Parish Church School footballers make it three Gainsborough titles in a row

Parish Church School footballers
Parish Church School footballers

Parish Church School have claimed their third Gainsborough and District Primary Schools Sports Association football title in three years.

The area’s seven-a-side tournament was held last Friday night, with four strong teams doing battle.

A high quality of football was expected from the youngsters of St George’s, Lea, Charles Baines and holders Parish.

The watching spectators were not to be disappointed with end to end flowing football and brilliant goals.

Each team played each other and it went to the final game before the winners were known.

Charles Baines played Parish, having both beaten the other two schools, with the winner taking all.

Parish stormed into an early lead and held onto their lead until half-time.

The team to score next would hold the advantage and it was Parish who again found the back of the net to surge 2-0 up.

Charles Baines then threw everything they had at Parish and were rewarded with a goal to set up a thrilling finish.

Parish were not to be denied and defended with great commitment to reach full-time as deserved winners.

The teams came together for the presentation and the results were announced with St George’s fourth, Lea third, Charles Baines second and Parish in first.

Medals were awarded to the top two schools and the trophy to Parish Church.

Tournament organiser and Parish teacher John Anderson thankd the other referee, Ashley Gregory, the footballers, spectators and TGA for the use of the astro-turf.

Parish, winners for the past three years, now go through to the Lincolnshire finals in Sleaford in January to represent the area.

The other three schools will submit their pupil numbers to see if they qualify as Small schools representatives.

Parish player Bradley Smith was overjoyed.

He said: “ I only joined the school in September, but the whole team has made me feel really welcome and we played really well.”

School Football supremo Anderson added: “The team pulled out all the stops, to win all three games against these top level schools was amazing.”

“We now have both the girls and boys team through to the County Finals again.”