Football: Juniors play for keeps to claim trophy success
WESTPORT Juniors are the new Checkemlads Trophy champions after edging out Shamblers on penalties in the final at Birchenwood playing fields in Kidsgrove.
The Westport under-13s side proved unbeatable on the day, conceding just one goal in their 10 games in the seven-a-side competition.
They fought out a goalless draw with Shamblers in the final before triumphing 6-5 on penalties.
Their defensive record is even more remarkable because they were without a recognised goalkeeper and so their outfield players took it in turns to go in goal.
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Manager Paul Wright said: "Our new keeper was on holiday, but the lads did brilliantly. We only entered late on after another team dropped out, so to get through and win it was fantastic."
The tournament was the perfect pre-season preparation for the Westport lads who kicked off their season in the North Staffs Junior Youth League on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over Abbey Hulton United.
The tournament was sponsored by leading men's cancer charity Checkemlads.
Mark Porter, a campaigner for the charity, said: "Checkemlads is all about raising awareness of testicular cancer and giving support to those going through the illness.
"We thought by sponsoring the trophy we were putting something back into local football while highlighting a very serious issue.
"The more awareness we create the more lives we will save. Well done to Westport Juniors who played some tremendous football.
"The Kidsgrove tournament was a fantastic day for all the teams involved and we hope to do more sponsorship with them next year."
Anyone who wants more information or who is worried about testicular cancer can email Mark confidentially at email@example.com