B&DYFL match of the week: Blackpool Wren Rovers Blacks v Fylde Coast Soccer Maradona
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Under-9s teams Blackpool Wren Rovers Blacks and Fylde Coast Soccer Maradona are in their third season of league football, but their first with seven players on the field.
Theirs is the top tier of the U9s’ league and Blacks manager Mark Stanley told The Gazette: “It was a great match. Both teams played brilliantly and gave it everything.
“We’re having a tough season and the boys have found it hard but they are gradually improving.”
Maradona are new to the B&DYFL after moving across from the Poulton Primary League.
Manager Dean Newark said: “It was a good end-to-end game, which was well contested by both teams.
“It’s a tough league and we’ve had a mixed bag of results but it’s the right level for this group to move forward.”
Both managers have been in charge since their teams started as under-sevens and Dean said: “This season is really good because I think these players had outgrown five-a-side.
“Small-sided matches are good for development but this is more like a proper football match.”
Mark added: “It’s been really good stepping up to seven-a-side and even though we’re coming up against some really good sides, the team always play with a smile on their face.”
Frankie was the Blacks’ player of the match in recognition of his fantastic play all over the pitch, non-stop running and overall effort.
Maradona’s James was their star player as Dean explained: “James always gives 110 per cent, looking to play forward when he’s in possession, trying to win the ball back when he isn’t and creating space to receive the ball.”
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