Blessed Trinity Year 8 football team are looking to emulate the Year 10s from three years ago and bring a national trophy back to Burnley.
The group have reached the last 16 of the English Schools’ FA Cup and now want to go all the way again –after the Ormerod Road school became the first Burnley school to win the competition in 2013.
The Year 8s have gone goal crazy in the early rounds. In the first round they saw off St Michael’s High School in Chorley, winning 6-2.
Then Blessed Trinity, who were Lancashire champions as Year 7s, scored 12 – Jack Doherty notching five – as they overcame Ilkley Grammar School 12-1.
Round Four saw them beat Reddish Vale High School in Stockport 6-2, and next it was William Howard School in Carlisle, who they beat 3-0.
In the last round they took on Yorkshire champions St Bede’s and St Joseph’s College in Bradford but they ran out 6-3 winners, with Burnley Academy player Tom Claxton scoring a hat-trick.
Jak McKinlay is also with the Clarets while Luke Stowe, Jack Doherty and Matthew Whitworth are on the books of Accrington Stanley, and Harvey Westall plays for Rochdale’s Academy.
Their next game is at Valley Gardens Middle School, North Tyneside on Tuesday.