Staveley U12s just love to be beside the seaside!
The song, '˜Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside', might be the new mobile-phone ringtone for Staveley Miners Welfare U12s after they won the prestigious, annual Blackpool Youth Football Tournament.
The two day-tourney attracts top age-group teams from across the UK, and after being knocked out on penalties in the semi-finals last year, the Staveley lads were determined to make amends.
They won all five of their group games and then crushed Crosspool 3-0 in the semis to set up a hard-fought final against north-east hotshots Montagu Blues, who boasted a few academy players. Digging deep and backed by a band of 30 supporters, they triumphed 1-0 to round off a competition in which they scored 23 goals and conceded only two.
The triumph capped a fantastic season for Staveley, who also finished second in the Sheffield and District Junior League’s A division and won the league cup.
The team that manager Mark Deakin and his assistants, Kev Howarth and Ian Grierson, took to Blackpool comprised: Brad Howarth (captain), Bo Fenwick, Dustyn Grierson, Jack Deakin, James Stennett, Daniel Grierson, Keane Walters, Luke Munday, Oliver Andrews, Noeh Khalifa, Tom Reece, Tyler Raybould and Sam Jackson.