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May 19, 2013

Worcestershire Under 13 County Cup


Victory for Walkwood Middle School

Worcestershire U13 County Cup Final

Walkwood take the County title!

In an excellent game last Friday evening at Redditch Utd FC, Walkwood Middle School defeated King Charles High School 5-3 to lift the Duncan Edwards Trophy. In a pulsating game in front of a crowd of over 250 spectators, Walkwood became county champions at U13 level for only the third time in the history of the competition, which began back in 1958. 

Jack Turner got Walkwood off to a dream start after 15 minutes, latching on to a smart flick from Matt Smith. From the restart King Charles worked the ball wide and the impressive Crump converted superbly with a smart two touch finish.  Unbelievably, Walkwood attacked once more and were awarded a penalty when Smith was tripped in the area.  He picked himself up to score from the spot.  With three goals in as many minutes, it was great entertainment for the supporters.

The Redditch team took further control of the game; as the midfield took a tighter grip of proceedings. Walkwood’s high intensity, harassing game began to grind the King Charles players down. The highly talented Matt Smith got in to score goals three and four, to the delight of the Walkwood supporters.   Just before the interval, King Charles were awarded a  penalty, which Adams converted.  Half-time 4-2.

Walkwood perhaps with one eye on the National Cup final in Chesterfield on Monday began slowly in the second half and it was no surprise when Nash added his second of the game.  With the game poised at 4-3, Walkwood began to find the rhythm that has made them one, if not the best U13 school team in the country.  Duggan and Haines at the back, made important blocks and tackles to deny King Charles forwards. Webb picked up the ball in the right back position and played a superb ball, which was cleverly knocked on by Jack Turner.  Turner’s deft touch left the King Charles centre backs spinning as Smith raced in behind them to crash in his fourth goal and number five for Walkwood. 

It was a great night for Walkwood, Captain Chris Dyson collected the Duncan Edwards Trophy from Alan Mason the Mayor of Redditch.