Preparatory School celebrate with a double at the regionals
U11s and U12s make it into national finals
However, after gaining confidence from a draw in their first game, Chesham went on to win their next two 2-1 and 2-0. Next up were group leaders Feltonfleet, who won narrowly 2-1, having had a goal disallowed.
Nevertheless, they were into the quarter finals, a fine achievement for what was the smallest team present in terms of numbers. There, they were up against Eagle House, a strong, aggressive and tenacious side.
After a goalless draw in which every Chesham girl put their heart and soul on the line, the tie went to penalty shuffles, which they won, thus earning the schools a first ever U12 nationals place.
With the pressure off, Chesham went on to win their semi0final on penalty shuffles too, following a 2-2 draw, and the girls can now look forward to the national.
Next up were the U11s, who started slowly with draws against Hoe Bridge, St Faiths and Laxton, but a 2-0 win over The Croft ensured a passage through to the quarter finals.
There, they met the winners of the other pool, Milton Keynes Prep, who were well drilled, confident and ferocious, but the Chesham girls played their hearts out, defending endless short corners to earn a goalless draw. And so to penalty shuffles again, and after three shots each the scores were tied, meaning sudden death. After Chesham scored, their keeper saved the next Milton Keynes effort to put them through.
In the semis, a disallowed goal robbed Chesham of a win, meaning the game went to penalty shuffles once more – and once more they held their nerve to book a place alongside the U12s at the national finals.
(Above) Chesham Prep’s U11s and (above left) the U12s