Dis­trict squad off to a win­ning start

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MAC­CLES­FIELD & Dis­trict Schools FA re­cently as­sem­bled a dis­trict U11 squad and the side got off to a win­ning start when they took on Ch­ester re­cently.

Tri­als were held in March, fol­low­ing which a squad of 12 was se­lected by coaches Jack Al­banese and Alas­dair Heath­cote.

Af­ter a cou­ple of friendlies, the team played Ch­ester Schools in the Cheshire Schools Moors Cup fi­nal at Christle­ton High School.

The con­test was played out in per­sis­tent rain but both teams played highly skil­ful football to pro­duce an en­ter­tain­ing game.

Goals from Alex Armstrong and Oliver Holt saw the visi­tors go 2-1 up be­fore Ch­ester equalised.

Ch­ester then took the lead, only for Mac­cles­field to gain a de­served equaliser when Armstrong scored a won­der­ful solo goal with five min­utes of the match re­main­ing.

The game ended 3-3 and needed to be de­cided by a penalty shoot-out.

With the shoot-out poised at 12-11, Jack Massey in the Mac­cles­field goal pulled off a great save to win the game for the visi­tors.

This was a ter­rific per- for­mance against a team which has played all sea­son.

A spokesman said: “We are grate­ful to the Premier League Grant Scheme which has pro­vided kit for the team and fund­ing.”

Squad: Jack Massey (Up­ton Pri­ory), Jake Hawtin (Wilm­slow Grange), De­clan Sut­cliffe (Puss Bank), Sally-Ann Hitchin (Gorsey Bank), Jonathan Reed (Marl­bor­ough), Ma­son Hop­kins (Marl­fields), Char­lie Ed­wards (Hurds­field), Alex Armstrong (Prest­bury), Will Rostron (Ver­non), Louis Dar­ri­cotte (Lower Park), Oliver Holt (Mottram), Steve Heath­cote (Up­ton Pri­ory).

●● The Mac­cles­field and Dis­trict Schools FA Un­der 11s squad

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