Four of the areas schools are ready to compete for the John Radford Trophy title, when they face off in this seasons grand final at the RH Academy tomorrow night.
Over the past two weeks, fourteen of the regions schools have battled it out across three qualifying groups for a place in the final, with two teams progressing from Group A (Thursday 21st March) and one from Groups B and C (Thursday 28th March)
Mapplewells, Greenwood and Holly have all progressed but they’ll face tough competition from current holders Samuel Barlow, who also romped through to this season’s final, determined to retain the trophy for a third time.
Community Manager Gary Shaw said “This years competition has been well received so far, with the new format and venue enabling us to invite more schools and for youngsters to get more game time which is imperative for the youngsters.
“The standard has been extremely high and I expect that will rise again once the games begin tomorrow [Thursday] as the teams do battle for the Trophy.”
Designed for boys and girls from years four and five, the John Radford Trophy is now in its sixth season having been previously won by Abbey School (2013/14), Samuel Barlow (2014/15, 2017/18), Peafield Lane (2015/16) and Farnsfield St Michaels (2016/17).
This season’s final will be played in a winner takes all league format where all teams will face each other twice in games of ten minutes straight through. In the event of a tie for first place, the team who has the superior goal difference will be crowned champions – should goal difference also be tied, a penalty shootout will be staged to decide a winner.
Going into this season’s final it’s all to play for, in Group A Holly who topped the group won two and drew two of their matches, twice beating fellow qualifiers Mapplewells, whose victories over King Edwin were enough for them to progress.
Group B was a much tighter affair with Greenwood finishing with three wins and a draw alongside Peafield – however Greenwood squeezed through via goal difference, having scored just one more than second placed Peafield.
Current holders Samuel Barlow showed their intent to retain the title with a dominant display over four straight victories, four clean sheets and a whopping seventeen goals scored.
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