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Oct 31, 2019

Under 16 Boys v Humberside

Staffordshire U16 Boys travelled to Humberside with a severely depleted squad for a variety of reasons. Seven players were missing from a squad of twenty but the thirteen who were available turned in an outstanding performance. Cleethorpes on a Wednesday night would not be most folks idea of a venue for entertainment but those present at the game witnessed a performance full of class courage and outstanding effort from the Staffordshire boys.

Right from the get go Staffordahire dominated possession and caused the Humberside defence major problems with their direct pacey running as they stretched their opponents defence time and again but despite creating chances they were unable to find a finishing touch. As ever in these situations failure to take advantage of a good period of pressure came back to haunt them and in a breakaway Humberside crafted a neat finish to take the lead. Staffordshire responded with a fierce period of dominance and when the ball fell to Callum Niven he rifled in an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

1-1 at half time.

At the start of the second half Humberside had their best spell of the game but despite pumping ball after ball into the Staffordshire box from all angles and distances Staffordshire were resolute in defence and seldom looked like conceding. As the game progressed Staffordshire once again gained control and took the lead after a brilliant left wing move and Joe Morley slotted home at the back post. Staffordshire continued to search for a third goal and had two stonewall penaltys turned down and a Jack Thomas goal chalked off for offside. The referee somehow found six minutes of extra time but the Staffordshire boys held firm to progress to a second round home tie against either Oxfordshire or West Midlands.

The County Association are extremely grateful for the support of parents for transporting the boys to Cleethorpes and hope they enjoyed their day at the seaside.