Cheam’s U11 footballers headed to Millfield on Sunday morning for the IAPS National Football Finals, after their regional success earlier in the term. The competition was stiff, and Cheam were placed in a tough pool, but there must be immense credit given to the squad who played some excellent football throughout the day.

The side were a little unfortunate in the draw, meaning that Cheam would play four back to back matches, and this would perhaps ultimately take its toll by the end of the day. The morning started with a closely fought 1-0 defeat to Millfield Prep, despite creating a number of scoring opportunities. This was followed up by a strong, committed performance in the 1-1 draw with Ardingly Prep. Twyford were up next, and a few lapses in concentration meant that we had to win our last group game against Littlegarth to qualify for the Plate Competiton. The boys got off to a fast start and peppered the opposition goal, coming away 2-0 winners, but it could have been many more.

After the lunch break, Cheam were up against Daneshill, Surrey in the Plate Quarter Finals, and once again created a number of chances and played some impressive football for the duration of the match. Sadly, Daneshill struck late on, meaning a 1-0 defeat and the end of the team’s day.

The U11 team should be really proud of what they have achieved this season, and their effort and commitment was outstanding. As the side now look towards the ISFA National Finals at St. George’s Park in May, they should be buoyed by the talent and teamwork that they have shown this season. Well done to all the boys and to Mr Hutchings, for representing the school so well.

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