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Reprotec Girls 7-a-side

 

 

In a tournament containing some excellent football, All Hallows School, representing the Gedling District, won the Nottinghamshire Girls Individual Schools 7-a-side title at Sutton Lawn.

Eight Districts of Nottinghamshire took part in the event which began with two leagues of four teams playing each other on a round robin basis. In Group A, the two opening games produced six goals – a rare occurrence with 7-a-side mini goals ! All Hallows beat John Blow from the Newark District 2-0 whilst Bassetlaw’s Norbridge walloped four past St Philip Neri School from Mansfield.

In Group B, Hollywell from Eastwood and Kirkby Woodhouse produced a more familiar first game 0-0 draw whilst the other opening encounter in the group saw Nottingham High School, who had stepped in at very short notice to replace Sycamore School who had withdrawn a couple of days before, beat a possible pre tournament favourite in West Bridgford 2-0.

The second round of games in Group A brought another win for All Hallows, beating St Philip Neri 1-0 with Norbridge and John Blow playing out a 1-1 draw. West Bridgford claimed their first victory in Group B with a 1-0 win over Hollywell. High School however, could only draw 0-0 with Kirkby Woodhouse.

Although they had already qualified for the semi finals, All Hallows made sure they would finish top of Group A by winning 2-0 against Norbridge, whose win and a draw in previous games gave them second spot in the table and a place in the semis.

West Bridgford registered their second win in Group B, overcoming Kirkby Woodhouse 1-0 and High School got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Hollywell. These last two games confirmed the semi final qualifiers from Group B as High School and West Bridgford.

In an initially tight semi final, West Bridgford found an equaliser to counter All Hallows opener but two All Hallows strikes in quick succession in the second half sealed the win. In the other semi, High School suddenly found their shooting boots to propel themselves into the final with a 5-1 win against Norbridge.

Goals were at a premium for both sides in the final which was won for All Hallows with a late goal as Jessica Ellis shot through a crowded penalty area with the High School keeper unsighted. Both teams were presented with their mementoes by Bob Young, Chairman of Nottinghamshire Schools FA and All Hallows go on to represent the County at the ESFA Midland Regional Finals in March or April next year.

GROUP 'A' FINAL TABLE P F A GD PTS
ALL HALLOWS 3 5 0 +5 9
NORBRIDGE 3 4 2 +2 4
JOHN BLOW 3 1 3 -2 2
ST PHILIP NERI 3 1 6 -5 1

 

GROUP 'B' FINAL TABLE P F A GD PTS
NOTTM. HIGH SCHOOL 3 3 0 +3 7
WEST BRIDGFORD 3 2 2 = 6
KIRKBY WOODHOUSE 3 0 1 -1 2
HOLLYWELL 3 0 2 -2 1

 

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