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Reprotec School Teams 7-a-side

Eight champion schools from their respective Districts came together at The Poplars Sports Ground in Burton Joyce to compete for the Nottinghamshire Schools’ FA County 7-a-side title in a tournament that had been postponed three times since early December because of problems with the weather.

Again, the weather did it’s best to make playing conditions difficult with a very strong, cold wind whipping a fine drizzle across the pitches. The teams played in two groups of four in a round robin format. The first pair of games saw Chuter Ede, representing the Newark and District area, record a 1-0 victory over Mansfield’s Peafield Lane. In Group ‘B’, Larkfields from the Eastwood & District Association, played out a 0-0 draw with Prospect Hill from the northern area of Bassetlaw.

Goals were generally difficult to come by in the first two or three rounds of games resulting in a 0-0 draw between Sacred Heart from Gedling and Rushcliffe’s West Bridgford Junior School who then managed to beat Chuter Ede 1-0 in the third round of matches. In Group ‘B’, Nottingham High School beat Kirkby’s Orchard School 1-0 who then reversed their fortunes by inflicting a 1-0 defeat on Larkfields.

Ten goals were then scored in the last three Group ‘A’ games with a 3-0 win for Sacred Heart against Peafield Lane, a 2-1 victory for West Bridgford, with Peafield Lane again the opponents and a ‘score draw’ at 2-2 between Chuter Ede and Sacred Heart. The second half of games in Group ‘B’ brought wins for Nottingham High, 1-0 against Prospect Hill and 2-0 over Larkfields and for Orchard School, 2-1 winners against Prospect Hill.

The semi-finals then pitted West Bridgford as winners of Group ‘A’ against runners-up of Group ’B’ Orchard and Group ‘B winners, Nottingham High against Sacred Heart from Group ‘A’. In two very close games, West Bridgford squeezed past Orchard 1-0 and the other semi-final had to go to sudden death penalties as the High School beat Sacred Heart 4-3 on spot kicks after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

The Final was an equally tense affair with West Bridgford nicking the title with a 1-0 win. Both teams were presented with their mementoes by Bob Young, Chairman of Notts Schools’ FA and West Bridgford will go on to represent the County at the Regional Finals in Nottingham in May.

GROUP 'A' P F A GD PTS
WEST BRIDGFORD 3 3 1 +2 7
SACRED HEART 3 5 2 +3 5
CHUTER EDE 3 3 3 = 4
PEAFIELD LANE 3 1 6 -5 0

 

 

 

 

GROUP 'B' P F A GD PTS
NOTTM HIGH 3 4 0 +4 9
ORCHARD 3 3 2 +1 6
PROSPECT HILL 3 1 3 -2 1
LARKFIELDS 3 0 3 -3 1

 

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