An under-10s (U10s) football team from Chorleywood are riding high after coming top at the finals of the UK’s largest grassroots tournament.
Coming off the back of their victory at the regional championships in Bognor Regis last May, the Chorleywood Common Youth Football Club U10s Rockets entered the ESF Grand Finale taking place at St George’s Park, training ground to the England national team, on June 19.
Winning their first game 1-0 against Sunderland-based side Rokerites FC, the Rockets then went on an undefeated streak, beating West Hagley 2-0 before being held to a goalless draw against Shotton Colts.
The final game was against the other top side in the tournament league, the tough Santos Panthers.
In a nail-biting and tackling match, the Rockets went 1-0 down at half time. But the Chorleywood side battled back with real spirit, eventually equalising to earn the final result of 1-1. This put them on eight points and at the top of the table, crowning them as champions of the of the Grand Finale!
Speaking to CHORLEYWOODnews, coach Trevor Dorrell said: “It was something so special for the boys, we didn’t go there expecting anything. It’s hard to put into words.
“They’re a fantastic team and they really do work for each other. They all bring something different to the table.
“The boys have had a great year, an amazing group of players, I really couldn’t be more pleased for them. I would like to thank them all for their efforts, well done!”
The team consisted of Frankie Marsh, Rudy Dancer, Harry Masters, Henry Dorrell, Billy Daver, Charlie Ronchetti, Freddy Marheineke, Joseph Frain and Austin Lorkin.