Wickford Town Lions claim under-13 triumph in Southend league finals day

Echo: Youngsters celebrate scoring a crucial goal Youngsters celebrate scoring a crucial goal

YOUNG football stars showed off their promise at the divisional finals of the Southend & District Junior League.

Young teams from Wickford, Leigh, Billericay and Great Wakering won finals in different age groups ranging from under-13 to under-16 at the finals day, held at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Here is how Wickford Lions and Great Wakering Colts Blue got on.

 

WICKFORD Lions upset the odds by coming from behind to claim victory over Great Wakering Colts Blue.

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Valiant - Great Wakering Colts Blue before the match

 

The day kicked-off with the under-13 final and both teams gave it their all to claim the win. Wickford were put under pressure early on and a brace from Jack Lanning put Great Wakering Colts Blue in the driving seat.

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Good start - Wakering celebrate opening the scoring through Jack Lanning

However a stunning 25-yard strike from Rob Lodge, sandwiched either side of goals from Jack Mayles and Sam Cook gave Wickford the win, with Matt Rush adding gloss to the final scoreline of 4-2.

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Lead - Sam Cook sends Wickford into the lead

The man of the match award was given to Wickford skipper Ryan Dunn.

“It’s a big highlight to play here for these boys and everybody associated with clubs,” said league secretary, Tom Clarke. “We have to say a big thank-you again to Southend United. By hosting the finals here each year, they do an enormous service to football in the community.”

 

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Winners - the team celebrate

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