Last half term was a very busy one in terms of school football, with over 30 matches played in total. The majority of these games have resulted in Culcheth victories, although not all of our year groups have been as successful!

Year 7, with Mr Cushing as manager, have had a difficult start to the season, and have still to experience victory for the first time. A number of encouraging performances however, indicate that there is better to come as we head into the winter break.

The Year 8s, last year’s Warrington Champions, under the guidance of new manager Mr Welsford, made too complacent a start to the season, losing on the opening day with a lacklustre performance. This complacency has since been addressed, resulting in victories in all other league games, and a decent run in the English Schools Cup, leaving us in a great position to go on and defend our league title in the Spring.

Mr Owens has guided the Year 9 team to three wins, one draw and one defeat from their first five matches, which has seen them take up a strong league position. Although the performance in the match that they lost to Great Sankey was disappointing, we still have high hopes that the Year 9s can push on after Christmas, and regain the league title that they first won in Year 7.

Year 10, under the new joint management team of Mr Boylan and Miss Appleby, have amassed three victories from their opening four league fixtures, with their only defeat coming when the entire back four were “side-lined” by the recent school exchange visit to Matseliso High School in South Africa! Things therefore look promising for a strong title push from the Year 10s after the winter shut-down.

Finally, the Year 11 team have also won three of their first four league games, and have progressed to the 3rd round of the Cheshire Cup. So far in their time at Culcheth, this team has always been the bridesmaid but never the bride, with runners-up finishes in several competitions, but never an outright victory, so hopefully they’ll be able to change this with either a league or a cup victory in the Spring.

With the dark nights now with us, the football season has entered its winter shut down, and will resume after the February half term holiday.