Wirral, North Warwickshire and Wolverhampton Visit The Ton

Wednesday 11th April 2018 @ Heartlands Academy, Nechells

Erdington and Saltley Easter Invitational

Round One

Lee Hendrie Group

Wolverhampton B 0 0 North Warwickshire B
Erdington and Saltley A 0 0 Wirral under 10s
Wirral under 10s 1 0 Wolverhampton B
Erdington and Saltley A 1 0 North Warwickshire B
Wirral under 10s 2 1 Wolverhampton B
Erdington and Saltley A 1 0 North Warwickshire B
Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
Wirral under 10s 3 2 1 0 3 1 2 7
Erdington and Saltley A 3 2 1 0 2 0 2 7
Wolverhampton B 3 0 1 2 1 3 -2 1
North Warwickshire B 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Ian Taylor Group

Wolverhampton A 1 0 North Warwickshire A
Wirral under 11s 1 0 Erdington and Saltley B
Erdington and Saltley B 1 1 Wolverhampton A
Wirral under 11s 3 0 North Warwickshire A
Wolverhampton A 0 0 Wirral under 11s
Erdington and Saltley B 1 1 North Warwickshire A
Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
North Warwickshire A 3 0 1 2 1 5 4 1
Erdington and Saltley B 3 0 2 1 2 1 1 2
Wolverhampton A 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Wirral under 11s 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7

Round Two

Gary Shaw Group

Erdington and Saltley A 0 2 Wirral under 11s
Wolverhampton A 0 1 Wirral under 10s
Erdington and Saltley A 0 0 Wirral under 10s
Wirral under 11s 0 0 Wolverhampton A
Erdington and Saltley A 1 0 Wolverhampton A
Wirral under 11s 0 1 Wirral under 10s
Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
Wirral under 10s 3 2 1 0 2 0 2 7
Wirral under 11s 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 4
Erdington and Saltley A 3 1 1 1 1 2 -1 4
Wolverhampton A 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Darius Vassell Group

Erdington and Saltley B 2 0 Wolverhampton B
North Warwickshire A 0 0 North Warwickshire B
North Warwickshire A 0 2 Erdington and Saltley B
North Warwickshire B 0 0 Wolverhampton B
Erdington and Saltley B 2 0 North Warwickshire B
North Warwickshire A 0 5 Wolverhampton B
Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Diff Points
Erdington and Saltley B 3 3 0 0 6 0 6 9
Wolverhampton B 3 1 1 1 5 2 3 4
North Warwickshire B 3 0 2 1 0 2 -2 2
North Warwickshire A 3 0 1 2 0 7 -7 1

Erdington and Saltley A: Padraig, Toby, James, Callam, Daniel, Romaoe and Cian L

Scorers: Romaoe, Daniel and Callam

Erdington and Saltley B: Padraig, Louie, Mason, Jeval, Klechai, Tavani and Alfie

Scorers: Alfie x 7 and

Day 98 and it’s still raining. The constant rain threatened to ruin the Erdington and Saltley Easter Invitational as Hollyfields lay under an inch of surface water. Luckily for us, Heartlands Academy stepped in at the last minute to save the day and not for the first time!

Wirrall travelled to Nechells from Merseyside and brought with them a reputation for playing great football and for being one of the strongest districts in the country. From a little closer to home, North Warwickshire brought two teams to Heartlands to compete in their first competitive games of the season. Bringing the total of competing districts to four, Wolverhampton visited Heartlands for the third time in 2017/18.

Round one of the tournament saw the eight teams shared into two groups – the Ian Taylor group and the Lee Hendrie group – named after former Erdington and Saltley players. Erdington A, Wirral u11s, Wolverhampton A and Wirral u10s progressed through to the championship group, named after European Cup winner and former Erdington and Saltley midfielder, Gary Shaw. In the Darius Vassell plate competition, Erdington and Saltley B locked horns with the two North Warwickshire sides and Wolverhampton B.

With three wins from their final three games, the B team stormed to the title with a 100% record, six goals scored and none conceded. Up front, Alfie was at the centre of everything good to do with the team. Hard working and creative, he spurred his teammates on and put in a series of great performances for the gold team. With Louie solid in defence and Padraig commanding in goal, the B team kept 3 clean sheets on their way to lifting the plate trophy.

Over in the cup competition, Erdington A started slowly, succumbing to the superior finishing of Wirral under 11s and falling to a 2-0 defeat. With no time to dwell on the defeat, they dusted themselves off to put in a fine showing against eventual winners Wirral u10s, only to miss several chances en route to a 0-0 draw. Despite failing to score in their opening two group matches, the A team played some excellent football and created a number of chances. Their effort paid dividends against Wolverhampton A, with Daniel finishing off a great team goal to give the lads the victory that their performances deserved. In their six games, the A team kept five clean sheets and only lost the single game.

Overall it was a very good day for the boys. Against quality opposition, the boys showed that they’re a force to be reckoned with and a match for anybody.

A huge thank you to all of the visiting districts and congratulations to Wirral u10s who won the cup competition. It was a pleasure to host three excellent districts and we look forward to playing them again in the future.

Man of the Match – Toby and Padraig for the A team. Five clean sheets from six games is a testament to their defensive quality. At the other end of the pitch, Alfie scored a double hat-trick to bag the MoM award for the B team.

Well done boys!

Up The Ton!

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