Albion Foundation and media team link-up once more
ORMISTON Forge Academy has a long standing partnership with The Albion Foundation spanning sporting and education provision.
Key Stage 4 Pastoral Manager, Warren Grant, was previously an IMPACT Coach with The Foundation and still works within Albion’s academy set up.
Warren chose Year 11 pupils Sherriff Shakoane and Alex Bennie to be the recipients of ‘Press Pass’ for Albion’s encounter with Spurs.
Below is the match report the pupils produced following the game:
An overcast sky stood over The Hawthorns stadium on a particularly windy day within the town of West Bromwich. However, despite the dismal weather, fans arrived in their thousands to watch the game between the hosts and the travelling Spurs contingent.
Both teams were off to lightning-quick start with Tottenham attacking first, which resulted in an immediate counter-attack from Albion. Rondon found himself one-on-one with keeper Hugo Lloris but was tackled well by Jan Vertonghen.
In the 14th minute of the game, Tottenham carelessly gave possession away within their own half but Albion were unable to capitalise upon this mistake. Instead, as Tottenham retained possession, Toby Alderweireld crossed into Dele Alli who tapped the ball first time under the charging legs of Myhill.
Despite the devastating goal from Alli, West Brom refused to crumble and continued to deliver a highly convincing and disciplined defensive performance against Spur’s attackers.
The strong resilience from Albion soon paid off as James McClean headed the ball past Lloris from Fletcher’s in-swinging cross in the 38th minute. McClean’s first Premier League goal sparked a deafening roar from the home support which inspired the team to push for a second goal before the half time interval.
In the 42nd minute, Sessegnon hobbled off the pitch with an injury after a highly impressive display of skill and footwork against Tottenham’s defensive back four. Craig Gardner was subbed on to replace him.
The injury to Sessegnon proved costly for the home side as Tottenham’s top goal scorer Harry Kane was fractionally close to pulling a goal back in the 49th minute. Kane managed to get a foot to the ball in Albion’s area but Craig Dawson managed to clear from the goal line.
Immediately after conflict ensued amongst Dawson and Danny Rose after a strong tackle from the Albion defender. Though the referee was on- hand to resolve the issue.
As the sky darkened over the stadium, Albion continued to push for their second goal of the game. Craig Gardner received a well-placed ball in the 55th minute but was restricted from shooting due to a well-timed tackle from Alderweireld. Albion went even closer to scoring when the ball fell to Olsson who struck the ball with pace but Lloris deflected the ball wide with a fast-reflex save.
Rondon went marginally close to giving Albion the lead after Kane was booked for a strong challenge on Gareth McAuley in the 74th minute. The ball fell to Rondon who could not find his composure quickly enough to hit the ball past Lloris.
The hosts were let off by an offside call within the 85th minute. Substitute Clinton N’Jie slipped in behind the Albion defence but offside was called just before he got the shot off. Solomon Rondon attempted a long-ranged shot on goal seconds before the final whistle. Though the prominent wind caused his shot to go out for a Tottenham throw in.
The final whistle blew in 94th minute and the thrilling game between Albion and Spurs ended as a 1-1 draw. As the players left the field, the home fans stayed to applaud their players for their magnificent performance against a strong Spurs side.
By Sherriff Shakoane and Alex Bennie – Year 11 pupils at Ormiston Forge Academy.