Spratton take the Partnership Small Schools Title
Posted: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:31
On Monday 14th October, Spratton School emerged victorious at the School Games Small Schools Football Festival for the second time in two weeks at a cold and wet Elizabeth Woodville School to progress to the County Finals.
With a school withdrawing from the competition late in the day, the evening started with 10 teams from across South Northants and Daventry playing matches across 3 Pools, fighting it out to finish top of their pool for a chance to play in the Festival Finals.
In Pool 1, Spratton, Newnham Academy, John Hellins and Newbottle and Charlton battled it out on Pitch 1 with Pool 2, consisting of teams from Clipston, Yardley Gobion and Blakesley, battling it out on Pitch 2. Cosgrove, Overstone and Stoke Bruerne, making up the rest of the teams, competed in Pool 3 on Pitch 3.
Following the group stage and with the rain and wind playing a significant factor on the playing conditions, all schools relocated to the Sports Hall to learn whether they had progressed to the final part of the competition.
Spratton, Blakesley and Cosgrove topped their pools after their round of fixtures with Overstone just pipping Newbottle and Charlton as best runners up to also progress to the Festival Finals.
In the semi finals, it was Blakesley who took on Overstone with Spratton facing Cosgrove. All four teams knew a victory here would book a place in the competition final but also guarantee their attendance at the ESFA County Small Schools Finals held at The Kingswood School, Corby on 12th January with the top 2 teams obtaining qualification.
With Spratton and Overstone taking victories in the semi-finals, Blakesley faced Cosgrove in the 3rd Place Play-Off and after a closely fought match, it was Blakesley who took the victory.
Having progressed through their pool unbeaten, Spratton faced Overstone in the Festival Final. As clocked ticked down, it was Spratton who took the lead midway through the match with a well worked goal from a corner. Searching for an equaliser as the match neared its conclusion, Overstone were hit on the counter and Spratton doubled their lead at the final whistle to take a 2-0 victory.
The Partnership would like to thank all schools who attended the evening and in particular children, parents and staff who all braved the weather. We would like to wish good luck to both Spratton and Overstone for the County Finals in January. With the Partnership defending its title as reigning School Games champions, we are confident you will get us of to a great start in helping us retain our title.
Special thanks also go to the staff and Young Leaders from The Elizabeth Woodville School, Roade, for all their support in running the event.