AN EASTER break with a difference ended in glory for a formidable group of young footballers from Hartlepool.
Thirteen members of the Dyke House Sports & Technology College Year 7 squad, led by former Hartlepool United striker Eifion Williams, returned to the North-East with the ISL West Country Cup on Friday.
The outstanding crop scored an incredible 30 goals in seven matches, without conceding, to top their age group and secure the title in their first year at the tournament.
Plans are already in place for Dyke House to return to defend the crown in 12 months time.
Danny Evans, the director of the Dyke House Elite Development Squad, who was assisting Williams, said: “We are looking into taking the new intake of Year 7s along with these players as reigning champions.
“It was a fantastic week in which we could not have asked any more from the boys both on and off the pitch.
“It was a great, enjoyable trip and Eifion and myself got to see the lads working as a team even when they were not playing.”
After travelling down to Newquay last Monday, Dyke House got off to an emphatic start the following day by winning their games 11-0 and 2-0.
Dyke House then won 3-0, 5-0 and 3-0 the following day and in the final round of fixtures they triumphed 4-0 and 3-0 to lift the trophy.
The trip was the reward for a hard-working first year at Dyke House since stepping up from primary education.
Danny added: “Cole Kiernan was the top scorer in the competition with 10 goals.
“A feature of the success was his link up with skipper Cameron Painter.
“Obviously the defence – Kian Waggott, Drew Wood and Brandon Sanderson – were outstanding. and despite three and a half hours of football they did not concede a goal.”
Cameron Mann, David Webb, Lewis Porritt, Tyler Miley, Reece Bailey, Cieran Kirby, Joe Bromage and Robert Foster-Topping made up the rest of the cup-winning squad.
They have another two opportunities to shine before the summer, with games inthe Northern Futsal finals, in Durham, on May 8 and then the Northern Education Cup, at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park, the following day.