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With the recent half-term break and our league football season only now coming out of its winter break, there’s not a great deal to report on in this issue, but we do have a few results to celebrate and some upcoming fixtures to advertise.

The Year 11 boys’ team has now won its way through to the semi-finals of the Cheshire Cup, with an excellent 3-2 victory over Brine Leas High School, from Nantwich. Both sides played superbly, and it really was one of the best schoolboy fixtures I have had the pleasure to witness in nearly 20 years of teaching. Despite falling behind early in the game, the boys rallied and two goals from Louie Thorpe saw us take a 2-1 lead mid-way through the second half. The game was end to end at this point, and really could have gone either way, before Harry Garbutt made a lung-busting run down the right wing and supplied a pinpoint cross to Jason Sherwin, who finished superbly to give us a more comfortable 3-1 lead. In the dying minutes, a horrible defensive error gave Brine Leas a second goal and the hope of a dramatic turn around, but the boys kept their composure to see out the tie and set up a semi-final clash with perennial rivals Bridgewater High School.

Our Year 7 girls won both the Warrington and Cheshire stages of the National Indoor 5-a-side football competition, to qualify for the North-West finals, held at the Trafford power league just before half term. The girls produced another fine string of performances to record two victories and one defeat which left them second overall, just missing out on qualification to the national finals. The girls have certainly set themselves a very hard act to follow next year, and have once again shown the boys how it should be done!

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