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County News

12 November 2018


The Nottinghamshire Under 16 Girls’ Squad, a joint venture between the County Schools’ Association and the Notts F.A., started their season well with a 4-2 victory over Shropshire at Dunkirk F.C. in the 1st Round of the English Schools’ County Championship. After a worrying start in which a misdirected back pass went to the opposition striker who squandered the chance, Nottinghamshire took the lead in the third minute when Annalise Daniel finished a neat interplay of passes.

The visitors looked dangerous on the break but some sound defensive work from the centre back pairing of Courtney Caunt and Jewel Francis-Crossley and full backs Neave Archer and Imogen Lunn kept them at bay until a minute before the interval when Shropshire equalised. In the second half, Eden Burch cut in from the right and shot into the far corner to restore the lead before a powerful run by Daniel ended with her rounding the keeper and shooting into an empty net.

A through ball was lobbed over advancing keeper Sophie Towle to keep Shropshire in the game but Notts rounded off a much improved second half performance as Daniel’s superb curling shot over the helpless keeper completed her hat-trick and confirmed Nottinghamshire’s place in the 2nd Round where they will be away to Greater Manchester. Before that they meet Lincolnshire at Collingham F.C. in the Midland Counties League (Eastern Division) on Wednesday with a 7.15 p.m. kick-off

Six schools from Nottinghamshire including one from the City have reached the 3rd Round of the English Schools’ F.A. PlayStation Under 13 Cup with several high scoring wins. Rushcliffe led the way with a 14-0 success at Long Eaton School while Redhill Academy (Arnold) ran them close by beating fellow county school, Joseph Whitaker (Rainworth) 12-3. Whitehall led the way with six of the goals. Kokkinos added two more while McGuigan-Lockley, Coleman, Slater and an own goal completed the rout.

Nestora Kemabo scored four for the Becket School (Wilford) in their 8-2 win at Christ the King (Arnold) with Oakley Kennedy and Dominik Tyrko both netting two apiece. Bluecoat Wollaton from Aspley defeated Arnold Hill 4-0 with Cameron Mohammed, Ashley Nk and Mel Sharpe with two on target. One of the closest games of the Round came at West Park School (Derby) where Carlton-le-Willows reached Round 3 with a 4-3 success thanks to goals from Jacob Harrison, Stanley Aldridge, Jack Vipond and Harry Daykin. West Bridgford and Toot Hill (Bingham) produced an even tighter match with the former leading 2-1 at half-time, Toot Hill scoring to take the game into extra time which produced no further goals and Bridgford eventaully going through 4-2 on penalties.

Unfortunately, in Round 3, four of the County schools have been drawn together with Bluecoat Wollaton at home to Rushcliffe and West Bridgford meeting local rivals Becket; the other ties are Redhill v. Tupton Hall (North-East Derbyshire) and Carlton-le-Willows v. Branston Community Academy (Lincoln and Gainsborough).

Next Saturday, the Nottinghamshire Finals of the Reprotec 7-a-side tournament for Under 11 School Teams will take place at Sutton Lawns starting at 9.30 a.m. The District champions from most Districts of Nottinghamshire will compete for a place in the Midlands Round later in the season.

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