Defeat can’t throw youngsters off scent of football silverware

Hucknall Warriors Priory Celtic

Hucknall Warriors Priory Celtic

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DEFEAT in their opening match galvanised Hucknall Warriors Under-9s to such an extent that they went on to win their section of the prestigious Priory Celtic tournament.

What’s more, after losing 3-0 to Lowdham Colts, the locals got sweet revenge by beating the same opponents 1-0 in the final.

Warriors remained unbeaten after their opening-game disappointment and dominated the final when they met up with old rivals Lowdham.

A single goal, midway through the first period, paved the way to silverware.

Manager Mark Nason praised his squad of seven, beaming: “This is a large tournament and very difficult to win. Our team showed courage and commitment and the whole Warriors club can be very proud of them.”

OUR PHOTO shows the victorious Warriors. They are — Back Row (from left): Curtis Rigley, Jude Preece and Regan Evans. Front Row (from left): Captain Owen Burke, Joseph Gillan, Jack Bradley and David Hurry.