East North U15s finish without trophy

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AFTER firing on four fronts only a few weeks ago, East Northumberland Under-15s have ended the campaign without any silverware.

The outfit finished runners-up in the Northumberland League and lost in the semi-finals of both the National Schools FA Cup and Durham Cup.

And last week, despite taking the lead, they went down to Chester-le-Street in a match at Morpeth’s Chantry Middle School, which had they won, would have seen them lift the Northumberland League championship.

East North started well and took the lead in the tenth minute through Reece Ramsay.

Luke Robinson’s pass into the box was spilled by the keeper and Ramsay reacted well to tuck the ball home from six yards.

Towards the end of the first half, Chester-le-Street equalised following a good move which saw the centre forward lob the East North. keeper.

Then the visitors went in front with half an hour remaining after a defensive error.

From a corner, the home unit had several chances to clear but failed to do so.

They were then caught by a sucker punch third on the counter attack.

However, manager Paul Messenger remained upbeat and praised his squad.

He said: “I am so proud of the commitment and attitude of the lads and how far they have come this season.

“Yes, it was a bitter disappointment not to win anything, but I class it purely as football.

“We could have taken all four competitions or ended up with none – the latter of which was the case.

“Disappointment is the appropriate word but it is hinged with a bit of pride in what the lads have done at under-15 level.”