Richmond School Year 11 win county cup for third successive year

The Richmond School Year 11 team.

Richmond School Year 11 travelled to Whitby Town football club for the U16 North Yorkshire County Cup Final playing against Scalby School of Scarborough.

Having been crowned county champions the previous two years, they were looking to win the cup for a third successive year.

Richmond School started brightly, they were aggressive, sharp and eager to win any loose balls.

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Both wingers also started well; Nathan Simpson on the left beat his man and crossed for Ryan Hart who hit the upright after 8 minutes.

There was more good wing play, this time down the right as Eddie Lewington linked up well with Cameron Spence and his cross was well met by Gary Walker but his header narrowly went over the bar.

The breakthrough came in the 20th minute when again Eddie Lewington beat his left back with ease and after a one two in the box with Ryan Hart he then squared to Ben Ruddick who finished into the bottom corner from close range.

Richmond continued to control the game but couldn’t turn their dominance into goals, as Cameron Spence, Ryan Hart and Eddie Lewington all went close but their efforts were well saved by the Scalby goalkeeper and at half time it ended 1-0.

In the second half Scalby School came out with more fire in their belly and were starting to win headers and 50/50 tackles when previously Richmond had won them all.

Scalby were also starting to put more pressure on the Richmond defence, but the back four of Ty Wells, captain Sean Thompson, man of the match Jacob Steed and Ronan Donughue dealt with everything Scalby could throw at Richmond and only allowed long shots and deep crosses which goal Keeper Mark Walker managed with ease.

After the 20 minute onslaught from Scalby, Richmond School started again to control the game and the game finished 1-0 much to the delight of the Richmond pupils as they became county champions for the third successive year, an outstanding achievement.

The squad now look forward to playing their final game for Richmond School in the Richmondshire & Hambleton Cup Final against local rivals St Francis Xavier, where they are looking to win the cup for an impressive fifth year in a row and be unbeaten in the area competitions at Richmond School.