The Tigers made the short trip to Ryton on Saturday to play in an excellent festival with lots going on for all the family.
The festival was 6 a side and for once we had 2 subs. The boys were on fire, first match dismissing Leek Wootton Juniors 4-1 a hat trick from Hudson and one from Oli Winn. Next up a great game with Baginton, with Bo playing for them there was extra spice in this one, but neither team could find the net. Leek Wootton Colts next and a zealous coach, the lads passed it really well in this, another Hudson hat trick and a cracker from Charlie Nicholas: 4-0.
The lads had topped their group and were into the quarters. James in goal was as ever superb. Toby, Oli H and Oli W magnificent at the back and Charlie, Kaydon, Henry and Hudson driving the team forward. The quarter against Khalsa was a tense affair until Toby took a free kick and curled it into the top right hand corner! A lovely strike and Hudson finished them off.
In the semi the boys faced RB coaching, who had some great talent in their teams from all different club sides. This I thought, was one of Charlie’s best games for the side, he was so strong in the middle of the park despite some rough treatment and fouls not going his way. Hudson struck for the Tigers but they couldn’t find another, and with a minute to go RB got a corner, and a good header brought the game level, but with 5 seconds to go the ball dropped to Henry to smash home and the lads were in another final!
We played our friends at Warwick Juniors again, and to be honest I thought they slightly edged the final. Two minutes in James showed why he is the top goalkeeper in his age group in the Coventry league, showing tremendous bravery to dive at the attackers feet, but this resulted in a hand injury and he had to leave the field and receive treatment from the paramedics. Step in Oli Hughes – wonderkid – who saved us from defeat after being sent the wrong way, and managed to save with his trailing leg!
For the 4th final in a row we were onto the dreaded penalties.
Warwick took the first. With Toby, Hudson and Charlie all smashing theirs home. Unfortunately for Warwick they came across an inspired Oli Hughes in goal, who was saving everything and The Tigers lifted another trophy!
A tremendous June in which the boys have won 4 tournaments.
Well done lads, another great day played in the right spirit in tremendous heat.