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Middlefield Wasps win the Under 16s A League season 2017-18

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Middlefield Wasps were recently crowned Under 16s A league champions for season 2017-18 in what is argubaly one of the strongest leagues in Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football. Wasps won 11 games, drawing one and losing four.

The league success for the Wasps is a statement that there is a light at the end of the tunnel when things get tough. At under 13s, Middlefield were relegated from the A league before bouncing back up again a year later winning the B league at a canter alongside lifting the Eddie Mannall Trophy after a 1-0 Lewis United Youth who went onto win the league that season, last season saw Middlefield stay in the league before improving and going onto win the league this campaign.

Middlefield beat Colony Park 6-1 on the 5th May 2018 and had to wait five days to determine if the league would be heading to Balmedie. Lewis United, who were Wasps's closest challengers, had to play two games before the curtain drew on the league season. Lewis beat Banchory on Tuesday night so United required a win away to Banks O'Dee Albion on Thursday night. United lost 3-2 which meant the league trophy was heading for Beach Park, Balmedie where Wasps play their home games. The players and coaches at Middlefield Wasps were all present at the match between Albion and Lewis.

Wasps coach Sandy Reid spoke about his sides achievements when he said: "It's been a tough season, the players have done well and it's a great squad we have here at Middlefield Wasps, they have fought hard every game and this is probably the hardest league in the ADJFA, we had a great victory away to Culter in the third last game of the season winning 2-1 scoring a last minute penalty and we are undefeated at home in the league all season.

"We told the boys at the start of the season we aren't in this to make up the numbers, we won the B League last season and the Eddie Mannall Trophy and we let ourselves settle into the A league last season before pushing on this season.

"It's a hard league to play in, the top three of us, Lewis and Albion have all beaten each other home and away."

Wasps player Jack Craigie said: "Everyone put in 110% in every game and deserved the league title at the end of the day. The two games at the start of the season when we beat Banks O'Dee Albion 5-1 and Lewis United 3-0 boosted our confidence, it was a good night at Banks O'Dee a few weeks ago when we won the league after they beat Lewis."

Cameron Bisset, who is the top scorer for Middlefield said: "Winning the league has been the perfect season for us, myself and Jack Craigie have got the goals this season and the whole team have done well all season and we are like a big family now. The games against Culter at the end of the season stick out for me, they were games we had to win and we managed to get the results."

The Middlefield Wasps squad for season 2017-18 is as follows: Sean Patterson, Jack Reid, Andy Campbell, Jack Craigie, Tyler Carr, Nathan Davies, Luke Scott, Jordan MacLeod, Cammy Bisset,  Finlay Runcie, Dylan Stoddart, Reece Wilson, Ross Karim, Jack Burnett, Paul Walker, Lachlan Taylor and Bailey Yule. The coaches are Sandy Reid, Brads Burnett and Nick Runcie.

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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