The very well-run Wrexham Inclusion FC tournament was played on the 4G surface at the New Saints football club, home of the Welsh premier league champions. The 24 teams taking part were divided into three leagues of eight teams in each and Jersey was placed in league 1, the second ability level. The top four went through to the knock out stage.
Full round-robin league games results :-
Jersey 2 - 0 Leek B
Jersey 0 - 0 St. Christophers
Jersey 2 - 0 Woodlands
Jersey 4 - 1 Wrexham B
Jersey 3 - 0 Autnomy
Jersey 0 - 0 City Knights
Jersey 1 - 0 Doncaster B
All of the seven games were competitive and the Jersey players defended well, closed the opposing team down and took their goal scoring opportunities. This resulted with Jersey topping their league having won five and drawn two games, scoring twelve goals and conceding only one.
In the knock out round, Jersey were drawn against Wrexham B. A few nerves showed at the beginning of the game but Jersey soon gained their composure and took control of the game. Despite
having the majority of possession, Jersey were unable to take their few opportunities against a very defensive Wrexham team and the game ended goalless. A best of three penalty shoot-out followed and
unfortunately Jersey were beaten 2 - 1.
The hosts went out of their way to make Jersey feel welcome and some of their club members and coaches organized an enjoyable fun day of football golf the day before the tournament. With their knowledge of the course, the Wrexham players had the lowest score cards but the Jersey players didn’t disgrace themselves after the two rounds of 9 holes, which is more than can be said of their coaches!
The squad would like to thank the Jersey Football Association, Sir James Knott Trust and Unite for their support.
For further details please contact:
Paul Patterson MBE