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County News

30 October 2019

The Nottinghamshire Schools’ F.A. representative programme got under way on Monday evening when the Under 16 Girls Squad met Staffordshire in the 1st Round of the English Schools’ F.A. Inter County Chamionship at Dunkirk FC. After two trials, this was the first competitive match which perhaps led to some early uncertainty in defence that saw them concede two early goals. By half time, however, they had drawn level through Freya Anderson and Leah Markham and two second half strikes by Markham again and Annalise Daniel brought them a 4-2 win and a place in the 2nd Round away to Oxfordshire.

In the ESFA PlayStation Under 13 Cup for Elite Schools, Ashfield, the largest school in the County, defeated Tibshelf Acadmy (Derbyshire) 5-2 in the only 1st Round fixture involving a Nottinghamshire school. Lucas Davies-Olivera opened the scoring and a Tibshelf player contributed an own goal. After half time, Lucas-Olivera scored again and further efforts from Ben Hay and Zeke Smith-Eccles ensured a 5-2 win for Ashfield and a tough task in Round 2 on November 6th away to Sandwell Academy.

The Elite competition is a small event in which some of the strongest schools from around the country compete, but the other Under 13 competition, all schools are eligible and Ashfield have also entered this with several others from Nottinghamshire. Ashfield proved their strength with a 9-1, 1st Round victory. Several games have been delayed by waterlogged pitches but The Becket Academy are through to Round 2 thanks to a 4-2 victory after extra time and penalties against the Meadowhead Academy Trust from Sheffield. West Bridgford also went through with a narrow 4-3 defeat of Derby’s West Park Academy thanks to goals from Fairman, Fisher, Hardman and Reaney while Carlton-le-Willows had a bye into the 2nd Round.

West Bridgford went out in that Round when they lost 5-2 in Grantham at King’s School but East Leake won 7-1 at Friesland School (Amber Valley). Matthew Waldron claimed a hat-trick with Zak Budding netting in the first half to give East Leake a 2-1 interval lead. They completely dominated the second half with goals from Brad Mear, Aidan Cooling and Blake Walker while Waldron completed his hat-trick. Rushcliffe School had a much closer match against Long Eaton to reach Round 3. Joe Uvegas scored in the first half to make it 1-1 at the break and Jaidan Campbell-Rice and Vegas again brought a 3-3 full time score before penalties took them through.


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