Congratulations to Haywood Under 16’s Football Team who won their match against Birches Head on 1st May 2013 and are now U16 North Area Football Champions.
Haywood and Birches Head met in the Final of the Stoke North Football Championships played at Biddulph Town. Haywood took the lead after a corner by Aaron Turnock was met by Ashley Smith who neatly slotted home from close range. The lead lasted 30 seconds as Birches Head reacted well and equalised straight away. Haywood were then awarded a penalty but failed to convert the chance. Birches Head took the lead just before half time with a stunning strike from 30 yards. Haywood dominated the second half and were creating chances throughout. A second Haywood penalty was saved and the score remained 2-1. Ashley Smith equalised after 60 minutes and the game looked destined for extra time until Birches Head were awarded a penalty with 2 minutes to play. However they failed to convert and the match ended 2-2.
Extra time was played with no goals and the game went to penalties. Haywood went first and Kaylem Lewis’s shot was saved. This handed the intiative to Birches but Kaylem managed to save the next 2 penalties. Aaron Turnock, Chris Nellis and Ashley Smith all scored their penalties which left Josh Worthington to score the winner and ensure Haywood were crowned Champions of the North.