South East Essex Academy Trust

SEEAT FC Victory

Final score SEEAT FC 6-5 West Ham PA


On a chilly evening in Basildon, the SEEAT team came together for their second ever game, the first this academic year. 13 children chosen from the 6 primary schools within the trust, pitting their ability against a tough opponent in West Ham Performance Academy of the JPL league. 

It was agreed due to the conditions that the game would be split into 4 x 15 minute quarters. 

The opening 5 minutes was a one sided affair, SEEAT really taking the game to their opponents and creating some half chances, but playing really neat and tidy football. Josh and Jaden (both Hadleigh) and Zach (Westborough) proving real handfuls across the pitch. It took 10 minutes for the first goal to come and it was Jude (Heycroft) who netted after some fine work by Jaden again. 1-0

Minutes later, our lead was doubled, this time some fantastic play from one end of the pitch starting with Charlie (Rochford) led to George (Hadleigh) teeing up his school mate Jaden for a well deserved strike, a proper team goal! 2-0

Less than a minute later, Jude jinked his way through two defenders and finished with aplomb to make it 3-0.

5 changes were made for the second quarter and it was one of the subs, George (Prince Avenue) who found the fourth goal of the game, drilling a fine shot low into the bottom corner after some great play from Albert (Holt Farm) on the right wing 4-0

Just before half time, Josh, who was thorn in the oppositions side all evening, made a marauding run through a number of challenges before his strike was blocked and fell perfectly to the onrushing Henry (Rochford) to make it   5-0.

The third quarter began, this time with the opposition on the front foot but with Brodie (Hadleigh) withstanding all shots that came his way. West Ham’s most dangerous player did find the net midway through the third quarter with a lovely strike, which really spurred on his team, who, within no time managed to get another two and close the gap to 5-3. 

The last 15 minutes was about getting as much game time as possible, and with everyone playing 30 minutes, formations were tweaked. Tom (Holt Farm) who was formidable at the back alongside Charlie in the second quarter was put in his regular goalkeeper position, Reid (Prince Avenue) who played well in goal was deployed in defence alongside George, and Josh was pushed into midfield, where he scored the individual goal of the game, with a rasping drive into the top corner 6-3.

From here, the formality would have been to see the game out, but neither team had that in mind. West Ham pulled back another goal, and with what seemed to be the longest 15 minutes in football history, they went on to score a fifth with the last kick of the game, which flattered the score line in their favour somewhat. 

A great game, played in a good spirit and the first ever victory for SEEAT FC!