Dubai tourists take the honours at Bretton
A TOURING team from Dubai came out on top at the seven-aside tournament at Bretton Gate on Saturday.
A record 14 teams, competed with two groups of seven determining which four teams would progress through to the semifinals.
The touring United Trust Packaging team competed in what turned out to be the strongest group but produced four wins, a draw and a defeat.
They beat Beavers 2-1, Oundle School 4-0 and St Neots 5-0 before being held by Wisbech side Wizards 2-2 and were then beaten 2-1 by Lincoln Roses. But they beat Scurvy Crew 1-0 to finish level on 13 points with Wizards and Lincoln Roses. The tourists’ goal difference of 10 was better than their rivals so Wizards (goal difference 8) went into the third/fourth play-off and Lincoln (7) went out.
In the other group, previous winners Ragamuffins were doing Peterborough proud as they sailed through with six straight wins.
They beat Sticky Toffee Puddings (Peterborough Youth) 3-0, Stags 4-1, Ely City 3-0, Harlow side Custom Sticks 3-1, Cambs South 6-1 and Wild Geese (King’s Lynn Pelicans) 2-1 to set up their place in the final.
But they couldn’t pull off a local win as United Trust Packaging won 2-0 to cap off a successful tour, having also won the Bath Buccaneers seven-a-side tournament the previous weekend.
The third-fourth place play-off saw Wizards draw 2-2 with Wild Geese, who had impressed with five wins during the group stages.
But there was better news for Wizards a day later. While their men may have narrowly failed to qualify for the final, the mixed tournament saw them come out on top with a 2-1 victory over Dereham.
Wisbech won five of their six qualifying games, only West Hampstead denying them a perfect record when drawing 1-1. But wins over GPO (3-0), Ely City (1-0), Blue Green Zeds (5-1), Wild Geese (5-0) and Market Deeping (8-0) ensured they reached the final.
Dereham reached that stage despite losing to Oundle School 2-0. Dereham beat Blue Green Zebras 3-0, Wild Oats 9-0, Beavers 5-1, Ragamuffins 2-0 and Hangovers 3-0 to set up a clash with Wisbech, while Oundle School had to settle for the third/fourth place play-off where they beat West