Futures Cup day 4 Round up

Futures Cup Day 4

On the final day of the Futures Cup, the Under 18 Mercia Lynx girls and Saxon Tigers boys were crowned champions.

Mercia Lynx U18 girls overcame Saxon Tigers 3-1 in the final. The Tigers took the early lead in the eighth minute, thanks to a brilliant strike from Beth Giddings. However, the Lynx came back stronger. Goals from Alice Huddlestone, Jodie Beddow and Bethany Peers ensured back-to-back victories against the Tigers.

The Lynx Captain Lucy Millington said: “We all individually played so well and we put our heart and soul into it. It feels such an honour, I am so proud of the whole team.

“The level of hockey is so high this year, it’s amazing. I don’t think there’s much between the teams at all.”

In the other girls' match, the Pennine Pumas defeated the Wessex Leopards. Sophie Shakespeare put the Leopards ahead but Pumas’ Ester Stronach and Katherine Birch found the net to give Pumas a 2-1 victory.

In the Under 18 boys final, the impressive Tigers beat the Leopards 3-0. Jack Knight opened the scoring before Sam Barrett bagged the other two goals to wrap up a brilliant day.

Tom Crowson, the Tigers captain said: “It’s a fantastic achievement. Well done to the lads, they really worked hard and delivered a performance.

“All the work that went in paid off and we just couldn’t be happier.”

In the battle for third spot, the Lynx came out comfortable 6-0 winners. Christopher Sullivan, Jack Whelan, Harry Bennett, James Taylor and Sam Apoola found the net to make sure their side ended the campaign on a high.

The spectators were treated to four excellent days of hockey and possibly an early glimpse of some of the stars of the future.