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City News

6 May 2018

On a fine night beside the Trent there was a lot of excitement as the annual Forest Finals night took place at the City Ground with the finals of the Forest Vase and Forest Bowl competitions for secondary schools in the South Notts and Nottingham Local Associations. The curtain raiser was the annual city schools’ Ron Matthews 7-a-side Memorial Trophy for City primary schools sponsored by Richard Matthews in honour of his late father. Two semi finals and a final were played out on the famous City Ground pitch with a Ggirls’ invitation match prior to the final. The first semi was between Forest Fields and Cantrell schools and finished 1-1. Penalties were duly taken to decide who went through to the final and left the two sides still even at 2-2 with both scoring two of their three spot kicks. This was followed by “sudden death” which ended up being three more kicks each and on the third of these Cantrell scored and Forest Fields failed to convert theirs. The second semi between Nottingham High School Junior Department and Southwark from Basford was more straightforward with High School winning 2-0. There followed the girls’ match between Melbury from Bilborough and Southwark which was won 3-0 by the former. Then came the boys’ final which saw Cantrell score first in a very even game. They looked to be going to win the trophy when the High School, who pushed relentlessly for the equaliser, managed to score in the last minute with the drama of a consultation between the ref and his assistant to confirm the goal. And so to penalties! Once again the three each produced 2-2 with both sides missing one. The “sudden death” however was very sudden with the High School scoring and Cantrell failing to do so. Medals and the trophy were presented by Mrs. Matthews with all the teams, both boys and girls receiving commemorative mementos.

The City U14 side played their final league game of the season when they travelled to East Riding needing to win by three clear goals in order to win the league and made a very good start by taking a 3-0 half time lead through Rhynell Gordan-Messam (2) and Lewis Rourke. However East Riding responded well in the second half with an early long range shot to make it 3-1 but Nottingham responded in turn when Substitute Diego Edwards made it 4-1. In an entertaining second period the Yorkshire side made it 4-2 to make the Nottingham management uneasy. It could hardly be said defences were on top however as Edwards notched another and East Riding responded once again. 5-3! Gordan-Messam however was not finished and not only completed his hat-trick but went one better to finish with four goals and help produce a hard fought Nottingham victory by 7-3. Although not yet mathematically complete this means that the currently most successful city side are to all intents and purposes the West Yorks league champions.

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