 6 schools in. The other two groups had 7 schools in.

Each group played a round robin against the other schools in the group, and the winning school from each group went through to the semi-final. The best runner-up from out of the 3 groups completed the semi-final line up.

Each game was 8 minutes straight through, and normal FA rules applied.

In our group were:


Northwick Park A

Janet Duke

Kents Hill A

Chalkwell B

Results as follows:

Rayleigh 0 v 0 Plumberow

Kents Hill A 2 v 2 Plumberow

Janet Duke 0 v 4 Plumberow

Plumberow 4 v 0 Chalkwell B

Plumberow 6 v 0 Northwick A

Plumberow went through as group winners, along with Fairways and Chalkwell A,

and completing the semi-final line up, as best runner up, were Kents Hill A, from Plumberow's group.


Chalkwell 0 v 0 Plumberow

As it was a draw, it had to be decided by penalties - Chalkwell scored 3 and Plumberow 2.

Kents Hill A went onto become the eventual winners.

Plumberow just fell short on this occasion. However, I do feel that we were hampered by waiting around in the rain and cold for 45 minutes for the other group games to finish before we could complete the semi-final draw.

One consolation, Ellis Ralph won player of the tournament and received a signed Southend United Football.

Jim Smith Cup

Today, the boys' football team went to Edward Francis Primary School to play in their first group game of the Jim Smith Cup.

Having been around football for so many years, I could sense that the boys' minds were not focused on the game ahead.

We started as I suspected - very slow and lethargic. Within a minute, we were 1v0 down.

Thankfully, this woke the boys up, and within two minutes of going a goal down, Ellis slotted the ball in for 1v1.

We gained a little bit of control in the game although Edward Francis still looked dangerous on the break.

We kept knocking on their door and eventually broke them down with Sam finishing a good move.

1v2 at half time. I spoke to the boys about being switched on as Edward Francis were more than capable.

It looked like they listened as 10 minutes into the 2nd half we scored again. A fine finish by Sam again and 1v3.

We were still facing problems though as a shot flew in towards our goal catching the arm of a Plumberow player, and a penalty was given. Finley got a good hand to the spot kick, but was unable to keep it out. 2v3.

Then, with 2 minutes to go, they got the equaliser. 3v3.

It finished up a draw, and hopefully, a lesson learned by the boys to prepare themselves mentally as well as physically for games ahead.

Girls Castle Point Football Festival

Today Plumberow Academy Girls football team played in the Castle Point football Festival at waterside Farm Canvey,

The format of the festival was 3 pools, and 6 teams in each pool.

Results of Plumberows group.

Plumberow 0v0 Thundersley

Hockley 0v3 Plumberow

Plumberow 1v0 Lubbins park

Northwick Park 1v1 Plumberow

That left us winners of our pool and through to Quarter finals against Rochford

Rochford 0v2 Plumberow.

Onto Semi Finals.

Woodham Ley 2v0 Plumberow

It was a semi-final which i feel we should have won, but at the same time unless a large

piece of luck losing finalists we would be, as Rayleigh and Grove in

other semi-final looked really strong.

Rayleigh beat Grove, so 3/4 play off against Grove.

Grove 3v0 Plumberow

So out of 18 teams we finished 4th

Played 7

Scored 7

Conceded 6

A great effort by every single girl who gave their all for Plumberow Academy.

Castle Point & Rochford Football Tournament!

‘A GREAT start to the new season when the Plumberow Academy Boys’ football team played in the Castle Point & Rochford Football Festival at Waterside Farm, Canvey,

The format of the festival was - 6 pools with 4 teams in each pool.

We went to the tournament without a keeper, so the goal keeping duties were rotated.

Results of Plumberow’s group were -

Plumberow 4v0 Northwick Park A

Montgomerie 0v4 Plumberow

Plumberow 1v0 Holt Farm

That left us winners of our pool and through to the quarter finals against Holy Family - Holy Family 0v1 Plumberow.

Onto Semi Finals against Northwick - Northwick 0v0 Plumberow so penalty shoot out - Plumberow win 2v1!

The final -Woodham Ley 0v2 Plumberow

So, 6 games played, 12 goals scored with 0 against. A great performance by all! Onto the county finals we go!’

(level 2 – inter)

(report by Mr Toovey)

Girls' Football Team-Tournament at Colchester United!

'Plumberow Girls took part in a World Cup football competition at Colchester United's Community Training ground. There were two groups and we were placed in Group B. Our captain had to pull a country out of the bag to find out what team we would represent and managed to pull out England!

We were placed in our group alongside Morocco, France, and Gerrmany

The group consisted of 12 rounds where we played every country twice, meaning we had 6 matches to play.

The girls played some nice football, but lacked goals which cost us in very close contested games.

Morocco 1v0 England

France 2v1 England

Germany 1v0 England

England 0v0 Morocco

England 0v0 France

England 0v0 Germany

So after losing narrowly to the 3 countries in our group we then matched them in the return games, which suggests with a goal scorer with us we could have done very well and possibly, I think, won the whole competition; but that is something we will never know.' Well played Girls.

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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Brainstrust Football Tournament!

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Southend United Football Club!

'Plumberow Academy football team played in a tournament hosted by Southend United at their home of football, Roots Hall. The group games were 12 minutes each game, played straight through. We were placed in Group B in a group of 5 - Grovewood pulled out, so down to 4 in our group. Results:

Plumberow 1v0 St Michaels

Darlinghurst 0v0 Plumberow

Plumberow 0v0 Bournemouth Park

So we went through to quarter finals as runner up. In the quarter final we met Gt Wakering. At full time the score was 0v0 so it went to 3 penalties.

Piers was first to take and scored.

Finley Hooper was second to take and scored.

Wakering scored both theirs too.

Arthur stood up to take our final penalty, sent their keeper the wrong way but it hit the post!

Wakering stepped up and scored.

Throughout the tournament we played some lovely football and although only scoring once, we were the only team not to concede a goal on the Day! Well done Plumberow Academy.'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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Hockley Traders - 2018!

What a result! In the Hockley Traders Tournament this year, the 'A' Team finished winners, scoring 11 goals - undefeated with no goals against! The 'B' Team finished as joint winners with Hockley in a 0-0 draw!! WELL DONE to EVERYONE who took part! (Well done also to Mr Toovey who coaches all 4 teams who played in the finals!!)

(level 2 - inter)

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'A' Team

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'B' Team

League Match v Holt Farm

'The football team visited Holt Farm for a league game. The game kicked off and Plumberow straight away got off on the front foot, making the Holt Farm keeper pull off 3 great saves in the first 5 minutes! Then the ball fell to Arthur just inside Holt Farm's half and he hit an unstoppable shot into the keeper's top corner! Pressure continued with Plumberow putting some good moves together, forcing saves and corners. From one of these corners, the ball was knocked towards the far post when Piers rose and headed it neatly in! Again, Plumberow were showing they meant business and now, picking up free kicks, got one 25 yards out. I called for our keeper, Finley to take it - Finley stepped up and it flew into the top corner!The game continued in this fashion - although Holt Farm were playing good football, Plumberow were just too good on the day. Finley N , Frank and Alex added to the scoreline with Holt Farm grabbing a consolation goal. Final score 1v6 to Plumberow.

A great season finishing off with the Boys winning their League, winning all their games , and the Girls winning their league, winning all their games!

Well done all!'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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League Match v Gt. Wakering

'Plumberow boys visited Gt Wakering for a football league game . Wakering are always a tough school to play , and I didn’t expect any less today. The game started on a small pitch as I thought it would, and finding space around the opposition meant sadly running out of room. 18 minutes into the game, the ball fell to Frank , who hit it but their keeper keeper saved but then he hit the rebound into the net. The first half seemed to go on forever, but then the whistle was blown - 0v1 at half time.

Three changes at half time and the introduction of Libby! Libby has been playing brilliantly for the girls and I had no worries about her being good enough. We started the 2nd half quite strongly but Wakering were not going to roll over. the ball was knocked over the top and a great turn left one v one with Finley. A cool finish and now the score was level. Then we started to turn the screw and Piers played a lovely ball to Frank. Frank passed to Arthur and Arthur hammered home across keeper - 1v2. Then a pass into Wakering’s box and Frank chests the ball over the line - 1v3. The game was now won after a fine display by all!'

Well done Team

(level 2 - inter)

(report from Mr Toovey)

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Girls' League Match v St. Teresa's

'The latest girls' league match was against St Teresa’s. Speaking to the girls before the game, I asked them to play their football and get the ball moving. The girls in the first half never let me down, if anything probably overpassing in areas . At half time, after numerous chances and good defending by St Teresa’s, the score was 0v0.

After speaking to the girls at half time and with 4 changes, the girls went out and within 3 minutes went 0v1 up, a lovely one touch finish! A minute later, another one touch finish, then St Teresa’s just could not get out of their half. Goal after goal followed - no different from first half of play other than the finishing!

Final result - St Teresa’s 0v7 Plumberow with Emily scoring 4 and Libby scoring 3!!

Great display by the girls!'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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Jim Smith v Ingatestone

'In the next round of the Jim Smith Cup, Plumberow were up against Ingatestone. The Ingatestone Head was not happy with size of pitch and wanted to play the retreat rule, the keeper not allowed to kick out of hands. We went along with this, which really impeded our quick breakaways. We kicked off and within 2 minutes we were 1v0 up after a fine move and finish. It wasn’t long before Ingatestone equalised - we left our positions too often and finally got punished. Half time 1v1 and we had a chat about holding positions! Ingatestone came out after half time with bags of energy and really tested our keeper who matched their efforts, but following wave after wave of pressure, they finally stripped down our left hand side and struck the ball into top corner - our keeper was finally beaten. And that’s how it finished - Final score - Plumberow 1v2 Ingatestone & Fryerns'

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 3 - county)

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'B' Team friendly v Hockley

'The Plumberow 'B' Team played against Hockley 'B' Team in a football match which has long been waited for. The game kicked off and both teams enjoyed some fine exchanges being denied by some fine defending or good goalkeeping. In the first half, Hockley had the lions share, although Plumberow counterattacked on quite a few occasions.Then with a nice passing move, Hockley found the ball sitting at a player's feet who swiftly tucked it away - 0v1 Hockley. The game continued with Hockley on top but with some good goalkeeping by Alex in the Plumberow goal. Half time 0v1 The 2nd half restart and Plumberow aimed to make amends and put the pressure on Hockley. Now the game domination had switched to Plumberow’s favour, and it was Hockley threatening with counterattacking. The game was flowing backwards and forwards! (I can vouch for this as when I ref I don’t stand in the middle, I travel with ball flow!) Good defending was stopping both sides and it looked like 0v1 was going to be the result, then a shot was flying into Hockley’s net producing a fine save from their keeper, but he could only just get his hand to it, and the ball dropped to Asher who passed into the goal. 1v1 the result after a finely contested game which ended with the share of the spoils.

I really enjoyed being part of a sporting spectacle played in such great spirit!'

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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Year 4 v Ashingdon (friendly)

'A team of Year 4s went to Ashingdon to play a friendly football game. The Year 4s have not played in a team together so it was going to be a test for them. The game kicked off and Ashingdon straight away showed they had a few players who could play. Plumberow spent most of the first half trying to get out of their penalty box, and this happened time and time again. Due to the relentless pressure, goals were scored, including a wonderful strike which hit the far corner with a nice swerve. So 4v0 down at half time, and really all that could be said was that we needed to push further up the pitch and create problems. We started well and a fine run from Mia Hawkins finished with the ball ️ in the bottom corner, 4v1. But the game continued to be dominated by Ashingdon and eventually another two goals were scored. The game finished Ashingdon 6v1 Plumberow. A great effort by Plumberow and a return fixture has been asked for & agreed'.

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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Girls Football - County Finals!

'The girls' football team travelled to Melbourne Park, Chelmsford, to play in the Girls County Football Finals. After what was not the best start to the day, we arrived at the venue, where we were told there had been some additions to the competition and they needed to write out the fixtures again. Eventually we were told what the format was. We were in a group of 8, which meant we had 7 games to play, 7 minutes a game.

Here is the result of the group games -

Plumberow 0v0 Whitecourt

Plumberow 0v0 Shenfield St. Marys

Plumberow 1v0 Moulsham

Plumberow 3v1 Tanya Dell

Plumberow 3v0 Epping

Plumberow 2v2 Westleigh

Plumberow 2v1 Great Berry

So we won our group and went through to the finals, where we played the winners of the other group, Heycroft. The Final was 0v0 after 7 minutes, so 3 minutes extra time was played. Heycroft scored with a minute left! That looked like that was going to be it, but not with these girls! Great forward play and the ball was slammed home, 1v1, and that's how it finished! So penalties - 3 each to be taken. If equal after 3, then sudden death! We took our first - keeper saved. Heycroft score 0v1. We took our second - keeper beaten but the ball hits the crossbar! Heycroft take theirs - Ashlee saves! We take our 3rd and need to score, but the keeper saves! So we lose in the final, 0v1 on penalties! The girls were fantastic in blustery conditions! Undefeated in 7...Losing 1...Scoring 12...Conceding 4. A FANTASTIC achievement! Goalscorers - Libby Cooper 11 and Katie Ogden 1'

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 3 - County)

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League game v Westerings

'In our latest football challenge we hosted a boys' league game against Westerings Primary. I spoke to the boys before the game telling them that I didn't want them to concentrate on goals today - but more on the different parts of their game. To work on possession, keeping the ball and movement. We played with our first choice keeper on the pitch too, which allowed Alex, a fine goalkeeper in his own right, to don the sticks. The boys were very respectful in the way they went about their football, and pushed the ball around nicely in all areas. It was nice to see them and hear them saying, 'no goals - keep the ball', just as I had asked from them. Westerings were a credit to their school! They kept going to the end - a very big well done to them! And well done to Plumberow for showing maturity beyond their years, led by the ever impressive captain, Piers! Final result - Plumberow 10v0 Westerings'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - Inter)

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Parish Cup v Shenfield St. Mary's

'We welcomed Shenfield St Mary’s to Plumberow to play in the 2nd round of the Parish cup. They arrived early and gave themselves a good, thorough warm up. Unfortunately, Plumberow players were coming out as and when they were able, which hindered their warm up. The game kicked off and straight away you could tell this was going to be a tough match. Not only were St Mary’s tall lads, they also had the physicality to go with their height. We were under pressure and St Mary’s got a corner - a good ball in and a good header and we were 0v1 down. 2 minutes later they got through again and a striker was brought down in box - penalty given. The keeper saved but the taker reacted quickly and tucked away the rebound - 0v2. 5 minutes later their player was brought down on edge of box. The free kick found the top corner - 0v3. When half time came I spoke to the boys about character, saying that I didn't care if we lost this game 0v7 but I wanted to see more from them! They went out for the 2nd half and did just that and no more goals were scored so the game finished 0v3. Plumberow boys faced a big, strong team and were in awe of them for the first half. We must learn to deal with physical teams from the beginning.'

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 3 - County)

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Girls' League Match v Hockley

'The girls played a football league match against Hockley Primary. The game started with some lovely passing by Plumberow, with the ball spending long periods in the Hockley half. 10 minutes in and an unstoppable shot from a Plumberow midfielder sent the ball into the bottom corner! Hockley rallied after that and started working with a bit more purpose, but then the ball fell to a Plumberow striker who saw their keeper was off her line, and delightfully chipped in for number two! The 3rd followed quickly through hesitant defending and a Plumberow striker who took full advantage! So, 3v0 at half time. The second half saw Plumberow having the greater possession but Hockley were keeping them out by fine goalkeeping and defending, but, if you are allowed too many chances eventually one will be taken,so, 4v0. Once again Hockley pushed themselves into the game, and now it was Plumberow’s turn to save and block. But Plumberow took their chances well on the day and the 5th was nicely slammed Home. Great game by both teams played in the right spirit. Final score - Plumberow 5V0 Hockley'

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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Jim Smith - Group Game v St. Mary's, Prittlewell

'Plumberow traveled to St Mary's Primary for their final Jim Smith group game. Playing on a pitch half the size of Plumberow,, with goals that were smaller than 12 by 6, I knew this could be a real test for the boys! As always we kept the ball for long periods, but through the pitch being so small, it was hard to break through. Then one of our players was brought down about 10 yards outside the box - a neatly taken free kick ended up top corner - 0v1!That was the score at half time with St Mary's hitting our post, and us having numerous chances. The 2nd half started and within 5 minutes, it was 1v1, St Mary's gathered some confidence from this and began applying good pressure which forced our keeper into making a great save! Then out of nowhere, the boys picked up the pace and scored - 1v2, After that they never looked back, and continued to attack attack attack! it was soon 1v3, 1v4, and this is with St Mary's goalkeeper and defence denying goal scoring chances. The game was now over and we continued to score. Game finished 1v7! Well done boys!'

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 3 - county)

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Girls League Match v Westerings

'The girls have played their 1st football league game against Westerings Academy. The game was played with lovely passing and movement from both sides. The game was into the 12 minute before a goal was scored - a fine bit of footwork by Plumberow's captain followed by a great finish! Soon, the same player slammed in another to make it 2v0! Still the passing from both sides sent the game from end to end, when with 30 seconds of the first half left, Plumberow got their 3rd goal, again with a finely struck finish which was too strong for the hands of the keeper! Half time, and subs were made. Both teams came out for the 2nd half with exactly the same passion, but another mazey run by our captain made it 4 nil. Both sides still pushed the ball around, again flowing end to end. Then, with 2 passes through to the captain who rounded the last defender and slipped the ball past the advancing keeper, made it 5v0!. So 5v0 the final score with the captain scoring 4. Westerings played really well and it was a pleasure to play them'.

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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Jim Smith - Group Game v Wyburns

'We welcomed Wyburns Primary School to Plumberow to play the next group game in the Jim Smith Cup. During the warm up I could sense things were not quite as sharp as normal so I spoke to the boys, telling them that they needed to be up for every game. The game kicked off and my suspicions were confirmed! We gave the ball away cheaply and were overdoing things! Half time came and the score was 0 v 0! Once again I spoke to the boys, telling them that they needed to fully apply themselves. In the 2nd half we went out and within 7 minutes we went 1 v 0 up! We were now playing slightly better, but not completely as I like! The 2nd and 3rd goals were in quick succession, and then a fine worked goal gave us the 4th! So the final result - 4 - 0! I guess to win when not playing well shows strength - a win is a win!'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 3 - county)

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Jim Smith - Group Game v Bournemouth Park!

It was non-stop matches for the boys' Football squad!!

'The boys' next match saw the team playing against Bournemouth Park Primary in the 2nd game in our group. Bournemouth Park started very well and passed the ball nicely, but then we started to dictate play and dominate the wings and centre midfield and the fine passing by us led to 3 goals by half time! The 2nd half saw us come out after 3 changes of personnel and continue to dominate the game, keeping the ball for long periods. The boys were totally in control throughout the game and ran out 7 v 0 winners A fine display by the boys! Next up Wyburns!'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 3 - county)

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Jim Smith Cup - Group Game v Edward Francis!

'10 boys traveled to Edward Francis School to play the first game in their group in the Jim Smith Cup! The game started very well, with the boys passing the ball with more fluency than when we played Hockley Primary. Edward Francis worked hard to keep us out, but a fine pass to the left and a well driven cross was met on the far post, 0 v 1! Then the boys really pushed and goals followed - 0 v 4 at half time! The 2nd half saw Edward Francis come out to try and salvage something from the game, but a fine solo run with a little pass finished neatly in the corner - 0 v 5. We continued to play neat 'one two' passes and it was soon 0 v 6 then 0 v 7! A fine display by the boys! Next up Bournemouth Park Primary!'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 3 - county)

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Castle Point Tournament - Girls!

'It was the girls turn to play in a tournament at Waterside Farm in Canvey, set up as the same as boys, organised by The Deanes School Sport Partnership. Three groups with the winners and runners up going through with the best overall third place. Then the quarter final, semi-final then Final! Throughout the tournament the girls played some lovely football, good passing and movement, pressuring opposition into making mistakes. The girls behaviour was exemplary and we can be very proud on how they represented Plumberow Primary Academy! Results as follows.

Kents Hill 0 v 2 Plumberow

Lubbins Park 0 v 6 Plumberow

Westerings 0 v 4 Plumberow

Quarter Final - Grove 0 v 1 Plumberow

Semi-Final - Wyburns 0 v 2 Plumberow

Final Riverside 0 v 2 Plumberow

With Libby scoring 8 goals, Aimee scoring 7 and Katie scoring 2, Plumberow finished the tournament with 17 goals for 0 against! An AMAZING achievement!!! WELL DONE! County finals here we come.'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 2 -inter)

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League Match v Hockley

'The boys played their first League match of the 2017/18 season against Hockley Primary. We started off well, some lovely passing and good keeping of the ball was evident for all to see.This continued for all the first half, but we were over passing, and sometimes the hard work Hockley was putting in exposed this. But Plumberow kept knocking, and a good move sent the ball hard into the keepers bottom right. Straight from kick off we regained possession and once again kept the ball for long periods with good defending. Over passing and missed chances were making the game seem very close! But then, again through a fine run, a nice pass and good finish, we earned a little bit of breathing space. True to form, Hockley were not giving up! Working hard to try getting back into game, pressure from Hockley caused a mistake and our captain passed the ball past the keeper to score an own goal. These things happen and the boys soon put it behind them. With passing from the back, through to middle and a fine pass out to right wing, a decent cross was met by our forward, who headed the ball against Hockley's crossbar, a great goal that would have been! The game finished 2v1 to Plumberow. Great passing by Plumberow, and great work rate by Hockley made it an entertaining game to watch. Well done to both Schools.'

(report from Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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Castle Point Football Tournament!

'In their first football of the new academic year, the football squad of 10 boys represented Plumberow Primary Academy in the Castle Point football tournament organised by The Deanes Sports Partnership. The matches were ten minutes straight through, with normal FA rules applying. 19 Schools entered the competition, and were placed into three groups, each group playing their matches on their group's pitch. When all Schools had completed their group matches, the schools who finished first and second in their groups and the best overall third place finishers went through to the quarter finals. From then on, the competition followed the normal route of semi-final and then final. There were 5 other schools in our group. The results were -

Riverside 0 v 1 Plumberow

Lubbins Park 0 v 3 Plumberow

Rayleigh 0 v 2 Plumberow

South Benfleet 1 v 1 Plumberow

Canvey Junior 0 v 3 Plumberow

Plumberow then went through to quarter finals as winners of the group. In the quarter final the match ended Grovewood 0 v 1 Plumberow In the semi final the match ended Glebe 0 v 2 Plumberow. In the Final, Plumberow were unfortunately beaten - Kents Hill 1 v 0 Plumberow The final was a tight game with Plumberow losing to a deflected shot. Throughout the tournament, the boys gave everything and represented Plumberow Academy brilliantly - we can feel very proud!'

(report by Mr Toovey)

(level 2 - inter)

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