St James & Ebrington had its C and D teams in action. They started the day with a goal less draw against each other. The D Team had two further matches. The first, against Mickleton, was the team's first win of the competition. Alice Bowen-Jones had an excellent game in defence, yet it was on a rare visit upfield when she had a shot saved. Unfortunately the ball stuck to the goalkeeper's gloves as she tried to throw out, came free and bounced back into the net. Ewan Righton followed this up with a goal of his own to complete a 2-0 win.
Everything looked set for a second win when Joseph Venn netted against the North Cotswold Federation (NCSF). Unfortunately a bit of chaos at a free hit allowed NCSF to level. Despite recovering some composure the Federation scored again, then held on for a 2-1 win.
A long eight a side friendly between the C and D squads completed the night. With so many players on the pitch it was rather chaotic. Venn again opened the scoring for the D Team. Finley Stevens levelled, then Alex Keyte scored a freakish goal from a long way behind the net, his pass to the point bouncing in off the goalkeeper. Alex Rawlings completed the scoring in a 3-1 win. At the other end of the pitch Poppy Withers played her first match in goal and improved greatly as the match went on.
Thirty six players have taken part in matches. This is more than the number of players at CCS.
The A Team may have to play a semi final if two other teams win their final matches, but they are well placed to reach the final against Blockley some time before Easter. Oliver Haydon is one of the league's top scorers with ten goals and is also sixth goalkeeper in a long list for his exploits with the B Team.
The B Team has booked a place in the final, where they will almost certainly play Blockley. Tia Moore's ten goals have certainly helped them reach the final.
The C and D Teams are tied on five points in 7th and 8th place in the table. They are very much development teams, following a route Mr Daldry has taken with teams in previous years. Mrs Haydon has done a great job getting the teams to CCS whilst Mr D has been incapacitated.
The Girls' Team lies in fourth place in the table, with a lot of games to play. If they can win everything from now on they will have a very good chance of progressing. After Withers' good display as goalkeeper it may be that Moore will be let loose to score the goals they need.