Christmas bonus for Linby kids after winning county schools’ title

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! The youngsters of Linby Primary School celebrate after winning the Nottinghamshire Schools FA's Reprotec Small Primary Schools' seven-a-side title.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! The youngsters of Linby Primary School celebrate after winning the Nottinghamshire Schools FA's Reprotec Small Primary Schools' seven-a-side title.

Footballing youngsters at Linby-cum-Papplewick Primary School earned themselves an extra Christmas present when winning a prestigious county title.

Linby were crowned champions in a seven-a-side tournament for small primary schools, run by Nottinnghamshire Schools FA and sponsored by Reprotec.

Each of the six sides in the league played each other -- and unbeaten Linby snatched the title by two points after defeating Dunham-on-Trent 3-0 at Sutton Lawn in their last match.

It meant they topped the table by two points from second-placed Hollywell, of Kimberley, and were duly presented with the Reprotec Shield by Bob Young, chairman of Nottinghamshire Schools FA.

All the players also received mementoes of their success, and the team now go on to represent the county in the Midlands finals of the English Schools FA Danone National Cup in March.

Early results in the tournament suggested Hollywell would romp to the title because they destroyed their first two opponents, Leverton from Bassetlaw, and Keyworth, from Rushcliffe, scoring 12 goals in the process.

However, Linby, representing the Gedling district, beat Keyworth 3-0 and quietly began to pick up points, adding further triumphs over Leverton (2-0) and Misson, near Doncaster, (2-1).

The big crunch clash was Linby versus Hollywell, who had to win after dropping vital points in a surprise goalless draw against Misson. The Kimberley team had lots of possession, with both goalkeepers making some excellent saves. But Linby battled magnificently to hold them to a draw, which gave them all the confidence they needed for their final, decisive match.