January 2017: Football team through to sixth round

FOOTBALLERS from Haslingden High School defeated a team from Halewood Academy, Knowsley, on penalties to win through to the sixth round.

They are competing in the English Schools’ Football Association U14s competition and are now one of just 32 teams left.

The latest match was played on home turf on the school’s field and saw the match finish 4-4 after the 35-minute each way game was extended by a further 14 minutes of extra time.

Haslingden High School grabbed a place in the next round winning the penalty shoot-out with a score of 5-4.

They have played five matches so far in the knockout tournament beating one team 6-1 and another match against Manchester Grammar School also ended up at penalties and finished up 5-4.

Goal scorers Joe Rodwell, who also plays for Preston Academy, and Jacob Heath –Wilkinson helped secure the victories.

Most of the team has been playing together since Year 7 when they got to the last 64 – this year they have already gone one better.

Defender Thomas Walters, 13, has been in the team since Year 7. He said: “We are very capable and as well as practising together we also all play for different teams outside of school.”

Their next match is against a team from The Wirral on January 20, but if they progress in the competition they could face opponents at home or away from anywhere in England.