Worksop College are celebrating after their Under 16 boys hockey team captured the County Champions title, in the National Cup.
The youngsters will now go on to face stiff competition from across the Midlands.
With a relatively young side, mixed with both Year 10s and Year 11 boys, it was going to be a challenge to gel as a unit in order to get through to the next stage of the cup, the Midlands round.
Despite a series of tough matches the team managed to secure a superior goal difference to the other teams taking part in the competition.
However, whilst a draw would have secured qualification into the next round, the team needed to win in their final match, against Nottingham High School to take the County Champions title outright.
The College’s Martin Rose made a fantastic save to keep the score at 0-0, and from then on most of the play was inside the High School half.
After a number of spurned chances ,Seb Willars found the net to give Worksop an important lead.
The High School goalkeeper was under constant pressure and Willars again found the net for Worksop, this time from a short corner.
Many more opportunities came and went, but when the crucial game was over, the scoreline remained 2-0 to the College..
David Bates, a delighted captain of the Worksop College team said it was a remarkable feat given the average age of his young side.
He said: “It was evident that the team developed as the day of competition went on.”
“To finish as County Champions is a fantastic achievement for a team with more Year 10s in than Year 11s.”
“Many thanks must go to Keith Taylor and to Mr. Appleton for their efforts.”
“Hopefully the good form can be continued into the Midlands finals next Wednesday.”
The school’s first team, meanwhile brushed aside the challenge of two games in two days, with decisive wins in both the National Cup match against Notts High School and the next day’s fixture when they played St Peter’s, York at home.
In the National Cup they won 11-0 with Tom Sorsby helping himself to a double hat-trick, Anton Brinkmann hitting the net three times and Teo Hinrichs adding a brace.
Hinrichs scored two more the following day in the win over St Peter’s, adding to goals from Sorsby and Markus Leodhe in a 4-0 victory.
Worksop College is an independent day and boarding school for ages three to 18.