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NEWSLETTER 12 MARCH 2020

The last of the Nottinghamshire Primary tournaments which are a major part of the Under 11 season took place at Sutton Lawn recently when four schools competed for the Nottinghamshire Reprotec Shield for Small Primary Schools. Only those schools with less than 100 pupils in Key Stage 2 are eligible to take part; this season those were Linby-cu-Papplewick, Langar, Cotgrave and Misson with Linby continuing their good record in the event by taking the title and they will now represent Nottinghamshire in the Midland Regional Finals which will be staged in Nottingham on March 28th.

The opening game of the 7-a-side tournament was between two Rushcliffe District schools, Langar and Cotgrave and was probably the best match of the morning with both schools playing excellent football in a 0-0 draw. Langar went on to beat Misson 3-0 to bring them 7 points. Cotgrave beat Misson from Bassetlaw 2-0.

The last game of the tournament began with any three of the teams still in with a chance of winning the League and the result was still in doubt midway through the second period when Linby scored the only goal of the game to defeat Langar who finished as runners-up. Final positions were Linby 7 points, Langar 5, Cotgrave 4 and the gallant Misson bringing up the rear but earning credit from their brave fight.

Nottinghamshire Under 16 Girls’ squad continued a season of waterlogged pitches and some mixed messages from some Regional Talent Clubs with a 1-1 draw against Lincolnshire at Sleaford this week. The squad was decimated over the week-end and even on the day of the match by coughs, injuries and unforseen circumstances leaving them with only ten players to start the match at the windswept Sleaford F.C. pitch. Notts did extremely well in the first half against the wind restricting the home side to very few attacks, only one of which brought a goal for the home side. Goalkeeper Ellie Smeeton making her debut had a superb start, catching smothering and dealing with Lincolnshire’s mainly long distance efforts. Smeeton was beaten only once with a speculative lofted and wind assisted long range effort. The goalkeeper was well protected by fine performances from Lauren Gibbs at left back and centre backs Olivia Standeven and Lydia Pascoe who provided some superb cover and clearances.

They had excellent help from the industrious and relentless midfielder, Asante Khamula while on the right, Hattie Shacklack tried to cover two tasks, chasing back in defence and giving occasional assistance to the forward line. In midfield, Summer Reece gave excellent support to Khamula to cover those areas.

After the interval, Nottinghamshire had the benefit of the wind behind them which gave captain and striker Annalise Daniel rather more opportunity than in first half when she and Freya Anderson had the thankless task of trying to test the Lincolnshire goalkeeper against the wind. Their efforts gave Notts some hope and it was Anderson who deservedly got the equaliser from a beautifully placed free kick from a central position, Both she and Daniel frequently outpaced the home side’s defence and were well supported by Amber Bilious who played out of position at centre forward and although not feeling well, troubled the two big home side’s central defenders which had not been possible before the interval.

All ten Nottinghamshire players are to be commended on their efforts throughout; a ‘team’ performance brought deserved reward. Notts now have to meet Humberside home and away in their bid to reach the Midlands semi-finals. An extension has been granted so the squad will be hopeful to match last season’s performance when they reached that stage.

In the numeorus individual schools’ competition organised by the Association, two senior finals are now in place. They are :

March 18th Under 16 Girls Hilary Swinn Cup Toot Hill v West Bridgford (at the Poplars Sports Ground, Burton Joyce – KO – 4.00pm)

March 31st Under 19 John Fox Cup

Carlton-le-Willows v. George Spencer(Stapleford) or Toot Hill at the Poplars Sports Ground, Burton Joyce – KO – 4.00pm

There has also been good progress in the Year 10 competitions for both Boys and Girls. In the boys’ event, Toot Hill (Bingham) have reached the semi-final with victories over Nottingham Emmanuel (4-1), West Bridgford (6-2) and Samworth Church Academy (2-0).

Two other last eight games are South Wolds (Keyworth) v. National (Hucknall) and South Nottinghamshire Academy (Radcliffe) v Chilwell, Nottingham Academy, bidding for third successive victory at this level are awaiting the winners of the Ellis Guilford (Nottingham) game against Christ the King (Arnold)

In the corresponding competition for Year 10 girls (Trophies and Awards Shield), South Notts Academy are again involved, their 3-0 win over West Bridgford setting up a semi-final against National (Hucknall) who defeated Arnold Hill 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The remaining quarter-finals are Carflton-le-Willows v Quarrydale (Sutton-in-Ashfield) and OA Portland (Worksop) v Becket (Wilford)

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