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County News

17 January 2019

The Nottinghamshire Schools’ Under 16 Girls’ squad should have resumed their Midland Counties programme last Tuesday with a home game at Collingham FC against Humberside. This was to be a replay of the game which had to be abandoned at Rainworth in November due to a floodlight failure ten minutes from time with Notts leading 1-0. The Midland Counties Officers decided that the game should be played again in full. However, Humberside were unable to raise a team this time due to injuries and other commitments and so conceded the game giving Notts the three points. The squad will travel in February to Humberside for the return game in the Midland Counties Eastern league group and if Notts win they will qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.

At the end of last term the Under 14 Girls’ squad from National Academy (Hucknall) reached the last 16 of the English Schools’ F.A. PlayStation Cup with a 4-1 home win against Kesteven and Sleaford High School and are due to meet Sprowston School from Norwich in their bid to reach the last eight. Another successful girls squad from Nottinghamshire are Arnold Hill Academy who have reached the last 32 of the English Schools’ F.A. PlayStation Under 15 Cup.

They proved too strong for another side from the County, Carlton-le-Willows Academy, in Round 4 of the competition as first half goals from Kaitlin Want, Neavah Walker-Clarke and two from Kayliegh Allen brought them a 4-0 half time lead. Carlton-le-Willows kept going well in the second half and scored twice through Smith and Collins but Arnold confirmed their superiority with Allen completing her hat-trick and Want and Walker-Clarke scoring again to make the final score 7-2. Arnold are now at home to Weavers Academy (Wellingborough, Rushden and East Northants) in Round 5.

In the boys’ Under 16 ESFA Premier League Trophy, Ashfield School (Kirkby) have reached the last sixteen with two hard fought victories. They defeated near neighbours, Tupton Hall School (N.E. Derbyshire) in Round 4 thanks to a single goal from Tyreece Palmer and went on to beat Rastrick High School (Calderdale) 2-0 with Sam Geeves and Leighton Platts on target. They now travel to take on Thomas Telford School (Shropshire) with whom they had a titanic tussle in the Under 14 National Cup two seasons ago, eventually going through to the final on penalties on their way to taking the Trophy. Ashfield are also still involved in this season’s Under 14 boys’ and are due to be at home to Castleford Academy in the next round.

Several schools from the County are still involved in the 9-a-side Under 12 PlayStation Cup for girls which started later than the other national competitions because this is the age group at which new pupils enter the Secondary schools and they are given time to get a team together. In the draw for Round 3, Ashfield are away to McAuley School (Doncaster) while George Spencer (Stapleford) travel to take on Countesthorpe Leysland Community College (Leicestershire) while Rushcliffe also have an away tie at Thomas Estley School (South Leicestershire).

The Under 12 team from National like their Under 14s have had some success defeating Arnold Hill 3-2 in Round 1 and then winning 7-0 against Becket (Wilford) in Round 2 but like most of the Nottinghamshire sides are away in Round 3 to either De Lisle Academy (Leicestershire) or Wood Green (Sandwell). Yet another away tie awaits Toot Hill Academy (Bingham) who take on Lincolnshire’s Sleaford and Kesteven High School.


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