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Lowe’s Wong Junior School ace football tests at Midlands regional finals and Newark and District finals


By Connor Thompson


Lowe’s Wong Junior School’s football teams enjoyed double delight as the A team claimed the Midlands title, while the B team enjoyed Newark and District success.

The A team, who represented Nottinghamshire at the Midlands regional finals, went up against teams from Herefordshire to Humberside at the Riverside Complex, Nottingham.

“We are incredibly proud of these boys,” said Mr Art Luetkemeier, A team coach. “They have a superb attitude to football and school.

LOWE’S WONG Junior School’s A Team. Front (L-R) Mr Art Luetkemeier, Ben Banks, 11, Leo Muckle, 11, Adam Jarczewski, 11 and Jamie Kilborn, 11. Back row (L-R) Jack Pemberton, 11, James Kirk, 11, Charlie Richens, 11, Zac Smith, 11 and Louis Jackson 10.
LOWE’S WONG Junior School’s A Team. Front (L-R) Mr Art Luetkemeier, Ben Banks, 11, Leo Muckle, 11, Adam Jarczewski, 11 and Jamie Kilborn, 11. Back row (L-R) Jack Pemberton, 11, James Kirk, 11, Charlie Richens, 11, Zac Smith, 11 and Louis Jackson 10.

“They are supportive of each other both on and off the pitch and their camaraderie is commendable. What a fantastic achievement for these young men.

“The standard of football in Newark and Sherwood is superb at the moment and from what I have seen it is consistently one of the strongest districts in Nottinghamshire.

“We hope to represent the midlands well and win the national competition.”

Competing among ten county winners in two leagues, Lowe’s Wong topped their group.

In the semi-finals they faced Kirk Ella, of Humberside, and a penalty shoot-out was needed to decided the winner.

However, the Southwell school’s goalkeeper, Charlie Richens, 11, saved four of four penalties in spectacular fashion to send his side through.

The final was much more straight forward, and Lowe’s Wong ran out 5-0 winners against Battling Brook, of Leicestershire.

A brilliant brace from Zac Smith, a 30-yard stunner from Leo Muckle, a great header from Ben Banks and a mazy dribble from Jamie Kilborn saw the school lift the shield.

Lowe’s Wong will now represent the midlands at the national finals at St Andrews, the home of Birmingham City, on the May 4.

LOWE’S WONG Junior School’s B Team. Front (LtoR) Mr John Radford, Zach Mather, 10, Oliver Graham, 11, Kieran Cherry, 10, Charlie Platts, 9. Back Oliver McHaffie, 10, Lewis Swift,10, Noah Cowin, 11, Matt Hird-Shaw, 11 and Leo Vout, 10.
LOWE’S WONG Junior School’s B Team. Front (LtoR) Mr John Radford, Zach Mather, 10, Oliver Graham, 11, Kieran Cherry, 10, Charlie Platts, 9. Back Oliver McHaffie, 10, Lewis Swift,10, Noah Cowin, 11, Matt Hird-Shaw, 11 and Leo Vout, 10.

While the the A team were representing both Southwell and Nottinghamshire, Lowe’s Wong Junior School’s B team were called into action in their absence and against the odds, won the Newark and District annual spring football tournament at Flowserve.

The Southwell school drew three and won three of their six group matches to finish in second place.

In the semi-finals, they were up against League One winners, Chuter Ede Balderton, who they beat 1-0.

A closely fought game against Sir Donald Bailey in the final followed and Lowe’s Wong sneaked a goal in the closing moments of the first-half to earn the tournament win.

Lowe’s Wong B team manager Mr John Radford said: “I was extremely proud of all the team.

“They all played with an excellent attitude and responded well to changes in tactics and positions.

“It’s fantastic to win, but [it was] made even more special to do it without conceding a goal and, considering it was our B team, I would have been impressed to simply make it through the group stages given the talent of players at the tournament.”



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