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Report by Darren Cooper

  Sunday 14th October 2007

Under 9s - Mid-Staffs Junior Football League, Rydal Division One.

The League campaign kicked off today Sunday 14th October at Alleynes School, Stone, and we are in the Rydal League (Division 1) of the Mid Staffs Junior League.

Our first opponents were Longton Bulls.

The players available were Sam Chilvers (CAPTAIN), Marcus Bloor, Kyle Backhouse, Alex Wood, Brady Peake, James Thorley, Jordan Hibberd, Hannah Kiddle, Oliver Smith, Oliver Ford, Harry Cooper, and Jack Green.

At the off the team were onto the ball first and putting good passes and tackles together resulting in goals from Ollie Ford 1, James Thorley 1, Alex Wood 1, Jack Green 4 and one own goal.

We did concede two although one was an own goal - a desperate attempt to clear hitting one of our players and going in.!!! The other was a good goal albeit a consolation.

Yes! An 8-2 victory first game out - what can I say!

Delighted, the team were full of confidence but then had to wait nearly 50 minutes to play game 2.

This we knew was going to be a much sterner test having played Stafford Juniors before.

As suspected a much tighter contest,  losing the first goal but pulling level with a captain's goal from Sam.

The game could have gone either way but in the end a last minute goal denied us of the draw.

All in all the players all played brilliantly and are starting to play as a team. One win and one defeat is a very good start and I feel if we carry on in this way we will become a very useful side. Well Done.

Player of the week Jack Green (4 goals) could have been more as well!!!

Darren Cooper


Rocester Elkes Eagles  U9s 8 Longton Bulls 2

Rocester Elkes Eagles U9s 1 Stafford Juniors 2