Mixed results at county cup competition
Teams from Hinchingbrooke School had mixed fortunes at the finals of a county cup competition in Peterborough. The school s U13 boys and girls team representatives both reached the final of the Cambridgshire Minute Maid Cup – the largest 11-a-side schools
Teams from Hinchingbrooke School had mixed fortunes at the finals of a county cup competition in Peterborough.
The school's U13 boys and girls team representatives both reached the final of the Cambridgshire Minute Maid Cup - the largest 11-a-side schools' tournament in Europe.
The girls' team triumphed 3-1 against Cambridge's Netherall School in the final and will go on to represent Cambridgeshire in the South Eastern Region.
The draw for the next round of the competition has pitted Hinchingbrooke against last year's area finalists - Bedfordshire's Cardinal Newman School.
Chloe Marsh opened the scoring for Hinchingbrooke inside the first five minutes with a strike from inside the box while Sophie Coulman doubled the lead after 10 minutes.
The scores were still level at half-time and Annabel Clayton's second-half goal more or less wrapped up victory for the Huntingdon side and Netherhall's late reply was only a consolation.
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Hinchingbrooke coach Tracey Rippin said: "I'm really proud of the girls for winning the County Cup and there was great teamwork throughout the match."
However, the boys' team were not quite so fortunate, losing out 2-1 against Stanground College, of Peterborough, in the final, thereby missing out on representing the region.
A controversial opening goal for Stanground put Hinchingbrooke on the back foot and although Jordan Gilbanks performed well at centre-back, the Peterborough side doubled their lead before the break.
John Kaye pulled one back for Hinchingbrooke in the second half but it wasn't enough to stop his side sliding to defeat.
Boys' coach Matt Jago said: "The boys worked very hard but were a little unlucky.
"It was a great achievement for the school to have two teams in the county final."
* Pictured are Hinchingbrooke Year 8 Girls.