Faced with the scary prospect of a weekend without competitive football, the Lydford Foxes hosted an impromptu Halloween 6-aside tournament on Saturday.
Both the U11s and U13s were geared up for away encounters in Plymouth, but with the pitches declared out of action, the Foxes were facing a second successive week without matches, with Storm Brian wreaking havoc with the previous weekend’s fixtures.
Not to be deterred, Lydford Foxes – Devon’s newest and freshest youth football club – set up a 6-aside pitch at the village sports field and invited players of all ages to take part. Some 30 players, aged between 7 and 14, turned up for the spooky tournament, with teams split into squads of seven and eight for a league and knockout structure.
Four teams lined up, each one with a suitably Halloween-inspired name: Halllowrooneys, Hallowin Losers, Halloween Hunters and The Screamers.
Following 12 tense league games, the Hallowrooneys sat unbeaten at the top of the table and faced a final against the slow-starting but impressive Halloween Hunters. Meanwhile, the Hallowin Losers did battle with The Screamers in the third place playoff match.
In the final, the Hunters upset the odds, putting three past the previously unbeaten Hallowrooneys to secure a 3-0 victory. Cue wild celebrations at the final whistle and the presentation of a pumpkin-shaped trophy for the victors.
Ben H of the U13s was named the player of the tournament, while five goals ensured Josh B went home with the golden boot. Ben M of the U11s picked up the award for team spirit, while Jonty’s exceptional long-range goal was the unanimous choice of the goal of the tournament.
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Gavin Braithwaite-Smith, Lydford Foxes chairman and U13s coach, was keen to give the young players some competitive action, saying: “We were determined not to allow a second week to pass without some proper game time. Although the Halloween tournament was a bit of fun, it was great to see so much talent on display. Jonty’s 20-yard screamer will live long in the memory – as well as on social media!”
This weekend, the U13s return to competitive action when they host Horrabridge Rangers at home, while the U11s travel to Plymouth to play Railway Beacon.