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County News

18th February 2018

It has been an important ten days for individual schools’ teams in both the County and the City with National Academy (Hucknall) having reached the national semi-final of the Under 13 English Schools’ F.A. Girls PlayStation Cup, Becket Boys in the last eight of the Under 14 ESFA PlayStation Schools Cup while Trinity School (Aspley), Arnold Hill Academy and Toot Hill (Bingham) have clinched places at the Nottingham Forest Finals Night.

Pride of place must go to the Under 13 Girls’ squad from National who, as Under 12s last season, won the Nottinghamshire Individual Schools West Bridgford Colts Cup Final and have continued that fine form through seven rounds of the national ESFA competition this season. In Round 6, they defeated St. May’s College (Kingston-upon-Hull) 3-0 with Millie Thorley scoring two and Charlotte Lee adding the third. The quarter-final brought another home tie with visitors Newminster Middle School from Newcastle.

As befitted this clash between two of the last eight teams in country, the game was exciting and skilful but there was a shock for National when Newminster took the lead which they held until the interval. National deservedly equalised when Charlotte Lee broke through the visitors’ defence to score. From the kick-off, Newminster immediately regained the lead with a wonderful solo goal. Digging deep, the home side pushed forward and drew level again thanks to a stunning free kick from Millie Thorley. At 2-2, the lottery of penalties loomed but with five minutes left, the two National scorers combined with Thorley crossing for Lee to finish calmly before resolute defending brought a 3-2 victory for the Hucknall school.

The Under 14 Boys from Becket Academy are in with a chance of matching National’s performance as a 5-3 win over Westfield School (Sheffield) has taken them through to the last eight of their PlayStation Cup, Goals from Wireko and Wigley gave Becket a 2-0 interval lead and although Westfield fought hard, further efforts from Niemczuk, Towey and Wirego made it 5-3 at the end. Becket are now away to Rossett School. (Harrogate and Craven)

There was some disappointment for Becket as their Under 18 squad lost 7-2 at Repton School (Derbyshire) in the round of the last 16 while National’s Under 12 boys’ side went out of their ESFA PlayStation Cup at the same stage and South Nottinghamshire Academy Under 12s lost 3-1 in Round 4 of the Small Schools National Cup at this age group. All deserve congratulations for making such progress.

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