In June, Cole Jarman took part in the Campbell’s Acoustics Cup charity 5-a-side tournament. Knowing all-time leading goal scorer Lee Montague would miss the annual tournament for the first time due to work commitments, the focus on the training pitch in the months leading up to the big day was on defensive stability and team cohesion.
In the opening group game, the hard work was proven to have paid off with a solid defensive display negating any threat from the opposition. Tim Fox scored the game’s only goal, putting the finishing touch to a swift counter attack. There was a rare defensive mix-up early in the second group game which led to CJ conceding the opening goal, but Ed Morgan showed good tenacity on his debut to pick the pocket of an opponent on the edge of the box and fire a low shot home to level before the half time whistle. In the second half however CJ conceded once again and could not find a reply, slipping to their only defeat of the day. After another well organised showing in the third and final group game ended 0 – 0, CJ progressed to the Cup semi-final.
The semi-final was a hotly contested game and once again CJ kept a clean sheet, but could not find the goal to avoid penalties. In a lengthy shootout which saw the frame of the goal rattled several times and the entire team including goalkeeper Ben Holcombe take a penalty, CJ eventually faltered and bowed out of the tournament.
Thanks as ever go to Campbell Associates for organising an enjoyable evening for a worthy cause.