School sport: Praise for battling Balby after national cup defeat

Balby Carr Sports Academy girls football team with the ESFA cup. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Balby Carr Sports Academy girls football team with the ESFA cup. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Balby Carr’s girls football team have been hailed for their achievement of reaching a national final despite suffering defeat to Accrington in the Premier Cup.

The English Schools FA champions were downed 4-0 by their southern counterparts in yesterday’s final at St George’s Park.

Goals from Steffi Hardy (2), Rio Hardy and Eve Kennerley saw Accrington clinch the trophy over Doncaster’s determined outfit.

Balby coach Steven Spittlehouse said: “Yesterday was very disappointing.

“We were beaten by a very good Accrington side, however, we feel we never really hit our top gear.

“The players and the staff have now gone away to reflect and build ready for the next fixture.

“It is a great achievement to have reached the Colleges’ national final. The squad of girls this season have had great success.

“We have also had the highest number of girl footballers accept scholarships in America this year as well as two girls playing/making the bench for Doncaster Rovers Belles in the FA Women’s Super League 2 and England u19s representation.

“All of the staff are very proud of the achievements the girls football academy have worked for and we all hope their success continues.”

Balby still have the chance to make it into another final when they face Solihull away in the League play-offs on Wednesday, May 7.