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A high tempo first half saw Brooke House go into the interval 1-0 up. A penalty early in the second half allowed them to double their league. Alleyn’s pressed hard and brought the game back to 2-1 with a fine strike from a free kick. With 15 minutes to go Brooke House struck an outstanding third. Alleyn’s continued to fight hard and pulled back to 3-2. As they chased the game Brooke House slotted a fourth home to progress to the next round.

A slow and sloppy start by Aldenham led to Highgate taking an early lead when their sharp striker finished coolly from a through ball. However, this kicked Aldenham into life and two quick goals before half time ensured that Aldenham went in 2-1 up at half time. The second half was much more controlled from Aldenham's point of view and chances were plentiful. Highgate also had a couple of chances of their own but two nice finishes from Aldenham meant that the game finished 5-1 to Aldenham.

Marlborough hosted Chigwell on a pleasant afternoon in Wiltshire, which proved a nice break from the recent rain, and both teams started brightly. Chigwell looked comfortable on the ball and played out from the ball but a slip from the centre back early on nearly allowed Marlborough to take the lead although poor finishing kept the scores level. It would be Chigwell who would break the deadlock at twenty minutes as they capitalised on a defensive error. Trailing by one, Marlborough were spurred into life and pulled themselves back level within ten minutes before going 2-1 up thanks to a superbly taken edge of the box strike form the left forward. Marlborough began the second half sluggishly despite the advantageous score line and a mix up in communication in the opening minutes saw Chigwell level the score. The remainder of the second half was a tense affair and Chigwell weathered a brief Marlborough storm when they temporarily went down to 10 men. Extra time seemed certain, however, in the 79th minute, Marlborough were able to grab a winner from a set piece which sent the home support into hysteria.

Kimbolton started well against Harrow, scoring after a matter of minutes. Harrow started to get into the game and played some good football in the run- up to half-time. Harrow had much of the play in the second half but the Kimbolton defence stood firm, thanks to an excellent late save from the Kimbolton goalkeeper, as well as a little help from the crossbar, allowing them to hold out for a hard-fought one-nil win.

The game started brightly as both Royal Russell and Latymer Upper tried to establish possession in the early exchanges. The first goal came at 24 minutes after a cross from the left was volleyed home. Latymer Upper responded well and created some counter attacks themselves before Royal Russell claimed the second goal to go into halftime 2-0 up. The second half was a very different affair as Royal Russell dominated possession and became ruthless in front of goal while still maintaining their discipline at the back. Latymer Upper continued to work effortlessly but the score-line ran away in the latter stages as Royal Russell finished the game 10-0.

Three goals ensured Brentwood put their name in the hat for the next round after a dominant second half performance against Stafford Grammar.

Forest v. Grange was a tight affair in the first half and neither side threatened to break the deadlock. Forest dominated possession but the Grange looked threatening on the counter. Forest came out strong in the second half and finally scored the opening goal on 60 minutes following good work down the right hand side. Two minutes later Forest doubled their lead with a well taken goal and as the Grange tried to get back into the game Forest missed several chances to finish the match. However, with 2 minutes to play The Grange scored a well taken header but Forest held on to secure victory. 

Newcastle School for Boys and Ardingly created early pressure and chances. It was just before half time that Newcastle took the lead from the penalty spot. In the second half Ardingly piled on the pressure in the pursuit of an equaliser. They were rewarded about 15 minutes into the half from a close-range shot. With both side chasing a winner, the ball fell to the Aringly midfielder who floated a ball over the top in behind Newcastle’s defence for the for speedy striker to run onto and slot home. Newcastle continued to push for a second with nothing to lose but Ardingly’s defence held firm for the remainder of the match to see them through to the last 16.

Two Hudl League sides played out a close affair that eventually went the way of Repton. Repton started strongly and punished the home team for some defensive lapses, racing into a 2-0 lead. Charterhouse then pulled a goal back before half time to set up a tense second half. The second half was much more even, although Repton created the slightly better half chances. Both sides were pushing for goals right until the end but it was Repton who stood firm and secured their passage into the fourth round.

Eton progressed to the fourth round following a spirited performance against a well drilled and physical Stockport GS side. The howling wind and small pitch and long grass meant the game was a very scrappy one. Thankfully Eton got an early goal from a corner and continued their incredible defensive record to keep Stockport GS at bay, before adding another mid-way through the second half. Stockport GS kept battling until the end but it was a deserved and hard-fought Eton victory.

Bedes took the lead within the first 15 minutes when from a free kick the ball was headed home from close range, Manchester GS equalised through a penalty. MGS then took the lead when the ball arrived at the far post to be tapped home. In the second half MGS increased the lead with a further three goals. Bedes rallied and pulled two goals back before the end but MGS proved too strong.

Queen Ethelburga's progressed to the fourth round after a solid performance against a spirited and hard working Trinity School. Two goals early in the first half put Queen Ethelburga's in the driving seat. This was followed up with more good play down the right, pulling the ball back to add a third and soon after another goal to put Queen Ethelburga's four up at the break. The second half continued in the same vain, with Queen Ethelburga’s adding a fifth before Trinity scored a well deserved consolation goal in the final ten minutes.

Hampton progressed to the fourth round following an assured performance against a hard working Abingdon side. Two goals midway through the first half gave Hampton a deserved lead at the break. In the second half Abingdon gave a more determined performance. Pressing higher to get back in the game. Hampton’s third came from a counter attack and a fourth came with 10 minutes to go. Abingdon did not give up and scored a consolation goal after good pressing forced a rare defensive error from Hampton. 

Shrewsbury v. City of London
St Bede's College v. Bradfield
Whitgift v. Millfield


A game of little chances Chigwell hosted Westminster in the second round Boodles Cup. Both sides fought hard. Westminster created joy from there right and through central areas but couldn’t find a finish. Second half was similar with a penalty shout for Westminster and the best chance of the game falling to Chigwell in the dying seconds of extra time to win it. Onto penalties and as with the tone of the game, a mistake was going to be the difference. Westminster missed their second penalty, with Chigwell scoring all theirs and score at 4-2 the Chigwell goal keeper pulled off a sublime save, and Chigwell progressed to the third round.

Bedes started brightly with some good pressing creating early chances, and it wasn’t long before the pressure told, with a couple of early goals settling the home fans nerves, as the half progressed kings settled and looked a threat on the counter attack, but just before half time the game was put to bed with another Bede’s goal. King Edward's, Witley put in a spirited performance in the second half and had chances to score before some late goals from Bede’s meant the game finished 6-0, a well fought contest played in a great spirit.

Cheadle Hulme started the match strongly and put Harrow under pressure in wide areas. Harrow took the lead 30 mins from a close-range shot. Harrow's extended their lead just a few minutes later with a fine strike into the top corner from 20 yards out. Cheadle Hulme came close in the second half with several long-range efforts, but Harrow closed the game after a third goal.

If Marlborough were to progress to the third round of the ISFA cup then they would have to win their second away game in as many weeks against local rivals Wellington. In what was a cagey first half as both teams exerted times of dominance and it was right for the score line to be tied at 0-0 come half, despite the fact Marlborough had clattered the cross bar from distance shortly before the half time whistle. The second half started as the first had ended with both teams exchanging blows and having periods of dominance, that was until the 60th minute when Marlborough were able to break the deadlock with a well worked goal. Wellington would bombarded the Marlborough defence for the remaining twenty but a resolute and disciplined Marlborough stayed strong to earn their second win and progress to the third round.

An early goal and a 3-0 lead to Hampton at 25 minutes meant that Bury GS had to chase the game leaving them exposed at the back. They competed to the end, but Hampton were solid and assured throughout in their performance and progress to the next round.

Forest dominated possession against a spirited Kingston Grammar School but just couldn’t break the deadlock. Finally, on 39 minutes they scored their first and a second shortly after. However, with four minutes to play KGS were awarded a penalty which was expertly taken and then incredibly in the last few seconds they won another penalty to take the game into extra time. However, Forest kept their composure and sealed the winner with an excellent taken goal in extra time. 

Alleyn’s were quickly into their stride against Bolton. Some effective combination play resulted in an early goal. Alleyn’s managed to add two further goals soon after and with the captain heading home a corner just before the interval, Alleyn’s went in 6-0 up.  Bolton rallied in the second half and kept things tight defensively.  With one of their few chances Alleyn’s added another goal to finish 7-0 winners.

Shrewsbury took control of their game against Grammar School at Leeds, scoring 4 in the first half without reply at half time. Leeds produced a spirited second half performance, but Shrewsbury ran out 5-2 winners.

In what was a competitive game played in the right spirit, Merchant Taylor's made the more positive start, controlling possession and taking the lead mid-way through the first half with a neat finish from a tight angle. Abingdon grew their way into the game and managed to strike back with two goals in quick succession just before half time. An early goal after the restart gave Abingdon a 3-1 lead with the game finishing that way. 

Whitgift took the lead inside the first two minutes with a smart finish only for Oswestry to equalise within 10mins. A handball on the line saw the visitors, Oswestry, reduced to 10 men and Whitgift take the lead through their captain who converted the penalty. Oswestry rallied and deservedly drew level. Unfortunately, the away side ran out of energy and Whitgift went on to score two more goals to secure the game.

City of London started the strongest away at Haberdashers Aske’s. Two early goals went their way and the game looked like it was going to be a one-sided affair. Habs though rallied and scored a well worked set piece to make it 2-1 at half time. They continued to mount pressure early in the second half but City’s third saw the momentum swing back into their favour. 2 further goals made it 5-1 which slightly flattered the away side. 

Both teams started brightly in a tight first half with few chances until The Grange took the lead just before half time. Bristol GS quickly equalised before The Grange took the lead once again with two good finishes. Bristol kept pushing to get themselves back in the game and were rewarded with two goals to leave the game all square with 20 minutes to go. The Grange found another gear to give a two-goal cushion again. A last-minute goal from Bristol meant a nervy finish in a great game of football. Final score Grange 5 Bristol GS 4. 

Royal Russell were 4-0 victory over Berkhamsted on a rainy afternoon in Hertfordshire. The visitors moved the ball confidently on a greasy surface and troubled Berkhamsted on a number of occasions with incisive passing in the final third. Berkhamsted played well at times but struggled to get a foothold in the game. Royal Russell took their chances well and move on to the next round.

After an even first half, Stockport GS took the lead through a penalty, but this seemed to be the signal for Tonbridge to take control of the game. As Tonbridge pressed throughout the second half it seemed their chance had gone when Stockport skipper saved a penalty, but Tonbridge kept coming and equalised with just a couple of minutes to go to take the game to extra time. Tonbridge kept up the momentum and took the lead in the first half of extra time, but Stockport equalised in the second half of extra time. No more goals saw the tie go to penalties. The shootout was tough on players who had been going down with cramp during the game, but the Stockport keeper completed a remarkable afternoon by saving all three Tonbridge penalties.

Charterhouse displayed a great performance by maintaining possession throughout the game. Both teams had numerous amounts of chances, but Charterhouse were able to make sure those chances counted when they needed to most. On some occasions the keeper for Taunton managed to make some unbelievable saves stopping Charterhouse from scoring another three goals.

Repton produced a clinical second half performance to secure their place in the draw for the next round. Sherborne started brightly and the game was relatively even when Repton took the lead. Repton gradually began to dominate possession, but only had one effort to add to the scoreline before the half-time whistle. The second half began in a similar pattern with slick Repton passing pulling the Sherborne defence out of position with increasing regularity. However, Sherborne remained disciplined and highly committed and it wasn’t until the third Repton goal that the tie started to swing decisively. A further six goals gave the scoreline a gloss that was incredibly harsh on Sherborne who were competitive and well in the game until the final twenty minutes of the contest.

Queen Ethelburga’s started the brightest of the two sides and took a deserved early lead. They continued to press the action and should have extended their lead further only to be thwarted by some strong goalkeeping and wayward finishing. The second half was a completely different story. Winchester clawed their way back into the game with some high energy pressing which was rewarded with a goal. Both sides created further chances, but it was Queen Ethelburga’s who got over the line and progress to the next round.

Eton bounced back emphatically from Saturday's disappointment with a convincing 7-0 victory over Oldham Hulme to progress to the next round of the ISFA Cup. Eton started ferociously employing an energetic high-press which Oldham struggled to deal with. Despite the score line Oldham never stopped running and trying to make things happen exemplified by their keeper in the last 5 minutes spending most of the time camped in the Eton penalty area, trying to unlock Eton's parsimonious defence. It was an inspired team performance from Eton, but most importantly it put them in the hat for the next round of the Boodles ISFA Cup.

A tight but immaculate pitch made for a frantic first half with neither side able to assert any control over the game. However, Aldenham always looked the more likely and should have gone into half time with a lead after missing an open goal on the half an hour mark. With it goalless at half time Aldenham shifted formation but immediately after the break King's College School Wimbledon hit on the break and finished nicely to make it 1-0 against the run of play. This seemed to spring Aldenham into life and 2 minutes after going behind they pulled a goal back. 1-1 soon became 2-1 in Aldenham’s favour as the right wing back timed a late run at the back post to hammer home with aplomb. Finally, with 15 minutes to go, Aldenham extended thier lead through a penalty to end the game.

Ardingly v. St John's, Leatherhead
Brentwood v. Dulwich College
Brighton College v. Millfield 
Brooke House v. University College School 
Harrodian v. Highgate
Lancing v. Kimbolton
Merchant Taylors', Northwood v. Latymer Upper
Newcastle School for Boys v. King's School Chester 
RGS Newcastle v. Manchester GS
Rossall v. Bradfield 
Sevenoaks v. Trinity
Shrewsbury v. City of London
Stafford GS v. John Lyon
Whitgift v. Millfield 


In a thrilling game ACS Cobham flew out of the traps and scored early with a wonderful 25 yd strike. Continuing to press, a second goal followed after a goalmouth scramble. Buckswood gradually got into the game and should have scored on a number of occasions only to be foiled by wasteful shooting and good goalkeeping from the ACS keeper. After the break Buckswood continued to dictate the game and eventually scored after a corner was not properly cleared. ACS were always dangerous on the break and hit the post with a header from the captain. Buckswood also hit a post and broke ACS's hearts with a last minute equaliser. There were no more goals in extra time with both teams looking shattered from the effort they put in. 2-2 the final score. Buckswood then edged the resulting penalty shootout 5-4.

Marlborough College travelled to Colfes for their first taste of ISFA football and despite starting well, were unable to take advantage of their possession. Colfes would be the first to break the deadlock and followed with a second shortly after having capitalised on defence errors by Marlborough. After the break, Colfes weathered a brief Marlborough storm before going three up thanks to a well taken penalty from the striker how had been presence for all of the first half. However, at three nil down, Marlborough began to play with a relaxed approach that had characterised their opening ten minutes. Two goals is reasonably quick succession had Colfes nervous and in the 75minute Marlborough would draw level thanks to a penalty nestled away by their captain. The next five minutes was a cagey affair but with the momentum swung enormously in their favour, Marlborough broke from deep and were able to score a superb counter attack goal which sent the travelling support into raptures.

On a glorious afternoon at Wellington, both sides matched each other in the early stages. Bournemouth Collegiate School had the better chances during the first half and showing their quality in possession, with Wellington struggling to settle and find their rhythm. Wellington dominated the majority of the second half taking the lead through a free kick, and doubled the lead shortly after through a thunderous long range effort. The third came on the hour mark, following an excellent counter attack and calm finish at the back post.

Both Sevenoaks and RGS Guildford started the game positively playing some attractive, expansive football, however, it was Sevenoaks who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot. In the second half Sevenoaks doubled their lead with an excellent looping header from their captain following a brilliantly taken free kick to secure their win.

After their long journey over from Liverpool, Merchant Taylors Crosby took a while to establish themselves, just before their opening goal on twenty minutes they had had a follow-up effort to a long range direct free-kick correctly ruled out for off-side. Going into half-time two goals ahead was just reward for their control of the match with a number of players in the midfield area catching the eye. Therefore, the lightning start Bootham made to the second half, immediately clawing a goal back was a surprise. However, Merchants were not ruffled and scored two more good goals, the latter being a penalty before, in stoppage time, Bootham snatched another goal back when tired legs were the order of the day.

Stafford Grammar and Wolverhampton Grammar went into the break level at 2-2. The game continued to be even in the second half with both teams clinching another goal. However, it was Stafford Grammar who found the winner lobbing the keeper with five minutes to go.

Birkdale v. Bury GS
Box Hill v. Bristol GS
Canford v. Taunton
Lingfield College v. Abingdon 
Rossall v. Moorland


Royal Russell claimed the Boodles ISFA Cup for a second time after a narrow victory over Millfield. The final was once again played at the magnificent home of MK Dons and refereed by Premier League official Anthony Taylor.

Royal Russell took an early lead through an unfortunate own goal after a Josh Newbury-Teeluck free kick from outside of the box was miss-headed by a Millfield defender. Millfield responded and came close to equalising on several occasions with their nearest effort being denied by the crossbar. The Royal Russell goalkeeper, Sam Long, also did well to keep Royal Russell ahead. Royal Russell extended their lead just before half-time through Ada Okorogheye after he latched on to an excellent through ball to win a one-on-one with the Millfield goalkeeper, Robbie Scott.

Millfield came out fighting in the second half, pulling a goal back after five minutes. A well taken free-kick by Pieter Stein was put in the back of the goal by Ben Harding after a goal mouth scramble. Millfield continued to press for the equaliser, dominating possession and passing through the thirds to create numerous changes, with their closest attempt being cleared from the goal line. Royal Russell’s best effort came after some excellent work by Luke Spillane-Davis down the left wing beating two players to put in a low cross which was shot wide. Despite Millfield’s effort and dominance in the second half Royal Russell held tight, preventing Millfield from capitalising on their chances to run out 2-1 winners and claim the victory.

Royal Russell: S.Long, D.Richardson, A.Ibe, B.Leeson, N.Daniels, K.Garvey-Williams, R.John, J.Newbury-Teeluck, A.Okorogheye, A.Tayor, L.Thomas, J.Gallagher, L.Spillane-Davis, I.Atomanson, J.Bello, D.Mamas

Millfield: R.Scott, J.Hickin, S.Lamont, C.Pestell, B.Jones, B.Harding, B.LeRougetel, P.Stein, R.Pereira, G.Gustke, L.Spicer, T.McCallum, J.Lott, A.Prescott, D.Clatworthy, S.Ojo

Attendance: 785.

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