The first ever Slough Town edition of the National League Trust Under 11s Cup was held at Arbour Park yesterday (Thursday), and it did not disappoint with plenty of goals flying in across the afternoon.
The afternoon started with a team briefing and a draw for the boys/mixed groups.
Girls Group: Claycotts, Godolphin, Lynch Hill, Priory, St Mary's, Montem
Boys/Mixed Group 1: Langley Hall, Lynch Hill, Claycotts, Ryvers, Priory
Boys/Mixed Group 2: St Mary's, Western House, Holy Family, Pennwood, Godolphin
After a busy couple of hours and a lot of matches, we ended up with the top two in the girls group playing in a final, and the top two in the boys/mixed group in semi final action.
The semi finals saw Lynch Hill and Langley Hall progress past Pennwood and Holy Family respectively.
Both finals had a special guest referee in STFC joint first team manager Neil Baker. The girls final ended with victory in a tight game by Priory School over their Lynch Hill opposition, while Lynch Hill did have success in the boys/mixed final against Langley Hall.
Both Priory School girls and Lynch Hill boys will progress to the regional finals in February/March, details to be announced soon, repeating STFC. Congratulations to them on their victories and commiserations to the other finalists.
We'd like to say a big thank you to all of the teams who participated in the tournaments and their teachers for bringing them. It was a long afternoon and there must have been a lot of tired legs by the end but it was great to see the children enjoying themselves and giving their all for their teams.
We'd also like to thank our volunteer referees from Westgate School, as well as Neil Baker, and those volunteers who organised the event including Kay Lathey who did a great job of organising all of the entries and information.
Thanks must also go to Mark from E Sargeant & Son for donating money to hire the pitch, and the family of Dave Carpenter whose money donated to the Trust paid for the medals, trophies and will be used to buy the kit the winning teams will wear at the regional finals.
We'll provide an update on the next round when we have the details, and hopefully the Slough Town local tournament will return next year.