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Feb 27, 2020

On Monday the U15 Boys take on West Midlands SFA at Stafford Town FC in an important MCF fixture KO 7-00pm Four points from the next two home games against West Midlands and Shropshire will give the boys a second consecutive MCF title and it will be the first Under 15 title since 2009. Manager Neil Davies has selected the following boys for the game;

George Lenton

George Taylor

Mason Pickering

Matt Cutler

Jack Bostock

Lewis Hassall

James Miller

Sol Ashworth

Todd Alcock

Alfie Clarke

James Plant

Archie England

Euan Wade

Ben Herrington

Kyle Corns

Will Finlay

 

Standby Players

Adam Cockbill

Ben Runacas

Rafferty Winnall

Ruben Cooner

Players should meet at 6-00pm and usual dress code applies. There is an admission charge of £3 adults and £2 concessions.

Feb 25, 2020

Staffordshire Under 16 Boys continued their excellent run of form with an hard fought victory at last seasons champions Warwickshire. The boys had not managed a point againsy their opponents in four previous meetings but this group are a different animal this season with confidence coursing through their veins having qualified for the national finals.

The game was played at Rugby Borough FC on their 3G pitch and manager Bailey Evans described it as tactically their best performance in three years.. Leaving with a 3-1 victory with goals from Morgan Russell, Hugh Emery (one for the record books) and a towering header from Jack Thomas. This leaves them with an excellent chance of reaching the semi finals of the MCF competition.

Feb 25, 2020

On a bitterley cold and windswept Stafford Town the four teams involved in the County Cup Finals served up displays of football which were heartwarming and more importantly games which were played in the true spirit of schools football. First up was the Under 14 Girls final where De Ferrers Academy from Burton me tHaywood Academy from Stoke. The first half was very even and play swung from one end to the other but the game remained goalless.

In the second half De Ferrers secured a 2-0 lead with the strong wind at their backs. Haywood girls did all that was possible to get back into the game but De Ferrers with four County players in their squad were too strong and they rattled in three more goals in the last five minutes to give the scoreline a lopsided look and did not do justice to the hardworking Haywood girls but left little doubt as to which was the better team.

Second up Walton HS from Stafford met Landau Forte Amington from Tamworth in an absolute thriller. Both teams played some great football but it was Walton who scored two goals in the first half to go in at half time in a strong position. Despite facing into the wind in the second half Landau Forte took the game to Walton and by the mid point of the half they were level. The game flowed from end to end but neither side could break the deadlock. The game finished 2-2 and a penalty shootout ensued which Walton came through as winners by 5-4. A first county title for a long time for Walton HS.

Feb 23, 2020

As the season reaches its last quarter fixture congestion rears its ugly head. The wet weather has caused havoc with fixtures throughout the Midlands and had our home games not been played on 3G the situation would have been even worse.

On Monday 24th the Under 14 Boys game has already been called off at Worcester which has suffered horrendous flooding and with the Under 16 Boys travelling to Rugby to take on Warwickshire it is fingers crossed that the game survives and beats the weather.

With Shropshire Under 18 boys withdrawing from the MCF competition because they could not raise a team a free date became available at Stafford Town FC so on Monday the 24th two cup finals are being staged. The first is the Under 14 girls which will be contested between Haywood Academy from Stoke and De Ferrers Academy from Burton. This game kicks off at 6-30 pm. It will be followed by the U12 Boys final where Walton HS from Stafford will meet Landau Forte Amington from Tamworth with a 7-30 KO. Admission to the games is £2.

The fixtures that have been confirmed to date at home are;

Monday March 2nd. Kick off 7pm. U15 Boys v West Midlands.

Monday March 9th.  Kick off 6pm U14Girls v West Midlands.   Kick off 7:30pm U14Boys v West Midlands

Monday March 16th. Kick off 7pm. U15 Boys v Shropshire.

Monday March 23rd. Kick off 7pm. U14 Girls v Shropshire.

Away Games

Monday 24th U16 B v Warwickshire A Rugby Borough FC KO 7-30pm

Monday 2nd March U16 B v Shropshire A Shrewsbury Sports Village 7-00pm TBC

Monday 9th March U16 G v West Midlands A Wolerhampton Wanderers Academy 7-00pm KO

Monday 23rd March U16 b V West Midlands A TBC U14B v Shropshire A TBC

Outstanding matches with dates to be fixed

U16 B v Warwickshire H v Shropshire H

U14 B v Worcestershire A v Leicestershire A

U16 G v Worcestershire H and A

Under 14 G v Shropshire A

A busy few weeks in store for all teams.

 

Feb 19, 2020

The glow from reaching the final of two county national finals is still around the staff of the Association. It brings back fond memories of the last final three years ago and the circumstances surrounding that event. The team were fairly settled but new faces came into the reckoning for selection late in the day due to outstanding performances during the MCF programme. Like this season, the majority of games played were those in the National competition and once the final was reached the league programme had to be caught up. It was there that a couple of lads made the job of the team manager very difficult as they performed so well due to the absence and unavailability of regular starters that he was given food for thought.

The U16 Boys will be in action regularly as they bid to make the semi finals of the Midland Counties and with five games to play in little over a month players will have the chance to impress the manager. The first of these games is against the reigning champions Warwickshire on Monday night, the 24th of February. The game is to be played at Rugby Borough Football Club with a 7-30 KO. Manager Bailey Evans has named the following squad for the game and players should aim to meet as near to 6-30 as possible.Usual dress code applies.

1.Greg Lewis Friary
2. Jake Finney Wolstanton
3. Charlie Pearsall (C) John Taylor Academy
4. James May Cardinal Griffin
5. Lewi Burnside Netherstowe
6. Jack Thomas Rawlett
7. Morgan Payne Walton HS
8. Harry Buzzard EDA
9. Joe Scriven Codsall
10. Joe Baxter Painsley
11. Joe Morley Cardinal Griffin
12. Morgan Russell EDA
14. Keelan Summerfield Walton HS
15. Harvey Bannister-Smith Blessed William Howard
16. Callum Niven John Taylor Academy
17. Eden Bailey Trentham Academy

This game is followed by a visit to Shrewsbury Sports Village the following Monday.

More musings to follow.

Feb 9, 2020

On .Saturday Staffordshire School's FA hosted two national semi finals at Stafford Town FC. The Under 16 boys met North Yorkshire SFA and the U18's met their counterparts from Lancashire. Both games were emotional rollercoasters for all involved where no quarter was given or asked but two games in which the ethos of schools football shone through.

The Under 16 Boys kicked off proceedings in a game which ebbed and flowed and it was apparrent after ten minutes or so that there was very little between the two teams. In a very tight first half Staffordshire had the best of the chances and the North Yorkshire keeper made one stunning stave to keep the tie level. Staffordshire broke the deadlock just before half time when Eden Bailey swept the ball home from close range to hand Staffordshire the advantage.

The second half was just as keenly contested and North Yorkshire were the dominant force without really threatening the Staffordshire goal but midway through the half they equalised with a scruffy goal that barely had the strength to cross the line.  Both teams now threw everything into the game and North Yorkshire created two excellent chances to lead but were unable to find a finishing touch. They also suffered the loss of their skipper with an ankle injury and as the game moved towards extra time Staffordshire skipper Charlie Pearsall wrote himself into the history books by scoring the winning goal with only three minutes on the clock. Staffordshire saw out the final minutes to move into the National Final for the second time in four years and this group now will try to emulate the exploits of the class of 2017.

The game was played in front of a large and knowledgeable crowd who gave both teams a rousing reception at the conclusion of an excellent cup tie. Staffordshire will face Bedfordshire in the final at a time and place to be decided.

Within minutes of the conclusion of the U16 game the two Under 18 teams took to the field. Lancashire had disposed of Durham Schools FA in the quarter final who were favourites for the tournament so a tough game was anticipated and so it proved to be.

Staffordshire started very strongly and dominated the early exchanges with Oli Puttnam, Dave Perreira and Kyle Ashman causing the Lancashire boys no end of problems. Oli rattled the post with a brilliant strike and only desperate defending and good luck kept Staffordshire at bay. A deflected Kyle Ashman strike gave Staffordshire a deserved lead and Kyle doubled his and Staffordshires tally before half time. Staffordshire continued to dominate the game with some lovely passing football and Lancashire were fortunate to go in only two down.

The Lancashire management tweaked their formation and they were much better in the second half dominating possession for long periods but without really posing a threat to  Staffordshire as Owen Turner and Josh Lewis were outstanding at the heart of the Staffordshire back four. Lancashire got their just rewards for their endeavours when scoring with twenty minutes left on the clock. Staffordshire now looked nervous but they regained a modicum of control and were denied a penalty but were then awarded a penalty with ten minutes to go and a chance to put the tie to bed. The chance was squandered with the ball blazed over the bar which led to a nail biting final few minutes. The boys saw the game out and they matched the result of the U16 Boys. This will be a second final appearence for the age group but they have not won the competition before.

They will meet Gloucestershire or Essex in the final.

Feb 6, 2020

The competitions are now nearing their conclusions and with the exception of one or two schools holding things up, despite the poor weather, we have some finalists.

Walton HS who have performed really well in all age groups beat De Ferrers to reach the U12 final where they will meet Landau Forte School from Tamworth. They won away at Codsall Middle school to progress . It is a while since a Tamworth school contested a boys final.

The Under 13 Boys is behind schedule and competition secretary will be deciding outcomes if schools do not play. Some matches should have been played six weeks ago.The Under 14 competitionhas two semi finalists, both from Stafford. Blessed William Howard and Wolgarston. Wolgarston deserve special mention as they reached the  quarter finals of the national competition. Team manager Matt Skinner who is part of the County management team has a very good side at his disposal including four County players.

The Under 15's have three semi finalists and at Under 16 jack of all trades Rob Wakelin has taken Codsall to the final. It is so refreshing to see a member of a senior management team taking a school team. Codsall have always produced good sides particularly at U18 and are a major contributor to County sides so to see their committment of such staff is unusual in the secondary sector when so many heads refuse to allow boys out of school to play matches in these days where the pressure for examination success is sometimes detrimental to the whole education experience.

Thomas Alleyne' s from Uttoxeter await the winners of Repton and Codsall  in the U18 age group and Repton are also into the last eight of the national competition.

On the girls side almost all of the competitions are at semi final stage but the u14 final will be contested between Haywood Academy and De Ferrers Academy.

All of the finals will take place at Stafford Town FC and dates will be allocated when the make up of the finalists becomes a little clearer.

Feb 2, 2020

Under 14 Boys

P W D L F A POINTS
WEST MIDLANDS 5 4 1 0 15 5 13
STAFFORDSHIRE 5 2 3 0 16 5 9
LEICESTERSHIRE 4 2 0 2 9 10 6
WARWICKSHIRE 4 1 1 2 4 10 4
SHROPSHIRE 4 1 0 3 6 12 3
WORCESTERSHIRE 4 0 1 3 6 14 1

Under 15 Boys

P W D L F A POINTS
STAFFORDSHIRE 4 3 1 0 15 7 10
WEST MIDLANDS 4 2 0 2 16 7 6
WARWICKSHIRE 3 1 1 1 5 7 4
SHROPSHIRE 3 0 0 3 3 15 0

Under 16 Boys

P W D L F A POINTS
WARWICKSHIRE 3 2 1 0 6 4 7
SHROPSHIRE 3 1 1 1 7 7 4
WEST MIDLANDS 4 1 1 2 10 12 4
STAFFORDSHIRE 1 0 1 0 3 3 1
HEREFORDSHIRE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Under 18 Boys

P W D L F A POINTS
STAFFORDSHIRE 2 2 0 0 9 5 6
WEST MIDLANDS 2 0 0 2 5 9 0
SHROPSHIRE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Under 14 Girls

P W D L F A POINTS
WEST MIDLANDS 2 2 0 0 14 2 6
STAFFORDSHIRE 1 0 0 1 1 6 0
SHROPSHIRE 1 0 0 1 1 8 0

Under 16 Girls

P W D L F A POINTS
SHROPSHIRE 3 3 0 0 9 4 9
WEST MIDLANDS 2 1 0 1 6 3 3
STAFFORDSHIRE 3 0 0 3 3 11 0
WORCESTERSHIRE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jan 30, 2020

On Monday the 3rd of February the U14 Boys entertain Leicestershire SFA at Stafford Town FC looking to extend their unbeaten league run to six games and keep a hat trick of clean sheets. Admission to the game will be £3 adults and £2 concessions. The squad will be posted later.

The Under 16 Boys are in action on Saturday 8th of February when they host North Yorkshire SFA in the semi final of the Inter County Trophy. They have beaten Humberside , West Midlands and Cardiff and the Vale on the way to the semi final. Let us hope they will be able to take the next step and give the management team their second national final.

The game is at Stafford Town FC with a 1-45pm KO and the boys will need maximum support to help them on their way.

Immediately on completion of the U16 game the U18 boys will play either Lancashire or Durham in the semi final of their national competition. They have beaten Cheshire and South Yorkshire on the way and having already clinched the U18 MCF championship they will be hoping to progress to the final.This game will KO at 4-00pm assuming that there is no extra time in the first game. Admission to each game will be £3 adults and £2 concessions.

Jan 14, 2020

Staffordshire Schools FA have reached the semi final of the ESFA Inter County cupwith two age groups for the very first time. The reward for victory over South Yorkshire (U18B) and Cardiff and the Vale (U16B) are two home ties.

The Under 18 boys will face the winners of the Durham v Lancashire semi final and the Under 16 boys will play North Yorkshire Schools FA. It is hoped that both games will be played at Stafford Town FC on Saturday the 8th of February with afternoon KO's. More details will follow.

Jan 11, 2020

The Under 18 Boys travelled to Stocksbridge Park Steels FC in Sheffield to take on South Yorkshire Schools in an Inter County Quarter Final tie. The game was played on a very heavy pitch which had not been rolled and which made close control challenging.

Staffordshire started brightly with Oli Waddison's direct running causing problems and when a powerful shot was parried and fell to Christian Blanchette he fired over. South Yorkshire were posing few problems due to the dominanace of the central defensive pairing of Josh Lewis and Owen Turner. Staffordshire took the lead from an excellent free kick from Oliver Puttnam when Oli Waddison was hacked down. Staffordshire were now dominant as South Yorkshire were unable to gain possession and several Staffordshire players were the subject of horrendous challenges in the desperate efforts of the home side to keep Staffordshire at bay.

Out of the blue South Yorkshire found an equaliser when in their first meaningful attack a deep cross to the back post was knocked back and in a melee of bodies South Yorkshire scrambled the ball home. The home side then had their best spell of the game but when they were gaining a degree of control Staffordshire disposessed them close to their own area and four passes later Dave Perreira swept the ball home to give Staffordshire a 2-1 half time lead.

Staffordshire started the second half on the front foot and when Max Dixon was played in  he raced clear to beat the keeper to extend the lead with an excellent finish. However South Yorkshire responded to score a second goal and leave the game well balanced but a second strike from Max put Staffordshire clear and such was his presence that he hit both bar and post in search of his hat trick.

Staffordshire won by 4-2 to move into the last four of the nationals for the second time in four years and will be hoping for a home draw and an opportunity to reach the final.

Aug 11, 2015

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