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Forest pupils produce fine effort at national finals

PUBLISHED: 16:30 09 May 2013

Forest pupils face the camera during their trip to St Georges Park for the national finals

Forest pupils face the camera during their trip to St Georges Park for the national finals

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Forest School impress at the FA's St George's Park HQ in Burton

Forest School under-11s impressed at the inaugural Independent Schools seven-a-side finals at the FA’s St George’s Park headquarters in Burton last week.

The team had qualified for one of the final 18 spots, after 148 schools entered, and was drawn alongside Bolton, QEH Junior School, Hallfield, Portsmouth Grammar and Perse Prep.

Oliver Dempsey’s fine late goal clinched victory over Bolton and a superb backheeled finish from Sam Miller earned another late win against Portsmouth Grammar.

Cambridge’s Perse Prep proved tricky opponents, but Benaya Julius fired into the bottom corner after cutting in from the left to cilnch another win for Forest, before they were edged out by a physical QEH side.

After conceding early against Hallfield, Forest hit back to level and top the group to set up a quarter-final meeting with RGS Worcester and Joseph Chard cancelled out Worcester’s first half opener.

But Forest conceded again and a 2-1 defeat sent them out of the tournament.

Teacher Tom Arnold said: “What a tremendous achievement and one which all the boys should be incredibly proud of.

“No-one can doubt the team’s fighting spirit on the day and they continued to battle all the way to the final whistle in every single game.

“There won’t be too many opportunities to play in such a tournament and the boys should retain positive memories of the experience.

“I would like to thank all the parents who came along to support the team, but most importantly thank you to the boys who played.”

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