GOLDEN GIRLS: Pinchbeck's under-14 girls were crowned champions.

Pair of Pinchbeck United junior sides shine at Royston Town tournament

Two talented junior teams from Pinchbeck United enjoyed success at the Royston Town tournament on Saturday.

Pinchbeck’s under-14 girls emerged as winners in what was their final tournament of the summer, while the under-16 boys finished as runners-up after losing a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

The girls were in action in the morning and were up against sides from North London and South Cambridge in their group.

They drew the first game 0-0, before a Courtney Walker effort secured a 1-0 victory in match two – with midfielders Annie Vayro and Nese Van der Werf impressing.

The confidence was flowing in game three, with Freya Peters netting a hat-trick and Walker adding another strike to secure a semi-final spot.

Colebrook awaited in the last four – and Pinchbeck soon went 1-0 ahead through a poked Walker finish. However, the girls were indebted to a pair of great saves from Rachel Gibbs as they held on to reach the final.

Hosts Royston went 1-0 up in that showdown, but Walker levelled. Then, with penalties looming, Walker beat a player and rocketed her fifth goal of the tournament into the roof of the net to win it for Pinchbeck.

STRONG SHOWING: Pinchbeck’s under-16 boys were runners-up,

The under-16s boys kicked off with a pair of 0-0 draws, with Nicky Haw and Jack Brittain impressing.

Game three saw Dan Taylor fire them to a 1-0 win and a semi-final place, with Austin Clarey pulling off a super save.

A feisty last four clash saw Ben Mansour score a great individual goal to earn Pinchbeck a place in final against Fairfields.

The pair had drawn 0-0 in the group – and that was exactly the case here, with penalties required. It went to 6-6 before Fairfields benefitted from a Pinchbeck miss to lift the title.

  • Want to sponsor either side this season? Contact Mike Bracegirdle on 07803 076490.

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