Hempshill Hall Primary School celebrate taste of big time at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground

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Young footballers representing Hempshill Hall Primary School had a taste of the big time when they took part and won a prestigious competition at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

There was a nail-biting finish to the finals of the annual Ron Matthews Memorial Trophy which saw Hempshill’s young stars triumph following a thrilling penalty shoot-out.

Six Nottingham Primary Schools contested the U11’s (small sided) games and Hempshill captained by Ben Wallis progressed to the final following a 1-0 victory over Bulwell’s Cantrell Primary. Lewis Williams scoring the all important goal.

The final against Wollaton’s Fernwood School was another thrilling affair ending in a 0-0 draw which was followed by extra-time which also ended in a stalemate.

The resultant penalty shoot-out tested the metal of Hempshill’s penalty takers Ben Wallis and Tom Skellett who duly scored to clinch a well earned success.

The Ron Matthews Memorial Trophy success completed a remarkable treble for Hempshill whose squad coached and managed by Jonathan Wright and Darren Palethorpe had previously won the Schools Karnival (correct)Tournament and the Primary Schools League title.

Team members are pictured with Darren Palethorpe (left) and Jonathan Wright and their trophies.