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City News

10 March 2019

Nottingham Schools’ Under 13 side met Yorkshire based side, Calderdale, last Saturday and although losing 4-2 in a Yorkshire League game gave a display which brought encouragement for the future. The City side had to withstand early pressure from the visitors but had several promising breakaways and took a surprise lead when Rio Charles put them ahead after 15 minutes. Against the run of play they doubled their lead through Arber Braha but the visitors were unfortunate as they hit the post twice.

Two goals from Calderdale before half time were no surprise, the first a penalty after a goalmouth scramble and the second with the last kick of the first period. The Yorkshire side made their superiority count after the break, scoring ten minutes after the interval to go 3-2 ahead and then increasing that lead close to the end to gain a well deserved success. However, Nottingham fought hard to keep the margin to 4-2 against one of the strongest sides they have met this season.

Nottingham’s Under 11 squad made the long trip to Gloucester for a friendly match which has become a feature of each season. Nottingham had beaten Gloucester 5-2 at home in September and travelled to the West Country looking to extend their unbeaten run in 2018-19. Gloucester had an even better record since their only defeat of the season having played thirty games without another loss. A large crowd including local dignataries showing their support for schools’ football, saw Nottingham take an early lead when a cross by Isaac Davies held up in the wind which allowed Justin Alfreshi to knock the ball in.

Gloucester responded with a long free-kick into the top corner just before the interval and started the second half superbly, scoring three goals in 10 minutes, first with another free-kick, then taking advantage of a poor clearance and finally with a fine half volley which flew into the top corner. Nottingham were stunned by this onslaught but with 15 minutes left began a recovery with a Daniel Hodges free-kick before Isaac Davies pounced on to a loose ball to make it 4-3. This set up a frantic finish as the City searched for the equaliser but Gloucester held on for a narrow victory.

The whole day was full of old-time schools’ football virtues: a really exciting game played in the best of spirits, sportsmanship from both teams, excellent hospitality in which both sides were involved and the players of Nottingham being complimented on their behaviour by their hosts. Both Associations are to be commended on their attitudes throughout the day.

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