Felpham are national champs ... Barnham beat Real Madrid!

ESF winners Felpham Colts under-nines
ESF winners Felpham Colts under-nines

Felpham Colts took the glory at the 2014 ESF Festival finale at the University of Warwick Football Centre.

They beat Langley Hornets in the final to be crowned under-nines champions after another thrilling tournament.

Felpham qualified for the tournament after taking part in the festival of football at Butlins inBognor earlier this year.

Led by Steve Rishman, the team went to Warwick full of confidence and beat four teams on the way to being crowned champions.

Since the first ESF Festival in 1989, it has gone on to become the biggest and most prestigious youth football tournament in the UK.

More than 850,000 people have taken part in the festivals over the 25 years and they now take place at the UK’s premier holiday centres at Butlins, Haven and Europe’s Disneyland Paris resort.

Felpham manager Rishman said: “The whole team are thrilled with our victory - what a weekend it was at the University of Warwick.

“Events like this are a great opportunity for the kids to showcase their talent against some of the top teams in the country, but mainly to enjoy themselves.

“The whole weekend ran seamlessly and hopefully we’ll be back next year to defend our title.”

Martyn Young, of ESF Events, added: “With thousands of talented participants involved, the 2014 ESF Festival of Football has been another highly successful series of events.

“Everybody associated Felpham Colts FC should be very proud of their hard fought victory.”

Barnham Trojans under-ten Blues had a fantastic win against a Real Madrid touring side.

It was their penultimate summer game before entering the under-11 A division season in September and was highly-anticipated game against the touring development squad.

Playing on an adult-size pitch, with 11 players, Barnham, led by coach Duncan Terry, were playing under conditions new to them.

From the kick-off, Barnham seized the initiative and spent the majority of the first 15 minutes in Real Madrid’s half, dominating play.

Real Madrid’s first opportunity brought a fantastic diving save from Jensen Carruthers.

With a quick break, Real Madrid surged up-field and scored a goal against the tide of play.

Barnham went straight on the attack and Enrique Paris fired in a fantastic shot to equalise.

Harry Terry scored a lovely goal to put Barnham 2-1 up at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Real Madrid were rarely given the opportunity to pass the ball around.

Danny Howick was towering in midfield and was named man of the match.

Barnham and Real Madrid both missed chances to add to the scoring.

This was a great victory for the Barnham team playing a world top ten club’s development team.

BARNHAM: Toby Blanshard, Danny Howick, Finlay Johnson, Jake Gibbs, Jonny Lye, Jamie Norris, Leandro da Silva, Harry Terry, Sam Pulley, Jensen Carruthers, Alfie Kyle, Rafe Lock, Enrique Paris, Lawrence Cave. Coach – Duncan Terry.