South East Region Archive (1523)
Spartans 2002 Maradona vs North Berwick
The Spartans Community Football Academy was the venue for this 7-a-side encounter. Perhaps this game showed us that one of the only hindrances of having astro-turf pitches in Scotland is the fact that on a bitter and drizzly game like this one, players would normally get to stay at home however both teams showed enthusiasm and this made for a cracking match.
'Keeper Joseph had his work cut out keeping Spartans in front after a berwick o.g. gave the home side the lead however there wasn't much he could do about the shot that levelled the match, the strike from distance looped over the keeper's head. From the restart the home team upped the tempo, whether in response to the coaches instructions or in a bid to keep warm being unclear, but Spartans were rewarded with another two goals before half time, putting them in a controlling position.
At the break extra calories were taken on board in the form of quantities of Cadbury's confectionery, reportedly very close to its best before date, some even finding its way to the boys. Perhaps feeling a little queasy, Spartans shipped two goals and looked to be in danger of letting the game slip from their sticky fingers. However, this team shows a fine battling spirit in close encounters. In pushing for the winner Spartans left themselves exposed at the back and several times Berwick looked sure to score but were thwarted by lung-busting backtracking and timely tackling from Jack. Mark and Jude, in a brief cameo appearance, battled hard in midfield and fed the forward players who peppered the Berwick goal with numerous rockets in a sustained period of pressure as the final whistle approached. The referee, being the only participant not benefiting from thermal under garments, was checking his watch regularly but Spartans had time for one last tilt at the target. A quick throw-in by Reuben found Hamish in space and, cool as a cucumber, he dispatched the ball into the top corner from fully 15 yards, reprising his last-minute winner here against Musselburgh several weeks ago.
Well done boys, a battling, gritty performance showing great character and boding well for future encounters.
Thanks to David for this Report.
P1 Easthouses BC (3429) V Hutchison Vale (3766)
1R23 Eskmill Football Club Penicuik 1998’s (1871) v Easthouses Boys Club 1998’s (3429)
or Hutchison Vale FC 3766
1R18 Spartans Football Club Youth 1998’s (5891) v Hutchison Vale Colts 1998’s (4944)
P9 Edinburgh South FC (1388) v Hutchison Vale Colts (3942)
1R25 Edinburgh South FC (1388) or Hutchison Vale Colts (3942) v Forth Royals BC (5041)
1R5 Hutchison Vale FC (2859) v Edinburgh South Reds (5917)
1R8 Hutchison Vale FC (200) v Loanhead Miners Youth FC (4087)
1R4 Fauldhouse United Star (325) v Hutchison Vale FC (1066)
1R22 Hutchison Vale FC 95 (730) v Pumpherston United (1961)
1R6 Gala Fairydean (1272) v Hutchison Vale FC (773)
Not done yet
For boys born 2003 (u8s) and 2004 (u7s), Please register 5.45pm at Broomhouse Primary School.
Contact Dave Young on 07732307930
and this coming Monday August 23rd sees the return of our
Monday Kids School Football
For boys born 2001 (u10s) and 2002 (u9s), Please register 5.45pm at Broomhouse Primary School.
Contact Tam Smith on 07793315997
All sessions take place on the astroturf at Broomhouse Primary school. Each session costs £3 on a weekly basis, wear appropriate indoor/outdoor training gear, boots, trainers, shin pads and a water bottle. Each player/parent is encouraged to sell the clubs Correct Scoresheets to help with the running costs.
Also any change of rules positions must be put in writing to the club leader Tam Smith / AssistantClub Secretary Les Trotter no later than 7 days prior to the meeting.
Look forward to seeing you on the day.