Hawkish display nets Rangers sixes trophy

Royce Rangers at the Asfordby six-a-side competition. Back row, from left, Ben Hopla, Josh Thurley, Kyle Wooley, Jamie Maxwell, Matthew Brown, Ewan Crawford, Rhys Morgan, William Underwood, front, Josh Hibbitt, Toby Crowden, Hayd'n-Lee Lysandrou, Louie Miles, Tom Hall and Oliver Cliff

Royce Rangers at the Asfordby six-a-side competition. Back row, from left, Ben Hopla, Josh Thurley, Kyle Wooley, Jamie Maxwell, Matthew Brown, Ewan Crawford, Rhys Morgan, William Underwood, front, Josh Hibbitt, Toby Crowden, Hayd'n-Lee Lysandrou, Louie Miles, Tom Hall and Oliver Cliff

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Royce Rangers Hawks won a six-a-side tournament at Asfordby in dramatic style on Saturday, winning the final in a penalty shootout.

The Hawks were one of two sides from the Oakham club taking in the competition with Royce’s Ospreys knocked out in the quarter-finals.

More than 20 teams entered the competition but both Royce teams qualified for the knock-out stage from their five group matches.

Two of the Ospreys’ outfield players, Oliver Cliff and Ben Hopla, outfield adapted admirably to playing in goal, conceding just a single goal in the group stage.

At the other end they scored four on their way to the quarter finals with Hopla and Louie Miles each scoring one and William Underwood bagging a brace.

Ospreys then met a Blaby & Whetstone team but although Hopla scored a superb solo effort the Oakham side lost 3-1 to the eventual runners-up.

The Hawks plundered 10 goals in their pool matches. Jamie Maxwell found the net four times while Josh Thurley and Tom Hall each scored twice. Matthew Brown and Ewan Crawford added their names to the scoresheet.

The Hawks beat another Blaby side in their quarter final with Maxwell finding the net from the half way line.

Thurley’s lone strike was enough to see Royce past a feisty Riverside in the semi-final. The Oakham side lostBrown to a straight red card but the lads held on.

The final, against another Blaby side team, ended goalless and after Maxwell and Crawford had scored from the spot, Hayd’n Lee Lysandrou pulled off his second penalty save to win the trophy.

Coach Justin Lysandrou said: “It was a great day for the lads. All of them played a really good standard of football.

“Now we can’t wait for the season to start.