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County News

20 May 2019


There has been a hectic ten days of Nottinghamshire Schools’ F.A. Cup Finals, all except one staged at the excellent Poplars Ground at Burton Joyce. The exception was the Under 16 Girls’ Hilary Swinn Cup between Bluecoat Academy (Aspley) and Toot Hill School (Bingham) with the latter agreeing to travel as both schools had problems agreeing available dates. The ‘home’ side took advantage by winning 2-0 which was perhaps not surprising as they had won the Girls Under 15 and Under 14 competitions last season.

The following night saw Minster School (Southwell) make up for their disappointment when they lost to ‘added-time’ goal in last season’s final of the Under 16 Boys Hawkins Cup This year’s final against Outwood Academy Valley (Worksop) was equally competitive with Minster taking the lead through Nathan Stocks. Late in the second half, Outwood Valley equalised when a long range shot was misjudged by the Minster keeper and Luke Morris bundled the ball into the net. The penalty shoot-out featured some excellent strikes into the corners but it was Minster who won 5-4. The Cup and medals were presented by the great-grandson of Jim Hawkins who gifted the Cup to the Nottinghamshire Association in 1971.

The Under 13 Girls Final for the Fred Riddell Shield and supported by Nottingham Forest Community Trust also went to penalties with Carlton-le-Willows Academy defeating Rushcliffe Academy 6-5 after a 2-2 draw in normal time. An early goal by Charlotte Wallace put Carlton-le-Willows ahead before Chloe Salisbury effort made the score 1-1. In the second half, Rushcliffe dominated the play but missed several chances and were thwarted by some effective if sometimes unorthodox saves by Georgia Townsend. Carlton-le-Willows took the lead against the run of play through Wallace but a header from Salisbury’s took the game to penalties.

There was a fast start to last Wednesday’s Under 14 Boys’ Chaplin Shield Final between Toot Hill School and Becket Academy. Toot Hill had won all their games during the season and in the first minute looked to have taken the lead after a break down the right but an offside decision spoiled the Bingham side’s celebrations. They did not have long to wait for a legitimate goal when Oli Hoyland finished off another break down the right. The Becket team were generally under pressure but defended well and a Karnye Kenton header from close range brought them level.

Toot Hill started the second half in similar fashion to the first and Becket keeper Greg Roe made two good saves low down in quick succession while they also hit a post from close range. It was a ‘fluke’ goal which put them ahead midway through the second half. A long, high ball from near the centre by Sid Cox was carried towards the penalty area by the breeze, bounced high off the hard pitch over the defenders and keeper Roe and into the net.

Becket continued to try and pressurise the Toot HIll defence but their fate was sealed when in another quick break, a charge in the back by a defender on a Toot Hill forward brought a penalty which was hit into the corner by Daniel Warren to bring Toot Hill a 3-1 victory.




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