The Association’s Representative Teams play their final group matches in the South-East regional competitions this weekend, with two of the squads still having the chance to qualify for the knockout phase.
The Under-14 and Under-15 squads will travel to the southern edge of Middlesex to play their counterparts from Surrey at Hampton School. Both need to win to reach the semi-finals, although the Under-14 team have the more difficult task, given that Surrey could still qualify even if they lose to Middlesex, by virtue of their superior goal difference. However, the squad won 4-0 at home to Inner London last weekend, so go into the match – which will be played on the school’s 3G pitch – in good form.
The Under-15 game is effectively a “quarter-final”, in so far that a win will send the victors into the knockout phase, while a draw will eliminate both teams and see Kent into the last four. Goal difference is not a factor here; Kent have six points, having been awarded their drawn match against Inner London, while Middlesex and Surrey have four points each.
The Under-16 team was also due to play Surrey at Hampton on Saturday. However, due to the recent inclement weather, the venue cannot provide three playable pitches for simultaneous kick-offs. Given that neither County’s Under-16 team can reach the next phase, Surrey SFA have elected to concede the match, meaning that Middlesex will be awarded the points.