Hunter Hall U11 Football Festival

On Wednesday 21st March we welcomed 5 local schools (Bolton, Culgaith, Appleby, Long Marton & Beaconside) for a festival of football. The afternoon provided all the children with a chance to develop their football skills in a competitive environment. All the games proved to be closely contested and were packed full of impressive phases of play.

The Hunter Hall A team got off to a relaxed start and Long Marton were only too happy to take advantage of this overly warm welcome. The following game saw Hunter Hall take on Beaconside. With renewed vigour and a more committed approach, the boys improved their performance significantly. Hunter Hall had created most of the chances while Joe and Kai were fierce in the tackle and reading the game brilliantly. Ross grabbed the only goal of the game, a long-range effort that crept under the goal keeper. This much needed improvement, was then followed up with another close game against Appleby. The visitors came under regular attack; however, their tall central defender used his imposing height well to keep our boys on the back foot. Hunter Hall were persistent in their approach and eventually grabbed a well-deserved goal. With the seconds ticking down, our boys relaxed, and Appleby cut through to create a one on one with the keeper. Luckily, Edward was up to the challenge and produced a brave save to ensure the team maintained their slender advantage. Their two wins ensured they finished 2nd in their group and would play a final game against the runners up from group 2. Bolton took an early lead that they held onto throughout. Harry had the best chance of the game, but their goal keeper produced a fine save to deny a late equaliser.  

The B team, composed of children from Year 3-6 began the afternoon in awe of the task, however their fully committed approach and tireless enthusiasm ensured they proved more than a handful for every team they faced. The first game saw them win 2-0 against a ‘barbarians’ team. A comprehensive 4-1 win over Culgaith then followed, before they held Bolton to a 0-0 draw. Piers and Samuel displayed an exemplary approach to their football and were not at all phased by playing against older players. The boys harassed and snapped away all afternoon, making life difficult for all their opponents. Ben and Matthew were 
impressive in defence, while Louis was the catalyst for much of the teams attacking play. Max made a string of important saves and was full of praise and encouragement for his team. The B team finished top of their group and in their final game of the afternoon, went on to play an unbeaten Long Marton. Again, they displayed relentless levels of energy and a never say die attitude. Long Marton took an early lead before a long ball reached Matthew who finished brilliantly to draw level. The two teams put on a fine game for the spectators. A late brace of goals for Long Marton gave them the win but our B team had finished as runners up! A fine achievement and a valuable reminder that hard work spotlights the character of people: our boys certainly rolled up their sleeves and have the memories their efforts deserved. 

Mr A Hetherington  

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