Wyke Sixth Form College have made history by becoming National U19’s champions. The men’s football team travelled down with staff and coaches the night before the 11am early kick off on Thursday 4th May to prepare for what may well be, the biggest game of their footballing careers. Staff and students then followed suit with a very early start on Thursday morning to ensure they didn’t miss a second of the eagerly awaited cup final at the Bescot stadium in Walsall.
Wyke got off to a fantastic start scoring early in the first half with a goal from Chris Causier and an epic scorpion kick clearance off the goal line from Connor Boyd, and were leading into half time. The first forty-five minutes were certainly a battle of wits with two players clashing heads and having to be bandaged up before returning to the field.
Wyke came out for the second half all guns blazing and after a direct cross finding the head of Sam Robinson, Wyke scored their second goal of the game. South Devon were not down and out yet though as they were awarded a penalty and with their England capped striker stepping up to take it, hopes of making a late comeback were looking strong. However, Wyke sealed their fate by being awarded a penalty themselves in the eighty seventh minute after Tom Bolton was brought down in the penalty box. Chris Causier bravely stepped up and scored his second goal of the game and Wyke won the match convincingly 3-1.
As the final whistle was blown, everyone who had made the journey from Hull erupted into rapturous cheers and Wyke were crowned U19 Men’s National Champions.
Coach Nick Barmby was delighted by his team’s success; “It was a brilliant game, my boys thoroughly deserved the win and what an unbelievable achievement for them; the best college team in the country.”
“Credit needs to be given to not only the boys who played today but for everyone at Wyke Sixth Form College. They allowed the boys to travel down the night before on the Hull City bus, stay over and really prepare for the game ahead, giving a real professional feel to the whole event and the lads repaid this by doing the business today and returning victorious.”
Nick explained what wining means to everyone; “not just for the college, but for the whole area to win a National Cup at U19 level and to be the best men’s college team in the country is just amazing. It is a massive statement and great for the college to be able to make and shows the high standard of football that has and is being played at college level. South Devon had a couple of England school boy’s playing, so for us to beat them shows the level and strength of our team and I am so proud of them.”
Michal Pujdak who also coaches the team along with Nick added that; “we are all over the moon for the boys, they have been magnificent for the past two years and we are all immensely proud of them and their achievement and hope to continue this legacy going forward.”
Exhausted yet ecstatic still, everyone began the journey home ready to continue the celebrations and place that cup, pride of place at Wyke Sixth Form College.