Parish Church teams finish county finals with victories

Parish Church School footballers
Parish Church School footballers

Parish Church Primary School have been congratulated by the English Schools FA on the success of their seve-a-side teams.

The Gainsborough school was one of only two in the entire county of Lincolnshire to see both their mixed and girls teams qualify for the county finals.

Parish Church girls football team

Parish Church girls football team

Parish’s youngsters first had to come through the Gainsborough and District finals.

And in the county tournament, the girls played first and found the opposition to be aof a high standard.

With two of the teams in their group the eventual finalists they had an uphill challenge to start with.

Finishing fourth in thegroup they went into their final match, the seventh and eighth play-off against the team who came fourth in the other group.

The Parish Girls saved their best until last and were first to every ball and had much improved passing.

They finally got the reward their play deserved with a well taken goal by Cronshaw-Staniar, a 1-0 victory and seventh place out of the 250 primary schools in the county.

Next it was the turn of the mixed team and they had very high hopes of a successful day.

The team started well with a convincing victory in the first game, and were holding their own in the second group game.

Unfortunately the weather turned for the worst and the freezing cold blizzard that descended on the 3G pitch at Sleaford knocked the Parish boys off their rhythm and they lost the next two games.

This meant they missed out on the semi-finals and went into the fifth-sixth play-off match.

The boys were determined to finish the tournament in style and they didn’t disappoint, an emphatic 8-1 victory handed them fifth place in the whole of the county.

Tiegan Kent the girls’ goalkeeper was so pleased they got a win at the end.

She said: “Most of us don’t play football regularly , so playing girls from Lincoln Academy made it really hard, but we got better each game.”

Harry Mallett added: “It was so cold when it snowed, but as soon as the blizzard went we were able to play our best football and show how good we could be.”

Teacher and coach John Anderson was extremely proud of all the children.

He said: “For three years in a row we have managed to get both teams to the County Finals, which is an amazing feat.”

“Fingers crossed one year we may even reach the heights of County Champions.”