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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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PRUDHOE’S ‘Baby Blues’ are looking to round off another exceptional season with an unprecedented fifth victory in the Scarborough SCI Tournament at the weekend.

Prudhoe YC U11 Blues have already got three trophies to their name, but go searching for a fantastic fourth by claiming a record fifth win on the bounce.

The team were given the nickname the Baby Blues after winning the Tynedale Mini Soccer League at U9 level when one year younger than the rest of the competition, before reclaiming their crown the following season.

Managed by Mattie Thompson with the help of Jordan Phillips, they have continued to impress since progressing through the age levels, going unbeaten to finish on top of the Gateshead U11 Youth League.

The majority of the Economy Drive of Blaydon sponsored team have been together since six-years-old and added the League Cup and the West Division Cup to their trophy cabinet this year. It has been a successful stint for Prudhoe YC teams with the U17 Reds lifting the Pin Point Junior Football League Challenge Shield with a fantastic 3-0 win over Cramlington Juniors in the final.

Having finished runners-up in Division One, Prudhoe brought their great season to a brilliant end as they had the upper hand in the competitive fixture.

The opener came from an unlikely source as Ben Smith rocketed an effort into the net following a jinking run from Adam Greenwood.

Nerves were settled for the Reds five minutes later when Nathan Barker cooly lobbed the keeper as he collected Greenwood’s headed flick-on.

Man of the match Greenwood was then in the goals himself as he put the result beyond doubt with 10 minutes to go as he smartly finished off a deft ball from Andy Knotts.

A trio of the team have taken a step closer to representing England Boys’ Club.

Kieran Russell, Greenwood and Knotts all played well in a trial game for the national side despite the 3-0 loss at Middlesbrough Academy.

The match was the first of a number of matches which have been arranged with Middlesborough, Newcastle and other academy sides to formulate an England team to compete in Northern Ireland in a Four Nations tournament at the end of June.

It is an exciting time for the youth club who have signed up to become an official partner club with sportswear giants Nike.

All age ranges at the club, one of only a small group in the North-East to be partner, will wear full Nike kits from next year.

Prudhoe YC U13 Reds meanwhile ended their season with a 2-1 win over Whitley Bay Sporting, Jordan Armstrong and Sam Douglas getting the goals while goalkeeper Geoffrey Bowes was named man of the match.

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