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Amazing Football Result – Rickling Primary School are ‘Small Schools Champions of England’

Rickling continued their incredible journey which has seen them crowned Uttlesford league winners, Essex champions, winners of the South East England finals and now, National Champions of England!

Rickling, (Dan Joannou, Joseph Lampon, Oliver Bontoft, Olly Miles, Ben Leahy, Ben Turnbull, Peter Page and Louis Joannou), represented the South East at the Danone Nations Cup, held at the Hive in Barnet, London.

Facing stiff competition in the group stage, Rickling overcame Harwell Primary (Oxfordshire) 2-0 and St. Aiden’s Primary (Merseyside) 3-0, to bag 6 precious points. With qualification already ensured, we faced a strong St. Mary’s side in driving wind and rain as the heavens opened over North London! A battling 0-0 draw was enough to seal Rickling’s place in the semi-finals as group winners.

In the knockout stage, Rickling faced a strong Kettlefields team, who we faced at the previous stage in Greenwich. A tense encounter was finally won 1-0, sealing Rickling’s deserved progress into the final.

As the competition, which started with over 800 teams involved, Rickling had reached the final two sides – it now boiled down to 22 minutes effort against Esh Primary from Durham. Over the course of normal time, Rickling were unable to force a winner that we probably deserved on the balance of play. Into extra time, and with penalties looming, Rickling’s pressure finally told with two quick-fire goals, before the referee’s whistle signalled the end of the game and capped an incredible run which saw Rickling crowned Champions of England!

As the weight of the boys’ achievement sank in, we reflected on a season in which we played three regional and national tournaments, conceding a solitary goal across the entire competition.

With dreams of Wembley now close to being realised, and an exciting trip to St. George’s Park to come, there’s plenty to
look forward to – as well as great memories to look back upon.

Rickling Boys Football Team

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