Season set to be a cracker as Hatfield schools' October tournament hailed a roaring success
PUBLISHED: 06:00 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 24 October 2018
The traditional curtain raiser for the Hatfield and District Primary Schools' football season saw 10 teams compete for the October tournament.
The teams came from six schools with Birchwood Avenue, Countess Anne, Green Lanes, St Philip Howard and St Mary’s all travelling to hosts De Havilland.
And as it usually does the tournament produced some very close, competitive matches with a high quality of play in evidence throughout the morning.
It began with a group stage with the top two in each group advancing to the sem-finals.
There De Havilland Yellows overcame Green Lanes while Countess Anne beat De Havilland 6ers to progress to the final.
The final itself was very tense with great commitment from both teams.
After three minutes, Countess Anne took the lead with a fine headed goal from a free-kick but undeterred De Havilland fought back and levelled on seven minutes.
However, neither team could fashion a further goal and despite a short period of extra time penalties were needed to decide the final outcome.
And it was De Havilland who held their nerve to become the trophy holders for 2018.
Event organisers acknowledged the referees, players, families and members of staff of all schools who took part and their role in making the tournament so enjoyable and successful.