FOOTBALL: 6th annual Joe Spooner tournament

Plate runners-up Rugby Town Eagles
Plate runners-up Rugby Town Eagles
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Rugby Town Eagles are plate runners-up as 16 teams from around the region take part

Rugby Town JFC held the 6th Joe Spooner Cup at Kilsby Lane last Sunday and once again it did not fail to disappoint with 16 teams fighting it out for the Champions League style trophy.

The competition is spit into two, giving teams a minimum of four games and a maximum of six should they go all the way to the final. It started off at a frantic pace and with lots of goals, Stratford Town and Alvis coming through group one with Camp Hill and Chetwynd having to settle for the plate quarters. Group two was tighter with the impressive Coundon and Brixworth going through with Rugby Town and Brixworth claiming the bottom two places. Group three was the tightest group with goal difference seeing Atherstone and Southam through with Grange Park and Coventry Jaguar going through to the plate quarters. The last group saw Solihull and Bedworth Lions winning the group comfortably and Copeswood and Bromford making up the final two.

The quarter finals of the plate saw some tight matches but Rugby, Grange Park and Copeswood eased through to the semis. Rugby easily disposed of Coventry Jag and Copeswood scored a last minute winner against Chetwynd. Camp Hill and Grange Park also went through. The semis matched Rugby Town against Camp hill with Rugby winning 3-1 and then Grange Park also getting to the final with a easy 4-1 victory over Copeswood.

The final was a one-sided affair with Rugby Town missing out to a strong Grange Park team 3-1.

The quarters of the Spooner Cup saw some great football being played and some tight games. Brixworth eased out Atherstone on penalties with Solihull winning 3-0 against Alvis and Coundon and Stratford taking the other two semi-final slots.

The semis saw Stratford with only eight fit players beat Coundon 1-0 and Solihull breezed past Brixworth to get to the final.

The final was no contest really with Stratford’s player shortage. Solihull becoming deserved winners of the Joe Spooner Cup 2014 winning 6-1 in the final.

The club would like to that everyone for attending and supporting the event. A raffle was held for the Spooners’ chosen charity SADS UK and the club have made it up to £100.