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2019/20

Peter Dunn Trophy

Our district team competed in the Peter Dunn 9 a Side tournament at Darlington Education Village in an attempt to emulate last season's success in winning the competition - and they almost did it! All the games were hard-fought, which is what you would expect from district football. The first match against Darlington resulted in a 1-0 win. Sunderland followed and, although we took the lead, we were unable to hang on and had to settle for a draw. The same happened against Stockton, so we went into the final match against Washington ahead of the other four teams and only needing a draw to win the trophy. We conceded an early goal but equalised immediately from kick off. However, a tired performance resulted in another goal conceded and Washington's win meant that they were winners with Chester-le-Street runners up. However, a fine effort which preserves our run of success in the competition

                                                                  Wallsend 3  Chester-le-Street 6

 

The first friendly of the season provided a good test against Wallsend district team. The match was played on a large, all-weather surface on a beautiful Autumn morning - conditions couldn't have been better. Chester-le-Street were on the offensive from kick off and they looked threatening throughout the first half. It was no surprise when Chester-le-Street took the lead when Pearce Tait finished, following an excellent move. Further goals from Toby Bell, one a penalty, added to the lead although Wallsend pulled a goal back before half time. Changes were made throughout the game but there is no doubt that we have a team which is strong and contains players who are quick and hard to handle. Joe Collier added two further second half goals and Cole Robson scored from close in. 6-3 is a typically 'beginning of season' score although goalkeeper, Harry Armstrong, can count himself unlucky to concede due to the exaggerated bounce of the ball on the all-weather surface.

There was enough in this performance to suggest that this team can emulate the outstanding achievement of last season's team. There is plenty of pace in the team, they work hard for each other, even at this early stage, and seem to be quite strong in defence, midfield and attack - only time will tell!

Next match: Derwent & Medomsley Knockout Cup - 1st Round v South Northumberland on November 23rd

Chester-le-Street District Team: Durham County 7 a Side Runners Up

       Chester-le-Street continued their fine run in this competition, narrowly missing out as 7 a side champions to 

       Darlington. Outstanding performances against Sunderland, Durham City, Bishop Auckland and Washington meant 

       that a draw in the final game against Darlington would have been enough to win the trophy. Sadly, a 0-1 defeat

       handed the trophy to Darlington. However, a great effort!

 

 

 

Chester-le-Street District Team: Durham County 5 a Side Indoor Runners Up

       Another narrow miss in this competition but runners up is a fine achievement. Playing against the same teams as the         7 a side, Chester-le-Street performed well to, again, narrowly miss out as winners. Washington lifted the trophy, their         first ever win in a Durham County competition - congratulations to them!

                                                                  Wallsend 3  Chester-le-Street 6

 

The first friendly of the season provided a good test against Wallsend district team. The match was played on a large, all-weather surface on a beautiful Autumn morning - conditions couldn't have been better. Chester-le-Street were on the offensive from kick off and they looked threatening throughout the first half. It was no surprise when Chester-le-Street took the lead when Pearce Tait finished, following an excellent move. Further goals from Toby Bell, one a penalty, added to the lead although Wallsend pulled a goal back before half time. Changes were made throughout the game but there is no doubt that we have a team which is strong and contains players who are quick and hard to handle. Joe Collier added two further second half goals and Cole Robson scored from close in. 6-3 is a typically 'beginning of season' score although goalkeeper, Harry Armstrong, can count himself unlucky to concede due to the exaggerated bounce of the ball on the all-weather surface.

There was enough in this performance to suggest that this team can emulate the outstanding achievement of last season's team. There is plenty of pace in the team, they work hard for each other, even at this early stage, and seem to be quite strong in defence, midfield and attack - only time will tell!

Next match: Derwent & Medomsley Knockout Cup - 1st Round v South Northumberland on November 23rd

                                                                  Derwent & Medomsley Cup

South Northumberland 2  Chester-le-Street 6

 

In attempting to emulate last season's success in this competition, Chester-le-Street produced an excellent performance to defeat South Northumberland to move into the quarter finals. The home team started brightly and it looked as though it was going to be a tight match, but Chester-le-Street began to move the ball quickly to their speedy forwards and this paid dividends when they raced into a four goal lead. South Northumberland pulled two goals back but two late goals sealed a convincing victory. 

Although goals from Toby Bell (3), Joe Collier (2) and Alex Wright sealed the win, it was a fine all-round performance from the team which provided the win. Special mention must be given to goalkeeper, Harry Armstrong, who produced memorable saves when it mattered.

A quarter final against Darlington is next up

                        Cestria: 5 a Side Champions

Cestria won the Chester-le-Street 5 a Side trophy for the first time since 2002. They topped the group against Red Rose, St Margaret's and Newker and progressed to the Durham County Semi Final

Through finishing a close second behind Rickleton (Washington Association) in the county semi final means they progress to the county final to be played at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington

The three teams in the county final are Cestria (Chester-le-Street Association), Rickleton (Washington), Hill View (Sunderland) and Harlow Green (Felling)

We wish them the best of luck

                                                                 C. B. Watson Cup: Champions 2020- St Margaret's

In a well fought final, St Margaret's triumphed to win the C. B. Watson Trophy for larger schools in the league - first presented in 1952 and still looking in good shape. Five teams competed - St Margarets, Cestria (Runners Up), Belmont, Red Rose and Ouston. 

                                                                     Cestria Cup Champions 2020 - Woodlea

Three teams took part in this competition which is almost as old as the C B Watson Cup. Woodlea ran out winners, Edmondsley runners up, followed by Roseberry

As I write this, the season has been prematurely brought to an end due to the coronavirus epidemic. The league championship, 'B' league, small schools league, girls' league and Year 4 cup competitions will not be brought to a successful conclusion although, in the light of the problems caused by the virus, it is a small price to pay