20th October 2015
Small Schools & Girls ESFA Football Tournaments
Tuesday 20th October
Over the course of the day, 21 boys and girls from years 4, 5 and 6 took part in a 7 a side football tournament representing Coton School.
The boys took to the pitch in the morning, leaving the girls team in the classroom with the rest of classes 4 and 5 who waited with anticipation to hear how the team was getting on. Of the 12 teams that competed in the small schools event, Coton were drawn in a pool alongside Fowlmere, Meldreth, Thriplow, Oakington and Great Abington.
They experienced mixed successes, winning two of their matches, drawing 1 and losing a couple. This meant that their final match saw them play Fen Drayton in the 5th / 6th play off. A closely fought contest saw Fen Drayton slide two skilful goals into the back of the net so Coton finished a very respectable 6th.There were outstanding performances by many of the 10 strong squad.
As the minibus pulled up outside the school gates to deposit the boys back for an afternoon’s education, Ms Hayesmore could be seen stood just inside the school grounds with a huddle of girls waiting to take the boys seats on the bus! A swift exchange took place and the girls headed in the direction of Impington Village College to assume their positions on the football pitches.
12 teams again were entered into the girl’s tournament, Coton being drawn against Steeple Morden, Jeavons Wood, Bar Hill, Melbourn and Swavesey in their pool. The girls came up against some very strong opposition, many teams being composed of all year 6 girls. Coton’s squad of year 4, 5 and 6 girls looked dwarfed at times but the tenacity; determination and energy displayed by them meant that they left the tournament undefeated! Three wins and two draws resulted in the girls finishing runners up in their pool which led to them battling it out against Thriplow to decide third and fourth places overall. Coton finished 3rd overall, a fantastic achievement for a team comprised of so many young players.
Big thanks to Jim Johnson and Sam Hain who supported both teams before, during and after the event and to the event organisers, Claire McDonnell and Julie Pashley from the South Cambridgeshire Schools Partnership for an impeccably well organised event.
Well Done Coton School footballers. We are very proud of you!