After some encouraging performances in small sided football over the last two seasons, the decision was made to move the younger year groups into full sided competitions this year whilst maintaining the 5aside teams to ensure as much participation as possible. The result has been a resounding success with an almost perfect record as we reach the half way point in the season.
Before the last week of competition, no Thorpe side had been defeated in 35 matches across all five year groups with teams moving towards the latter end of competitions. The U14 girls had moved into the last 64 in the country in the national competition and looked set to continue this run into the New Year but unfortunately succumbed to a late goal deep into extra time against Kesgrave School from Ipswich. This team still has the county cup to aim for and will take on local rivals Sprowston High School in the quarter finals in January, having already defeated Dereham Northgate and Cromer Academy in earlier rounds. They are joined at the quarter final stage by the U13 team.
The U13 team also participate in the Norfolk FA 5aside competition where the ‘A’ and ‘B’ side are currently 3rd and 4th in the league of 20 schools. They hold a joint record of one defeat in 19 games with the B team remaining unbeaten at this stage which demonstrates the depth available in Year 7 and 8. Both teams look set to qualify for the county finals with one set of fixtures left to play. The U13 team also participated in the one off Premier League tournament this term with the winning school going on to represent Norwich City FC in Manchester later in the year. As ever, the girls remained unbeaten but too many drawn games meant they missed out on this amazing opportunity by a single point.
Not to be outdone by their younger peers, the U16 team have also won four and drawn one of their five games so far and look set to qualify for the county finals with one set of fixtures left to play. The U12 team will also be contesting two friendly matches later in the academic year to help prepare them for full sided competitions starting next year.
Top goal scorers for each team are:
U13- Chelsea Brister
U14- Rachel Bussey
Hannah Peart and Bryony Knights (Joint)
U16- Harriet Gregory
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