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Report by Jim Hulme

  Sunday 6th January 2008

Under 8s BLUE  - Mid-Staffs Junior Football League

MATCH 1 - Rocester Elkes Eagles Blue 1 Eccleshall Eagles Navy 0

In the first fixture of the new year Eagles played Eccleshall and from the start Eccleshall were in a determined mood to give Eagles a tough game.

Eagles were trying to run with the ball too much and the eagerness of Eccleshall stopped the flowing football and at half time there were no goals.

In the second half Jim Hulme asked his players to pass the ball more, this happened and Corey McLaughlin got in a good position and was brought down 10 yards out. Jonathan Duckworth took the free kick and it somehow came off Daniel Clayton when it looked like it was in all the way.

However, just two minutes later a shot from Duckworth beat the keeper only to hit the post before falling into Corey McLaughlin's path and he didn't miss.

Credit to Eccleshall for a tough game.

MATCH 2 - Stafford Town Panthers 0 Rocester Elkes Eagles Blue 3

Eagles started well and soon scored when a good lay off by Corey McLaughlin was blasted into the net by the improving Jonathan Duckworth.

He then got his second goal - a screamer from 15 yards.

Eagles were now playing the football asked of them and soon scored again when Laurence Wootton drove forward and fed McLaughlin who shot well and beat the keeper from 6 yards.

Special mention for Harley Turner and Joshua Berry who dealt well with the opposition, Gabriel Wild did not have a thing to do in the second game!

The team; Gabriel Wild, Harley Turner, Joshua Berry, Laurence Wootton, Daniel Clayton, Johnathon Duckworth, Corey Mclaughlin.

Man Of The Match: Johnathon Duckworth