High School progress to football final
The Stamford High School football team has progressed to the final of the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) Cup after defeating Welbeck Defence College 3-0.
Having already beaten Wellingborough 6-1 and Uppingham 4-1 in the competition, the girls came up against Welbeck Defence College in the semi-final of this national tournament.
In an evenly contested match, the High School took the lead midway through the first half, when a move between Emma Couzens and Lauren Rigby resulted in a well taken goal from the edge of the penalty area from Lauren Rigby. Hannah Brewis added two further goals to give Stamford a 3-0 lead at half time.
Welbeck had more possession in the second half, with neither side being able to score. A fine save by the Welbeck keeper kept the final score at 3-0. The girls now face ACS Cobham on Monday 30th April at Boreham Wood; the home of Arsenal Ladies FC.
The High School team also won the recent East Midlands Tournament, held at Uppingham School. Having beaten all of the teams involved on previous occasions - some by up to 12–0 - and getting through to the National final, the girls were feeling confident. After drawing their first game against Welbeck, the team went on to win the next three games before clashing with home team Uppingham in the last match.
Uppingham took the lead with a lucky shot half-way through the first half, but Stamford had the vast majority of the possession. The half-time team talk led to more time spent playing on the wings, and Lauren Rigby managed to place the ball through the keeper’s legs from the edge of the area to equalize. The game finished a draw and with a goal difference of five overall, Stamford were crowned the tournament winners.
Seven girls from the High School also recently took part in the Regional Representative Tournament. The girls competed in the Midlands team, who finished as runners-up, conceding only one goal along the way.
The girls’ coach, Andy Elliot, said “This is certainly a very talented team of footballers and I am very proud of their performances throughout the season. Everyone at Stamford High School wishes the girls the best of luck for the final.”