The Ton Suffer Late Heartbreak in WMSFA 7-a-side Final

Saturday 7th November 2015 @ Wednesfield High School, Wolverhampton

West Midlands Schools FA 7-a-side

Team: Rob, Sam, Kye, Samim, Rio, Kane, Cameron and Tion

Scorers: Kane x 3, Rio x 2, Samim and Tion

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Results:

Group One
Sutton Coldfield 3 – 0 Aston
BH & D 1 – 0 Solihul
Sutton Coldfield 3 – 0 Harborne
Soihul 2 – 0  Aston
BH & D 1 – 1 Harborne
Sutton 0 – 0 Solihull
Aston 1 – 1 Harborne
BH & D 0 – 0 Sutton
Solihull 4 – 0 Harborne
BH & D 1 – 1 Aston

Plyd Won Drew Lost For Agst Diff Pts
Sutton Coldfield 4 2 2 0 6 0 6 8
Solihull 4 2 1 1 6 1 5 7
Brierley Hill and Dudley 4 1 3 0 3 2 1 6
Aston 4 0 2 2 2 7 -5 2

Group Two

Erdington and Saltley 3 – 0 East Birmingham
Wolverhampton 1 – 0 Walsall
Erdington and Saltley 2 – 0 Wolverhampton
Walsall 4 – 1 East
Erdington and Saltley 1 – 0 Walsall
Wolverhampton 3 – 1 East

Plyd Won Drew Lost For Agst Diff Pts
The Ton 3 3 0 0 6 0 6 9
Wolverhampton 3 2 0 1 4 3 1 6
Walsall 3 1 0 2 4 3 1 3
East B’ham 3 0 0 3 2 10 -8 0

Semi-finals

Erdington and Saltley 1 – 0 Solihull

Sutton Coldfield 1 – 0 Wolves

Final

Erdington and Saltley 0 – 1 Sutton Coldfield

On a terrible morning weather wise, The Ton created history by finishing as runners-up in the West Midlands Schools FA 7-a-side. Although I couldn’t be there on the morning due to school commitments, I spent all morning looking at my phone, receiving updates from a number of people!

After making it through the group stage as the only team with a 100% record, the boys took on Solihull for a place in the final. With seconds left on the clock, Yenton midfielder Tion popped up with a late goal to earn the lads a place in the final. After taking on Sutton Coldfield in the BPSFA 6-a-side final earlier in the season, the lads knew they’d have to be at their best to end the morning as champs. However despite creating a number of chances and playing some great football, they couldn’t find the goal needed and suffered the cruellest of defeats at the hands of a late Sutton goal.

Nevertheless the lads should be incredibly proud of their efforts. No Ton team has ever made it out of the group stage, let alone all the way to the final. Football can be very cruel and yesterday certainly was. To go all morning without conceding a goal, before letting one in during the last minute of the final is most certainly cruel. However as I said, we should be nothing but proud. I’ve spoken to a number of parents and teachers who were present and all have been unanimous in their praise of the boys and the football that they played! Well done lads, that’s something to be proud about! We’re blessed with a great team spirit this season and an amazing work ethic. These two things will take us very far this season. Keep your heads up lads and dust yourselves off, it’s Solihull on Saturday!

A huge congratulations must go to Sutton Coldfield who will make great champions! I’ve got a feeling this won’t be the last time that we meet our near neighbours for silverware this season. Well done lads, good luck in the Midlands finals later in the season.

Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents for their wonderful support in terrible conditions! It’s not just the lads that makes this team so special, it’s the parents too!

Man of the Match – All of the team!

Up The Ton!

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