The real battle of Hastings

Posted by Patrick Veasey on 15 May 2019

The real battle of Hastings.

Nuneaton Benedictines 1 Hasting School 1


Forget all that 1066 stuff, the real battle of Hastings was fought at Etone School when Nuneaton Benedictines badgers team took on Hastings School.

The teams, consisting of 3 adults and 8 juniors were well matched and the game promised to be very close. Both sides pushed forward from the start, looking for an early advantage. Hastings drew first blood with a well executed shot and then piled on the pressure looking for a second.  Although the visitors gained an early advantage, this match was not destined to be another Norman Conquest. The Benedictines weathered the Hastings’ storm and counter attacked with a fine move which saw Conner Jones blasting the ball home to level the score.  Wave after wave of Benedictines’ attacks followed with young Jamie Whittle and not so young Pat Veasey both being denied by Hastings’ veteran keeper.

The second half followed the pattern of the first with both teams pushing hard for a winner but unlike the famous battle of 1066, this time there was to be no decisive winner.  A fair result in an excellent game and credit must go to all the players for their competitive and sportsman like behaviour and to umpire Ian Nixon for his firm but fair adjudication.

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