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News & Sport for week commencing Saturday: March 23

This Week's News and Sport

   Prize-winning project, ‘The Sanitary Shark’, is a sea-cleansing brainchild of four Felsted Prep School girls, Freya Perry, Grace Boroughs, Ava Readman and Anna White, designed to tackle the ever-increasing ocean pollution. It floats on water collecting plastic waste products from the ocean using a net and is powered by solar panels and a motor. A loud buzzer warns away fish in order to prevent them from getting caught.
The girls’ invention was a National Finalist in the Talent 2030 Engineering competition, which aims to encourage more women into pursuing careers in manufacturing and engineering. The four innovators also presented their project at the National Big Bang fair in Birmingham.


   Plans to transform a shopping outlet have moved a step closer after experts gave their approval to the more of the scheme. Planning permission had been given to revamp all the shop fronts at Freeport in Braintree, and now proposals to increase the car park capacity to add a further 400 new spaces, improve the road layout and landscaping were all recommended for approval. Improvements are also planned for the Millennium Way roundabout, new electric signs showing the number of car parking spaces available, and rule changes allowing customers exiting the car park from the south to turn right, rather than having to turn around in the bus area.


And now for the sport

FOOTBALL

A late penalty proved the difference as Braintree Town were unable to halt the League promotion charge of Solihull Moors. Visitors Braintree went ahead in the 22nd minute and held the lead in the first half until Solihull struck back just before the break. Adi Yussuf fired home a penalty in the 79th minute to boost the home side's promotion push as they moved level on points at the top with leaders Leyton Orient; and Braintree's threat of relegation loomed ever closer for them.
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Braintree Town under-13 girls are celebrating after being crowned as champions in division two of the Essex County Girls League following a hard fought and tense 2-1 home win against Rayleigh. During the course of the season, the girls have played 18 league games, winning 17 and losing just one, scoring 93 goals in the process. Manager Brett Oxford said that they were a newly-formed team this season and they had worked hard in achieving this success.
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Witham Town had eight players out due to a variety of reasons so it was a young side that was fielded against a Felixstowe side, who were sat ninth in the table, and there were four 18-year-olds on the bench. Witham were tested in the closing stages of the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw at Spa Road, but as the visitors laid siege to the home goal, the Town boss was pleased to see the level of resolve that he did.
The draw ended a run of three defeats for Witham and Ashford was happy to see his team get something from a game when they had eight first-team squad members unavailable.


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