Stanbridge’s cup run takes them to final

A TEAM of young footballers from Stanbridge Primary School came agonisingly close to winning the South Gloucestershire Cup.

The boys’ team lost out on penalties to Longwell Green after coming within seconds of winning the match in normal time.

PE teacher and football coach Rikki Passmore said: “We are immensely proud of the Stanbridge boys’ football team and their recent South Gloucestershire cup run.

“After an incredible run to the final, the boys team were defeated on penalties by Longwell Green after a tightly fought game. 

“The game, which was 0-0 at half-time, sprang into life when Stanbridge took a 1-0 lead shortly after the restart. Stanbridge’s striker went on an amazing run before scoring with a tidy finish. “Then, just before the final whistle was about to blow, Longwell Green scored an equaliser. 

“No further goals were scored in extra time and, after Stanbridge had to substitute their goalkeeper due to an injury, the game went to penalties, where Longwell Green scored all of theirs to win.

“It was an excellent match for us all to enjoy.”

Deputy head teacher David Payne said: “It was inspiring to see the boys grow together as a team this year.

“They have supported one another so well, and impressed us with their perseverance and determination.

“They really have embodied our motto of being brave, not perfect, and leave behind an inspiring legacy for our future footballers.”