Festival produces a feast of great youth football

Rugby Junior Footbal Club hosted its annual Football Festival recently, at it's Kilsby Lane ground.''''Pictured: Rugby Town Lions v Daventry Vikings (U8's)
Rugby Junior Footbal Club hosted its annual Football Festival recently, at it's Kilsby Lane ground.''''Pictured: Rugby Town Lions v Daventry Vikings (U8's)
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Rugby Town Juniors held their 17th annual soccer festival with teams from all over the Midlands competing.

The event – which was sponsored by Nationwide Doors and Windows – brought scouts from Coventry City, Northampton Town, Leicester City and Aston Villa to watch a fantastic display of football.

The Micros competition saw Banbury, Oadby, Kirby Muxloe, Grange Park, Lutterworth, Baginton, Copsewood, Harborough, FFA (Northampton) and several Rugby Town teams playing while the under-sevens saw 16 teams from Leicester, Coventry, Nuneaton and Rugby taking part.

Leek Wooton, St Nics Colts, Hillmorton, Oadby, Rugby Town and Harborough Town were the ones to catch the eye at this level.

The under-eights tournament included 15 teams from across the region.

There was an impressive standard of football on show with Birstall United, Rugby Town, Saffron Dynamos, Hillmorton, Aylestone Park and Leamington Hibs playing a consistently high standard.

All players in the Micros, sevens and eights received a medal and certificate for taking part.

It was at under-nine level that the competitive football started.

Groby, AFC Hilton, Mount Nod and Brinklow made it through to the semi-finals with Groby and AFC Hilton securing places in the final.

This was a tight affair with both teams at 1-1 after 10 minutes and again locked at 1-1 after four minutes extra-time.

It meant penalties were needed with AFC scoring seven to Groby’s six and ensuring the long trip from Derby was a successful one.

The 12 teams who competed in the under-10 age group produced some excellent football.

Leamington Hibs, Whitley, Rugby Town Red and Norton Lindsey were the ones who made into the the semi-finals with Hibs and Norton Lindsey the two who came out on top.

A close encounter in the final was settled by a single goal and it was Norton Lindsey who took the trophy home.

Over 70 teams took part playing around 200 games over the weekend which were well officiated by eight referees.

The club expressed it thanks to the youngsters who showed great maturity for their age and excellent judgement and skill.

They also thank the staff at Kilsby Lane who worked exceptionally hard running the venue.

Sunday sees the under-14 playing at Kilsby Lane with the tournament kicking off at midday.