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Mid-Herts Rural Minors League, Eastern Junior Alliance and Royston Crow League all made the early decision to call off the last round of matches before Christmas ahead of tier 4 announcement




Youth football clubs hope to return to action on the weekend of January 9 and 10 following the decision to suspend fixtures.

The Mid-Herts Rural Minors League, Eastern Junior Alliance and Royston Crow League all made the early decision to call off the last round of matches before Christmas.

Government guidelines do permit organised outdoor sport for children aged 18 and under, but games scheduled for the weekend of January 2 and 3 have also been postponed.

Coach Greg Sambridge brought Father Christmas along to help at Thorley Manor training (43643549)
Coach Greg Sambridge brought Father Christmas along to help at Thorley Manor training (43643549)

The youngsters at Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club, Real Stortford and Thorley Manor are now hoping to get back on the pitch on the second weekend of 2021.

The Thorley players did get some Christmas cheer when club founder and coach Greg Sambridge got Santa Claus to help out at their last training sessions of the year.

Sambridge, who donned an inflatable suit to become an elf being carried around by Father Christmas, said: "The idea was to spread some Christmas cheer and keep the kids motivated during this tough time and an unusual season.

Santa helping Thorley Manor coach Greg Sambridge at training (43649077)
Santa helping Thorley Manor coach Greg Sambridge at training (43649077)

"In tier 4, organised outdoor football training is still allowed as per the Government and FA guidelines, and we are also releasing an 'Elf and Safety' workout video to help keep the kids going during the Christmas period."

New players interested in joining Thorley Manor in the new year can email greg.sambridge@thorleymanorfc.co.uk or visit www.facebook.com/thorleymanorfc.

Meanwhile, Jess McCrae scored twice as Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-13s drew 4-4 with Welwyn Pegasus in the Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League.

The hosts fell behind in the first minute, but they soon levelled matters thanks to a great run and finish from Anna Baros.

Both teams carved out further chances and it was Welwyn who scored next to lead at the interval.

Stortford began the second half strongly and took the lead with efforts from Gemma Beazley and McCrae before the visitors found an equaliser.

McCrae's second goal was a fine solo effort, but the away side battled hard and restored parity once more.

Amy Lenihan could have won it for Stortford near the end, but her shot was well saved as the teams shared eight goals for the second time this season.



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