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  • Notts U16 Girls reach national last eight

County News

30 November 2019

Nottinghamshire teams have a good record in the English Schools’ F.A. National competitions at several age groups and last season brought two notable successes at Primary level. Lowes Wong School from Southwell, having won the Newark and District Round of the Under 11 School Teams competition, won the County Round and then the Midland Regional Round and reached the National Finals held at St. Andrew’s, Birmingham City’s grpound, one of eight Under 11 teams to take part on the day although they were not able to go all the way to the final. The Nottingham Schools’ F.A. Under 11 representative side, however, did go on to win the national title of the English Schools’ F.A Danone Nations Cup at the same venue. Because of the lack of Associations in the County organising representative squads, Nottingham automatically qualified for the Midlands competition and after winning that title, qualified for the national Finals Day. The eight teams were divided into two groups and in their section comprising Nottingham, Wirral, South London and Slough, a 1-1 draw against Wirral, a 1-0 win over South London and a victory over Slough by the same score saw them go through to the semi-finals. In their semi-final against Thurrock, the winners of the other group, goals by Jordan Willows and Will Thompson saw them reach the final with a 2-0 win.

That meant that two sides from the same group, Nottingham and Wirral (Cheshire) fought out the final with the City side winning the National Danone Nations Cup 2-1 which gave them not just the Cup but also the opportunity of taking part in a tournament in Barcelona in October for Danone Nations World Finals against 32 other schools and clubs from around the world, a wonderful experience for the squad of 11 year old players.

This season’s E.S.F.A. national competitions have been badly disrupted by the autumn rains and to avoid very long delay the national body has a policy that if a game is over the limit date through no fault of either school, a decision as to who goes through to the following round is made by computer. In the Under 14 Girls’ PlayStation Cup, two Nottinghamshire schools have benefited from this rule. Rushcliffe who won their 1st round game 6-2 against Priory Ruskin School (Lincolnshire) and then had a 3-0 victory over West Bridgford thanks to goals from Blake and Salisbury (2). They then benefited from the computer draw and went through to Round 4 to set up a 4th Round tie against Brockington College (South Leicetershire). Another Nottinghamshire Academy through to Round 4 of the same competition are George Spencer Academy (Stapleford) who defeated Nottingham High School for Girls 6-1 in Round 1 thanks to a hat-trick by Theakstone, two from Green and and another by Joal. In the second round, they had a remarkable 14-0 win over Kirk Hallam Academy (Amber Valley) which set up a 3rd Round tie against Kesteven and Sleaford High School (Lincolnshire) which they won 5-0 thanks to goals from Green(2), Mullahky, Smith and Theakstone.


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