Rangers conquer York by winning top competition

The winning Longhoughton Rangers team.
The winning Longhoughton Rangers team.

Longhoughton Rangers U15s tackled some high-quality sides in a York-based competition at the weekend and came away with a trophy.

The entire Rangers’ team travelled down to compete in the two-day, 11-a-side competition.

Sides competing over the weekend came from Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Doncaster, Middlesbrough and York.

On Sunday, the lads from Northumberland tasted glory, lifting the EBOR Cup – beating the tournament favourites along the way.

After some tough games, they finished second in their group.

In the semi-final, they faced TIBS FC from Middlesbrough – the tournament favourites – and produced a fine performance to win 1-0.

Longhoughton faced host club Woodthorpe in the final, which was a close and hotly-contested affair.

Rangers scored early in the first half and then defended valiantly to hold onto their lead.

Sam Wright was the goal-scoring hero, netting the all-important winner.

Following a long through-ball, he hammered home from close range after out-muscling a defender.

The trophy was well deserved for each and every player.

It was also a fitting send-off to Ian Clapcott who was managing his last game, having been with the team for 10 years.

On the Saturday, the Longhoughton lads had competed in the York Cup.

Playing in torrential rain, Rangers exited at the group stage, after winning only one game despite playing some great football.

Pictured above with the trophy are (back row, left to right): Evan McEwan, Jack Robson, Jordan Briggs, George Lindley, Josh White, Josh Pusey, Thomas Slack, Connor Armstrong.

In the front row, from left to right, are: Josh Turnbull, Brendan Clapcott, Mark Statton, Kyle Smith, Sam Wright, Josh Hall, Jake Allan.