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Apr 10, 2019

News Round up

This week saw the final home games of the season with the exception of a showcase event in May.

On Monday the U14 boys played an unbeaten West Midlands side in a winner takes all game to decide the MCF title. Manager Neil Davies match report follows:

Staffordshire U14 Boys 1 West Midlands U14 Boys 0

On a night of high tension at Stafford Town, the Staffs boys emerged victorious from a thrilling game against West Midlands and so clinched the MCS title.

It was ‘win or bust’ for Staffs having lost earlier in the season to West Midlands so the boys knew what they had to do against a big, physical and talented West Midlands team. Knowing they needed to win the Staffs Managerial team set up in an adventurous 4-3-3 formation to try and force West Midlands back and use the wings to get round their pair of 6ft plus Centre Backs. For the first 20 minutes Staffs were well on top but couldn’t find the goal they needed until midfielder Todd Alcock finished off a sweeping move by firing in a fierce cross shot which just avoided the visiting keeper. As expected West Midlands came back and had a goal rightly disallowed for a push in the area. Half time came and it was simply a case of holding firm, knowing a second half clean sheet would guarantee the win. As the second half wore on the visitors launched crosses and long balls into the Staffs penalty box, but each time the defence and keeper held firm. It was by no means one way traffic either as Staffs threatened on several occasions. Rafferty Winnall agonisingly saw his shot rebound to safety off the underside of the bar. Led superbly by Captain Sol Ashworth the boys battled for every ball. Special mention to stand in left back Matt Cutler who dealt brilliantly with a very dangerous winger. But this game was all about team spirit and every single Staffordshire player  ran through brick walls for the team.

The scenes at the final whistle summed up everything that this group of players is about. Togetherness, spirit and an abundance of ability have seen them through a tough first season and the winners trophy was well deserved. Every member of the 20 strong squad has played a huge part in this season’s success and should be very proud of their efforts.

Last night the final two Individual Schools' cup finals took place at Stafford Town FC in front of enthusiastic parents. Richard Wakefield school from Tutbury beat Pertton Middle School by 2-1 in a close fought encounter. The Under 11 boys final was a repeat of last years  final with the reverse result. Codsall Middle School won 2-1 against Edge Hill School from Stapenhill in an enthralling encounter which produced some excellent football.

The Under 18 boys will receive their medals as MCF champions when they play West Midlands SFA on Monday 27th of April at Sandwell Academy KO7-00pm. This game will wrap up the season and planning for next season is already underway.