Our very own Anna King, a pupil at Wolgarston School in Penkridge, made her debut for England in an Under 15 Invitation International against the Republic of ireland at Maidstone United FC's Gallagher Stadium on Saturday. Anna started the game and was absolutely rock solid as the right full back. As an Association we can be extremely proud of Anna as she follows in the groundbreaking footsteps of Milly Elson and Holly Gibson who were the first Staffordshire girls selected to represent their country last year.
Girls can only be selected if they play County Football but a large share of the credit has to go to the Stoke City centre of excellence who have been instrumental in the progress and development of all three girls. The sound working relationship between the two organisations is certainly paying dividends for the girls and long may it continue.
A match report is on the ESFA website at
The Under 16 Girls travelled to Thomas Telford School to play the Shropshire CSFA in a Midlands federation fixture. Staffordshire having already qualified for the semi Finals were hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the league.
On the excellent 4G surface which suited Staffordshire's passing game, frequent thrusts were made by Staffordshire and after several close calls Steph Speck was on hand in the six yard box to ram home an early goal. Staffordshire continued to dominate and kept Shropshire in check with only the odd entry into the defensive third of the Staffordshire girls. Kelsey Richardson continued her rich vein of form when smashing home a second from twelve yards from a great piece of play by Milly Elson. Milly's midfield partner Sophie Garrett playing in a new role gave great support to Billie Haynes and Hollie Gibson who were rampant down the left for Staffordshire. The post and crossbar saved the Shropshire defence from further breaches and it was the outstanding work of the Shropshire keeper who kept the score to 2-0 at the break.
Shropshire regrouped at the break and posed more of a threat in the early skirmishes of the second half but it was Staffs who scored first when Jordan Sloane knocked the ball in to claim a well deserved goal. Shropshire then carved out a good chance but hit the woodwork when it was easier to score. The only sour note of the night was when Ali Copeland took a knock on her ankle and had to be substituted but this negative was soon followed by the positive of Billie Haynes firng in from close range. Full back Hannah Price rampaging down the right shot over from a corner and then screwed a shot just past the post. Steph Speck then missed a sitter and she was to rue that as minutes later she rose to bullet a header in from a corner, one of the best goals of the season and she was so close to winning the match ball.
5-0 was the final score and a really solid performance with some good football against a spirited Shropshire side.
Herefordshire away will complete the fixtures for the Midlands West Championships, and a home tie awaits in the semi final of the Midland Counties competition.
The re-arranged match v West Midlands has been set for Monday 10th March at AFC Wulfrunians kicking off at 7.00 pm.
AFC Wulfrunians Football Club,
O.W. Memorial Ground,
253A Castlecroft Road,
The selected squad is below.
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Football in Staffordshire.
A busy week for those involved in schools football in Staffordshire. The National 5 a side championships take place at the Powerdome in Derby on the 3rd of March and the best wishes of the Association go out to Kingsmead School from Cannock who are representing the Midlands West (Area C )
The Association will also be rooting for Sir Thomas Boughy School who travel to Meseyside to take on Francis Xavier school in the semi final of the Under 16 boys national ESFA Sony Play Stationm cup. A huge achievement already but it would be fantastic if they were able to take the final step and reach the final.
The Under 16 boys are in action at AFC Wulfrunians on Monday night in a Midlands Federation match KO 7-00pm.All involved in this match need to look at the website before they travel as the forecast is not good.
On Wednesday the postponed Danone competition takes place at. Rowley park in Stafford starting at 10-00am. The three differnt categories winners go forward to represent the County in the Midlands Championships. The girls competition is on Saturday 8th of March and the small schools and best schools competition takes place at the same venue on the 15th of March.
The Under 16 Girls play at Thomas Telford on Wednesday evening KO 7-00pm hoping to maintain their 100% record in the Midlands Counties competition and bounce back after their defeat in Manchester.
On Friday Anna King will be travelling to join the England squad in Maidstone in preparation for their game against the Republic of Ireand.
The Under 14 Boys will travel to Shrewsbury Sports Village on Monday 10th of March to take on Shropshire Schools FA in a Midland Counties Federation Fixture. Kick off will be 7-00pm and manger Gary Spruce has named the squad below.
All players will report to the Sports Village for 6-00pm. Usual dress code applies. All players, including those on standby need to confirm their availability with Gary as soon as possible.
Sundorne Rd, Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ is the address and postcode for satnav.
The late stages of the competitions have been reached and the finalists of the Under 12, 13, 14 boys are known. There are still several outstanding semi finals but the horrendous weather played a big part in postponing matches arranged.
it is hoped to fit the finals in before Easter or the week immediately after and most will be played on a Monday evening when Stafford Town FC is available. There is a possibility of two finals being played on the 3G at St Georges Park but tht would involve afternoon kick offs during schools time and have not been confirmed as yet.
Individual Schools Competitions Update.
St Edwards Middle v De Ferrers or Cheadle Academy
Under 13 Final
Landau Forte Amington v De Ferrers
Under 14 Final
Repton v Cheslyn Hay
Under 15 Final
Painsley v Cheslybn Hay
Under 16 Final
Sir Thomas Boughy v King Edward VI Stafford
Under 18 Final
Landau Forte v Codsall
Under 13 Girls Final
De Ferrers v Clayton HS
Under 16 Girls
St Margaret Ward v Landau Forte QEMS
Staffordshire Under 18 Boys played against their County FA counterparts in a friendly match on Sunday at Cardinal Griffin on their excellent 3G. On a beautiful day the match proved to be a very close encounter with two sides who tried to play football throughout the contest.
Staffordshire drew first blood with a well taken goal from Sam Golden after the initial skirmishes were fairly even. Staffordshire FA responded very positively but profligate finishing from the number 11 allowed three good chances to go begging.
The game flowed from end to end and a cross from Kendrick was misjudged by the Staffordshire keeper Feigan who had just taken the field to allow Staffordshire FA back into the match. Staffordshire Schools hit the bar and both sides claimed near misses. Staffordshire were given the opportunity to win the match when awarded a penalty with only minutes remainin on the clock.
Sam Golden who had ploughed a lone furrow up frony for much of the match and had worked tirelessly for the cause stepped up to take th kick. Sam would say it was not his best effort ever and the game finished as a 1-1 draw which the touchline aficianado's agreed seemed a fair result.
As ever the thanks of the Association go to the match officials and team management.
Congratulations to those schools who have played their games on time and reached the Final. The limit date for the semi finals is this Friday coming. Several semi finals have been arranged for the first week back as they have been postponed because of the weather.
Some schools have not requested an extension and have not made any contact. These matches may be decided on the toss of a coin if there is no information.
Semi Finalists below
A report of the activities of the County Schools FA can be viewed on page 15, entitled Mid Season Report.
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