N.U.T. Trophy - Round 5 Preview

Thursday 09 December 2004By ESFA Office

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13/11/2010 16:02:40

N.U.T Trophy – Round 5 Preview

The ESFA National Competitions Department announce the draw and preview some of the key fixtures in Round 5 of the National Union of Teachers Under 15 Inter-Association Trophy…

The draw for Round 5 was made by ESFA Chairman, Steve Abson of Leicestershire, on Monday 6th December 2004. All ties are scheduled to be completed on or before Saturday 15 January 2005. As per the competition rules, the ESFA Chairman arranged the 8 remaining ties into “North” and “South” sections of the country.


Kingston-upon-Hull or East Riding






Bolton or Knowsley










Exeter & East Devon




North Leicestershire or Eastleigh


Newham or Luton


Aldershot & Farnborough or Banbury


North Hertfordshire


Waltham Forest


Bournemouth or Barnet


The battle of the North in Round 5 will see Bradford, after their excellent win against Liverpool in the previous round making the long trek up the A1 to Gateshead. Bradford, with goals from Zeph Thomas and Marcus Edwards narrowly defeated a strong Liverpool team 2-1 in Round 4. Gateshead went through with exactly the same score line in overcoming Carlisle 2-1. Newcastle travel down the east coast for a Round 5 match against the winners of the Hull v East Riding fixture. Goals from Chris Maddocks, Mark Doninger and Matthew Earl put Newcastle in Round 5 at the expense of Blackpool. Matthew Kay had given the seasiders the lead before half-time but the visitors from the North-East replied through Maddocks in the second half. With the scores level at 1-1 at the end of 80 minutes, extra time was played and Doninger and Earl saw the visitors through.


The Midlands will host two matches in Round 5.  Wolverhampton, after a comprehensive 5-1 derby victory over West Bromwich, now face Sefton from Merseyside. Stafford, who had an even more emphatic victory, 6-1 against Halesowen and Stourbridge, now await the winners of the Bolton v Knowsley replay.


The city of Exeter is bracing itself for a double dose of Cup fever, after their local schools side beat Swansea 5-3 and prepare to meet Reading in Round 5, while their seniors get ready for the visit to Manchester United in the FA Cup. Ex United star and England Captain, David Beckham, played for Waltham Forest Under 15s in the late 1980s and the current side from North-East London have made the last 16 of this season’s competition after a 2-0 win over local rivals Redbridge in Round 4. They now host the winners of the Barnet v Bournemouth replay.

After the elimination of both last season’s finalists, Portsmouth and Bishop Auckland, in earlier rounds of this year’s tournament, we have to go back to 2001 to find a previous winner (Bradford) who are still in this year’s competition and then as far back as 1991 to find a previous finalist, Sefton.

Steve Abson will make the draw for Round 6 on Monday 17 January 2005, possibly at Hamilton House, the London headquarters of the tournament sponsors, the National Union of Teachers.


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