US youngsters pip Moretonville U11 Rovers in tour game

Moretonville U11 Rovers (red) and North Kitsap Asteroids (white). 120404M-E420
Moretonville U11 Rovers (red) and North Kitsap Asteroids (white). 120404M-E420

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Moretonville Rovers U11s fought out a 1-1 draw with American touring side, North Kitsap Asteroids, at Gawcott playing fields but went down 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out.

The game was a closely fought affair between two well-matched sides.

Rovers, who are bidding to become divisional champions in their league, hosted the youngsters from Poulsbo, Washington State, whose British tour took in a game at Oxford as well as a visit to Fulham FC’s Academy.

Rovers’ spokeswoman Sharon Mackereth said: “All the players throughly enjoyed the game despite the poor weather and it was a fair result at the end of the day.”

A reception was held afterwards at the Best Western Hotelin Buckingham where gifts were exchanged between the two sides.

The match was arranged through Moretonville assistant manager Jon Hardy, whose brother-in-law Pip Thompson is head coach of the North Kitsap Asteroids.

Rovers are next in action this weekend against Tattenhoe Whites in a bid to achieve some silverware.

>>Moretonville Rovers: Lewis Jefferies, Tomas Hardy, Thomas Carver, Tommy Aldersley, George Seaton, Jack Powell, Jack Porteous, Callum Kip, Joe Bleasdale, Nico Dickmann-Penna, Fred Wilkinson, James Wilson.

North Kitsap Asteroids: Parker Morley-Short, Jordan Thompson, Evan James, Tess Baldwin, Jack Thompson, Alex Escobar, Jalen Jones, Derek Carpenter, Darius Joe, Mason Joe, Peter Sustad, Ian Schimd, Noah Elkington, Jackson Kimmel, Nick Cullen, Addie Berg, Justin Wilson.