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Twenty-eight schools and over 250 children took part in the County Primary Schools Football Tournament organised by Hereford Cathedral Junior School just before half term.

With early morning rain disappearing into conditions ideal for passing football, there were lots of closely fought games with many of the groups being decided by goal difference and lots of smaller schools competing well. 

In the Bowl, last year’s champions Brockhampton came out top in a five-team mini league whilst in the Plate, it was HCJS B who defeated Kingsland 1-0 to make it a double delight for the city school.

In the Cup competition, the bigger city schools featured heavily with smaller schools Stoke Prior and Cradley making great progress themselves. Whilst a strong St Paul’s defeated Lord Scudamore in their semi final, HCJS survived a hit post and a clearance off the line to defeat a brave Stoke Prior on penalties.

In the final, HCJS took the lead in the first half with a neat back post finish and defended gallantly as St Paul’s threw everything at them to grab an equaliser. Both sides played entertaining football but when St Paul’s missed a late penalty, HCJS were able to see the game out and become the first school to win the trophy three times. 


Cup Q Final 
HCJS 3 – 0 Cradley, Ledbury 1 – 1 Stoke Prior (S Prior on pens), Lord Scudamore 2 – 1 Hampton Dene, St Paul’s 6 – 1 Our Lady’s
Semi Final
HCJS 0 – 0 Stoke Prior (HCJS on pens), Lord Scudamore 0 – 6 St Paul’s
HCJS 1 – 0 St Paul’s

Plate Q Final
Peterchurch 0 – 1 Wigmore, St Paul’s B 0 – 1 Kingsland, Eastnor 0 – 0 Shobdon (Eastnor on pens), Almeley 0 – 3 HCJS B
Semi Final
HCJS B 1 – 0 Eastnor, Kingsland 1 – 0 Wigmore
HCJS B 1 – 0 Kingsland

Bowl Mini League
1st Brockhampton 
2nd Gorsley Goffs 
3rd Canon Pyon 
4th Michaelchurch
5th Ewyas Harold