Football match report vs Ashover

On Monday 21st October Stretton Handley welcomed league leaders Ashover for their final football match before the winter break.

Stretton were again without co captain and leading scorer MH but that didn’t stop their enthusiasm and effort. With GT in goal Stretton started well and he made 2 excellent saves in the opening 5 minutes. LH, BP and FT were solid in defence and frustrated the Ashover attackers. TB continued her impressive start in the team with an excellent block to prevent another attack. Unfortunately TB had to come off injured which left Stretton with no subs, just the 7 players on the field.

FH and SB kept making runs to try and create space to receive the ball and CG had a fantastic dribble down the wing which resulted in FH making a good cross only for the Ashover keeper to gather the ball. Ashover managed to eventually find the net and in doing so created a few nerves in the Stretton defence. Half time 4-0.

LH went in goal for the second half and he carried on where GT left off by making some tremendous saves. GT had a few excellent dribbles and made some good shots at goal but Ashover are top of the league and undefeated for a reason and didn’t let GT score. BP continued to make some outstanding defensive blocks and tackles to help LH out in goal but again Ashover managed to score.

Stretton started to tire towards the end of the game and with no substitutes available they had to continue to play the best they could. Ashover managed a few late goals and it finished 7-0.

Player of the match BP.

Futsal Tournament

On Wednesday 14th November 2018, Stretton Handley CE Primary School took park in the Y5 and Y6 Futsal tournament at Queen’s Park Sport and Leisure Centre in Chesterfield.

With a much smaller and heavier ball than a normal football and only 5-a-side, with smaller pitches and bigger goals, the sport is quite different to football. It is very fast-paced and constant with hardly any outs.

Stretton Handley performed brilliantly, reaching the quarter finals and only losing out 4-3 to the eventual finalists!


Stretton Handley 2-3 Deer Park A

Stretton Handley 1-2 Holmgate A

Stretton Handley 0-2 Hunloke

Stretton Handley 4-1 Tupton

QUARTER FINAL Stretton Handley 3-4 Deer Park B

The children really enjoyed this energetic new sport and hopefully will take part again!

Football match report vs North Wingfield

On Monday 15th October the Stretton Handley team had their third game of the season and their first away from home. It was a very wet breezy day so the conditions weren’t the best.

Stretton kicked off the game and went on the attack straight away through LR and LH. They managed to win a corner which MH took and somehow he managed to curl it towards the keeper and it deflected in! 1-0 straight from the corner spot!

Again Stretton continued to pressure the North Wingfield team and they created another corner and believe it or not. MH did exactly the same again! From the corner spot! 2-0.

North Wingfield were pegged back but did manage to create one chance which GH, KH and GT defended well so that goalkeeper TH didn’t have to make a save. From the resulting goal kick LR played an excellent long ball to MH who wriggled free from the defenders and shot only for the ball to be blocked. It looped up into the air and LH jumped highest and with a powerful header she smashed the ball into the bottom corner, 3-0!

North Wingfield did manage to create a good chance and after a good tackle by GT the ball fell to a North Wingfield player who powerfully struck the ball into the bottom corner, 3-1.

Just before half time MH again caused havoc with a corner kick and the ball ended up in the net, 4-1 to Stretton Handley.

The second half was much tighter with North Wingfield defending well. RJ made a strong tackle and passed to LH who passed to MH who ran down the wing and crossed for LR. LR’s shot was heading for the net only for a good save by the goalkeeper to keep the score at 4-1.

With 10 minutes to go MH ran through one on one with the keeper after a good pass by RJ and he made no mistake, 5-1. Within a minute of kick off GT hit a long range high shot which the keeper saved but then from the rebound MH powerfully smashed the ball into the net, 6-1, which is how the game finished.

Another fantastic win for the Stretton Handley team with MH scoring 5 making it his 11th goal of the season in just 3 games! LH also scored her first goal and the teams first header of the season. Star player was awarded to GT with a fantastic defensive performance!

Next game at home to Parkhouse on Monday 22nd October!

Football match report vs Tupton

On Monday 1st October, Stretton Handley started their league campaign in a home match against Tupton. After a thorough warm up led by captain LR the team were ready and it showed, as Stretton took early control in the game, with LH, LR and MH dominating possession in Tupton’s half. However, Tupton defended well and Stretton couldn’t find the goal they deserved. After 14 minutes, a brilliant long throw by LH put MH one-on-one with the keeper and he made no mistake. slotting the ball into the bottom corner, 1-0 Stretton.

The goal filled the Stretton team with confidence and 2 minutes later, after a good tackle by KH, LR got the ball and passed to LH. who then passed to MH, who again skillfully wrong footed the keeper and smashed the ball into the net. 2-0. A brilliant first half performance!

The second half started and Tupton started to pile on the pressure. Stretton were deep in their own half and defending well. RJ made a crucial header and TH made 2 brilliant saves in the goal. From a Tupton corner, GT calmly cleared the ball down the line which MH chased and with excellent skill dribbled down the wing, cut into the box and was fouled in order to win a penalty! Chance for his hat trick maybe? Not! Captain LR decided to step up for the penalty and dilled low and hard only for the keeper to make a good save.

Tupton then started to dominate possession and a mistake in defence led to a one-on-one, but up stepped goalkeeper, TH, to make a fantastic low save. However, from the resulting corner, Tupton managed to create a shooting chance from outside the box and it curled right into the top corner 2-1. Tupton grew in confidence now and again had 2 good chances with GT clearing one of the line and KH making a strong tackle to deny another.

However with 4 minutes left TH made a good safe and the ball fell to LR who mistakenly hand balled it to give Tupton a penalty and chance to equalise. The Tupton striker smashed the ball home to make it 2-2.

In the final 2 minutes LH had a brilliant shot cleared off the line and MH, with fantastic skill, smashed the ball like a rocket, which somehow the Tupton keeper managed to save. 2-2 the game finished and a point each to the two teams.

Star player of the match was voted by the Tupton manager and was given to LH with MH a very close second. Also a stand out league debut for KH.

An excellent game played well by both teams!

Next game at home vs Grassmoor on Thursday 11th October 2018.

Runners up! Football Final League Table 2017/18

Congratulations Stretton Handley Primary School football team on the school’s best ever finish in the league! Runners up!

Well done to all the players involved and a huge thank you to parents for supporting the team throughout the season.

Well done!

Team Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Points
Hunloke 9 7 1 1 35 12 23 22
Stretton Handley 9 5 2 2 27 18 9 17
Hady 9 4 4 1 27 7 20 16
Sharley Park 9 5 1 3 36 18 18 16
Park House 9 4 2 3 16 12 4 14
Ashover 9 4 1 4 28 33 -5 13
North Wingfield 9 2 3 4 8 27 -19 9
Holmgate 9 1 5 3 10 18 -8 8
Grassmoor 9 2 1 6 21 34 -13 7
Tupton 9 0 2 7 2 29 -27 2

Football Match report vs Grassmoor

On Thursday 3rd May, Stretton Handley football team travelled to Grassmoor Primary for the final game of the season. Again, the team were without usual captain LM.

Straight from kick off, Grassmoor started fast and took the lead within 2 minutes with a good low shot that TH had no chance to save. Stretton kept on battling and had a few good chances through MH, LR and RJ. However, just before half time Grassmoor scored again to make it 2-0.

After a quick team talk, the Stretton team came out fast and scored through a brilliant tackle by MT which led to MH running through and smashing the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-1. Stretton kept up the pressure and from a good kick by TH, GH found herself on the edge of the Tupton box only for the goalkeeper to come out and smother the ball.

Tupton managed to break through with 10 minutes to go and increase their lead to 3-1. Again though, Stretton didn’t give up and LH played a good pass to LR who crossed for MH who brought it down and calmly placed the ball into the corner to make it 3-2.

Stretton were searching for the equaliser and were caught on a counter attack which led to a penalty decision, which was waved off as advantage, leading to a Tupton goal, causing confusion amongst players and parents. TH as well as the Stretton defence stopped as the whistle went, only for the referee to wave play on. A very debatable goal to make it 4-2 to Tupton.

In the last minute a driving run from RL nearly completed the scoring only for his shot to go just wide of the post.

A good final match of the season with an unfortunate defeat.

Football Match report vs Tupton

On Tuesday 1st May Stretton Handley football team travelled to Tupton Primary for the penultimate game of the season. Without top goal scorer LM, the Stretton team took to the field with a point to prove. Within minutes of kick off they proved that point!

Straight from kick off Stretton won a throw in. Captain LR took a long throw into the box which resulted with a defensive error and the ball hitting a defender and flying into the net to make it 1-0. Stretton continued to battle and an acrobatic over head kick from RJ threatened the Tupton goal but the Tupton goalkeeper produced an excellent save.

Tupton started to get into the game and would have scored, had it not been for excellent defending from LH and RL and then a brilliant diving save by TH. Half time 0-1 Stretton Handley.

The second half was very tight with Tupton looking for the equaliser. Stretton again defended well with GT and GH not letting the ball past them.

With around 10 minutes to go, a good dribble by MH led to a Stretton Handley corner. MT moved into midfield and was in the box ready to score her first goal for the team…and she did! The ball was crossed in and fell to MT’s feet and she powerfully smashed the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

Stretton then controlled the game to the end and with a minute to go. Vice captain LH passed to MH who ran through and slotted the ball coolly past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

A brilliant team performance by Stretton Handley.

Football match report vs Holmgate

On a very wet and boggy pitch, Stretton Handley took to the field to face Holmgate and the Stretton players were eager to make up for the collapse in the last game.

However,  the game started differently to how the Stretton players wanted and within a minute of kick off, Holmgate took the lead with a low strike into the corner. 0-1 Holmgate.

Stretton fought back well though and an impressive piece of dribbling saw LM run to the halfway line and unleash a powerful shot into the top corner to equalise. The Holmgate goalkeeper had no chance! 1-1

Holmgate came back again and some good defending by LH, MT and GH kept their attackers at bay. With 5 minutes to half time TH made an incredible save to a rocket of a shot that was heading into the roof of the net. However, from the resulting corner, Holmgate managed to score to make it 1-2.

Unfortunately for the Stretton Handley defence, right on half time, the ball got stuck in the mud inside Stretton’s box which allowed another goal for Holmgate. 1-3 Holmgate at half time.

After much needed drinks, a quick rest and a team talk changing tactics, Stretton Handley came out in the second half in fine form. A couple of good attacks saw them grow in confidence.

Stretton Handley hadn’t given up and they wanted to mirror what had happened to them in the previous game and make a stunning come back.

They did just that!

First, a good pass by LR saw MH run through and tap the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-3. Then a good run by LR saw him fouled in the box to win a penalty in the bog! Unfortunately LR powered his penalty wide of the post.

Stretton Handley began to dominate possession and were piling pressure on the Holmgate defence.

Excellent passing from defence through to attack meant that LR had a free shot which he smashed into the net to equalise. 3-3

Finally,with only 3 minutes remaining, Stretton Handley won a corner. The ball was crossed in and the boggy ground made it difficult for Holmgate to clear the ball. A goal mouth scramble resulted in the ball hitting a lot of  legs before eventually LR managed to tap the ball into the net to complete the fantastic come back and make it 4-3 to Stretton Handley.

Stretton Handley defended the final few minutes well and managed to win with a very impressive second half performance.

Well done to all the players involved!

Stretton Handley 4-3 Holmgate

Football match report vs Ashover

On Thursday 22nd March 2018, Stretton Handley faced Ashover, in what proved to be a close game and an incredible fight back by Ashover at the end.

Stretton Handley started the game quickly with LM firing in a good shot into the bottom corner to put Stretton 1 nil up. Some excellent defending from LH and RL kept Stretton in the lead and allowed LR and MH to create a lovely passing move to free LM for his second goal, 2-0 Stretton.

As the half time whistle approached, an excellent tackle and pass by LH saw LM take control of the ball and fire a long pass over the Ashover defence which MH ran onto and scored a fantastic volley into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

Seconds before half time, Ashover pulled a goal back with a powerful shot that beat TH. 3-1.

The second half started and Ashover came out strong and again scored a powerful shot to make it 3-2. Stretton fought back however and with a well worked corner, MH scored a bullet header at the front post to give Stretton a 4-2 lead.

Ashover started to dominate possession and were firing shots at TH and the Stretton defence. However, on a counter attack, a good pass by RJ saw LM dribble free and slot the ball passed the keeper to make it 5-2.

With only 7 minutes remaining Ashover again piled on the pressure and a couple of mistakes in the Stretton defence saw Ashover score 2 quick fire goals to make it 5-4.

Finally,with only 1 minute left, Ashover completed their come back with a good strike into the roof of the net to complete the scoring. The game finished 5-5 in what felt like a defeat for the Stretton Handley players after being 5-2 up!

Again, a very entertaining game with plenty of goals and positive football played by both teams throughout.

T’ai Chi after school club

The children enjoyed a free T’ai Chi taster session on Tuesday and we have now organised an after school club run by Snap Dragon T’ai Chi. This will take place on Thursdays after school starting Thursday 19th September 3.30 to 4.30pm. Sessions will be £1.00 per child per week. The full cost will be subsidised by the school. If your child is eligible for free school meals then there will be no charge. If your child would like to join the after school T’ai Chi sessions please read the letter sent out on Thursday 12th and return slips by Wednesday 18th September. Thank you