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Double delight for Rugby Town Juniors at home Football Festival

Steve Carpenter 2nd Jun, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

OVER 60 teams competed at the second weekend of action at Rugby Town Juniors annual Football Festival.

It was the turn of the Under-9s, Under-10s and Under-11s to take to the Kilsby Lane pitch across Saturday and Sunday.

The Under-9s kicked off the weekend with Brinklow, FFA Goals, FC Eagles, Harborough, Leek Wotton, Hillmorton, Rugby Town Pumas and Athletic all going through to the quarter-finals.

The two best third place teams in the groups, Rugby Town Pumas and Athletic, both progressed to the semi-finals and Hillmorton’s brave effort ended with them missing one penalty out of five, while semi final was decided by Harborough beating Brinklow 1-0.

Rugby Pumas lose out in their final four clash against eventual winners Athletic who beat FC Eagles in the final to claim the Rugby Town Festival title.

The Under-10s competition also proved as competitive with the young players attracting plenty of interested from Premier League and Championships scouts.

The opening game of that age group between Norton Lindsey and Rugby Town Lions proved to also be the final after Rugby had beaten Eagles Falcon Stripes 2-1.

The final pitted to evenly matched sides against each other and but it was Rugby who scored late on to lift the Under-10 title.

On Sunday the Under-11s arrived at Kilsby Lane and once again there were a number of scouts watching on from the sideline.

There were plenty of goals scored in the group stage of the competition and four of the eight quarter-final places were occupied by Rugby teams. The others slots were occupied by Soccer Stars Grange Park, Kenilworth and Leamington Hibs.

Rugby Town Pumas took on Leamington Hibs in the final and the hosts comfortably ran out 4-0 winners to claim the Under-11 prize.

“The club cannot function properly without Volunteers and we would just like to thank them for their continued support and help through out the weekend,” said Brian Dainty of Rugby Town Junior FCA.

“This is the tenth year and the club are extremely grateful for their continued support of grassroots football. Lastly a big thanks to Jason Husain who organised the event and then went on holiday. However we had no blips over the weekend and that was down to Jason making sure everything was in place.”

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