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FOOTBALL: Tournament double for Tigers

By Spalding Reporter

Holbeach United under-10s
Holbeach United under-10s

Ten boys from Holbeach United under-10 travelled to the King Power Stadium in Leicester for the Play on the Pitch tournament.

Upon arrival they walked out of the players' tunnel and sat in the stands.

Their first game was against AFC Yorkshire when they ran out 3-0 winners with Teddy Bell, Oakley Williams and Theo Maxwell-Rutty scoring.

Next up were Lutterworth Tornadoes and, despite falling behind, the boys rallied in to a 3-1 lead.

In the dying minutes, Lutterworth came back strongly - scoring a second and nearly equalising, only a fantastic save by Harry French prevented this.

Goals scored by Bell (2) and Williams secured the 3-2 victory.

This meant they qualified for the semi-final against Dunmow who won their group.

Bell gave Holbeach the lead which they kept throughout the game.

In the last minute Dunmow had a clear run on goal but Bailey Taylor showed his pace getting back and made a superb sliding tackle.

Maxwell-Rutty put Holbeach 1-0 up in the final against FC Boatmans then George Allmond doubled the advantage.

FC Boatmans pulled a goal back but the Holbeach boys held firm and saw out the remainder of the game.

They showed great respect by picking up the FC Boatmans team before celebrating in front of their parents watching in the stands.

Holbeach United Under-14 Yellows
Holbeach United Under-14 Yellows

There was more success for the Tigers at the Hungate Tournament with the Holbeach Under-14 Yellow side also taking the medals home.

The young Tigers started the tournament well, only conceding two goals and not a single game lost in the five matches of the group stage.

This meant that the Tigers marched through to the semi-finals where they found themselves against their team-mates playing as Holbeach Blacks.

The match was tight and after regulation time the game finished 1-1, meaning extra-time would follow.

However, the Yellows looked strong and eventually came out with a 3-1 victory over their fellow squad members.

This took the Tigers onto the final against a strong Netherton side who also play in the Peterborough and District Junior Alliance Under-14 Division One.

Netherton won all 16 league games so the Tigers knew it would be no easy final.

However, they managed to take the game to penalties in a 0-0 draw.

Both sides took strong penalties but after an unlikely miss from Netherton, it went down to Adam Day who neatly slotted the ball home to secure the tournament for the Tigers and a win over their rivals.

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