School Sport: Saints excited about final

PUBLISHED: 12:32 24 March 2012

St Martin's face the camera before their semi-final win in the National Under-16 Cup yesterday

St Martin's face the camera before their semi-final win in the National Under-16 Cup yesterday


Hutton pupils chase first national title

Excitement is growing at St Martin’s, Hutton as they prepare for the National Under-16 Schools Cup final on Monday.

The pupils booked their trip to Burton with an extra time win over St Cuthberts in their semi-final two weeks ago.

And they will battle it out with Liverpool’s West Derby School, who beat Shenfield High in the other last-four tie, for the national title.

Head of PE Paul Larner said: “The boys are very excited. They trained Tuesday and Wednesday and look really keen.

“They’ve had meetings with staff and the headteacher to find out how everyone’s feeling and they’re just really keen to get going.”

Larner revealed some concerns about the boys performing at the Pirelli Stadium, but said plans were being put in place to help overcome any stage fright.

“I’m worried about the lads freezing,” said Larner. “We’re traditionally bad starters so the first 5-10 minutes will be worrying, but we’ve been trying different warm-ups to sort it out.

“Nerves are a problem. We’ve been trying to play it down but it’s difficult. We’re trying to keep everything fun and varied.”

A 16-strong squad, plus four reserves, will travel up to the Midlands on Sunday and Saints hope that by the 2.30pm kick-off the following day, they will be ready to bid for the school’s first-ever national crown.

“It’s a big build-up for us. It will be hard not to be nervous,” said Larner.

“We’ve spoken to the staff at Shenfield High, like I’m sure they (West Derby) have spoken to the Newcastle lads.

“We’ve got a good idea of how they play as it’s a bit different to what we’ve been used to. But we’ve worked on our defensive and attacking plays so we’re confident.”

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