National Cup Football

Our Post 16 girls football team are now our sole representatives left in the ESFA National Cup competitions. They are now through to the quarter-finals, so can count themselves as one of the best 8 teams in the country at this age group. A fantastic achievement. In December they travelled to Bingham in Nottinghamshire to play Toot Hill School and were 2-0 down at half-time. Toot Hill added to the scoreline shortly after the break leaving us with a mountain to climb with only 10 minutes left on the clock. With the temperature dropping and the light fading Dulci Binns pulled a goal back then Louis Tarbuck scored twice with seconds left on the clock to take the game to a penalty shootout. Sophie White proved to be the heroine saving two penalties, while Saiya Patel, Louisa Tarbuck and Darcy Warden scored from the spot to win the shootout 3-2. This took us into a last 16 fixture away at Repton School In January. Dulci Binns scored with an excellent long-range strike to give us the lead, but Repton hit the post during a goalmouth scramble shortly before half-time. We had chances to extend our lead, but failed to beat the Repton goalkeeper. This meant a nervy last 10 minutes, during which Repton threw everything at us. A combination of great last ditch defending and excellent goalkeeping from Sophie White kept the Repton attacks at bay and we ran out 1-0 victors. We await the draw for the quarter finals with anticipation.


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