The Saturday teams were affected most by the bad weather during the week, which closed the pitches at the OakLeaf. So it was the teams playing at central venues or away from home that managed to play their league games.

U8 Eagles v Hebburn Involve

It was great to see the boys find a good balance between staying on the ball when they could, and passing when they needed to. Oliver was as positive as ever, always looking to break, and was rewarded with two goals. A brilliant run with the ball from deep by Jacob that ended in a great solo goal and Lewis, working as hard as ever, deservedly got his goal. Hebburn also had good spells in the game which were rewarded by two goals.

Before the game, the boys were also presented with Washington Hubs Team of the Week award, for their behaviour, and how well they entered the hub last week following all the Covid-19 guidlines.

Well done boys!

U9 Girls Wildcats v CLS Amazon Diablos

It was always going to be a tough game, having played each other many times over the last two seasons. With only seven girls available, everyone knew they’d have to do the full game.

The girls each played their part in one of the best games they have played. Although Aycliffe created a lot of chances the only goal came when Ava attacked down the left hand side and hit a sweet left foot shot that was parried by their keeper into the path of Phoebe at the far post to put the ball into an empty net with the keeper stranded.

U12’s Eagles 3 – 2 Washington Athletic Lions

With the OakLeaf closed the boys had to give up home advantage. The first half was end to end with the Lions managing to find the back of the net early on, 0-1. The defence of Zac, Finn and Kai worked so hard to ensure the Eagles only trailed by one goal at half time. Shortly after the restart, Will tucked away the equaliser before the Lions retook the lead, but again Will was on hand to tuck away the equaliser. Kian was forced to make a wonderful save, keeping the Lions from going ahead. With the clock ticking down, Joel ran down the wing, crossed for Will to complete his hat trick, FT 3-2.

An excellent all round team performance.

Stockton Town v U10 Angels Yellow

The same opposition as the previous week, so the girls knew how much of a task it would be. We tried a different formation and used players in different positions, however, we were unable to avoid a defeat against a team that played in the premier division last year.

Players: Sophie, great running, tough tackling.

Coaches: Alice, hugely vocal, leading from the front.

Sunday arrived and the pitches had improved allowing a few home games to go ahead:

U10’s Eagles v Hurworth FC

On a day when the boys played the better football, using all they had learned from their training sessions. The result was hard to take when the opposition had one tactic, playing the long ball up the field to their star player, who to be fair to him, was a quick, skilful player that we struggled to deal with. Despite this, goals from Nathan, Dan K, and Jayden give us a slender half time lead. Hurworth scored three goals in the second half to take the win and the first defeat of the season for the Eagles.

Star Player: Danny C, who had an outstanding game.

Skelton United FC U11 v U11 Eagles

A very exciting game with the lead changing three times. The pitch had turned to mud by full-time, but this only added to the spice of the game. The Youthy twice found themselves with a two goal deficit to overcome. Even with Youthy leading by the odd goal in nine, and with two minutes to go, Skelton were awarded a penalty and converted for the equaliser, yet there was still time for a final minute winner for Youthy. Another exciting game for these young lads.