With record numbers in support, RGS took on King’s School once again in the annual Challenge Cup fixture at Sixways Stadium.
The opening ten minutes were tightly contested, both teams making their presence felt with hard-fought challenges and determination. However, the game soon settled down and RGS found their rhythm, with captain Seth Lewis, Upper Sixth, instrumental in the middle of the pitch.
RGS looked solid at the back with Sam Chamberlain, Lower Sixth, and Phil Derbyshire, Year Eleven, calm under pressure, trying to play the ball out from the back and create opportunities down the flanks. It wasn’t long before Seb Thompson, Year Eleven, made a darting run down the left and crossed for Sam Healey, Upper Sixth, to slide home and give RGS the lead.
In the second half, RGS started well again and had further opportunities to extend their lead but could not convert. They were made to pay halfway through the second half as King’s School equalised against the run of play. Both teams had chances thereafter but could not find the back of the net, with the game finishing in an entertaining 1-1 draw.
The trophy will be shared this year as a result of the draw, meaning that the Cup will sit nicely next to the Modus Cup in the RGS cabinet from September. The match was played in great spirit, epitomised by the sportsmanship displayed by both teams after the game.
All players and coaches would like to extend their gratitude to the superb support provided by the RGS Worcester spectators. Well done to the team for delivering a really exciting match played in excellent spirit and thank you to Mr Gary Leeds, Head of Football.