CLITHEROE Royal Grammar School’s Year 8 football team created a piece of history last week when they reached the final of the English Small School’s Trophy for the first time ever.
In the previous six rounds they have travelled around the country including a long journey up to Northumberland in January, as well as trips to Doncaster and Uttoxeter.
The team have shown real character and camaraderie along the way having been goals behind on several occasions, only to come back stronger each time and secure well deserved wins.
The semi-final was against Blacon High school from Chester and despite gale force winds both teams managed to play some good football at times. CRGS went ahead in the first half thanks to a coolly converted penalty from captain Jack Burgess. Burgess went on to double the lead early in the second half, much to the delight of fellow Year 8 students who were out of lessons for the afternoon to support from the sidelines.
With nothing to lose Blacon committed players forward and a long ball caught Grammar off guard and their rare opportunity was well finished. Both teams tried to play football in difficult conditions and there was a nervy 15 minute period at the end of the game where Blacon went all out for an equaliser. Their effort was rewarded in the final minute and they pushed the game into extra time.
CRGS rallied again and displayed the same “never say die” attitude that has been such a feature of their season. And it took a wonder goal, in the 14th minute of extra time, from Adam Bolton to secure a famous win for CRGS. Seemingly in an impossible position, Bolton produced a moment of sublime finishing to volley into the top corner from 35 yards.
Players, officials, and supporters were treated to Bacon sandwiches after the game, which was played in a positive manner all the way through.
Plans are now getting underway for a day out to remember where CRGS aim to take one final step and win the trophy to create another piece of history.