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NBA claimed the Year 8 ESFA District Cup after a dominant display against John Wilmott school saw them take home the trophy. NBA 8-3 John Wilmott.

After winning the Aston Cup and Super Cup in the previous season, NBA continued their excellent cup form with a demolition of John Wilmott. Supported by a number of staff and students from NBA, the team immediately took the game to their opponents. Nathanuel Murrain racing through after 3 minutes to finish off a fine NBA move, finishing neatly passed the keeper to give NBA the lead. 1-0.

After the fast start, NBA allowed their opponents to get a foothold in the game, and after some defensive complacency, John Wilmott forced the equalising goal, poked in by the striker. 1-1.

Conceding the goal kick started NBA back into action, Shilo Waldo scoring after a fine solo run straight from the kick off. 2-1. This time around, NBA did not allow John Wilmott to get back into the game, and completely dominated their opposition creating  numerous chances. Although the Wilmott keeper was in fine form, further goals form Murrain, Ishaq Patterson and Shilo Waldo converting to make the half time score 5-1.

At halftime, coach Conibere was adamant that complacency should not creep in, but, contrary to these words, NBA started slowly and allowed John Wilmott to score a scrappy goal, again the defending wasn't at the required level. 5-2.

NBA again bounced back immediately, another fine solo run from Waldo resulting in an excellent through ball to Patterson, who powered through between goal keeper and defender to finish well. 6-2.

Despite the scoreline, John Wilmott continued to battle, creating another chance that was tucked home well. 6-3. NBA pushed forward once again, with Waldo converting for his hat-trick. 7-3.

As the game progressed towards the final 15 minutes, Conibere made wholesale changes, but this didn't stop NBA's momentum, as they continued to create chance after chance, with many of the team looking to get on the score-sheet. The final goal was scored by Waldo once again, to make it four for the match. Although the entire squad played well, special mention must be made for Waldo, Murrain, Tyler Langley and Shaun Reid, who were outstanding.

A fine all round performance from the NBA Year 8's, as they now look to retain the Super Cup they won last year, taking on Aston Manor at Bodymoor Heath next Tuesday.

Congratulations to all players involved!