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Chipstead Hawks U9s enjoyed the limelight last weekend as they brought home the winners trophy at the Pembury Development Team Cup.
After starting relatively slowly in the first match, with a 0-0 draw against a solid Tonbridge Juniors side, the Hawks soon got into their stride with a fine 8-0 win in their second game against Ridgewaye FC with Oliver Hemingway hauling four goals for Chipstead.
The third match of the competition saw the Hawks take on Forresters and, as a result of some good passing and pressure on the ball, they were soon ahead with goals from Adam O'Mahoney and Oliver Hemingway. Forresters hit back late on in the game, but it finished with a comfortable 4-1 win for Chipstead.
The next match pitted the Hawks against the home team Pembury. The game started relatively evenly but the Hawks were able to pull ahead with goals from Seb Fotheringham and Adam Woodrow-Clarke. These early goals gave the team confidence to push on harder and Archie Bicknell helped seal a 5-0 win with a fine hatrick.
These results left everything to play for in the last game, as the cup winners would now be decided in the final match between Chipstead and Raw Skills. The Hawks needed a win to take home the trophy and Raw Skills needed just a draw. This made for a tense and tight game between the two best sides of the competition and for much of the match it looked like it was going to end in a draw. That changed with Archie Bicknell breaking through the Raw Skills defence and scoring a late goal for the Hawks, which was just enough for Chipstead to hang on to until the end of this nail-biting game and see them win the Cup.
Overall the Chipstead Hawks ended the day undefeated across the five games, scored 18 goals and conceded just one – a fantastic team performance.