The school’s football season is barely a month old and Upton Juniors at Broadstairs have already bagged their first trophy.
The boys’ team joined seven other primary school sides who were raring to make their mark at the prestigious annual St Lawrence Tournament on the college’s immaculate playing surface.
Upton started strongly in their group, winning against Garlinge A and B, 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. Midfield excellence from Ethan Harding, Jack Scales, Bailey Streatfield and Sid Dyer meant that Upton had a huge amount of possession.
Goals from Frank Finn and a Dyer hat-trick then saw off St Saviour’s and enabled Upton to win the group.
This earned Upton a semi-final battle against St Nicholas which was a cagey and tense affair right to the end.
Upton dominated but St Nicholas defended resolutely until the final seconds, where a header from Harrison Taylor settled the tie.
In the final Upton took on St Peter’s in an all-Broadstairs final.
Excellent defence from Archie Beanse and Taylor in front of superb goalkeeping from Leo Martin meant that Upton hadn’t conceded a goal all tournament – and the final was no exception.
Both teams were in top form, but two goals from sharp-shooter Frank Finn and a goal from Bailey Streatfield saw Upton run out 3-0 winners to claim the golden trophy.
Deputy Head of School Dave Walker: “It was a brilliant start to our football season and our boys really earned the right to claim the cup.
“It is always a pleasure to take part in the St Lawrence Tournament where the facilities, hospitality and organisation are excellent.
“The competition was of a high standard that resulted in eagerly fought tough matches – Upton is proud to claim its first trophy of the season.”