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Chester-le-Street Schools' Football: Season 2017-18

District Team Football

ESFA 7 a Side at Sunderland Academy on December 9th: 1 pm start

Inter-Schools' Football

St Margarets win the first competition of the season: ESFA Competition

 Scarborough Weekend 2017

The 28th annual weekend in Scarborough saw a much reduced party of boys. teachers and parents set off early on Saturday 21st October for a district match against Scarborough at the new Scarborough Sports Complex. A small squad of players was due to a range of reasons - an academy competition which ruled out two of the team and a family holiday which ruled out another. For this reason, we had to include a couple of boys who had not played for the team before, for the traditional first match against Scarborough Boys. The new complex is impressive and we played on a 4G pitch for the first time in Scarborough. Despite going down to an early goal, the team fought back in fine fashion and recorded a 5-3 win, thus maintaining our 100% record against Scarborough. The match was a personal triumph for Finn Geragusian, who scored all five goals including a headed goal and shots from distance as well as close in. A fine effort and. hopefully, a sign of things to come

A 'free' afternoon saw boys and parents engage in a variety of activities before setting off for Alpamare, the largest water park in Europe. Once inside, we didn't see much of the boys or parents for the three hours we were there as they enjoyed the swimming and the slides.

 Breakfast was enjoyed by all before setting off to play our friends of many years, North Tyneside, at Bramcote School, our usual venue for matches in Scarborough. A 3-1 victory last season was definitely not going to be repeated this time round. Three of the boys from yesterday's match had to return to the north east due to family commitments so were left with not just a young squad but sufficient players for a 7 a side match only on a big pitch against a strong North Tyneside squad. Although the boys stuck to their task, a 6-0 defeat was no surprise. It was then back to the cars and a return journey to the north east.

The visit to Scarborough has always been an opportunity for the boys and parents to get to know each other better. The trip has been hugely enjoyed by past teams and this was no exception. Taking the squad away for a weekend break has been a feature of the season for many years. Past players fondly remember trips to Manchester at Easter which were organised from 1971 - 1990. Since then, the trip to Scarborough in October has been equally successful and has been more beneficial in terms of bonding for the season. This weekend was like no other we have ever had for the reasons listed above but, for those who were there, I'm sure it was an enjoyable