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Sports Update by Chris Lines

Athletics, Squash, Rugby, Football and more

In the sport this month...

Sport in Sedgefield
Sports Updates by Chris Lines
There’s a lot of sporting news to squeeze in this month including a belated wrap-up of last season’s fortunes at Sedgefield St. Edmund’s FC and updates from our community’s thriving youth football set up, and cricket and squash.
Email club reports to Chris Lines: chrisjlines@aol.com
Youth teams - please call Tony Magee on 07837 114 271 if you would like him to report on your club or matches.
Sedgefield Youth FC
Sedgefield Youth Football Team
Sedgefield Youth FC supports boys and girls who are interested in football, offering both regular training sessions and the opportunity to be part of squads that play and compete together in a variety of cups and league competitions. Next season, the club will have the following teams: U9s, U10s (Saturdays), U10s (Sundays) and U11s.

Players in the Sedgefield Youth FC U10s squad have just completed a very successful year at the club. The season started with a mixed bag of wins, draws and losses, and then mid-way through the schedule, the team won 14 consecutive matches. Each player scored at least three goals during the season (even the goalkeepers!), which highlights what a team effort it has been. Due to FA rules, the team does not know where they finished in the league, but everyone involved is very happy with the results throughout the season.

The team ended the season by entering the Ferryhill U10s Tournament, playing teams from a league above. After beating the hosts 5-0 in the first game, the team breezed through the tournament. The semi-final was tense, with Sedgefield eventually winning 4-2 after extra time and then winning the final 3-1.

Thanks go to Ryan Davey who volunteered to set up and the run the team, which takes a lot of time and dedication, in planning and running training sessions, making arrangements with other teams, and securing the funding to continue. Part way through the season, David Glass came in to support Ryan and together they have developed the squad to what it is today. David Ryder, who helped with the set-up of the team, has been a huge help throughout. The team (pictured below) is also grateful to sponsors NeoAngels and Sadberge Boarding Kennels & Cattery, who provided vital funding to start the team in the first place. Next season, the squad will start their U11s adventure and we will of course include updates in Sedgefield News.
Sedgefield Youth FC U9s
Sedgefield Youth Under 10s Football Team Sedgefield Youth FC U9s brought to an end their time in the age bracket by securing another league and cup double. The team added the MFC Foundation Cup to their earlier RFYL league title after a tense penalty shoot-out against Boro Rangers. Well, it was tense for everyone except the players apparently, who showed no nerves while slotting home all of their spot kicks.

The team now moves on to U10 football, buoyed by the news that Sedgefield Olympian Bradley Saunders and his company SLS Road Maintenance have renewed their sponsorship. This backing has helped Sedgefield set up another U10 team which will be competing in the TJFA league on Sundays from September. The team (pictured right) recently played competitively for the very first time winning the Middlesbrough FC Summer Cup, and did so by winning all 9 of their games without conceding a single goal. Very impressive!
Senior Football
Once again, Sedgefield St. Edmund’s FC had a disappointing end to a promising season. After leading the Premier Division of the Durham District Sunday League, the team finished fourth, while losing on penalties in the semi-final of the Durham County Cup and being removed from the League Cup final on a technicality. The club hopes that these circumstances – and the great potential that the team has shown - will make the players even more determined for success next season.
At the club’s annual presentation night, the following awards were made:
- Players’ Player of the Year - Glen Donaldson
- Player of the Year - Lewis Brown
- Young Player of the Year - Ryan Telford
- Leading Goal Scorer - Kieran Parnaby (26)
- Goal of the Season – Kieran Parnaby.
St. Edmunds FC will start training for the new season soon. Anyone who is interested in playing for the club should contact Phil Shann on 07944 501708.
Sedgefield Squash Club News
Sedgefield Squash Club News The British Open has for decades retained its prestige as the “Wimbledon of squash”, and during the 2019 event in Hull in late May, Sedgefield Squash Club members Chris Gillespie and Gordon Peden entered their age group competitions, which are run alongside the main professional event.

There are few sports where club membership entitles players to mix it with the best in this way. Gordon made the final 32 where his tournament ended, while Chris produced some excellent results to be narrowly beaten at the semi-final stages. Well done to both.

Back at home, the focus is now on an internal summer team competition, a new idea to encourage players of all standards to enjoy competitive squash against members of a similar standard, plus the après squash socialising! There is an entry sheet on the club noticeboard for those who haven’t joined in yet.
For all squash club enquiries, including membership – email to info@sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk or visit www.sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.
Sedgefield Cricket Club News
Sedgefield Cricket Club News One of the season’s highlights has been the re-emergence of the 3rd XI, which is being used as a development opportunity for more junior players to play senior cricket. The team has produced some great results so far, despite matches against typically far more experienced opponents. And there was recently a landmark moment when three members of the Lower family - dad Martin and sons Harrison and Freddie - took to the field together.
Email club membership enquiries to sccmemberships@outlook.com and keep up to date with everything going on by liking the Sedgefield Cricket Club’s Facebook page or follow @Sedgefield_CC on Twitter.
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