Double triumph in Shield for Newark
THE champion primary schools from six districts of Nottinghamshire have managed to beat the weather over the past two weeks in the annual Nottinghamshire Schools' Reprotec indoor 5-a-side competitions.
These produced a double for the Newark and District Primary Schools' FA, as Lowes Wong (Southwell) won the girls' Reprotec Shield, while Barnby Road Academy (Newark) took the boys' title.
Both tournaments were staged at Nottingham Trent University's Lee Westwood Sports Hall.
Both produced close finishes and Lowes Wong completed a double by winning the girls' event, as they had taken the outdoor 7-a-side side title back in November.
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Lowes Wong began their series of five games with a 2-1 win over the Eastwood and District representatives, Awsworth School. They dropped their only points of the night in their next game against Orchard Primary School (Kikrby and District).
Robert Miles School, representing the Rushcliffe and District Association and Willow Farm (Gedling), opened with a 0-0 draw and they were always in contention, contesting the runners-up spot all through the competition.
Both schools won their second games, with Robert Miles pipping Ambleside 1-0 and Willow Farm defeating Awsworth.
Despite these victories, they could never quite match Lowes Wong, who defeated them both as well as Ambleside to win their last three matches and take the title with 13 points.
Robert Miles went on to win their games against Orchard and Awswoth to take the runners-up position with ten points.
The boys' tournament was a high-scoring affair, with 77 goals.
The first three games set the tone with Nottingham's champions, Robert Shaw School defeating Awsowrth 6-2, Stanhope (Gedling) winning 5-2 against West Bridgford Junior (Rushcliffe) and Barnby Road (Newark) scoring five without reply from Hillside (Kirkby).
Robert Shaw then beat Stanhope 5-3 in a fluctuating game. Barnby Road's 4-1 victory over Awsworth put them level before the Nottingham school made it nine points from three games after a 2-1 win against West Bridgford.
Barnby Road defeated a determined Stanhope side by a single goal and then, in the best game of the night, a last-minute goal brought them a 4-3 win against West Bridgford.
By this time, a 3-1 success against Hillside had given Robert Shaw top spot with four wins out of four. When the crucial game of the tournament took place, they and Barnby Road were both undefeated with 12 points.
Both goalkeepers were on fine form in a tight match that Barnby won 2-0.
The outdoor County Cup competitions have been greatly affected by the weather.
Nevertheless, there are six schools through to the quarter-finals of the U19 John Fox Cup. Tuxford will be at home to Arnold Hill, George Spencer Academy (Stapleford) entertain Trinity (Aspley) and Toot Hill (Bingham) meet Quarrydale (Sutton).
The games between Ashfield and Joseph Whitaker (Rainworth) and West Bridgford and National (Hucknall) have been delayed because of the weather.