On a sunny second Sunday in July, Hitchin Town Youth hosted an end of season 6-a-side tournament day at North Herts College for the under 11 age group. The day was divided into two halves with teams competing for the Macron Trophy in the morning and the Macron Cup in the afternoon.
The morning tournament featured 12 teams, with visiting sides including those from Letchworth, Stevenage, Baldock and our local rivals FC Comets. The teams were divided into two groups of six with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals. Hitchin Anacondas topped Group B and then faced off against Baldock Cruisers in the semi, coming away with a 1-0 win. It was an all Letchworth affair in the other last four game with Letchworth Blues, winners of Group A, toppling Letchworth Reds.
The final was a nervy affair with Hitchin taking an early lead but Letchworth grabbing an equaliser. Hitchin nearly snatched it in the dying moments when a shot cannoned back off the crossbar but ultimately neither team could break the deadlock – and so to penalties. The Hitchin boys kept their composure and came away 4-2 winners.
Michael, Nat, Callum, Soham, Hayden and Noah holding the Macron Trophy
The afternoon featured teams from Eaton Socon, Bishops Stortford, Hatfield, Ware, Arlesey and Bedwell and followed the same format. It was tense in both groups where the two Hitchin teams needed wins in their last games to qualify for the semis; we were delighted when both came through. Both semis featured match ups between teams from the same club. It was Bishops Stortford Whites v Blues in one game and Hitchin Cobras v Pythons in the other, both games finishing 1-0.
So, Hitchin Cobras, featuring Lucas, Arbnor, Stanley, Harry, Jacob, Ryan and Rafi, faced Bishops Stortford Whites in the final. It was a very even game with the scores locked at 0-0 at half-time. Hitchin came out of the blocks fast in the second half and grabbed two goals in close succession to take the trophy.The club has had great feedback on the success of the tournament and the boys had a great day. We’d like to express our gratitude to the parents who acted as an organising committee, especially Susan, Gemma, Marco and Leisa and to our age group sponsors Wates Construction, HRJ Foreman Laws and Boardpad. We also wanted to say a massive thank you to Lucas Kirkpatrick for coming down to support us and presenting the trophy in the morning.