September 25th, 2016

Work rate key to Santiago U13s’ double success

Work rate key to Santiago U13s’ double success Work rate key to Santiago U13s’ double success

MANAGER Grant Westwood hailed the work rate of his players as Santiago u13 Lions completed a league and cup double.

After securing the Division Five title, the Lions then racked up a 4-1 win over West Hagley who finished top of the league above, to claim the cup.

Westwood said he was stunned how well his side, who were previously known as Alvechurch Lions, had done this season as they had won 18 of their 20 games.

“It’s totally amazing what they have done,” he said. “I am shocked at myself as they had only won four or five matches before I arrived.

“I had only signed four players since I have come in and they have been amazing. It just shows what hard work can bring.

“One of the things I have tried to install is a good standard.

“They have listened and learnt and that’s where they are today.”

Meanwhile, Santiago u15 Colts secured the runners up spot in a penalty shoot out with Harbourne Hotshots.

Callum Gregory scored in normal time as they were held to a 1-1 draw before Sam Whitehouse, Gregory, Josh Toogood, Callum Debar and Jack Zammit converted their penalties. Alex Bird also pulled off a great save as Santiago edged Harbourne.

Other results saw U16 Girls draw 1-1 with Droitwich Spa to finish third in the League, with Izzy Millington getting the only goal, while the club’s U13 Girls won the league and U11 Lions were runners up.