28th and final game of Group A was Leek High Boys
versus Naranjitos. Both teams needed a result
for different reasons.
High Boys needed a win and a Smithfields OAPs
defeat, coupled with a 12 goal swing in goal difference
to make the Plate. Much more realistic was an
equal or better result than Club Esportiu Llefia
to clinch third position. The lowest they could
finish was fourth and so they looked destined
for the Plate competition.
only needed to avoid defeat to clinch the Group
A title but if they could win this game they could
go through to the Cup Semi-Finals in style with
a 100% record. Given Smithfields OAPs were playing
against the team at the foot of the table you
felt that a defeat would mean Naranjitos miss
out on the group win at the final hurdle.
was 1st versus 3rd so this was a tricky fixture
for Naranjitos but one they came through. Javier
Hernandez Torres opened the scoring to put the
Spanish team in the ascendency before Javier Sanchez
Flores's ninth strike of the deal sealed the win.
This goal was remarkable because it was the 100
th goal in Group A – the first time we have ever
had 100 goals in a single group before.
goal also ensured Narnajitos would finish on a
maximum 21 points – a superb achievement. Well
done to Leek High Boys as it was a very good debut
to finish just a point behind the defending champions.
It just showed how competitive the group was that
this would mean only a fourth place finish.