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County News

6 May 2018

The 36th annual NottinghamForest Schools’ Night at the City Ground last Wednesday saw Toot Hill School (Bingham) and West Bridgford School take the major honours in the Forest Vase and Bowl trophies and Nottingham High School (Junior Dept) win the Ron Matthews Trophy .

Four City Primary schools competed for the Matthews Trophy with the first semi-final between Forest Fields and Cantrell needing six penalty kicks each before the latter went through. Nottingham High School beat Southwark School the other semi. Cantrell scored first in the final but in a thrilling second period, the High School managed to draw level with the last kick to force penalties. Both schools scored twice and as the game went to sudden death, a miss by Cantrell gave victory to the High School.

Toot Hill School proved too strong for Arnold Hill in the Under 14 Forest Vase Final as first half goals from Tom Wilson and Rory Harrison gave the Bingham school a 2-0 interval lead and their dominance continued after the break as a towering header from Charlie Rutt and another goal from Lloyd Llewlellyn brought them a 4-0 success. This was a good all round performance with Rory Harrison named ‘man of the match’ with other stand-out performacnes from Sam Pooley and Will Mussert. The Toot Hill captain, Tom Benson, who played well in midfield received the Forest Vase from Nottingham Forest Player Matty Cash.

The first half of the Forest Bowl Final between West Bridgford and Nottingham’s Trinity School was a close affair played in a good spirit but the vital moment came in the last minute when Bridgford were awarded a penalty after a scramble in the area which Matthew Floyd hammered into the corner.

Although Trinity fought hard, they found it difficult to deal with the pace of the Bridgford side on the break and Christian Hatley completed a good run with a flicked finish which beat keeper Maison Campbell. Bridgford’s win was clinched when a good run down the left was finished by Liam McKinlay from a narrow angle as his side won 3-0,. Matty Cash was again on hand to make the presentations to the West Bridgford squad.

There were some mixed results for representative sides this week with Nottingham Under 11s defeating Eastwood and District 4-0 in the Reprotec County Primary Cup Final at Burton Joyce and their Under 14s becoming champions in the West Yorkshire League thanks to a 7-3 win over East Riding. Rynell Gordan-Messam scored four of the goals, with Lewis Rourke adding two and the seventh coming from Diego Edwards. There was disappointment, however, for the Nottinghamshire County Under 16s who lost 6-1 to Staffordshire at Stafford Town in the semi-final of the Midland Counties Cup.

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