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Reprotec Girls 7-a-side

At the end of a morning of high quality Under 11 girls football, Arnold Mill Primary School, representing the Gedling area, took the title of Nottinghamshire Schools’ FA Girls 7-a-s County Champions.

There were eight District champion teams present and the competition began with two groups of four playing in a round robin format. In Group ‘A’, Arnold Mill began the morning badly losing 2-1 to Newark & District representatives, Lowes Wong from Southwell. Norbridge, from Bassetlaw and Larkfields representing Eastwood & District played out a 0-0 stalemate. Arnold Mill and Lowes Wong really hit top form in the second round of matches with the former putting four past Larkfields without reply and Lowes Wong going one better with a 5-0 win against Norbridge.

Whilst all four teams went into the last round of games with a chance of qualifying for the semi finals, Lowes Wong made no mistake with a 6-0 win against Larkfields and a more modest 2-0 victory for Arnold Mill against Norbridge saw them through as well.

In Group ‘B’ Kirkby Woodhouse, representing Kirkby & District, had qualified for the knock out stages by the end of the second round of matches thanks to a 2-1 win against Nottingham’s Melbury Primary School and a 3-0 victory over St Philip Neri representing the Mansfield area. Rushcliffe’s West Bridgford Junior School set off in determined fashion recording a 5-0 win over St Philip Neri but then could not score again in the group games. Their 0-0 draw with Melbury and another 0-0 against Kirkby Woodhouse saw them finish runners up with their last opponents from Kirkby winning the group. Melbury ended their mornings football with a fine 4-1 win against St Philip Neri.

The two semi finals produced two very close, exciting games. The Kirkby Woodhouse versus Arnold Mill game was settled by one stunning strike when their captain saw a tremendous effort from 20 metres out to the right of the goal rebound off the far post at speed straight back to her and without hesitation, she volleyed the ball back with a superbly hit shot. Closer still was the other semi when, after a hard fought draw, the game went to penalties with West Bridgford losing out 4-2 to Lowes Wong.

The final was also closely contested but a goal in each half brought Arnold Mill the title and the honour of representing Nottinghamshire in the ESFA Midland Regional Finals in March or April next year. The medals to both teams and the Shield to Arnold MIll were presented by Nottingham Forest Ladies FC player Eleanor Abercrombie.

LOWES WONG 3 13 1 +12 9
ARNOLD MILL 3 7 2 +5 6
NORBRIDGE 3 0 7 -7 1
LARKFIELDS 3 0 10 -10 1


MELBURY 3 5 3 +2 4
ST PHILIP NERI 3 1 12 -11 0


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