Chester le Street Schools' District Team
Peter Dunn Trophy Runners Up - 2019
In trying to emulate last season's success in the competition, we very nearly did just that. An early win against Darlington, followed by draws against Sunderland and Stockton meant that we went into the final game against Washington needing a draw to retrain the trophy. In a rather tired looking performance, we lost 2-1 so ended up runners up - a creditable result against good quality district teams
Durham County 7 a Side
Tony Carter Memorial Trophy
This competition is one of our favourites as, since the first season it was played in 1994, Chester-le-Street have been, by far, the most successful team in the county. Five teams took part, playing in a league format, at Sunderland Academy of Light.
Four top performances against Durham City, Bishop Auckland, Sunderland and Washington put us in a great position as we played the final game against Darlington. In fact, a similar scenario to the Peter Dunn competition (see above). As in the Peter Dunn, we were unable to gain the draw we needed, losing by a single goal.
Although runners up is a creditable result, we were disappointed as the winning team represents Durham County in the Danone North of England finals
However, it turned out that, due to the coronavirus, the north of England finals were cancelled so the blow wasn't quite so devastating.
Durham County Indoor 5 a Side
Tony Carter Memorial Trophy
The indoor 5 a side, played in January at the Stanley Louisa Centre, provided a welcome break from the winter weather and the annual cancellation of matches. Again, as in most county competition, Chester-le-Street have been as successful as any team in the county.
For the third time this season, we ended up runners up. As in all small sided competitions, the result was in doubt until the end and we finished up runners up to Washington, despite not having lost a match. Wins against Darlington and Durham City and draws against Bishop Auckland, Washington and Sunderland were not quite enough to win the competition but, again, we have proved to be very competitive and that is all that can be asked. Winning any of these competitions requires a little bit of luck on the day and, through achieving runners up three times shows that we didn't quite have the rub of the green on the day
Derwent & Medomsley Cup 9 a Side Knockout Cup
South Northumberland 2 Chester-le-Street 6
Inclement weather caused this fixture, which should have been played in October, to be postponed twice before it was eventually played in the beginning of March at Astley High School, Seaton Delaval.
South Northumberland started off brightly but it didn't take long before we began to stretch the home defence with the rapid forward players we have in the team this season. Toby Bell was proving to be virtually unstoppable and he completed a first half hat-trick - his second goal being particularly memorable with a ferocious strike from distance . A 4-0 lead looked comfortable but South Northumberland were not a bad side at all and pulled two goals back before another two late goals gave a convincing look to the scoreline. Goals from Joe Collier (2) and Alex Wright completed the scoring
Throughout the team, there were good performances and, although Toby caught the eye with three goals, Harry Armstrong, in goal, pulled off important saves when it mattered
Darlington are opponents in the quarter final
The management, over recent visits to Northumberland, had spotted an excellent fish and chip shop in nearby Seaton Sluice and the whole party were treated to the biggest portion of fish and chips it is possible to find after the match. I get the feeling that the fish and chips will live longer in the memory than the football.
Sadly, we have been overtaken by the coronavirus virus and it is extremely unlikely that this competition will be completed, so the fish and chips is a sort of end of season celebration to what has been a successful campaign. The team has performed well in all competitions and, as an added bonus, three of the squad are playing a year young, so that augers well for next season
Well done to the team!
Harry Armstrong Belmont Primary School
Joe Colliery Belmont
Harry Clish St Margarets
Alex Wright St Margarets
James Ormorod St Margarets
Cole Robson Red Rose
Oliver Taylor Red Rose
Toby Bell Cestria
Angus Smith Cestria
Kieran Woods Cestria
Pearce Tait Cestria
Carter Bell C of E
Ellis Ward (Red Rose)
Zac Kershaw, Arran Birkby (Lumley)
Finn Geragusian, Alex Graham (St Margaret's)
Felix Scott (Witton Gilbert)
Matthew Crowther (Newker)
Harry Coe (St Cuthberts)
Liam Anderson (St Benet's)