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Latest News - 20 May 2017

Without doubt, the highlight of last week’s Schools’ Cup Finals was Ashfield School winning the English Schools’ F.A PlayStation Under 14 Open Cup staged at Pride Park, home of Derby County, last Monday in a final very professionally staged by the sponsors and the E.S,F.A. The action started in the first minute when Ashfield’s keeper Ellis Jackson failed to hold the first shot of the game and a scramble in the Ashfield goal area was eventually clear.

That was the only error that Jackson made in an almost miraculous display in which opponents Oxford Academy must have thought he was unbeatable. He was not the only star of a superb Ashfield performance against an Oxford Academy side which contained two England players in midfield. Leighton Platts proved a danger to Oxfrod throughout with his pace and a fine run and cross laid on the header from Tyreace Palmer which opened the scoring .This goal was matched by Oxford late in the first half when they put together six short passes for an excellent team goal which was well deserved on the balance of play.

Ashfield stepped up their game in the second half with the back four of Robinson, Else, Little and Sloan quick and determined in the tackle. Another great ball was played in behind an Oxford defence which was not as good as their midfield and Platts ran on to it only to be pulled back by an Oxford player. Captain Sam Geeves calmly converted the resultant penalty before Ashfield quickly added a third goal with Platts again the catalyst. He broke down the right and put in a perfect cross to the far post which Dylan Palmer calmly converted. Meanwhile Jackson continued to thwart the Oxford front players and with ten minutes left, Ashffield made it 4-1 when Brandon Keeling chased down a pass by Sloan and hit a wonderful curling shot past the keeper. Although Oxford scored a second goal in added time, it was too late to stop Ashfied taking the Trophy

On Wednesday, there was another skilful display by Rushcliffe Academy as they won the Nottinghamshire Under 16 Hawkins Cup by beating a gallant Ellis Guilford (Basford) side 6-0. Despite the score, Ellis Guilford produced a determined display against their opponents who had six Nottingham Forest Academy players in their side, some of who have played at Under 18 level and above for Forest.

Rushcliffe’s slick play brought 3 first half goals from Brennan Johnson, Arvin Appiah and Lucas Sumner who slid in at the far post to knock in a cross while in the second half, Johnson was gifted another goal as the Ellis Guilford keeper misjudged a lob which rebounded from the bar to him. Two late goals came from Max Shilton and Johnson who thus completed his hat-trick

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