On Friday 24th March 2017 a staff select XI competed for the Roger Thomas Memorial Cup against a confident Year 13 XI ably supported by a number of hard working year 12 students.
As always, the match was to be played in memory of Mr Roger Thomas who was an exceptional man who did a vast amount for Sport at Westgate School during his time as Headmaster here. In his memory, this annual event has a charitable focus and we raised the sum of £165 which will be donated to Asthma UK.
We very much appreciate the supporters for their kind donations and continued enthusiasm throughout the match.
The game was a fantastic opportunity for the students to back up their confident pre-match chat and they became under immense pressure from the outset where it was clear that they were not going to have it all their own way against this strong, hard working staff side. Mr Innis scored the opening goal for the staff, followed shortly by a short tap in from Mr Watson to take a commanding 2-0 lead. It was then that the students had a glimmer of hope, with a mix up at the back, Sam Collins ably took control and neatly tucked away a confident finish into the bottom corner to keep the students in the game at 2-1.
Mr Watson was keen to make up for his slight error at the back and did so almost immediately with an outstanding diving header to put the staff side back in control with a 2 goal advantage going into half time.
Both sides came out into the second half with a new focus and determination and it was the staff side again who struck first with two goals coming in quick succession the first of which was delivered by Mr Mangat from a throw in and finally Mr Innis with a neat finish to get his second of the day. At 5-1 the staff side looked comfortable and the students struggled to get themselves back into the game. The staff continued to push but the game was called to an end with a confident 5-1 score line in favour of the staff who were very proud to be the 2017 holders after their loss on penalties in the 2016 tie.
Special mention must go to Mr Clark for organising the match and the staff side and Maan Chana for organising the students side. The game was excellently officiated by Adam Mcloughlin who did an outstanding job, supported by Harvey Townsend and Mikolaj Pietluch from Year 11.