North Somerset are champions in their first season back

PUBLISHED: 15:43 23 May 2018

North Somerset Under-13s.

North Somerset Under-13s.

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North Somerset defeated Yeovil in the final of the Somerset Inter District Cup.

North Somerset Under-13s claimed the spoils in the Somerset Inter District county final against a spirited Yeovil District team at Berrow.

This year they have been based at Worle Community School on their state-of-the-art 3G.

Unbeaten in the league stages of the competition, North Somerset went into the game as favourites and started the game well against a stiff breeze.

Yeovil also looked threatening in the opening exchanges and a close encounter looked on the cards. After 15 minutes the decisive breakthrough came when Finlay Stack intercepted well on the halfway line and drove forward.

As he reached the corner of the box he produced an excellent cross which was flicked on by Liam Graham and coolly finished by Tom White.

North had to defend well for the next 10 minutes as Yeovil probed for an equaliser and goalkeeper Tommy Skidmore did well to keep out one effort.

Just on half-time the game changed in North’s favour when Charlie Thornton was brought down in the box and a penalty awarded. Headyn Wall easily dispatched the spot kick.

The second half saw North Somerset dominate, with the tireless Reuben Gager causing panic in the Yeovil back four. North were rewarded when Gager stole the ball and passed to Wall, whose cross was placed in the corner of the net off the head of Graham.

Brad Probert and Thornton were dominant in midfield and this brought another goal when a free kick was expertly delivered by Graham leaving White with the simplest of tap-ins to get his second and North’s fourth.

White completed his hat-trick when Wall produced a neat pass into his path and he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home between two defenders.

There was time for one more White goal when Gager supplied an exquisite through ball for White to score.

Coach Kevin Wagland said: “Although the scoreline was emphatic, Yeovil never stopped working and were a credit to their coach. This was our day however, and this excellent display rounds of a fine comeback season for North Somerset.

“My thanks goes out to the parents of the boys who did all the travelling and especially to Worle Community School Academy for their support with our home fixtures and to NK Sports of Weston who supplied our kit and who have supported us all season.”

Back row (left to right): Kevin Wagland (coach), Finlay Stack (Worle), Reuben Gager (Gordano), Charlie Thornton (Nailsea), Will Armitage (Gordano, Brad Probert (captain) (Clevedon), Orion Keeble-Carter (Backwell), Michael Hawes (assistant coach), Headyn Wall (Clevedon). Front row: Tommy Skidmore (Priory), Liam Graham (Worle), Harry Cole (Backwell), Billy Pring (Gordano), Tom White (Backwell), Josh Jenkins (Clevedon) and Ashton Jones (Clevedon).

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