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Chipstead U11 (Sunday) win the Maidstone Invicta Primary League !!
Our final home game of the season saw us take on our nearest challengers Chatham Corinthians at a sunny but windy Hale Lane on a near perfect pitch, knowing that a win or draw would see us secure the title.
Chatham took an early lead but we quickly equalised after a brilliant, fast, front to back move, from which Max crossed superbly for James to sweep home. Chatham aren't second in the league for nothing and only some smart saves from Luke and some good defending kept the game at 1-1 at half time.
There was some good fortune in our second goal that gave us the lead. A raking (sounds better than long!) ball from the back, bounced high, the keeper fumbled and James was on hand to poach a goal, kneeing it into an empty goal. As all good strikers will tell you, you've got to be there to score them and all body parts count!
Our third was a beauty. Picking the ball up outside the box, Isaac dinked one way then another before calmly passing the ball into the right hand corner of the net with his left foot through a crowded penalty area. A classy finish from today's Man of the Match.
At 3-1 it looked like we'd get the points necessary to win the league, especially as we were creating a number of goal scoring opportunities and making the most of the wind at our backs.
But Chatham weren't done. Some indecision in our defence gave their star striker an opportunity to slot a great goal from distance. 3-2. Time to put Hugh man to man on their best player to make sure we won, a job he did with great aplomb. He never had a sniff after that.
Other chances came and went and we looked the more likely to score again. 3-2 it finished, the league title is ours and I couldn't be more proud of not only the style in which the boys have played all season but the manner in which they've conducted themselves too - they've been excellent. It was a shame that two of our players this season - Callum and Thomas - weren't available for the final denouement but we'll celebrate with them at our awards evening.
Squad: James Davies, Fred Lee, Kyle Heins, Josh Howarth, Hugh Marsh, Ollie Glen, Thomas Broome, Max Thomas, Peter Clifford, Isaac Handley, Luke Wilson, Callum Bergdhal
collecting their trophies..