Schools make early progress in knock­out com­pe­ti­tions

Nottingham Post - - SPORT -

THE Not­ting­hamshire Schools’ FA has one of the largest in­di­vid­ual school pro­grammes in the coun­try, with knock­out com­pe­ti­tions at 14 age groups as well as four tour­na­ments for pri­mary schools which lead to re­gional and na­tional rounds. This sea­son’s 1st round games have ben­e­fited from the con­tin­ued good weather with El­lis Guil­ford (Bas­ford) beat­ing East Leake 1-0 and the new Ne­wark Academy win­ning 3-0 at Tux­ford in the Un­der 16 Hawkins Cup.

Carl­ton-le-wil­lows Academy had a 1st Round bye in the same com­pe­ti­tion but a hat-trick by Josh Gard­ner saw them progress to Round 3 with a 3-1 vic­tory over Nottingham Academy. Other teams to reach this stage are West Bridg­ford 3-1 win­ners at Arnold Hill and Joseph Whi­taker, (Rain­worth) who won 11-0 at Out­wood (Port­land (Work­sop).

The pat­tern is sim­i­lar in the cor­re­spond­ing Un­der 16 event for girls, the Hi­lary Swinn Cup with three schools through to Round 3, West Bridg­ford who beat Ne­wark Academy 2-0, Arnold Hill 8-0 vic­tors over South Wolds (Key­worth) and Joseph Whi­taker who won 6-2 at Tux­ford. Whi­taker and Bridg­ford will now meet each other in Round 3.

In the ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions for pri­mary schools, the Notts County Foot­ball in the Com­mu­nity Shield, hold­ers West Bridg­ford Ju­nior School went out in Round 1 to Gedling Park­dale. Other suc­cesses came from Cross­dale Drive (Key­worth) who won 3-2 at Nottingham High School, Arnold View, 3-0 win­ners against Lady Bay and Robert Miles (Bing­ham) who de­feated Red­lands (Work­sop) 2—0.

In one of the nu­mer­ous small­sided com­pe­ti­tions staged by the City Schools’ FA, 12 schools com­peted in the Un­der 11 Girls’ com­pe­ti­tion at the For­est Zone. Two leagues pro­duced semi-fi­nals of South­wark v White­moor and Ber­ridge v Fern­wood. White­moor went through 1-0 and met Ber­ridge in the fi­nal with the lat­ter win­ning the tro­phy on penal­ties.

On the rep­re­sen­ta­tive scene, Nottingham and Grimsby shared the spoils in Un­der 15 and 14 games at High­fields. In the for­mer, the home side con­tin­ued their form from last sea­son win­ning 8-3 while the lat­ter suf­fered a 7-4 de­feat.

There was a fur­ther vic­tory for the City Un­der 11s who beat Leeds away 10-3.

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