Children from Castle View Primary School were among the local representatives in this year’s npower U11 Football Kids Cup.
The youngsters travelled to the Power League Soccer Dome at Pride Park, Derby, last Friday, to compete in this nationwide competition which sees the winning teams compete in the final at Wembley Stadium.
70 teams from across Derbyshire had entered, including Castle View, Holy Trinity, Matlock Bath, and others, and some tough games were anticipated.
Castle View’s first match saw them up against Derby’s Cherry Tree Primary School. A closely fought match ensued with stalwart defensive performances from Josh Webster and Josh Slack, and tough tackling in midfield by Liam Ashin. A speculative shot, one minute from time, saw Castle View go down to a 1-0 loss.
In match two, Castle View were pitched against Chesterfield’s Heath Primary School.
Another tight match followed and, despite fine saves from goalie Matthew Simms, Castle View again went down 1-0 to a late goal.
Game three saw Castle View against local rivals Wirksworth Junior School.
Castle View worked hard and it wasn’t long before James Hall deftly found Kian Kimpton who thumped the ball home from distance. Castle View’s “player-of-the-tournament” Tiarna Kerry then unselfishly slipped the ball to Kimpton who promptly slotted home his second to make the final score 2-0.
The single victory wasn’t enough to see Castle View through to the second phase.