As part of the Bradford Summer Games the league winners of Bradford South (SBSJ) played the league winners of Bradford North (South Craven) to determine who would be crowned city champions. It was a very tight game with two teams aspiring to lift the trophy. SC almost scored within the first 30 seconds, but brave goalkeeping from the ever reliable Jordan Moorhouse bailed out unconvincing defending; diving at the striker’s feet to prevent what would have been a disastrous start. SBSJ gathered momentum throughout the first half; Luke Hammond causing all sorts of problems for the SC defence with his incisive passing and creativity. When the goal arrived it was a moment of real quality. Mark Booth drifted in a searching cross and Hamas Khan fired in at the far post.
Although SBSJ edged the first half, SC could have grabbed an equaliser just before the break. At half time the boys reflected on maintaining concentration throughout. The team talk focused on showing independence and winning individual battles against the opposition. The second half was a hugely impressive team performance from our boys, with each and every one of them contributing to a fantastic defensive display. The resilience shown was quite remarkable; throwing themselves in front of the opposition to block shots and make tackles. Mckenzie Borek and Jeffrey Clarke in particular were always in the right place at the right time. SBSJ looked dangerous on the counter attack and could have grabbed a second through Kai Harris.
What a superb all round performance, with Captain Nathan Middleton lifting the trophy.
The boys get on really well with each other and have grown as a team throughout the year. Although we have had a few shaky results, this win was well deserved – the best I have seen us play all year.