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Ark William Parker team through to final 16 of the ESFA National Cup

Ark William Parker’s U13 football team have won through to the final 16 in the English Schools National Cup.

They travelled to George Abbot School in Guildford to play in round six. Conditions for playing attractive football were limited as the pitch was bobbly and muddy. However, the boys, playing into the wind in the first half managed to take a two goal lead thanks to man of the match Jamal, who pounced on a loose ball inside the George Abbot box to calmly finish from 12 yards. Captain Benn scored the second with a trademark free kick from 30 yards.

George Abbot were a very strong and physical team and came into the game when a well worked free kick was swung into the box with their tall striker managing to steer the ball past goalkeeper Cody.

The halftime score was 2-1 to Ark William Parker.

George Abbot started the second half very brightly with lots of energy and forced several corners. It was from one of these corners that they drew level, their powerful central defender heading the ball into the roof of the net. William Parker still had chances to win the match in normal time, with the best falling to Alfie and Nathan but neither managed to convert and so the game went into extra time. There were hardly any chances in extra time as the game heading towards the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

Ark William Parker captain Benn won the toss and decided to allow George Abbot School to take the first penalty. Cody performed heroics and saved 3 penalties. Jamal, Harvey and Benn converted their spot kicks to send Parker into round seven where they will face All Hallows Catholic School from Farnham for a place in the last eight schools of a competition with over 700 schools entered.