12:09pm Thursday 23rd February 2012
KNUTSFORD High School student George Riley hopes to help his team play in the final of a national cup competition.
The teenager is part of Cheshire Schools’ FA’s U16s representative side that has reached the last eight of the English Schools’ FA Inter-County Trophy.
They host their Hertfordshire counterparts in the quarter finals this Saturday.
“When we got the group together it was obvious there were talented individuals,” said manager Matt Campbell. They’re a good bunch, who have given themselves a chance to win a trophy.”
Riley, who lives in Lostock Gralam near Northwich, scored twice in a 3-0 success against Merseyside in the third round.
Before that, victories against West Midlands and West Yorkshire had launched their campaign.
“George is a central midfield who starts attacks from a deep position,” said Campbell. “He is neat and tidy technically, and an important figure for us who chipped in with a couple of important goals in the previous round.”
Campbell, a PE teacher at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes, is in his first full season coaching the team after serving as an assistant in previous terms.
His team is fighting for honours on two fronts, with Cheshire favourites to progress to the semi finals of the Northern Counties Championship after wins against Greater Manchester and Merseyside at the group stage so far.
They were due at Lancashire last night, Tuesday, before completing their qualifying campaign against West Yorkshire on a date to be arranged.
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