Published: 5 January, 2017
by STEVE BARNETT
SCORES of talented young footballers have been handed the ultimate goal for 2017 – become the best players not just in Camden and Islington, but across all of London.
Coach and PE teacher Jamie Histed wants to make Haverstock Secondary School in Chalk Farm the cup draw that rival sides fear getting in competitions.
“This year we’re going to hit the training ground harder than ever before,” he said.
“The standard of football we’re seeing across the country is improving all the time.
“We don’t just want to be part of it – we want to be leading the way. We want to be the top school in London for football.”
Among the Haverstock teams bidding for glory this year will be their Under-19s college team (pictured below), who are awaiting a date for their quarter-final showdown against London Nautical in the Inner London Palmer Cup.
Goals from Bradley Milton, Remelle Alcendor and Altin Veliu saw the NW3 side book their place in the last eight courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Cardinal Vaughan School at Market Road in Islington.
Haverstock’s Under-15s side (above) are also on the trophy trail after reaching the fourth round of the England Schools Football Championships.
Their last outing of 2016 saw the free-scoring side put in a five-star show in front of goal against Mark Hall Academy.
Man-of-the-match J’Neil Bennett scored twice, while Hayden Miller, Rio Glean and Malakai Hyman also all found the back of the net in a 5-0 win.
They now face a tough away-day in Norwich on January 26 when they tackle rivals Langley Football Academy.
“Our next game has to be treated like the final,” said Jamie. “Langley beat the defending champs in the last round so they’re going to be a tough test. But we’ve got a great team so I fancy our chances.”