Having won the Hertfordshire Girls Partnership League title, League Cup and County Cup, the 2016/17 season looked tough for Boro’s girls to beat.
However, they’ve now got the chance to go one further this season and claim the FA People’s Cup, having reached the finals of England’s largest and most inclusive small sided football competition.
For Stevenage Borough Juniors Girls U14s, the adventure began in Luton, on a freezing cold February morning, where they would be taking on fellow sides from across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Their coaches were concerned that with limited experience of small-sided football the girls would take some time to adapt to the format, but they needn’t have worried, securing a place in regional semi-finals in Birmingham.
This was where the competition started to get serious. They travelled to the West Midlands on a Friday night after school, enjoyed a nice pre-match meal and spent the night in a hotel, ready for their big day ahead.
Upon arrival to the rooftop pitches, the girls were ready, denying the champions of Leicestershire, before knocking out the Staffordshire winners.
They then took an early lead in the final against Stoke Newington and defended with every ounce of energy they had to hold on to the lead and win the Regionals.
Having qualified for the finals they will travel to St. George’s Park on April 28th in search of the FA People’s Cup title and the chance of a trip to Wembley, to show off their success to the world.
Whatever the result, they have done their club, the Hertfordshire Girls Partnership League and the County proud,
We wish them the best of luck in the final. Bring the title home to Hertfordshire girls!