Watch out – it’s only Ray Parlour!
Premiership star Ray Parlour was the special guest as Benington under-13s recently held their annual presentation night at Stevenage Boro s Broadhall Suite. Following yet another successful season, club awards and league championship trophies were present
Premiership star Ray Parlour was the special guest as Benington under-13s recently held their annual presentation night at Stevenage Boro's Broadhall Suite.
Following yet another successful season, club awards and league championship trophies were presented to the players by the ex-England and Arsenal man who now plays for Middlesbrough.
Parlour said that it was a great pleasure for him to be invited to make the presentations and having seen the boys play on a number of occasions this season, he was looking forward to more success for the boys next season.
Manager Mark Chapman said: "The boys must be congratulated for their achievements this season; they have been magnificent.
"These boys are very ambitious. Already they are looking forward to playing at under-14 level when the new season starts in September."
Full-back Connor Bullen won both the players' player and the parents' player awards while captain Ben Amies was awarded manager's player and Luke Hacker was the top goal-scorer for the season.
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* Wymondley Park under-13s rounded off their season in style with a dream trip to Highbury to take part in one of the last matches to be played at the home of Premiership Arsenal.
They were invited by the ChildLine charity to play in a seven-a-side match as a prelude to an adult tournament.
The players also received a tour of the old stadium.
Ryan Webb (hat-trick) and Robert Clark got their names on the scoresheet in a 4-2 victory for the whites, Nick Albone (two) replying for the yellows.
* Stevenage Town Youth under-13s have won the double.
They won the Royston Crow League Division Two, remaining unbeaten throughout the campaign, before lifting the league cup in a thrilling extra-time win over Apollo from Division One.
To cap a fine season, the boys also reached the quarter-finals of the county cup.
Manager Phil Clark said: "I would like to thank all the boys for their hard work this season and for the commitment they have shown in what was a fruitful season and are looking forward to the fresh challenges of the new season.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the running of the team for their hard work."
* Austen Arrowheads under-11s have also achieved a unique double.
They won both the cup and plate at the Kempston West End five-a-side tournament at Bedford.
There are still a couple of squad places available for the new season. Anyone interested should call Ian Gould on 01438 233821.
* Baldock Town under-14s, under the guidance of manager Laurie Hill, won a thrilling cup final at Royston Town's Garden Walk ground against local rivals Stevenage Boro 2-1.
Trailing at the break, Baldock took the game to their opponents in the second half and were rewarded when Jake Lindsey-Smith rounded the keeper to make it 1-1.
After the game entered extra time, a penalty shoot-out was avoided when striker Chris Hogg struck a spectacular winner.
A wonderful season also saw the Reds reach the quarter-finals of the county cup and finish runners-up in the league.
* Stevenage Boro Juniors under-10 Reds lost out to Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the final of the tournament at Hatfield.
But the Reds, with only five players and without both recognised keepers, won the Buntingford five-a-side tournament the week before. The final was against last year's winners Pin Green and the two Stevenage teams could not be separated (2-2 after extra time) before a penalty shoot-out decided the winner.