Audlem Saints U10s won a quite remarkable game on Sunday. They played Red Dot and needed a win to force a play off with Red Dot to decide runners up spot in the current league (The competition was won by Boca Juniors who thoroughly deserved the success).
Saints played in a very lack lustre fashion to go 2-0 down with only the final period of play left. Saints then took the kick off in the final period and strung 5 passes together to create a chance which was calmly finished off to peg back Red Dot.
That seemed to spark some life into the Audlem boys and they then played some exceptional stuff. Passing was clean, crisp and intelligent and they simply blasted their opponents away scoring 4 goals in 12 minutes to win 4-2. The play off to decide runners up spot will be played after Christmas.
The game was remarkable in another way too...it was Audlem Saints 100th League game!
The boys started playing as an Under 7s team and have progressed through to the current under 10s league. They have played in 7 League competitions finishing as Champions 3 times and runners up twice (maybe 3 times!).
This is an exceptional group of footballers, all living in the village and most going to Audlem St James school.
They have been beaten in only 18 of the 100 league games – all the more impressive when you consider that they lost 10 of the first 14 games they ever played (when playing as under 7s in an under 8 league!). Saints have won a fabulous 68 of the 100 games and in doing so have banged in 276 goals, conceding 110.
Many of the current team have played since day one but the effort of every player past & present has been fantastic – an absolute pleasure to coach.
The current players: Eddie Warrington, James Bloomer, Fergal Madden, Will Gleave, Max Parry, Max Sanders, Joe Evans, Joseph Joule, Matthew Shannon, Isaac Anderson, James Chapman. Past players Jamie Turner, Jack Brookes, Tom Hancock and Tom Lever.
Report by David Parry
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