Road to Wembley Small Schools' Cup

21st October 2013


Schools from across South Cambs took part in the district round of the English Schools FA football competitions last week.

The competition was organised by South Cambs School Sports Partnership and hosted at Impington Village College with sports leaders from the College assisting with the officiating and overall smooth running of the event.

The event was for under 11, 7-a-side school teams with three separate competitions taking place on the day; small schools, girls teams and the well-established mixed competition. The organisers were delighted with the record number of entries from 28 teams.

The competitions were all played out in a league format with the top two teams playing it out in a final to determine the winners who will now go through to the county competition.

Eight teams battled in out in the girls’ competition with the teams from Histon & Impington Juniors and Milton Primary finishing top of the two groups. Both teams went into the final full of confidence having won all of their group games without conceding a goal. In an extremely competitive showdown between two local schools it was defending champions Milton who edged it with a single goal to claim the winners shield and a place in the County final for the second year running.

In the small schools competition (Fowlmere), for schools with fewer than 120 pupils in Key Stage 2, it was extremely competitive in the league competition. Defending champions Harston and Newton qualified from Pool 1 ahead of the team from Coton Primary thanks to a superior goal difference. In the final they came up against a determined team from Oakington Primary School who were playing in the competition for the first time. With the scores level at the final whistle, extra time was needed but still the teams couldn’t be separated so it was to be decided with a dreaded penalty shoot-out. Harston & Newton took an early advantage in this when an Oakington player failed to convert but needing one more penalty to seal victory they saw the ball sail over the cross bar. This gave Oakington a life line and their players kept their nerve to clinch victory and the title of Small Schools Champions!

With twelve schools in the mixed competition it was going to be tough to make it through the five group matches and reach the final. The team from Steeple Morden made fairly light work of it however with 3 victories and 2 draws securing them a place in the final. The other group was much closer with Histon & Impington Juniors and Bassingbourn Primary tying on 7 points each. It was Bassingbourn who took the second spot in the final though thanks to their victory over Histon in the group match. This set up a tense local derby in the final but there was some good play by both teams before Steeple Morden clinched it with a well taken goal giving them a 1-0 victory.

The three winning schools will now go onto to represent South Cambs in the County Finals in January.

Claire McDonnell, Partnership Manager, said “the event was a great success with 280 youngsters representing their schools and competing in a really positive environment. There was a good standard of football on show with plenty of close matches and it was really nice to see a number of schools taking part for the first time this year. We must thank the sports leaders from our Leadership Academy at Impington Village College who did a fantastic job in officiating all of the matches.”