The Middlesex Schools' FA Under-16 Representative Team have reached the semi-final of their South-East England Schools' FA (SEESFA) competition.
The Seaxes defeated Kent 2-1 at Brunel University Sports Park on 25th February to secure second place in Group 1 of the LC Hill Trophy. Their reward is an away tie against neighbours Hertfordshire, who have already secured top spot in Group 2 with one match still to play. Surrey, who won the group in which Middlesex competed, will play at home to Norfolk or Essex.
Middlesex's Under-14 squad also have the chance to reach the knockout phase of their SEESFA competition. Having completed their fixtures with two wins and two draws from five matches, the Seaxes now wait for the result of the match between Surrey and Hampshire on 11th March. If group leaders Surrey win or draw, they will secure top spot and eliminate Hampshire. Should Hampshire win, they will join Surrey on nine points and knock Middlesex out.
We wish the Under-16 squad well in their semi-final and await the outcome of the final matches in the Under-14 competition. Whatever happens, the Association congratulates all players selected to represent the County this season on their achievement.
The Middlesex Schools' FA would like to apologise for the recent period where the Association website was not available. This was caused by a technical error on the part of our domain registrar, which meant that our domain name (msfa.co.uk) was not being correctly pointed to the server where the website itself is stored.
This issue has now been resolved, partly by moving the domain name to a different registrar. We hope to make further improvements to the website's infrastructure during the closed season which are intended to make the site faster and prevent any downtime in the future.
The Enfield District Schools' FA has informed Middlesex Schools' FA that it wishes to withdraw its Under-14 Representative Team from this season's Bower Cup competition.
The Association has accepted the Enfield SFA's withdrawal and has expunged the results achieved by their Under-14 team in the competition, in accordance with MSFA Rules.
The U18 SE Tye Cup between Finchley Catholic High School and Alec Reed Academy on Monday 14th November was abandoned by the match referee with Alec Reed Academy leading 3-1. The cause of the abandonment was a series of incidents which each constituted serious misconduct by the players involved.
While both schools have responded to the issues which occured during the match in prompt and appropriate fashion, Middlesex Schools' FA is determined to take a strong stance when matches are abandoned due to violent conduct. With this in mind, the Management Committee has taken the decision to remove both schools from the competition.
In addition, the players reported by the match referee for violent conduct will be dealt with by the English Schools' FA, in accordance with the standard disciplinary procedures.