CHESTER Schoolboys under 14s overcame the odds to beat Warrington Schoolboys U14s 3-2 in the Alcock Cup final and be crowned county champions for the first time in seven years.
With their pre-match plans thrown into disarray after losing four key players, our county’s finest’s strength in-depth shone through in dismal conditions at the home of Middlewich Town FC.
On a surface as slick as Chester’s passing, Joe Williams started brightly and was causing problems for the opposition defence. It came against the run of play, then, when Warrington broke the deadlock through a penalty harshly awarded for George Nott’s innocuous handball in the box.
Responding almost immediately, Ben Gregory curled an inswinging free kick into the area and Cameron Clark reacted quickest to slot home before midfield maestro Tom Batten fired Chester in front for the first time with a bullet of a free kick.
The rain continued to lash down after the restart, and it was Warrington who coped better with the conditions as they equalised with 15 minutes to play despite the efforts of outstanding goalkeeper Russell Griffiths and rock-solid defender Ed Behan.
But Chester were not to be denied and Williams cooly settled the contest eight minutes from time after he latched on to Batten’s exquisite pass.