The Cotswold Floorball League's qualifying rounds continued with six close matches.
CCS were given a tough time against both holders Dormer House and Temple Guiting. The holders' goalkeeper, William Droy, kept a strong senior attack at bay for much of the map. Angus Tombs finally broke the deadlock to put CCS ahead, only for Ethan Cooper to level soon after. Again, Droy stopped everything with ease until Alex Adams and Ruby Farrell put the seniors 3-1 up. Keeping up the pressure they earned a penalty shot which was shot wide. The resulting power play did result in a goal by Malachy Jones to complete a 4-1 win.
Temple Guiting also had an inspired keeper in Will Bevis and defenders who gave next to nothing away. Edward Irwin did force an opening and struck home with a low shot which crept in by the post. The seniors only felt comfortable when William Groves scored with a perfectly judged free hit. It was his first touch of the match, looping over the defensive wall and dipping sharply into the narrow gap between Bevis' helmet and the crossbar. Guiting tried to come back, but could not make up the 0-2 deficit.
NCSF (the North Cotswold Schools Federation of Swell, Longborough and Cold Aston) also had a strong defence, but could not resist a now rampant CCS attack. Jones, Adams, Farrell and Olivia Peachey all scored for a comfortable 4-0 lead, all of them from rebounds after long range shots. NCSF stuck to their task and deservedly scored in the final second through Noah Custard.
The federation now changed goalkeepers and found a real gem in Peter Fletcher. Multiple saves halfway through the match helped his team to a 0-0 draw against Temple Guiting. He only succumbed to another barrage of close range shots when playing Dormer House, Georgia wasdell tucking home what appeared to be the winning score. The Federation had other ideas, Wilf Gapp finishing off a late move for a 1-1 tie.
Temple Guiting again showed that they want to go further I the competition when beating Dormer House 3-1. Finlay Holland-Bird gave the holders an early lead. Richard Upton equalised, then William Adams netted twice to ensure the win.
CCS 2-0 Temple Guiting
CCS 4-1 Dormer House
CCS 4-1 NCSF
Dormer House 1-1 NCSF
Temple Guiting 0-0 NCSF
Temple Guiting 3-1 Dormer House
Next week the 'A' Team matches continue when Ilmington, St Marys and Shipston meet.