Ward Green Primary Represent the Reds at the Keepmoat!

Pupils from Ward Green Primary School represented Barnsley Football Club at the EFL Regional Finals yesterday.

The School travelled to the Keepmoat Stadium where they took on teams representing other professional football clubs in a six-a-side tournament, having previously come out on top against local schools from Barnsley and Wakefield at Oakwell in December.

12 teams were included in the competition, with the sides being split into two groups of six.

Barnsley were placed in group A alongside Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Sunderland and Walsall, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals.

In a high-quality competition, the Worsbrough school were desperately unlucky to fall to narrow defeats against Sunderland, Burton, Accrington and Walsall.

They did, however, show the goalscoring prowess that they had threatened in the other games with a dominant 5-1 victory over Blackpool.

After not losing by more than one goal throughout the day and seeing a number of shots fall just the wrong side of the post in every game, Ward Green’s Jake Ward was full of pride about his pupils’ display.

He said: “Today’s been brilliant apart from the weather. They played really well. They got the ball down and played exactly how I wanted them to play. We were just unlucky in the final third. We missed a few tap-ins and if we would have put them away, we’d have probably gone through to the next round. There was just one goal in it every time.

“I can’t wait to get back and get them up in front of assembly. They’ve been buzzing off this. This has been the incentive to keep going. They’ve all been looking forward to it and they’ve absolutely loved it today. They’re all massive Barnsley supporters so to put that shirt on today has been brilliant for them. I’m immensely proud, ridiculously proud. I’ve been at a few schools now and entered this tournament and they’ve never got this far.”