A TEAM from High Legh competed in the English Schools FA Small Schools National Finals staged at a prestigious stadium.

The year 5/6 football team from High Legh Primary School stormed down to the west midlands to face off against four other schools at the Coventry Building Society Arena, home of Coventry City FC and Wasps Rugby Club.

High Legh had already had to battle it out against four teams in the North of England Finals in Newcastle in order to progress, which they did thanks to three impressive wins.

In Coventry, the first game had the spectators and schoolmates in the stands on edge, after an early goal from Kingsland CE Primary School put the boys behind.

A goal from High Legh’s Seb Roberts levelled matters, although another concession meant they lost their first game.

With positive attitudes the team managed to clinch a draw in their second game, with a final score of 1-1 after finding stiff competition in the shape of St Margaret's CE Primary School.

Unfortunately the momentum from this game could not secure a win for High Legh in their third match against St Paul’s CE Primary School.

Both teams put on a great show in the last game of the qualifiers, with goalkeeper for High Legh Zach Jones saving six attempts on goal.

The loss meant that the team did not get through to the semi-finals of the competition.

However team coach Mark Doubleday and teacher Mrs Price were proud of the achievements the young players had already made by getting through to the national finals.