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Individual School Reports

Last season, Ashfield School from Kirkby-in-Ashfield won the English Schools’ F.A Under 14 National Open Cup competition and Rushcliffe School reached the semi-final of the Under 18 Open Cup while South Nottinghamshire Academy (Radcliffe-on-Trent) Under 12 team and Samworth Academy (Mansfield) Under 13 side reached the last eight of their respective age group national Cups. In addition, teams from Brunts Academy (Mansfield), Toot Hill (Bingham), National (Hucknall) and West Bridgford School all reached the last 16 of their respective competitions.

This season looks like being less successful for schools from the County and the City at national level with several of those who have entered the National Cups have already been eliminated. There are, however, some praiseworthy exceptions. Becket Academy (Wilford) have reached the last sixteen of the English Schools’ F.A Under 18 Schools’ Cup, their most recent success coming on penalties against Carre’s Grammar (Sleaford). This was a very tight game with no goals in normal time and both teams scoring in extra time to take the game to penalties. Antcliffe was Becket’s scorer in the extra period and he also netted a penalty with Formela, Wilks and Dyer also on target to bring the Wilford school a 4-2 victory in the ‘shoot-out’.

Becket’s Under 14 side have also had a successful run to the 6th Round of the E.S.F.A. PlayStation Under 14 Cup; in contrast to the Under 18 game mentioned above, this produced eleven goals when they met Derby and District side, John Port School. Goals from Carroll, Niemczuk, Carroll again and Flynn gave Becket a 4-3 lead at half time and they eventually won 6-5 thanks to further efforts from Carroll and Niemczuk to set up a next round tie against Priory School (City of Lincoln).

In the Under 15 ESFA PlayStation Cup, Carlton-le-Willows Academy who were runners-up in the Nottinghamshire Under 14 Chaplin Shield last season, have also progressed to the 6th Round with a home victory against Thomas Estley Community College (South Leicestershire). Ben Morris put them ahead in the first half and although the visitors were a talented side, an Ellis Tongue effort after the break brought Carlton-le-Willows a 2-1 win and an away game against Wickersley School and Sports College (Rotherham) after Christmas.

In the younger age groups, the stand-out teams have been from South Nottinghamshire Academy (Radcliffe on Trent), The Academy is eligible to participate in the Small Schools national competitions for which the criteria is fewer than 65 pupils in Year 7. In their 3rd Round game, the Under 12 side met Thomas Middlecott School (South Lincolnshre) and first half goals from Noah Aynsley Johnson and Luke Fitch saw them lead 2-0 at the interval. In the second half, they ran riot with five more: Fitch was again on target while Aynsley Johnson completed his hat-trick with the other strikes coming from Sam Philpotts and Johnny Lees to make the final score 7-1. This followed a 2nd Round game in which they won 8-4 against Charles Read School (Kesteven) in which the highlight was a hat-trick from Philpotts. Noah Aynsley Johnson scored two as did Will Whitehead and a strike from Fitch made it eight. In Round 4, the squad will take on King Edward Vi School (Coastal and Wolds).

The Under 13s from South Nottinghamshire Academy have matched their younger counterparts by also reaching Round 4 of their PlayStation Cup with their latest success a 6-4 victory.

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