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School Football: Joy for Norton, Lady Lumley’s and Terrington
4:22pm Wednesday 4th April 2012 in Junior Sport
Norton were deserved winners but did not have it all their own way and had goalkeeper Joshua Ellis and Joshua Towse to thank for some outstanding individual play.
Norton opened the scoring as brilliant play between Bradley Freer, Jack Boyd, Iain Kerr and Harvey Townley resulted in Barron Gregory’s cool finish. Kerr and Gregory caused the defence all kinds of problems in the first half.
In the second, Norton were under a lot of pressure and it looked likely that missed chances would prove costly, Townley, Gregory and Robbie Butler all striking the woodwock.
However, the game was settled with 10 minutes to go when top-scorer Freer broke clear down the left on a fantastic individual run and scored at the second attempt with a header.
The game ended with Sam Milburn finishing clinically from a corner after an excellent delivery from Boyd, who, along with Joshua Ellis, Towse and Gregory, stood out.
Pickering’s Lady Lumley’s School’s Year 10s battled through bad luck to beat Pindar School in their cup final – after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.
Reece Milner led several early attacks for Lumley’s but Pindar took the lead from a harsh penalty awarded for handball by Josh Gorman, George Brown getting fingertips to the ball but not being able to stop it going in. Brown soon went off injured, with defender Matthew Shepherd going in goal.
Luke Clemmit set up Jon Mitchell for a wonder strike and Lumley’s skipper soon scored again from a Christian Nicholson free-kick.
Pindar equalised and, although Lumley’s went close with free-kicks by Reece Milner and Gorman, the teams couldn’t be separated either in normal time or extra time.
Lewis Danby, Christian Nicholson, Clemmit and Liam Taylor all scored for Lumley’s, before Shepherd pulled out a wonder save to deny Pindar’s fourth penalty. Jon Mitchell, who had recently missed a penalty in house matches in spectacular fashion, kept his cool when it mattered to give Lumley’s the victory.
Terrington Hall’s under-9 football team ended their season with victory at Lyndhurst School’s tournament.
They scored group-stage wins against Read (4-2), Lyndhurst (2-0) and The Minster School (2-1), and a semi-final victory over Bootham (4-1), before beating The Minster School 3-1 in the final.