U16s enjoy ACES experience

Scarborough Athletic Under-16s competed in The Aces National football championship held in Nottingham for some of the better 'grassroots' football teams in the country.  
The competition, which follows the same format as the World Cup, saw Boro in one of the eight groups with teams from Wolverhampton, Norwich, Rotherham and Liverpool the top two teams in each group continuing into the knock out round of sixteen teams
Having seen off Wolverhampton in their opening game 2-0 with a curled effort from Brad Smith and a tap in from George Walmsley Boro then lost 3-0 to a Norwich side that were lethal in front of goal.
Defeat to Norwich meant that Boro would probably have to win their final two group games to progress to the knock out stages and they set about the task with some real purpose firstly beating Rotherham in a close fought Yorkshire derby with Kane Randerson Wray carrying on where he left off in last season's League Cup final waltzing through several defenders before firing in a rasping drive which was enough to win the game 1-0. Nathan Vidlers thunderbolt striking the crossbar was as close as either team came thereafter. 
The final game of the group was a tight encounter with Liverpool who had already qualified. The pressure was on the young Boro team to get a result and with the scores level and time running out, Jake Standings long throw found its way through to George Walmsley who nodded home from close range to win the game and also the group for Boro which given the quality of the opposition was a great achievement.
In the Knockout Round of sixteen Boro played a team from Stockton going down to a 1-0 defeat in a tight game. Walmsleys drive brilliantly saved in the last minute and the resulting tom Wright corner delivered into the 6 yard box cleared off the line as the referee blew for time. 
As a footnote Boro were the only team to beat National Champions Liverpool, who went on to beat Oxford on the Final.
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