Hardingstone and Rothersthorpe progress to ESFA Girls Football Finals
Posted: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:09
On Monday 24th November, 125 girls from 16 primary school teams from across South Northants and Daventry competed in two Year 5/6 Girls Football competitions at The Elizabeth Woodville School (North Campus) and Campion School for the chance to represent the Partnership at the ESFA County Finals in January.
At The Elizabeth Woodville School, teams from Woodland View, John Hellins, Wootton, Deanshanger, Yardley, Hardingstone, Old Stratford, Nicholas Hawksmoor and Blisworth competed to fill one of the Partnership's 2 County Final places while at Campion School, teams from DSLV, Bugbrooke, Towcester, CCS, Badby, Brixworth and Rothersthorpe competed for the other.
Teams at Campion competed in 2 pools with the winners of each facing off in a competition final, whilst at Elizabeth Woodville, teams competed in pools of three with the three group winners playing off for the positions 1st to 3rd.
At Campion, it was Rothersthorpe and Towcester who topped thier groups at the end of the pool fixtures and faced off in the Competition Final. Both teams showed great resilience in defence whilst also showing some promising attacking moves but neither team could break the deadlock before the full time whistle. An additional extra time period of 8 minutes was played and although both teams came close to snatching a winner, the match went to penalities. With both teams huddled together and cheering each other on, the score was 3-3 after 5 penalites. Following a period of sudden death, it was Rothersthorpe who showed the greater composure and edged the shootout 4-3 to claim the competition victory and book their place at the County Finals in January.
At Elizabeth Woodville, it was Hardingstone, Blisworth and Woodland View who progressed as pool winners to play off for 1st-3rd place. In the first match, Blisworth faced Woodland View and although both teams had chances to score, the match ended 0-0. Next up was Hardingstone against Blisworth. Attack throughout the evening had proved to be Hardingstone's strength and this continued against the girls from Blisworth as some clinical finishing gave them a 3-0 victory, taking their goal tally for the evening into double figures. The final match of the evening was between Hardingstone and Woodland View and ultimately, it was the result of the match that would determine the competition winners. With both teams being the highest scorers on the evening and also having the tightest defences, it was inevitable that the final score would end up a draw, the match finishing 0-0.
This result handed overall victory to Hardingstone with 8 points, with Woodland View and Blisworth finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively with 6 and 4 points.
Congratulations to both Hardingstone and Rothersthorpe, who both progress to the ESFA County Girls Football Finals in January. The Partnership would like to wish them well for the competition.
The Partnership would also like to thank all of the other children who competed as well as parents, guardians, carers and teachers who supported them throughout the cold, wintery evening. Special thanks must also go to the Sports Leaders who supported the matches as well as Campion and Elizabeth Woodville staff and Matt Chart and Kathryn Hall from NTFC and Northamptonshire FA, who were also on hand to give assistance.