FOOTBALL: Home success crowns another terrific Huntingdon Town Rowdies Tournament

Huntingdon Town Rowdies Under 13s celebrate their success at the club's tournament last weekend.

Huntingdon Town Rowdies Under 13s celebrate their success at the club's tournament last weekend. - Credit: Archant

The fourth staging of the Huntingdon Town Rowdies Tournament proved to be the biggest and best yet.

More than 1,300 young footballers descended on Jubilee Park last weekend to participate in a two-day event which featured 150 teams from six counties.

First held in 2014, the event has become a fixture of the summer calendar and its popularity has become so great that many age groups were over-subscribed with entries.

The event also came complete with a home success as Rowdies triumphed at Under 13 level. They prevailed 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 final deadlock against Stamford AFC Reds.

“It was our biggest tournament to date – and a great success,” said delighted Rowdies official Andrew German. “And it was lovely for our own Under 13 team win their age group.

“It was also fantastic to see so many young players and teams from so far afield. A frequent comment from coaches was that they were enjoying the opportunity of playing sides from different areas.

“We are hugely grateful to our team of volunteers as such a large event would not be possible without their time and effort.

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“We will now begin the task of preparing for the 2018 tournament and continued our aim of making year-on-year improvements.”

Godmanchester Town Red Under 15s were another set of local winners. A solitary strike settled their showpiece clash against Lincolnshire side Thurlby Tigers.

And Buckden Eagles just missed out on glory at Under 9 level. They were pipped 1-0 by Cambridge side Milton Colts Sky in the showpiece clash.

LGC Eagles Black Under 10, Netherton Wagtails Under 11, Riverside Under 12 and Peterborough Sports Blue Under 14 were the other teams to triumph, while non-competitive events took place in the Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8 age groups.