Year 7s aim to build on exciting start

THE talented Year 7 football team at Dyke House Academy is one of only four North-East teams left in the English Schools’ Playstation Cup.


THE talented Year 7 football team at Dyke House Academy is one of only four North-East teams left in the English Schools’ Playstation Cup.

An impressive start to the 2018-19 season has delivered a string of good results and performances in a variety of competitions.

Now the Year 7s are gearing up for a last-64 battle with Nunthorpe or Richmond next week in the fifth round of a competition that started with 624 teams and allows just three academy players per team.

After a comprehensive 11-2 win over Our Lady & St Bedes, Dyke House scraped past Carmel 3-2 before travelling to Hurworth to turn in the best performance and a record a 7-0 victory.

That was a huge statement having sought revenge for the previous week’s defeat to the Darlington school in the English Schools’ Elite Cup (no limit on academy players).

Dyke House had to face English Martyrs in round four and they showed great tenacity, hard work and organisation to deliver a 2-1 win to progress.

That has been the highlight so far of a hectic schedule that has seen the Year 7s compete in seven competitions.

The last few months have seen a Town Trials evening at High Tunstall, when Dyke House took 18 students to gain experience of school football. 

There was an early set back in the National Indoor five-a-side competition held at Brierton. With just a draw required in the final game against Manor, the boys missed a hat full of chances and lost the game 1-0.

That allowed Martyrs to grab a second chance in a play-off and the hope is they will now fly the flag successfully for Hartlepool in the Cleveland Schools’ Finals.

In the Durham County Cup, Dyke House will play Castle View Enterprise Academy (Sunderland) at home in the quarter-final early in the new year. There were two impressive victories over Shotton Hall and Thorp Academy to set up the occasion.

Dyke House are also in the semi-final of the Cleveland County Cup following wins against Manor and English Martyrs – and will travel to either Egglescliffe (Stockton) or Sacred Heart (Redcar).

The Hartlepool Schools’ Town Cup will be played after the February half term break, with the final at Victoria Park towards the end of the season for those two teams lucky enough to get through.

There have been four boys called into the District Squad and the hope is that there will be more added from Dyke House if they keep up the good form as collectively the team have ben excellent.

** The deadline for the Holland football trip has been extended to December 7. Deposits can be paid by the end of January and anyone interested in taking up one of the few remaining places should confirm to Danny Evans.