The squad below has been named for the game against Worcestershire in the Midland counties West League fixture.
KO will be 7-00pm and details of venue will be posted later in the week.
C Clarke Madeley HS
E Bruton LF Amington
S Hales De Ferrers Academy
Tia Lander Haywood
G Lawton St Margaret Ward
K Richardson St Margaret Ward
H Price Blythe Bridge
H Wellings Clough Hall
A Buck King Edward VI Lichfield
A King Wolgarston
P Warner Ounsdale
H Gibson Discovery Academy
R Elsmore Erasmus Darwin Academy
P Rowbathan LF Amington
S Liggins Cheslyn Hay HS
D Oxley Friary
C Jarvis Friary
H Nelson Erasmus Darwin Academy
Usual dress code applies and confirm availability.
A busy and historical week of County Schools Football got under way on Tuesday 13th of January. Staffordshire Under 18 Boys entertained West Midlands CSFA at St Georges Park, the new home of English Football with the game being played on the International Indoor 3G arena.
Lee Brown from SGP ensured that the boys enjoyed a fantastic experience and the word WOW was probably the most common utterance from both teams. The player were welcomed at the Football Centre reception and escorted to the same changing rooms used by the full England squad. They walked past the autograph wall, a wall full of signatures of the great and good who have passed through the doors of the centre.
The warm up was followed by a team talk and both teams lined up in the tunnel to be welcomed by the enthusiastic spectators, most of whom were very proud mums and dads. It was always going to be a question of which team was overawed by the surroundings and Staffordshire started terribly being a goal down from a defensive howler within 3 minutes. They were unable to assert their usual passing game and found themselves under pressure and could easily have gone in at half time 3 down but for the efforts of their keeper.
The second half was a complete contrast to the first and Staffordshire were immediately on the front foot creating and missing good chances. A brave header from Macauley Rowe brought parity but Staffordshire spurned four one v one opportunities in a period of sustained pressure and quality football. Two players left the arena due to ankle injuries which disrupted their play and West Midlands finished strongly. The final whistle saw the scores tied at 1-1 which was a fair result with both teams showing some excellent touches and playing attractive passing football.
The second match on Wednesday saw Staffordshire Under 14 Boys pitched in against Merseyside at Stafford Town FC on a filthy night with driving rain and a howling gale making conditions treacherous. It was testament to the abilities of both teams that there was some really good football played. Merseyside were well versed in the dark arts and Staffordshire boys struggled to match up against a physically stronger group. They did however produce a display full of grit and determination and worked so hard to deny their opponents time on the ball.
They put up a magnificent rear guard action and defended as though their lives depended upon it, so it was tragic that they conceded a goal in the last five minutes to go down by 1-0. Manager David Ebberson will take great heart from a strong performance against one of the top sides in the country.
The final match of the week saw a return to St Georges Park with Gary Spruce's Under 15 side. Their opponents were Shropshire who had soundly beaten their Staffordshire counterparts last season in their two meetings, scoring 13 goals without reply. On paper it looked a daunting task but the Staffordshire boys had shown improvement this season and the SGP magic seemed to work for them.
A solid start was undone when the Shropshire centre forward was allowed to run unchallenged through a static defence to put Shropshire ahead. It seemed a sense of deja vu would prevail but the Staffordshire boys buckled down and gave as good as they got until half time. The team talk did wonders and Staffordshire started the second half well. They created opportunities but were unable to apply a finishing touch and it seemed that despite a huge improvement they were going to finish pointless again. A header cleared off the Shropshire line and some last gasp defending kept Staffordshire at bay but deep into the game sub Jake Cawkwell found an equaliser after some terrific work down the right flank. With only seconds remaining Jake popped up again to double his and Staffordshire's tally and provide the squad with their first win of the season. As Shropshire kicked off the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the game.
A great week of football none of which would have been possible without the efforts of the team managers and their assistants and lest it is forgotten Staffordshire Schools are blessed by an absolutely outstanding group of match officials for whom we are very grateful for their continued valuable support of schools football.
Photographs can be seen in the gallery
Staffordshire Girls met Merseyside SFA in an ESFA 3rd Round Tie at a windswept Evans Park, which looked in excellent condition.
Merseyside , the majority of players from the Liverpool and Everton centres of excellence, started very strongly and soon had Staffordshire penned back. Only good goalkeeping and fortuitous defending kept Merseyside at bay. The strong wind in their faces seldom allowed Staffordshire any respite and it was little surprise that Merseyside took the lead.
As the game progressed Staffordshire grew in confidence and whilst not creating or posing a threat they were more than comfortable in defending their goal. Merseyside struck a second goal seconds before the break with an excellent piece of football and a thumping drive into the roof of the net left the Staffordshire keeper helpless.
Staffordshire with the wind at their backs looked far more confident and a rasping shot from 25 yards from Hannah Hampton halved the deficit. Seconds later she almost repeated the act and only the fingertips of the custodian kept the ball out which crashed off the bar and over. Despite a more even feel to the game the superior team work of Merseyside allowed them to add three further goals and they looked to be cruising to a comfortable win.
Molly Ashman reduced the deficit and Shev Watson also scored at the death to leave the final score at 5-3.
The Staffordshire girls showed great character and resilience and will have gained some confidence from their performance.
Their next fixture is against Shropshire at Thomas Telford School with a 6-30 kick off and the match will be played on their 3G pitch.
The Under 16 Girls travelled to Hereford on Saturday aiming to maintain their 100% league record in the MCF and to qualify for the ESFA National Quarter finals. They returned having succeeded in both aims on a day of poor weather but attractive football.
Staffordshire started very brightly on the new 3G at Hereford Academy and even to an untrained eye it was clear that Staffordshire were far too good for their counterparts. It took 20 minutes to break the deadlock and it was a combination of fortuitous defending and profligate finishing which kept the game scoreless.
Once the first goal went in three more quickly followed and 4-0 at half time was not a true reflection of Staffordshire's domination as Hereford were restricted to one shot. Staffordshire rotated their players to ensure that all had pitch time and two further goals were added to leave Staffordshire as resounding victors.
Holly Gibson, Shania Hales, Anna King (a header), Phoebe Warner, Harriet Wellings and Sam Richards were on the scoresheet.
Staffordshire Schools FA Under 15 Squad wil play Shropshire at St Georges Park on the indoor International 3G pitch on the 15th of January. The cost of admission will be £4 and there will not be any concessions to try and offset the hire costs. Only 50 spectators will be allowed to watch the match. Places will need to be reserved through the website but more details will follow.
For manager Gary Spruces notes see below.
Staffordshire U15 v Shropshire - Thursday 15th January
Venue - St Georges Park, Burton upon Trent 7-30pm
The following 22 players are asked to confirm their availability for the above fixture by Wednesday 7th Jan. email@example.com
Only 16 players will be selected to play in the match however all 22 are invited to attend the fixture, more details to follow
Under 14 's v Merseyside Wednesday 14th January KO 7-00pm Details later.
Manager David Ebberson picks the squad below. All should confirm availability as soon as possible. There will be a £3 admission charge for the game.
Manager David Ebberson has named the following squad for the ESFA cup tie against Merseyside. The game will be at StaffordTown FC with a 7-00pm KO.There will be an admission charge of £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. County ties will be available for Purchase at a cost of £10.
All players need to confirm their availability with David as soon as possible.
Tiffany Whelan CCHS
Anna Hill Friary
Molly Bruton Kingsmead
Katie Brookes E.D.A
Brittney Mills Excel
Demi McCalliog Perton Middle
Shev Watson Madeley HS
Katie Sansoni Friary
Libby Queen King Edwards
Lois Brindley Kingsmead
Hannah Hampton Kingsmead
Molly Thompson Brewood Middle
Molly Ashman Kingsmead
Connie WoottoChase Tech College
Molly Harvey Chase Tech College
Jessica Brennan Chase Tech College
The players named below need to confirm their availabilityasap withmanager Gary Spruce at the e mail address provided. Usual dress code applies. County ties will be available for sale. Admissionwill be £3 for adults and £1 concessions.
1 HARRY BLAKEMAN
2 CALLUM WOOLLEY
3 DOM BOWMAN
4 ELLIOT SIBLEY
5 RYAN HANLON
6 JACKSON BROWN
7 WILL BYERS
8 AARON HERITAGE
9 MITCH CANDLIN
10 JACOB DUNNING
11 OLIVER FRIEDL
12 MARK HUGHES
13 OLIVER BUTLER
14 JAKE CAWKWELL
15 CONRAN JOYCE
16 BEN FARR
17 BRADLEY EDDINGTON
standby ... Jack Melvin / Rhys Davies / Tom Riley
After a high quality trial match yesterday at Brocton FC managers Mark Culverhouse and Greg Valentine have named the following squad for the forthcoming Under 18 programme.
All players named below must get their parents/guardians to send the following details to the website contact address as soon as possible.
Name of player and parent date of birth, school, e mail address, mobile telephone number ,home number, school/college attended, address.
This will show that your parent/guardian has seen the notice of the squad publication.
Congratulations to all boys selected and those who have missed out will be called upon if there are injuries or unavailability throughout the season.