Cup final double caps cracking campaign for Stamford sides
A double cup final success on Sunday helped crown a super season for the Stamford Young Daniels.
More than 400 youngsters have been involved this season from the Junior Daniels to the club’s youth and Under 18s with approximately 350 players participating in 21 team games.
Preparations are already well underway for next season as Daniels Director of Youth Guy Walton looks for the club to build on a cracking campaign.
He said: “It’s been an unprecedented season for a number of our sides.
“We competed with four Under 16s teams while the youth team participated in the illustrious FA Youth Cup which was a great opportunity to play in a famous competition involving the 92 league clubs at advanced stages.
“For some of our players playing in the FA Youth Cup will be the biggest game of their careers and should be cherished win or lose.
“Our full-time Academy has provided a successful third year, finishing in the top three in a very competitive category two division.
“We are also delighted that several players at various age groups have moved on to pro club Academies/Centre of Excellence based teams and we wish those players every success enjoying the experience and benefiting from those challenges.
“The season has also been a real success on the field with numerous teams winning their respective leagues and cups.
“Our Futsal sessions remain popular with a current waiting list. They have been created to help players improve their ball manipulation skills and everyone has enjoyed the weekly sessions and are benefiting from working in tight areas under pressure and having to find solutions to retain possession.
“The Junior Daniels continues to be a real success. Watching approximately 60 three to six-year-olds enjoying football on a Saturday morning at Borderville is fantastic to watch.
“We would like to thank all volunteers and coaches who have offered valuable time in supporting our young players.
“Without their commitment players would not be able to enjoy the safe fun environment we grant them.
“It’s been a great year for the Young Daniels with preparation well underway for the exciting next season which will commence soon with the popular Saturday Morning Club and pre-season preparation for our teams.”
To find out more about the Young Daniels, contact Guy Walton on email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07764 630343.
Three goals in the final eight minutes helped Stamford Under 15s snatch a memorable PFSDF Cup final win against the previously unbeaten FC United Hammers on Sunday.
Having narrowly lost out to Hammers in the Peterborough Youth League Division One title race, Stamford went into the game looking for revenge against a strong city side who had already claimed the League Knock-Out Cup earlier in the year.
Following a closely fought start it was Hammers who took the lead with a fierce shot that beat Stamford goalkeeper Archie Wallace at the near post.
After a period of Stamford pressure Joseph Cox’s close-range effort from a superb Charlie Willis cross evened the score before a header from a fine corner gave Hammers a 2-1 half-time lead.
The second half saw an early period of Stamford pressure with a number of half chances going begging.
But, with just four minutes left, Harry Cole’s pass across the box was met by Alex Sinfield who fired into the net to even it up.
With penalties looming Stamford pressed for a winner and were rewarded with Cox netting his second of the game on the 80th minute with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.
Hammers pushed for an equaliser but were hit on the break in the final minute of injury time with Stamford’s top scorer Taylor Gilbert scoring a superb solo effort with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.
Seconds later the full-time whistle blew with Stamford recording a well-earned win. Man of the match went to Stamford centre-back Stanley Brake.
Stamford Reds Under 12s wrapped up a memorable double after lifting the League Cup with a resounding 5-1 success against Peterborough Northern Star Red on Sunday.
Having already won the Peterborough Junior Alliance Division One title after losing just one of their 18 league games, the Young Daniels produced another five-star display in Sunday’s final at Stonald Field in Whittlesey.
They started confidently and the PNS goalkeeper made several top class saves before tipping a Joe Johnson shot onto the bar.
From the resulting Johan Coughlan corner, Daniel Bath had an excellent header tipped over but Joe Johnson was then first to react when a shot came back off the keeper and headed into the net to make it 1-0.
The opening goal was quickly followed by a lovely cross from Will Pearce-Smith to man of the match George Carder who slotted home for a 2-0 lead at half-time.
The Daniels defence was more than a match for the PNS forwards while the midfield was playing lovely football.
Henry Moxley cut in from the left to make it it 3-0 with a superb shot before Johnson got his second and Ollie Bardwell scored the goal of the day with a fine passing move making it five.
The Reds will be presented with their league winners medals at an awards night at the Cresset in Peterborough on Saturday, June 8, in front of their parents and supporters.
Stamford: Leo Christoudias, Callum Rawlinson, Lenny Kavanagh, Raiffe Headley, Connor Saunders, Joe Johnson, Johan Coughlan, Oliver Bardwell, Henry Moxley, George Carder, William Pearce-Smith, Cailin Nolan, Daniel Bath.