St John’s stun champions to step closer to the title

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A stunning performance by St John’s against regining champions Carr Hill has made the improbable very possible.

The 4-2 victory has left St John’s just one win short of the Division One title – having come from the very bottom of the table at the halfway stage of the season.

St John’s were successful against Hillary and Prospect before their latest win against the reigning champions left them with one final game against Redlands to clinch an unlikely championship win.

Against Carr Hill they swept into an early 2-0 lead through goals by Finlay Allison, before Carr Hill fought back when Oliver Ashwell reduced the deficit.

The second half followed a similar pattern when Jaden Thackery struck twice in quick succession to restore St John’s two goal advantage.

Although Carr Hill again responded when A.J Romeo closed the gap, James Mallender skilfully marshalled the St John’s defence and Owen Law looked very secure in goal.

St. John’s will be mindful of their early season meeting against final opponents Redlands, when they led 3-0 before succumbing to a five goal retaliation.

The new term will begin with the semi-finals of the boys’ Champion of Champions tournaments featuring the teams who were top of their divisions at the end of term.

Priory v Ryton Park (15th April) and St Anne’s v Carr Hill (18th April) will contest the large schools competition while Ranskill v Leverton (16th April) and Sturton-le-Steeple v Everton (17th April) will contest the small schools tournament.

The girls Champion of Champions promises to be another high class competition.

Haggonfields, Leverton, Norbridge, Prospect Hill and Ryton Park can all boast highly talented individuals and it is difficult to forecast a winner.

The three knockout cup finals, Prospect Hill v Sir Edmund Hillary, Ranskill v Everton and Sturton-le-Steeple will be played the following week.

The association is delighted to offer congratulations to former Bassetlaw Boys Matthew Templeton and Matthew Davies who have earned scholarships at Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers respectively.

It has also been noted that Mansfield Town’s rise to the top of the Conference has coincided with the arrival on loan from Oxford United of Adam Chapman, another Bassetlaw Boy.