Hundreds of budding players compete at March Rangers Youth football tournament

March Rangers 6 a side junior football tournament.Picture: Steve Williams.

March Rangers 6 a side junior football tournament.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

More than 600 young players from almost 80 teams took part in March Rangers Youth’s two day football tournament.

Teams from the Fenland League, Hunts League, Cambs League, Peterborough Junior Alliance, Lincolnshire and Mid-Norfolk took each other on in contests played in great spirit at the Elm Sports Field.

The under 6s and under 7s played friendly matches. For the under 8s, under 9s and under 10s boys and girls, there was silverware at stake.

The winner of the under 10 girls competition was Cambridge City, with March Town United taking the fair play award.

There was home success for March Rangers in the under 10 boys competition. Alex Fisher’s side did not concede a goal in the entire tournament and saw off Reffley Youth 1-0 in the final. The fair play award went to Park Farm.

The under 9s competition was won by Wisbech St Mary Purple, with Brampton Spartans claiming the fair play award.

In the under 8s, Alconbury Colts did the double, winning both the competition and the fair play award.

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Hundreds of matches took place across the field under the watchful eye of a team of young referees, the oldest 18 years of age.

An army of volunteers helped make the tournament, the first of its kind in March for at least 20 years, run remarkably smoothly.

Organiser Alex Fisher said: “The event went unbelievably well, it surpassed expectations. We’ve not had something like this in March for at least 20 years so it has put the town and the club back on the map.

“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we will definitely be putting on a tournament next year.

“Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work. It has been a monster effort. Thanks too to MP Steve Barclay for coming along and supporting the event.”