School Sport: Valence Primary School come close to representing Dagenham & Redbridge at Wembley
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 March 2017
Local school beaten in final of National League Trust Under-11 Cup regional qualifier
Valence Primary School narrowly missed out on the chance to play at Wembley after losing in the final of the National League Trust Under-11 Cup regional event.
Valence represented Dagenham & Redbridge at the south east qualifier, held at Woking FC’s training ground.
In the initial group stage, Valence beat schools representing Boreham Wood, Sutton United, Aldershot Town, Hemel Hempstead Town, Woking and Maidstone United.
Valence also drew with the schools representing Braintree Town and Dartford to go through the first stage unbeaten.
In the semi-finals, Valence recorded a 2-0 success over Sutton to set up a clash with a well-supported Braintree side.
Within 30 seconds of kick-off, Valence conceded the game’s opening goal and though they swiftly went in search of an equaliser, the Daggers team were unable to find one.
Braintree scored twice more before the end of the match to book their place at the finals at Wembley, but Valence can still hold their heads high.
“The boys played some fantastic football,” said team manager Paul Squibb. “Charlie Monkhouse played in goal for the first time this season and was the most outstanding player of the tournament.
“His skills were so exceptional that a visiting coach from Arsenal invited him to a training session with the youth team.”
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