Birmingham Sky Blues 55's travelled to Burton on Friday 23rd September for a charity tournament organised by Burton Community Trust.
Played in fantastic conditions the team faced opposition from Burton x2, Stoke, Wolverhampton, Ashbourne and Hartshill.
Six games were played in a mini league formatt before the top four played off in semi's and then a final.
Sky blues started against Burton P and were ahead very early when Shand converted a Mark Evans through ball. Sky blues completely dominated the game and there were further chances for Shand, Evans, Hall and Mathieson, but the Burton keeper was on fire. Burton P then equalised right at the death with their only clear chance.
Game two saw the Sky blues face Ashbourne the eventual winners. In a close edgy game Ashbourne had the better of the chances but came up against an inspired Dave Taylor in goal and they eventually nicked it from a cruel deflected goal in the dying minutes.
Next came the challenge of Wolves, there was nothing in this game, some robust challenges and then Wolves sneaked it 1-0.
Forth came Hartshill, who were beaten by Ashbourne in the final. Sky Blues stroked the ball about well and went ahead with a tidy goal from Mark Evans. Hartshill fought hard but the Sky blues defence held on for a deserved victory.
By this stage in the tournament wins were needed to progress and in the final two games against Burton A and Stoke a rather aggressive attacking approach was adopted. Sky blues were done 1-0 by Burton A when a double deflection landed at the feet of their striker who calmly finished. In the final game against Stoke , there was nothing between the teams, Stoke ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of a wonder strike off the underside of the bar.
Congratulations to Ashbourne on winning, and to Burton Albion Community Trust for organising the event.
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Sky Blues team l-r
Mark Evans,Pete Hall,Tom Lilley, Tony Fisher, Dave Taylor, Ashley Mathieson, Phil Kenny, Neil Shand.