Braintree-based Lyons Hall Primary School win the National League Under-11s Trusts Cup

Lyons Hall Primary School, representing Braintree Town, celebrate winning the under-11s cup at Wembl

Lyons Hall Primary School, representing Braintree Town, celebrate winning the under-11s cup at Wembley Stadium. - Credit: Archant

Lyons Hall Primary School, in Braintree, have won the National League Trusts Under-11’s Cup, following an appearance at Wembley last Sunday.

Representing Braintree Town, the team were up against three other clubs from around the country – AFC Telford, Gateshead and Kidderminster Harriers – who had each fought through their respective regional stages.

After a goalless draw against Telford, Braintree eased to 1-0 victories against Kidderminster and Gateshead, topping the initial group stage.

Cheered on by nearly 150 family, friends and supporters, Braintree then registered a resounding 3-0 win in the final, securing the cup, before playing a final game against Gateshead in Wembley Stadium itself, this time running out as 2-0 winners.

Braintree’s win completed a remarkable 22-game unbeaten run in the competition, with the team scoring 57 goals and conceding just four.

After the game the boys walked up the famous Wembley steps to the Royal Box to receive their medals and lift the cup in true champion style.

The team were sponsored by Basildon-based IronmongeryDirect on their road to Wembley, and their mascot was Jacob Jones, also from Braintree, who has been fighting high-risk neuroblastoma since the age of two.

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Jacob, now 4 years old, has been receiving additional chemotherapy since then as well as radiotherapy.

To help Jacob get the treatment needed in New York, his parents have set up a fundraising page: https://solvingkidscancer.org.uk/appeal/jacob/

Meanwhile, Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, commented: “It’s always a pleasure to support our local community and everyone at IronmongeryDirect has been cheering the team on throughout their cup run.

“Getting to Wembley alone was a great achievement and we are totally thrilled for the boys, so big congraulations.”

Mark Sansom, Academy Manager at Braintree Town FC, said: “We are incredibly proud of this team who have been fantastic during this competition and fully deserved to lift the trophy.

“This is a really exciting group of players and there are definitely some hot prospects for the future.”

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