SCORING success was the name of the game for John Hanson’s sportsmen as they triumphed in a feast of football.

The school’s Year 7 five-a-side team represented Andover, Eastleigh and Winchester district at the Southern Area finals on January 31.

The squad was pitted against other district winners from around the south, and they started in good spirits.

The mood was somewhat short-lived as the team conceded two goals in the opening minute of the first game against Oxford Academy, which eventually finished 3-2.

This continued into the match with Robert May’s School, but the team got back to winning ways and won their next three games.

A school spokesperson said: “Our last fixture saw us play Springfield from Portsmouth in a winner takes all game, all six teams were inside the sports hall with most cheering for Springfield. The boys loved the situation of playing the villains.

“They fought hard and played very tactically, getting the win that they needed and progressed into the semi-finals, qualifying top of the group meaning we played second place from the other group.”

The team made it through to the finals where it was a replay against Robert May’s and in the final minutes “nerves started to play a part and some poor decision making” caused some concerns.

But with two minutes left on the clock Kaden Hughes dug deep and scraped their way to the final whistle to win.

The team will now go onto represent the Southern Area Counties at the national finals held in Birmingham on March 4.