Title success for Blofield United and Sprowston junior girls teams at Pitchero Aces Nationals
PUBLISHED: 18:15 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 27 June 2017
Two of Norfolk’s junior girls’ teams have been crowned national champions.
Blofield United won the U16 crown and Sprowston the U17 title at the Pitchero Aces Nationals at Nottingham University at the weekend.
The tournament features winners of league and cup competitions from around Great Britain taking part, with 296 teams competing, boys between the ages of under-12 to U16 and girls from U13 to U17.
Blofield won the Norfolk Women’s and Girls League (NWGL) U15 title last season to get their invite, winning all 20 of their matches, and beating Bure Valley Wildcats 6-0 in the U15 cup final. They won the U16 title at the Aces Nationals, topping their group and then beating the teams representing Nottingham 2-0 in the quarter-finals, Coventry 4-1 in the semi-finals and Leicester 4-0 in the final, with Kyra Roberton scoring twice and Freya Fymonds and Gabrielle Cobb scoring the goals.
Blofield manager, Wayne Patterson, picked up several of the youngsters left without a club after Norwich City’s Girls’ Centre of Excellence were told the Football Association would renew its licence two years ago.
He said: “The girls are over the moon, we’re still buzzing, it hasn’t sunk in really.”
Sprowston won the NWGL U16 title last season, winning all 16 of their games and beating Bure Valley Wildcats 5-0 in the U16 cup final.
They finished fourth in their group at the Aces Nationals but then beat the team representing Leicester 2-0 in the quarter-finals, AFC Dunstable 1-0 in the semi-finals and then AFC Wimbledon 2-0 in the final, with Abby Hutchin and Thea Hackney on target.
Sprowston boss, Adrian Tink, said: “We’ve got a great group of girls, they’re football mad and very hard working, there’s only two or three weeks of the year that we don’t train.”