The year 11 football team at the Sir William Robertson Academy have been crowned Lincolnshire under 16 champions after defeating North Kesteven School in the county final.
The academy side from Welbourn had to stave off a late rally from North Kesteven but held their nerve to deservedly win 2-1.
The final was played at Lincoln College and from the start it was evident that the William Robertson side were in confident mood.
They opened the scoring through Ryley Thompson, who curled a free kick over the wall into the top corner of the net after Callum Stamp had been fouled on the edge of the area when on a penetrating run.
North Kesteven persisted with a long ball game, but the William Robertson defence and midfield were difficult to break down.
Haydn Havard very nearly doubled the Welbourn school’s advantage, but his left foot shot struck the post.
After the break, North Kesteven launched an aerial bombardment on the William Robertson goal, but time and again skipper Luke Anderson stepped in to head the ball clear.
With five minutes remaining, a through ball to Havard saw him cut between a defender and the goalkeeper to shoot into an empty net to make it 2-0.
North Kesteven pulled one back with only seconds left on the clock, but it was too little too late and there was much celebration in the William Robertson camp when the final whistle sounded.
On their way to the final, William Robertson defeated last year’s finalists Carre’s Grammar School in the opening round and followed that up with victory at Boston in the next round, before beating Priory Ruskin in the quarter-finals. A hard fought 3-2 win against St George’s in the semi-finals sealed their place in the county final.