regional finals of the National League Trust Under 11's Cup. The winners of the Hemel Hempstead Town FC competition, held in December were representing the club in these finals. Hobletts Manor Primary School were representing us in the girls category with Bovingdon Primary Academy in the boys category.
These regional finals were held at Boreham Wood on their Astro surface.
Both teams represented the club fantastically well whilst up against clubs mainly from the National League Division with just ourselves and St Albans City from the National League south.
In the girls category we were up against sides from Barnet, Boston United, Braintree Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Leyton Orient and St Albans City. The girls really exceeded all expectations, especially as most teams were made up of year 6 puplis whereas our team was made up of a mix of year 6, year 5 and even one year 3 pupil.
The girls started slowly with two very difficult fixtures against Dagenham & Redbridge and Leyton Orient, they put up a brave showing but eventually lost both game 2-0. In the third game they picked up a great point with a 0-0 draw against Boston United. The girls were now up and running and in great form winning all of their next three group games1-0 with their goals coming from Sunny (2) and Maddie (1). The teams they beat were Barnet, St Albans City and Braintree Town.
This meant that the girls finished third out of the six teams and qualified for the semi-finals in third position with a difficult game against 2nd placed Leyton Orient. After a long day the girls understandably tired and were beaten 3-0. Leyton Orient had the player of the tournament and they went on to win the girls tournament 3-0 beating Dagenham & Redbridge in the final.
In the boys category we were up against sides from Barnet, Boreham Wood, Braintree Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Leyton Orient and St Albans City. The boys, like the girls team were made up of predominantly year 5 pupils so this experience will set them in good stead for next seasons tournament. They lost their opening gmae against Barnet 4-3 having been 4-0 down at one stage but 3 goals from Coby made it 4-3. In their second game they beat Boreham Wood 3-0 with a great team performance and the goals coming from Coby 2 and Harry. In their third and fourth games they lost 1-0 to both Braintree Town and the eventual winners Leyton Orient. In game five the boys put up a tremendous performance by beating the eventual runners up 1-0 with a goal from Harry, with a special mention for goalkeeper Krisham. In their sixth and final group game they needed to beat St Albans City to be sure of a Semi-Final spot and when they took the lead through Coby all looked good. However a cruel twist of luck denied them as an attempted clearance ricocheted of a couple of players before leaving the St Albans player with a tap in.
This meant that when the group games had finished the boys missed out on the Semi-Finals not by points, but by a single goal on goal difference.
We would like to thanks both Schools for representing the club so well.
Updated 16:38 - 28 Feb 2019 by Dean Chance