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West Cornwall Schools' on brink of national final

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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SCHOOLS

West Cornwall U13s 6, Waltham Forest U13s 4

The West Cornwall team are now just one victory away from a place in the final of the ESFA U13 Inter Association Trophy after this thrilling quarter-final victory at Hayle last week.

Now they must take on Aston, Erdington and Saltley of the West Midlands in a home semi-final, with the date and venue for the match yet to be announced.

The West Cornwall hero was Ludgvan Lions striker Jacob Trudgeon who hit a superb hat-trick.

Truro School's William Trew and Joel Allen (Penryn School) were also on the scoresheet for West Cornwall, whose other goal came from Jack Webber of Hayle School.

The home side had already triumphed over East Cornwall, North Somerset (8-4), Poole & East Dorset (4-2) and Portsmouth (7-1) to reach the quarter-finals, while Friday's opponents, Waltham Forest, had beaten Thurrock, Thanet, Harrow and Ealing High.

Friday's game had been due to be played at Truro City but with the Treyew Road pitch waterlogged it was decided to switch the match to Hayle at late notice.

Team manager Kevin Lawrence said: "The support at the game was overwhelming and thanks to Simon Stevens from St Ives School for bringing a coach full of pupils to the game to support the boys.

"They created a fantastic positive atmosphere for the boys. To reach the last four of a national competition is an outstanding achievement and anybody viewing the game I am sure will agree what a privilege it is to see the boys playing with so much passion and trying to play the right way."

The West Cornwall players and officials also extended their gratitude to Hayle FC and John Richards who gave up their time to accommodate the game on a fantastic pitch, and the facilities and kind hospitality received was much appreciated by both associations.

West Cornwall Schools' FA is formed from selected players from all 15 secondary schools west of Truro.

The West Cornwall District runs sides at three age groups at U13, U14 and U15, whom take part in Regional competitions as well as the English Schools' FA National Cup, which boasts entries from more than 100 district sides from around the country.

West Cornwall Schools U13s: Louis Graham (St Ives), Joshua Otto (captain, St Ives), Tobi Horsell (St Ives), Jack Webber (Hayle), Ryan Barnes (Camborne), Oliver Pritchard (Richard Lander), Oliver Walker (Richard Lander), Adam Dower (Richard Lander), Jacob Trudgeon (Mounts Bay), Max Armstrong (Mounts Bay), Theo Simpson (Mounts Bay). Subs: Joel Allen (Penryn), Luke Jephcott (Penryn), Finn Robinson (Penryn), Finn Cross (Penryn), William Trew (Truro School).

Gloucestershire U18 2 Cornwall U18 2

Newquay's Cameron Bidgood scored twice to earn Cornwall U18s a point in their 2-2 South and West Counties Championship draw against Gloucestershire at Almondsbury on Saturday.

The Duchy were trailing 2-0, before Bidgood's second half intervention. After pulling a goal back with the aid of a deflection he then made it 2- 2, when, after seeing his penalty saved, he followed up to equalise. Cornwall's next game is at home to Somerset at Penzance's Penlee Park on Saturday March 9.

Rugby

BEAUMONT AT THE BRIDGE:

RFU chairman Bill Beaumont will be joining Ian Ritchie, the RFU's chief executive officer at Polson Bridge when they visit Launceston Rugby Club tonight.

They would like to hear the views of Cornwall club representatives on future RFU Governance. The regional South West meeting is due to start at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Mr Ritchie said: "We want to ensure that we are an efficient, accountable, forward thinking governing body that is ready to meet all challenges and opportunities as we look forward towards the Rugby World Cup and beyond.

"At the meeting there will be a presentation of the main points, with plenty of opportunity for representatives to ask questions and express their views on any subject.

"Feedback will be reported to the April RFU Council meeting, with a full debate to follow at a special meeting of the Council in May 2013. The results of the consultation will be communicated on the RFU website."

Mr Ritchie added: "I very much hope that Cornwall clubs will take part in this important consultation."

Anyone with an interest in rugby is welcome to attend the meeting.

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