School sport: Robert Clack
PUBLISHED: 12:59 28 September 2012
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Football teams progress in national cups
Dagenham’s Robert Clack School has been celebrating progress on two fronts in National Cup action.
The under-18s snatched a thrilling last-minute win at Bishop’s Stortford, thanks to a 25-yard lob from right-back Ross Torr, while the under-15s beat St Thomas More by a 6-1 margin, having put seven past Hall Mead in their Essex Cup encounter.
Director of Sport Barry Taylor said: “Bishop’s Stortford is an independent school with amazing facilities and a Wembley-like pitch.
“It’s a beautiful pitch, but we were 1-0 and 2-1 down with 10 minutes to go.”
Max Odei had netted Clack’s first goal of the game, before Sam Killey levelled from the penalty spot.
Torr’s late winner sent Clack through to the third round and Taylor added: “It was an absolute peach, a beautiful finish and a decent result for us.”
The younger group booked a trip to west London’s Quintin Kynaston on October 10 after another strong attacking display.
Jamie Hart netted his second successive hat-trick, while Dafe Akaka also hit the target.
Taylor continued: “We’re scoring goals, but we’re still letting in a few at the other end.
“We’ve got a decent spine and some livewires up front and I’m happy with the chances we’re creating.
“We’re placing the balls into the corners, not smashing it, and showing good movement off the ball.
“We’re playing a decent brand of football, following the Arsene Wenger regime at Arsenal.”
Akaka and Shay Kelly, who supplied good balls from midfield before going off injured, both caught the eye of an Ipswich scout during their latest outing.
And the school’s rugby teams have also been impressing in their recent fixtures.
Taylor said: “We had six teams out against St Joe’s (Ipswich) and they all gave a great account of themselves.
“We won two matches and three others were very tight.”
Clack are fielding three teams against Latymer (Enfield) this weekend.
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