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Archway School

Year 7 Girls' Football Team

After only one training session, Archway Year 7 girls’ football team attended the 7-a-side district football tournament hosted by Rednock School.

     Straight away the girls drew a tough group with the likes of Thomas Keble and Katharine Lady Berkeley’s who are known for their footballing success. The group stages saw a draw with KLB, a win against TK 3-0, and a win against Kingshill 2-0. The girls went onto the semi-finals as the winners of their group. Here they met Stroud High School with a very strong team.  The game remained 0-0 until a fumble by the goalie saw Archway slot one in to make it to the final. Here the girls met KLB again, to only lose 1-0. Coming second saw the girls alongside KLB and Rednock make it to the county finals to represent the Stroud & Cotswold district.   

     County finals saw the best three schools from each district meet to decide the overall best team in the County; Stroud & the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, Gloucester & the Forest. Again, a tough group for the girls with Cleeve, Five Acres & KLB. The girls got off to a nervous start and lost their first game 1-0 to an organised Cleeve School.  They regained composure and went onto beat a very physical Five Acres 2-1, and drawing 1-1 with KLB which took the girls through to the semi-finals, knocking KLB out of the competition. The girls went on to meet the overall winners The Crypt, where they battled hard and did well to come away with a 2-0 defeat due to the sheer skill and ability of this team. The final game of the tournament saw the girls play Cleeve again to decide 3rd & 4th position. The game was tense and remained 0-0, going to a penalty shootout. Typical England style the nerves got the best of us, initially 5 misses and 5 saves took us to ‘sudden death’ where Cleeve coped with the pressure more to go on to win.

     The whole day was a great experience for the girls and to finish 4th overall in the County out of 12 teams is a great achievement. The girls will be ready to take on the same challenge next year.  Well done!