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.

Football match report v Sharley Park

On a very boggy pitch on Thursday 17th October Stretton Handley welcomed Sharley Park.

Stretton Handley’s top scorer MH was unavailable due to illness but this didn’t stop the team from battling and trying their best throughout!

GT started in goal and made some fantastic saves with again good defending from FT, SB, TB and LH. Unfortunately, GT couldn’t stop everything and at half time the score was 6-0.

LH went in goal for the second half and again made some stunning saves and with GT now outfield Stretton grew in confidence and created some good chances. CG, BP and FH started to link together well, allowing GT to dribble freely around players only for the Sharley Park goalkeeper to make some good saves.

Unfortunately. the match finished 12-0 but the scoreline wasn’t true for the amount of effort that the Stretton Handley team put in.

Player of the match GT.

Next match at home vs Ashover on Monday 21st October (last match before winter break).

Futsal tournament

On Monday 14th October Stretton Handley took part in a indoor ‘futsal’ tournament at Queens Park Sport and Leisure Centre. A five-a-side format with rolling substitutes, small pitches and smaller balls suited Stretton Handley well and this proved on the pitch!

Stretton came away from the tournament in 6th place out of the 10 teams in attendance. They finished 3rd in their group and played some excellent futsal throughout, with MH scoring 6 goals and even FH (YEAR 3!) scoring a goal. They managed to win 1 game, draw 1 game and lose 3 games.

Results were as follows:

Stretton Handley 0 – 4 Sharley Park A

Stretton Handley 2 – 2 Grassmoor           (Goals MH x 2)

Stretton Handley 2 – 1 Hunloke B            (Goals MH x 2)

Stretton Handley 0 – 8 Deer Park A

Stretton Handley 3 – 4 Deer Park B         (Goals MH x 2, FH x 1)

An excellent performance by the team!


Football match report v Park House

On a wet cold Thursday afternoon, Stretton travelled to the much bigger Park House primary school. They arrived to see what looked like 11 a side adult nets which caused a little worry and panic amongst some of the team. Unfortunately that sense of fear and anxiety showed on the pitch and within 5 minutes Stretton were 4 nil down.

Stretton didn’t give up however and MH continued to shoot when he could at the huge nets. The Park House goal keeper was very tall and managed to save a lot. SB and LH also continued to tackle and block and these 2 players proved a nuisance for Park House.

At 6-0 SB made a good tackle and played the ball forwards for MH to run onto. MH dribbled past a defender and blasted the ball into the bottom corner! 6-1. Park House managed to score a couple more to make the half time score 8-1.

GT came out of goal in the second half and his fitness around the pitch along with MH making more and more outstanding saves made life much more difficult for Park House. SB continued to impress making tackles and getting the ball out of the Stretton half. BP, CG and FH started to look more energetic and that allowed TB to grow in confidence in defence in her first game for Stretton Handley.

At 10-1 FT  managed to force the attacker wide allowing MH to grab the ball and throw it forwards to SB who quickly turned and passed to GT who ran through and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 10-2. Stretton continued to battle but unfortunately in the huge nets they couldn’t keep everything out and the match finished 14-2.

Well played by the team in tough conditions with nets far bigger than what Stretton are used to.

Player of the match SB.

Next match at home vs Sharley Park on Thursday 17th October.

Football match report v Grassmoor

On Thursday 3rd October Stretton Handley welcomed Grassmoor for their second match of the season.

Stretton started well with LH, FH and BP making some fantastic blocks and tackles to keep the score 0-0. Stretton defended well throughout the half with GT again making some fantastic saves in the Stretton goal. MH always looked dangerous in attack with plenty of dribbles and a few good shots, one in which the Grassmoor keeper made an incredible save. CG and SB were always in support of MH and made some good interceptions in order for him to drive forwards.

Eventually, from a corner, Grassmoor scored a good header to take the lead and from kick off a second goal followed. Half time 2-0.

GT and MH swapped positions for the second half and again both players shone with their performances on the pitch. MH making save after save in the goal and GT’s fitness was pivotal in creating opportunities for Stretton to score. FT and LH also had a stunning half with both players quick to close down attackers and tackle/block shots. LH made 2 goal line clearances and made an incredible header to prevent a through ball.

With 5 minutes to go Grassmoor scored again to make it 3-0 but that didn’t stop the Stretton team who managed to score a fantastic goal to make it 3-1. A good tackle by LH left FH with the ball who played it forwards to GT who dribbled through and smashed his shot into the bottom corner! Finally in the last minute Grassmoor grabbed a late goal to make it 4-1.

Player of the match LH.

A fantastic effort from a young inexperienced Stretton team who continue to grow in confidence each week. Well done Stretton Handley!

Next match Thursday 10th October away against Park House.

Kwik Cricket Tournament

The Kwik Cricket team did an incredible job finishing runners up in the whole tournament.  The team won their group winning all three matches, beating Ashover A by 91 runs, Deer Park B by 40 runs and Sharley Park by 23 runs.  In the semi-final they beat Holmgate A by 53 runs. They were just pipped to the post by Deer Park A  in the final losing our by 15 runs.  An excellent performance by all the team.

Water-Polo Wednesday 10 April

An alternative sport proved to be very successful for our school as we came runners up in the Cluster School water Polo tournament at Queen’s Park Sport and Leisure Centre on Wednesday. The event was organised and run by Qualitas as part of our subscription funded through our Sport Premium allocation. We won four matches, drew and lost one match and gained 2nd place overall. Fantastic job by the Water Polo team – Well done!

Football match report vs North Wingfield

On a warm sunny spring afternoon (Thursday 28th March), Stretton Handley had a home football match against North Wingfield. It was the first time Stretton had played a home match since October!

Straight away North Wingfield started strong and began to attack the Stretton defence. A couple of early saves from MH settled the goal keeper down, however KH, GH and RJ looked nervous. A good run by an attacker had the defenders in trouble and eventually he was tripped to the ground. Penalty to North Wingfield. MH couldn’t save the powerful strike, 0-1 North Wingfield.

Stretton started to concentrate and play better once they were losing. Some good skill by LR left him with a chance to shoot and he smashed the ball towards the goal and it beat the goalkeeper but bounced back off the post. Half time 0-1.

GT came in to the middle of defence in the second half and it completely changed the game. He didn’t allow the attackers any space to shoot which meant that MH, LR and LH had more time to control the game. A long throw in from LH fell to MH who turned and shot. The keeper saved it but LR followed in and tapped the ball into the net, 1-1.

Stretton were full of confidence now and within 2 minutes had scored again to take the lead. Another long throw from LH saw the ball come to LR who turned and passed to MH who shot the ball low into the bottom corner, 2-1 Stretton.

North Wingfield tried to get back into the game and had a couple of attacks but GT made sure that goalkeeper MH didn’t have a save to make as he tackled or blocked every shot. GT also managed to get forward for one of LH throw ins, which seemed to cause problems for North Wingfield all game, and he shot low only for the keeper to make a good save.

Finally with 5 minutes left MH rifled a powerful effort from near the half way line into the roof of the net to put the cherry on the cake and seal the win, 3-1 Stretton.

A fantastic comeback from being 1-0 down at half time to win 3-1. Well played Stretton Handley!

Player of the match GT with a fantastic second half defending masterclass!

Next game Park House away on Thursday 11th April.

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!