The Easter weekend is over and we look back on a weekend that had lots of weather issues. But a weekend filled with friendship and good times.
The weekend started with our friends from EBOH arriving on Good Friday. All the players and coaching staff were then hosted by Stotfold Junior members. We made Friday evening a free night so we could make new friends and catch up with old. Quite a few went to the Conservative Club, who we are grateful for allowing us to meet there.
Saturday morning saw a change in the normal plans with a trip to The Arena in Baldock for the Adult fun game. This was a game that Stotfold were determined to win after years of EBOH adult wins. This was a game played in good spirit and well supported. Stotfold Junior Adults came out as winners beating EBOH adults 2-0. Which set the Juniors up to a good start.
Saturday afternoon saw our Dutch guests taken on a tour of the Emirates Stadium home of Arsenal FC.
The afternoon and evening saw the weather change to high winds and heavy rain. The high winds destroyed the Juniors small marquee and also loosened and flooded the main hired marquee.
We were due to enjoy and evening of entertainment in the main marquee but it was declared unsafe and the Conservative club came to our rescue allowing our guests access while we worked on repairing and moping out the marquee. Members of EBOH who were electrical contractors along with Stotfold Junior staff completed repairs to the main marquee and we finally had the marquee open.
Easter Sunday saw an early start for the SJFC Under 14’s and EBOH C. SJFC started strongly and took control of the match with a commanding performance that. They continued this dominance into the second half and resulted in a 5 – 0 victory. A real credit to Adam Major, Geoff Loriot and Dean Bainbridge.
Next was the girls match which saw for the first time in 42 years the two clubs fielding Girl squads. SJFC Under 15 girls vs EBOH MC1. The game took part on the Riverside as the main pitch at Roker Park was flooded and unsafe. An amazing effort saw the Pitch at the Riverside marked and set up for the girls to play on. Both squads of girls put on a cracking game that saw great football and friendship between the two teams. Stotfold Junior Under 15’s came out on top with a 5 – 3 win. Securing “The Friendship Trophy” and Shield. A proud moment for Matt Konopka, Colin Robinson and Adam Dollman.
The SJFC Under 16 versus EBOH B having to move they match to Arlesey Road as the pitch at Roker Park was still unusable. Again another great effort was made to get the pitch usable and transport players and supporters to the venue. Both teams put on a great game that saw both teams battling to win. SJFC ended the game 3-2 after an amazing performance. Chris Murray, Paul Slater and Gary Hoy were honoured to have coached the Under 16’s. An emotional end to a great day for Stotfold Junior FC.
SJFC Adults 2-0 EBOH Adults
SJFC Under 14 5-0 EBOH C
SJFC Under 15 girls 5-3 EBOH MC1
SJFC Under 16 3-2 EBOH B
Stan the Man Trophy (Best Player) - Ryan Lawrence (SJFC)
The Jan vd Merwe Trophy (Best Goalkeeper) - Sil Sewalt (EBOH)
Ken Waylett Shield Under 14 - Stotfold Junior FC Under 14s
Ken Waylett Shield Under 16 - Stotfold Junior FC Under 16s
The Friendship Shield - Stotfold Junior FC Under 15 Girls
The Friendship Trophy - Stotfold Junior FC Under 15 Girls
Alway Trophy - Stotfold Junior FC 8 – 2 on aggregate
There are so many people to thank that helped behind the scenes to ensure we made the best of the bad weather and problems. Especially Elaine Murray SJFC – EBOH Coordinator who organised the weekend.
Many thanks to all the SJFC and EBOH members that hosted and helped throughout the weekend. Lots of people went above and beyond, proving what great clubs we are.
Once again the Stotfold FC bar staff and committee were amazing.
Thanks to the volunteer Marquee Bar staff Steve Blacklaws, Colin Gilchrist and Gary Brown.
Of course massive thanks to the match officials who braved all kinds of weather to ensure the children played football.
The last thanks go to all the players whose behaviour and attitude were second to none.
Stotfold Junior FC Chairman