John Hanson Community School Year 9 boys completed the treble after winning the Hampshire cup with a 3-1 win over Mountbatten at AFC Totton. The boys have been in extraordinary form this season, winning the Andover and Salisbury leagues only conceding one goal, to retain both trophies for the third year in a row.
The trophy that has eluded them for the last two years was the County cup. The boys were set on winning the County cup from the start of the season ready to learn their lessons from the two previous campaigns. They made the long journey to play Bay House in the 1st round,
and after conceding an early goal, they went on to dominate the game and come away with an 8-2 victory. The second round meant another long journey, this time to Cowplain. The boys learnt their lesson from the previous game and were dominant from the start. Captain Brodi Hughes made light work of a nervy defence scoring a 1st half hat trick. The team continued to play good attacking football on a difficult pitch and came away 13-1 victors.
A bye in the third round gave the boys a home quarter-final against Henry Cort School. The visitors had delayed the game due to their involvement in the National cup, where they were at the quarter-final stage. The boys knew this would be their toughest test this season but were nevertheless up for the challenge. The game started well for John Hanson with the boys creating numerous chances, but unfortunately they were unable to find the back of the net due to inspired goalkeeping and a lack of clinical finishing. The boys went into half time with a slight advantage but it was thoroughly deserved. The boys continued to dominate the game and it was only a matter of time before they added to their lead. The game finished 3-1 to John Hanson and the boys were through to the semi-finals to face Bohunt School away.
Bohunt, who had made back-to-back semi-finals, were in confident mood. Their mood soon changed when the boys came racing out of the blocks with some fast paced counter attacking football. Brodi Hughes bagged himself another hat trick to see the team take a healthy half time lead. In the second half the boys continued their relentless pressure and breathtaking football to come away 8-2 winners. The whole team had worked so hard even when leading by a big score line, which showed their determination to win the County cup.
In the final the team faced Mountbatten School who had knocked out last year’s winners, Mayfield 5-1 in the 1st round and had also won by a six goal difference in their semi-final; it had the potential to be a tight final. The game being played at AFC Totton, gave the perfect setting for the boys to complete what they had set out to achieve at the start of the season and in doing so complete the treble.
As in all finals the early stages of the game saw both teams start nervously. But it didn’t take the team long to start to impose their dominance on the game. After a few missed opportunities from the boys the team finally took the lead through a well taken, driven shot from outside the 18 yard box by hard working Finn Tonks. Just before half time John Hanson started to look after the ball and produced a 20 plus pass sequence which ended with a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Brodi Hughes couldn’t convert the kick but it wasn’t long before he was on the score sheet after his tireless work rate enabled him to break and slot the ball home for a two goal lead going into the break. The boys continued to create chances in the second half and it was Evan Smith who put the game out of reach, nonchalantly lifting the ball over the on rushing keeper. Mountbatten grabbed a late consolation towards the end of the game but the boys calmly saw out the remaining few minutes to be crowned Hampshire champions.
Manager and Head of PE, Mr Green said:
The team’s mentality this season has been phenomenal. Their togetherness, work rate and unquestionable ability has seen them dominate in all three competitions this season. They have been unstoppable and we are so proud of their achievements. I had written in my mid-year review that I would stop being surprised at the level of sporting success our students achieve, but I am surprised that this is the first Hampshire cup for this truly talented team.
Photo: John Hanson Community School Football Team
Back row – Luka Chubinidze, Xander Mutter, Will Briggs, Evan Smith, Mr Green (Head of PE), Rui Horner, Joe Rogers, Brodi Hughes (Captain), Finn Tonks.
Front row – Finn Walsh, George Goodridge, Alfie Marchment, Oli Walker, Tom Green, Jacob Beatson.