Sheffield and Newton Abbot go marching into qualifiers

City of Sheffield and Newton Abbot impressed to book their spots in the qualification round of the Boys’ U17 National Age Group Championships 2017.

Sheffield won all four matches to top Group A of the preliminaries while Newton Abbot achieved the same result in Group B.

City of Sheffield lifted their only ASA National Age Group title in this event, beating Invicta 8-7 in the final in 2005.

And having finished runners-up to Sedgefield 12 months ago, the North East side look set to make another push for the Championship.

After a confidence-boosting 11-1 defeat of City of Newport in the opening match of the group, Sheffield added victories over Ealing, Grantham and Watford.

Ealing were the second team to progress from Group A, securing their spot with a 10-5 defeat of third-placed Watford.

Newton Abbot good value for place in qualifiers

Newton Abbot out-performed their ranking to finish top of Group B, having failed to progress through the prelim stage 12 months ago.

The Devon outfit were good value for their place in the qualifiers, beating Liverpool-based Bridgefield by a single goal in their opener before victories over City of Manchester B, City of Leeds and Caledonia.

Scottish side Caledonia were the second team through, winning three from four including a decisive 6-3 defeat of third-placed Bridgefield.

Results and Group Tables

Group Stage Results

Group A
City of Newport1 – 11City of SheffieldFT
Ealing15 – 1GranthamFT
Watford10 – 2City of NewportFT
City of Sheffield5 – 3EalingFT
Grantham1 – 8WatfordFT
City of Newport4 – 9EalingFT
Grantham1 – 20City of SheffieldFT
Watford5 – 10EalingFT
Grantham0 – 13City of NewportFT
Watford3 – 12City of SheffieldFT
Group B
Bridgefield3 – 6CaledoniaFT
City of Leeds5 – 7City of Manchester BFT
Newton Abbot4 – 3BridgefieldFT
Caledonia16 – 2City of LeedsFT
City of Manchester B2 – 13Newton AbbotFT
Bridgefield10 – 2City of LeedsFT
City of Manchester B6 – 14CaledoniaFT
Newton Abbot13 – 2City of LeedsFT
City of Manchester B4 – 9BridgefieldFT
Newton Abbot6 – 1CaledoniaFT

Group A

City of Sheffield4400408
City of Newport4103-102

Group B

Newton Abbot4400288
City of Manchester B4103-222
City of Leeds4004-350