It was the U13s turn last week to take part in the ESFA National Competition, playing at Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough.. The weather had not been kind to us that week and as we were playing on grass were unsure as to what we would see when we got there, however the surface was good and had held up despite the rain.
Kepier started well, keeping the ball and putting pressure on Acklam Grange's defence. This paid off with Jack Patterson scoring after only 7 mins. Almost straight from kick off, a ball that was won in midfield was played neatly through by Grace Ede, resulted in another goal for Jack Patterson on 9 minutes. Acklam Grange started to find their target man and with kicking down the slope, seemed to be having a lot of the ball, and scored two goals in quick succession resulting in the score being 2-2. With 5 minutes until half time both teams were pushing to take the lead, and with a bursting run from Jack Patterson he completed his hat trick, leaving Kepier leading 3-2 at the interval.
With a change of ends Kepier were kicking downhill, but the grass pitch was becoming hard to play on and this lead to a series of unforced errors. Kepier kept possession well however, passing the ball swiftly around. Acklam Grange, although they tried very hard to intercept forward balls, failed to cut these out and Joe Naylor worked tirelessly to score twice.
As the game was reaching its conclusion Acklam Grange never gave up and continued to press the Kepier goal. Dylan Taylor pulled off some great last minute saves to ensure the score line remained 5-2 to Kepier.
They will now progress into the next round which will be drawn on the 8th September.