MATCH REPORTS 2017
UPPINGHAM 1 WELLINGBOROUGH 3
As always the conditions at Uppingham were very windy but it was Wellingborough who started off the better side and after only 10 minutes went into a well deserved 1-0 lead. Shortly after, a long range free kick from Mathew Clarke made it 2-0 and Wellingborough were dominating the game and before half time had made it 3-0 with a close range goal from leading goal scorer Sean Mulvey. Uppingham improved in the second half and managed to get a goal back but Wellingborough defended well and held out for a well deserved win and earned themselves the Runners-up position for this Season.
WELLINGBOROUGH 0 KINGS ELY 2
In the early stages it was Wellingborough who were the better team playing some excellent football but were unable to breakdown a well organised Kings Ely defence. Throughout the first half Wellingborough created numerous chances but bad finishing and some quality saves by the Kings Ely keeper resulted in a 0-0 score line at half time. In the second half it was the away team that had started the strongest and within 20 minutes they scored to make it 1-0 , Wellingborough came back with several chances but were unable to level and with only minutes to go a long free kick from just inside the half sailed over the keepers head and into the top corner to give Kings Ely a well deserved 2-0 win.
WELLINGBOROUGH 3 OUNDLE 2
As always with these 2 sides the game started off in a frantic pace and both teams were giving the ball away and creating few chances in the early stages. However after about 20 minutes Wellingborough were beginning to take control and took a well deserved lead through Sean Mulvey . Wellingborough were now taking control of the game and a good footballing move resulted in a second goal shortly afterwards but Oundle replied straight away and at half time and got themselves back in the game. The second half was very scrappy with few chances being created but midway through the second half Wellingborough made it 3-1 and despite Oundle getting a second Wellingborough held out from some strong pressure from Oundle to earn a 3-2 win.
WELLINGBOROUGH SCHOOL 4 OAKHAM SCHOOL 3
Wellingborough made it three wins out of three in the league against Oakham School. Both teams played well in the early stages but without creating too many chances. However, midway through the first half Wellingborough started to take control and goals by Sean Mulvey and Matthew Chalcraft sent Wellingborough into a well deserved 2-0 lead. Oakham replied with early pressure and several minutes later had replied to make it 2-1 but soon after Mulvey scored his second to make it 3-1 at the interval. Wellingborough started well in the second half and a bad mistake early on by the Oakham keeper made it 4-1 but there was still a long way to go to secure the victory and as expected Oakham bounced back and the pressure paid off with 2 goals to make the last 10 minutes very interesting and in the last few minutes Wellingborough were saved when a shot from the Oakham striker hit the post to secure a 4-3 victory.
WELLINGBOROUGH 4 BEDFORD 2
Wellingborough started the better team and where rewarded with two goals from Matthew Chalcraft and skipper Sean Mulvey. However, as the game went on Bedford became stronger, starting to dominate the game but were unable to capitalise on the chances they created. Just before half time a good move down the left-hand side and a cross from Harvey Lewis was met by Matthew Chalcfaft who headed the ball home sending Wellingborough 3-0. Bedford started strong in the second half dominating the game and fully deserved to score early in the half, a second followed shortly after and as the game was looking to be heading for a draw a mistake in the Bedford defence enabled Sean Mulvey to race through and seal a win for the Wellingborough. A second win in the League for Wellingborough but an excellent performance from a very determined Bedford side.
STOWE SCHOOL 2 WELLINGBOROUGH SCHOOL 4
Wellingborough started the game well and lots of early possession paid off with a great opening goal from Harvey Lewis. Further goals followed shortly after, again from Lewis and another from Barnaby Shine before Stowe replied with a penalty just before Half - time. Stowe started the game strong in the second half but Lewis scored again to complete his well deserved hat trick. Stowe reacted scoring their second but the result finished with a 4-2 win for Wellingborough.
HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE
The inaugural meeting of the Mercian League was held at King’s Worcester in June 2006 when Mr Robert Griffiths from Loughborough GS presented his ideas for the league. These proposals were accepted and the first season was scheduled to commence in 2007.
At the meeting the following schools attended and all agreed to be part of the league , King’s Worcester, RGS Worcester, Bromsgrove, Oundle, Uppingham, Loughborough Grammar School, Wellingborough , Wycliffe , Bristol GS, Clifton, Monmouth, Malvern, Christ College, Brecon and QEH Bristol.
At the summer , 2013 AGM several changes were ratified and with the league now split the North division was expanded to 9 teams with Oundle being welcomed back into the League along with two new members in Oakham and Stowe. The South also had changes with RGS Worcester switching to the South and Kings Worcester also joining the Division to join Bristol GS, Clifton, Malvern, Marlborough , Monmouth and QEH Bristol.
The 2013 season also saw the expansion of the U15 League with its 2 divisions and the introduction of an U15 final with a Cup and medals for all participants.
With Mr Robert Griffiths retiring, the role of running the League was taken on by Mr Steve Clarke from Denstone College and the league was split into 3 regional leagues.
However this year under the guidance of Mr Kelvin Meagan Of Wellingborough School the League reverts back to just the One Division and the following teams will be competing for the Mercian League in 2017, Bedford School , King’s Ely School, Oakham School, Oundle School, Stowe School, Uppingham School and Wellingborough School.
Sun 12th Mar
ISFA U16 v. Millwall
(City of London School
Playing Fields, 11.00)
Mon 20th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
Millfield v. Royal Russell
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)
ISFA U18 & U16 Tour
ISFA U15 & U14 Tour
Thurs 27th Apr
ISFA U16 Shield Final
(St. George's Park, 6.00)
Sun 30th Apr
ISFA U17 v.
Scotland Independent Schools
(Altrincham FC, 2.00)