Junior Richmond football teams toast a season to remember

Richmond School's Year seven football team celebrate winning the Area Cup.
Richmond School's Year seven football team celebrate winning the Area Cup.

Budding footballers from Richmond are celebrating after landing a host of trophies this season.

Teams from Richmond School and Sixth Form College found success in the Richmondshire and Hambleton Area Cup at year seven, eight, nine and 10 age groups and enjoyed even more success at county level.

The year seven team overcame Thirsk School 4-0 in their final with two goals from captain Ben Dale, with other goals scored by George McCowie and Nathan Carvey.

This concluded an excellent season for the team as they also won the Hambleton and Richmond Area five-a-side tournament earlier in the year.

The year eight side completed their area double when they beat Bedale 4-2 in the final, with Josh Coburn, Jamie Atkinson, Gus Glass and Jack Dean on the scoresheet.

The squad were also champions of the area seven-a-side tournament finishing with an impressive 100 per cent record.

Unfortunately, they could not add the county cup as they were beaten 1-0 in the final by Huntington School, of York.

Year eight coach Tom Westgate said: “En route to the final they only conceded one goal and the team were bitterly disappointed, losing in such a close game.

“They were also hampered by the fact their star player was playing in an international tournament for Sunderland, where he has a two-year contract.”

After losing in the Area Cup final in the two previous years, the year nine squad finally became champions with a close 4-3 victory against Northallerton School.

Meanwhile, the Year 10 side continued their dominance winning the Area Cup and Area seven-a-side tournament for the fourth successive year.

In the final they beat Stokesley School 3-1 thanks to strikes from Gary Walker, Ryan Hart and Nathan Simpson.

They then completed the North Yorkshire and Area treble for the second season in a row when they defeated St John Fisher School, of Harrogate, in the County Cup Final.

Coach Jonathan Kellett said: “All of our players are really committed to training and are proud to represent the school.

“Their work ethic has led to success and they run their socks off every game.

“This has been one the best seasons ever and we continue to have a huge depth of talent in the squads.”