Young footballers representing a school in Bulwell enjoyed a taste of the big time when they won a prestigious competition hosted by Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
There was a nailbiting finish to the final of the annual Ron Matthews Memorial Trophy.
But the stars of Hempshill Hall Primary School, captained by Ben Wallis, triumphed after a thrilling penalty shootout.
Six Nottingham primary schools contested the under-11s’, small-sided games, with Hempshill progressing to the final after a 1-0 victory over Bulwell rivals, Cantrell Primary, thanks to a goal from Lewis Williams.
The final against Wollaton’s Fernwood School was another thrilling affair, ending in a 0-0 draw. A period of extra-time also ended in a stalemate, resulting in the shootout.
The tension tested the mettle of Hempshill’s penalty-takers Wallis and Tom Skellett, but they kept their nerve to clinch a well-earned success.
The victory completed a remarkable treble for Hempshill, whose squad, coached and managed by teachers Jonathan Wright and Darren Palethorpe, had previously won the Schools Karnival tournament and the city primary schools’ league title.
As well as Wallis and Skellett, Hempshill’s all conquering squad was made up of Liam Spooner, Ben Atkin, Fletcher Parker, Lewis Williams, Jayden Smith ,Jacob Taylor, Harry Davies, Owen Allen and Conor Brownlow.