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Football Season Summary 2016 - 2017

Summary of the 2016-2017 Season

So the season has again finished, and after 44 games, and a vast amount of hard work we have our nomination and results. Congratulations to all the players who have represented the school. We are biased, but we have a magnificent set of students here, who take great pride and pleasure in representing the school at fixtures and tournaments, and this is replicated when our four houses compete in their own inter house competitions across every year group. Three things have been especially pleasing overall. Firstly, the numbers of girls who have represented their respective year groups, and who have regularly been nominated players of the match by opposing teachers. Well done Iona, Libby, Poppy, Lauren, and Ellie. Secondly, the leadership shown by our captains and senior players which is then replicated at house match level. Lastly, the number of non-school team players who stepped up and performed during the recent house matches.

Here are the awards as nominated by both teachers and players. For the first time in a number of years, we also entered a number of teams into the Wiltshire County Cup knock out competitions, so would like to formally thank all those staff who released students from lessons.


Year 7
Year 7 have had a fantastic first season at JBS, playing some wonderful football, this was reflected in particular in wins against Devizes and Corsham. They have coped brilliantly with a lot of squad rotation over two teams, adapting well, and working with peers they don’t usually work with. This has resulted in a strong team unity that became more apparent throughout the season, with them working together a lot more and more positively.

I feel that they have now begun to put the foundations in place to form what will be two very strong teams that will achieve success in football at JBS. 

Most influential players of the season – Iona and Ben 

Most improved players of the season – Josh and Ned

Captains – Ryan and Alfie 

Captain’s player of the season – George and Callum 

League position – 3rd

Year 8
Year 8 had an encouraging season despite some unfortunate results. Wins against Devizes and Hardenhuish were down to a fantastic passing style of play and determination. Even in their losses, particularly a bruising encounter against Abbeyfield, the team displayed such togetherness and positivity that will yield better results in the future. Their performance against Sheldon was fantastic to watch, matching a challenging opponent for the vast majority of the game. Their loss against Malmesbury would probably not happened if it were not for a nasty injury to Leo Bounds, which really affected the team’s mind set over concern for their team mate. As a result, I am confident that the team will go on to achieve greater things in the seasons to come, as when they were at full strength, they looked a strong, organised and fluid unit.

Most influential player of the season – Libby

Most improved player of the season – Jacob

Captain – Joe

Captain’s player of the season – Oliver

League position – 3rd

Year 9
The highlight of the season was a fantastic team performance which resulted in a 4-1 win against local rivals Abbeyfield.  Unfortunately, due in part to player unavailability the team struggled to build upon this early season performance.  The joint captains did a great job finding replacement players, which included using players from the Year 8 team in the latter half of the season. 

I was really proud of the players who did show commitment to the team for the whole season, even when results didn’t go their way.  If this commitment can be mirrored by the rest of the year group, they have all the attributes to be contenders in their league during KS4.

Most influential player of the season – Sam

Most improved player of the season – Austin

Captains – Spencer and Nathan

Captain’s player of the season – Jake and Joe 

League position – 6th

Year 10
The team have had a season to remember with an impressive record of 4 wins and only 2 losses.  The league at this age group has been incredibly competitive and there are no easy games.  JBS finished in second place overall in the league, only 1 point behind the winners.  The highlight of the season was finally beating Sheldon.  Three years ago this team beat us 6-1 and we have worked so hard, closing the gap every season.  We came out 4-3 winners this season in one of the most competitive school matches I have ever witnessed.

The game which will always haunt us, was the opening day defeat against Devizes, which ultimately cost us the title.  JBS completely dominated this game but sometimes football can be a funny game and we didn’t get the result we deserved.  I was however immensely proud of the positive mental attitude of every team member throughout the season and their ability to rebound from these types of setbacks.

The team have all the right attributes both physically and mentally to be title contenders again next year.  The player’s goal next season is to win the league and I have every faith that they will achieve their dreams.

Most influential player of the season – Ben

Most improved players of the season – Harry and Patrick

Captain – Harry

Captain’s players of the season – Ben and Patrick

League position – 2nd

Year 11
The Year 11 team have yet again been outstanding. They have a very strong core throughout the team, including two extremely talented defenders and midfielders. Although they will be disappointed to have only won two of our six matches and not reach the giddy heights of Year 9 when they won the league, they took the previous champions right to the death, and only marginally got out played by Devizes, who eventually won the league. For a final season at JBS, they have much to be proud of. The fact that six of this squad played up a year, into the U18 county cup 6th form team, shows how mentally and physically strong they are.

Most influential players of the season – Davin and Jamie

Most improved player of the season – Edward

Captain – Archie

Captain’s player of the season – Zak

League Position – 4th

Post 16
For the first time in many years we decided to enter the Post 16 squad into the Wiltshire County Cup. The format was a champion’s league style competition, and we were drawn in the ‘group of death’ with local rivals, Chippenham College and Devizes, as well as the previous champions Bishops Wordsworth Grammar School from Salisbury. Our first game was a combative win against Chippenham at Stanley Park. A hard fought 3-2 win was well deserved. Next came the previous champions, who were dispatched at home just after Christmas in a ‘hit and run’ 2-0 win. Lastly, a quarter final game against Devizes, which set up a semi-final against Swindon Academy. Although we played exceptionally well in the semi-final, we lost this game to a well drilled team who progressed through to the final.

Even though we entered the team on a bit of a whim, we could never have expected them to play so very well, and compete against so many teams. This was due to the outstanding play, and team work all of involved, as well as the contribution from the Year 11s lads who stepped up. Moving forward, we shall be entering a Post 16 squad next year, to see if they can match or exceed this year’s achievements.


Under 14 and Under 16s squads
In the process of trying to kick start girls football again at John Bentley, we entered two squads into the County Cup this year. Both played exceptionally well, with the U14 girls’ team losing on penalties to RWBA in the Quarter Finals, after being ahead for much of the game. Libby Davies, Poppy Davies and Lauren Kayll are exceptional talents, who have also played in the boys teams this year, and are certainly players who shall do well next season. The Under 16s squad have also done exceptionally well, but unfortunately lost to RWBA (again!) at the semi-final stage this year. A much more experienced squad, they performed well, beating South Wiltshire Grammar School on their cup run. Well done to both teams, and with a greater emphasis on girl’s football moving forward plus the capacity for some of our girls to also play in our boys teams, the future is looking bright.

Outstanding Team of the Year – Post 16
Amazing run that almost ended with us winning the whole tournament! Closely followed by the Year 10 squad, who were 1 point away from winning the league.

Again congratulations to all the players who have played to the best of their ability this year.

Mr Ferguson, Mr Hamill and Mr Cave