Wembley joy for Juniors

Saturday 6th August 2022 2:00 pm
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MORE than 100 Ross Juniors saw history made at Wembley as England’s Lionnesses won the European Cup with a nail-biting 2-1 extra-time win over Germany on Sunday.

The club bought 110 tickets last year in the hope that England might make the final, and their dreams came through in style as the host nation won the country’s first major football tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

Juniors, who boast some 30 boys and girls teams, have just launched their first women’s senior side, who will be competing in the league when the new season starts.

They beat Mitcheldean 8-2 at Ledbury Town at the weekend, and the club is now hoping to get even more girls and older players on board thanks to the England success.

Juniors posted pics of their girls at the England match and said: “It’s still not fully sunk in yet! Rhe Lionesses won the Euros at Wembley and many of us were there.

“There were 110 of us lucky to have tickets for the final which we bought 12 months before.

“At the time we were hoping England would be there, and once they got past Sweden in the semis, it was reality. Of all the teams for us to play it had to be Germany.

“The coaches left at 9.15am and we made good time in getting to Barnet for some football pre-Wembley.

“The U10 girls alongside the U14/15 showcased their skills in competitive matches.

“The standout match though was our U12s playing Stotfold in a close game that went to sudden death penalties with our great opponents coming out on top.

“Then on to Wembley where we met with some other club members who had tickets and Tottenham’s Kerys Harrop.

“Then the game began, the rest is history and we were fortunate to see it.

“The atmosphere was immense, the crowd were rocking and the celebrations carried on all the way home on the coaches.

“What an inspiration the England team were. Many of our young players have their very own superb role models and yesterday will only serve to further the girls’ footballing aspirations and ambitions.

“We are nearing 200 female members from our girls to our women’s teams, and we are wanting to grow it further.

“Great pitches, brilliant social facilties, team building club trips, ex-players at academies and representing their countries, links to WSL clubs and players, a complete player pathway from four years old to women’s team and an even brighter future planned is what we can offer anyone joining our great club.

“Get in touch if interested in playing or coaching. Free taster sessions and a new wildcats programme are being planned as we prepare for the new season.”

Go to facebook.com/rossjuniors for more information and to message the club.

* Ross Juniors men warmed up for the new season with a 7-0 win at Ruardean United, with braces from Ben Scotford and Kieran Young, and one apiece from Callum Trotman, Sam Maher and Florin Cranic.

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