London Colney Colts Under-9s are through to the ESF national youth finals after being crowned south east champions in a tournament at Butlins Bognor Regis.

The Colts entered the competition for the second year running after a third place finish last year. The tournament consisted of teams including Faversham, Bracknell and Sidcup.

Over the five matches played, Colney conceded only two goals, with Alex Paterson making some crucial saves in the Colney goal. Paddy Cassidy was a handful in attack, supported well by wingers Soames Haldankar, Jack Morris, and Josh Nathan.

In defence, Will Andiyapan and Max Pedder were solid whilst Owen Andrews and Kyrese Williams were dominant in midfield.

Manager Trevor Andrews said: “In some very difficult games, Colney showed their real strength and by sealing their victory, they have shown what a fantastic team they are. I couldn’t be prouder.”

The team were presented with their wining trophy by ex England caretaker manager and captain Stuart Pearce.

Haldankar was awarded a ‘golden moment’ award for some exceptionally skilful play leading to a goal. His award was a gold football signed by Pearce.

London Colney will travel to Warwick University football centre in July for the national finals of the competition.

London Colney are holding their AGM tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm at the club.