NL Trust U11s Cup Report
By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Nov 10 2019 04:07PM
The National League Trust Under 11s Cup returned to Arbour Park on Thursday as 10 schools competed for the opportunity to represent Slough Town FC in the regional round in early 2020.
The tournament, split into two for girls and boys/mixed teams, was organised by Club Secretary Kay Lathey with support from the Slough Town Supporters Trust and E Sargeant and Son funeral directors. In the 2018 tournament, Lynch Hill and Priory Schools went on to the regional round at Sutton United.
This year saw the return of Claycots, Ryvers, Lynch Hill, Langley Hall, Priory and Godolphin, while Marish, Willow, St Anthony’s and Our Lady of Peace made their debuts. All of the schools entered the boys/mixed tournament, while Claycots, Ryvers, Lynch Hill, Priory, Godolphin and Our Lady of Peace entered the girls tournament. The tournaments were played in group format of 12 minute games, with two 5 team groups for the boys/mixed and a single 6 team girls group. The top two girls teams would advance to the final, with the top team in each of the boys/mixed group reaching the final.
The boys/mixed groups produced 40 goals in the 20 games while the girls group had 42 in 16 games, which was less than last year but there was high quality football, particularly the goalkeeping, on show all afternoon. In boys/mixed group 1, Ryvers School won all 4 of their games to move into the final, while in group 2, Langley Hall took advantage of Priory’s last game defeat to advance to the final on goal difference. In the girls group, it was an afternoon of dominance for both Lynch Hill and Priory, who both won 4 and drew 1 (against each other) to finish first and second respectively with 8 points between them and third place. This would mean a repeat of last year’s girls final, while Langley Hall took their place for the second year in a row in the boys/mixed finals. Ryvers, whose mixed team had struggled last year, had shown great improvement not just in entering two teams but also by reaching the final in the boys/mixed.
In the boys/mixed final, Langley Hall went one better than last year, winning 2-0 in the final. The final between Lynch Hill and Priory proved to be as tight as their group game, finishing 1-1 after 12 minutes. The game went down to penalties which finished 1-0 to Priory after 3 penalties each, partly in thanks to some good saves.
So it’s congratulations to Priory and Langley Hall, they will represent Slough Town FC at the regional round next year. Our thanks go to all of the students who played in this year’s tournaments, to their teachers for bringing them, and to our organisers and sponsors for making this another successful day. We hope that everyone enjoyed the event and we aim to bring it back again next year.