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Sunday, 11 September 2016
Bolton School hosted this year’s Independent Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) Soccer Sixes Competition sponsored by Complete Sports Solutions. The season opener was played on a sunny afternoon on the immaculate pitches of Bolton School – the Levels. In a great competition, played in the right spirit, with lots of tight games and quick, frenetic action, Royal Russell School from London ran out the eventual winners beating Hampton School 2-0 in the final.
Twenty four teams from across the country entered the tournament and were split into 4 groups of 6 with the top two teams qualifying for the cup and the 3rd and 4th place teams progressing to the Plate Tournament.
All six teams in Group A lost matches before Bradfield and City of London finally won through. Likewise, in Group D, Shrewsbury won their first two matches but faded to finish fourth, behind Ardingly from Sussex who managed only one point from their first two games in a group where Charterhouse and Forest won through to the Cup.
The winners of the other two groups were more clear-cut. Repton and Bede’s clearly ahead of the Manchester duo of MGS and St. Bede’s, whilst Royal Russell looked ominous in Group C, winning all their matches, ahead of Hampton who were also comfortable qualifiers.
Hampton enjoyed very narrow victories over Repton (by a single goal) and Bradfield (on penalties) to reach the Final, where they met all-conquering Royal Russell who had eased past Bede’s and Charterhouse by two goals in each case.
Royal Russell played the possession game with skill throughout the tournament and, once they took the lead in the Final, they never looked like surrendering their advantage, again winning 2-0 to win the Cup for the first time ever.
Bolton School reached the Plate competition but were knocked out by eventual finalists Ardingly who Manchester GS beat on penalties to win the Plate after the game finished 1-1 at full time.
Since it began in 1957, Bolton School has won the competition nine times, more than any other team across the country.
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