This article was written by Damion Roberts and originally appeared in the Comet newspaper on Monday 6th February.
Following on from winning the Stevenage autumn tournament back in October the team from Almond Hill Junior School progressed to represent the town in the English Schools’ Football Association primary seven-a-side county finals in St Albans.
Schools across Hertfordshire who had also won their local autumn tournaments were in action and the girls from Almond Hill were fully aware that there was going to be a step up in quality.
Unfazed by this, they got on with the task in hand winning their first three games 1-0, 1-0 and 4-0.
They then beat another unbeaten side 2-0 before drawing their final match 0-0 thanks to some outstanding saves from the opposing goalkeeper.
A nervous wait was to follow before the organiser of the event made his way over to the girls to announce that they had topped the group with 13 points out of a possible 15 and will now progress to the next stage where they will represent Hertfordshire in March.
Judith Lovelock, headteacher at Almond Hill, said:
“It has been fantastic to see our girls being so successful in their football matches and I am particularly proud that the sportsmanship that has supported their success has been recognised.
“Representing Hertfordshire will be a great honour for I am sure the girls will continue to aim high in the regional competition.”
John Jatto, Football Development Officer for Youth Development at Hertfordshire FA, added:
‘This is a fantastic achievement for the school and all of the girls involved. It's always great to hear stories of sportsmanship in the grassroots game and I wish the girls the best of luck next month!’
For more information on girls football in Hertfordshire, please contact John Jatto on 01462 650219 or via firstname.lastname@example.org