Didcot Town Under 9’s took part in the Bournemouth Classic Youth Football Tournament over the bank holiday. They faced some stern competition from teams across the country and the challenge of looking after themselves as the ‘responsible’ adults that took them, spent most of the weekend enjoying the atmosphere in the caravan site bar.
The weather decided to be kind but unfortunately the pitches at the tournament resembled more a dried-up riverbed than a football pitch. This killed the entertainment of the games and all three of the first results ended up 0-0 as the lads struggled to even control the ball. The last game of the day, they lost 1-0. A ‘Frank Lampard-esque’ goalline controversy robbing them of a point and their first goal of the tournament! We’re lobbying for them to install goalline technology for 2017’s tournament.
Onto the Sunday and having not even seen a goal the day before, the lads got to grips with the pitch and registered 2-0 and 1-0 victory leaving them needing a win in the last game to make the final. They were playing the eventual winners and a really close, tense game ended 0-0 (again) and they couldn’t quite grab the goal to take them to the final. They ended a creditable third place in a pretty tough tournament.
The presentation evening came along and was a lavish affair with X-Factor style music and hosts plus a special guest by former England Captain Stuart Pearce. The lads all looked the part in their new kits and training polo’s supplied by Recruitment Solutions. They even took home the Fair Play trophy for Best Sporting Team but unfortunately there are no photos of it as we had sportingly left the event straight after receiving our individual medals!