Narrow defeat dashes cup dream

IMPRESSIVE RUN: King Edward School's year-10 football team
IMPRESSIVE RUN: King Edward School's year-10 football team
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King Edward VI School Year 10 football team celebrated an impressive run in the English Schools Cup, despite missing out on a quarter-final place.

Competing in the Football Association’s nation wide competition with 770 entrants, the school enjoyed a comfortable passage through to the last 16 with impressive victories over Saffron Walden County High School (4-2), Framlingham Earl High School (2-0), Sir John Leman High School (4-2), Felixstowe Academy (5-3) and Impington Village College (4-2).

That set up a tie against St Martin’s School, with the Brentwood-based side claiming a 3-2 victory in extra-time, ending King Edward’s hopes of lifting the cup.

However, despite seeing his the school miss out on a quarter-final berth, head of the PE department, Gary Clarke, hailed his players efforts and achievement to reach the last 16.

“The boys deserve tremendous credit for reaching the final 16 of a national competition with an entry of nearly 800 schools,” he said.

“I am extremely proud of their performances throughout and having defeated a number of strong teams from the region, they were only narrowly defeated 3-2 in extra-time to miss out on progressing.

“Their attitude, application and team spirit provides an excellent example to other students at the school.”