Bassetlaw’s two representative teams finished their season with mixed fortunes in County Cup finals against the City of Nottingham.
Bassetlaw Boys, who had played so well since Christmas and had included wins over Derby, Lincoln, East Riding and Gainsborough in their programme, never got started until the second half by which time they were 3-0 down.
Their second half revival came too late and although they dominated play for 20 minutes, during which time Drew Allwood pulled one back, Lewis Scattergood hit the bar from 30 yards and a number of other goalscoring chances were rejected, they finished on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline.
Bassetlaw’s Girls provided a very different story when they ran riot against Nottingham’s girls.
They eased into a 3-0 lead within 10 minutes with goals from their outstanding strikeforce of Maddy Cooper and Lydia Shackford and ran up a 5-0 lead by half time.
A final scoreline of 8-2 to Bassetlaw was aided by tactical substitutions by Team Manager, Mary Paton, to avoid an embarrassingly high total.
This allowed Nottingham an opportunity to get on the scoresheet but could not prevent Lydia Shackford taking her personal tally to five and for Maddy Cooper to complete her hat-trick.
This was not a two girl show however as the two strikers were supported throughout by faultless goalkeeping from Ellie Fisher, sound midfield play by Macey Wilson and Deanna Howe, a promising debut by Demi Cottingham, excellent defending by Holly Chattaway and attacking back-up from Charlotte Bowers whose long throws caused chaos amongst the Nottingham defence from the kick-off.
Ryton Park Girls travelled to the Watford F.C. training ground to take part in the English Schools FA’s National Finals where in front of a crowd of over a thousand they performed with great credit.
They held the Merseyside champions,St John’s of Maghull, and the Manor School of Reading to goalless draws before losing by the odd goal to the eventual winners, Murrayfield School of Ipswich.
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TWENTY-FOUR teams are entered into the 24th Bassetlaw Schools Mini-cricket Championship.
The reigning champions are Tuxford while winners from the last five years, Serlby Park, Sir Edmund Hillary, North Leverton and St Augustine’s are all competing.