Echoes preserve unbeaten record to clinch league title

Echoes celebrate winning the league with Champers (non-alcoholic!)
Echoes celebrate winning the league with Champers (non-alcoholic!)

Undefeated Hemel Echoes Amber U13s wrapped up the West Herts Youth League Division 4 title in style on Sunday.

Echoes, captained by Ben Steele, won 4-2 over FC66 at their Penine Way ground, Grovehill, to make it 13 wins from as many games this term.

Goals came from top scorer Shay Cross, David Sarkodie, Frankie Coughlan and Joel Ratcliffe.

Man of the match was Harvey Patterson.

The Amber have now netted an impressive 93 league goals this season – 31 from Cross – and 119 in all competitions.

Echoes have three league games remaining to try to preserve their perfect record.

And they have a chance to do the league-and-cup double when they face Bedmond Youth in May’s West Herts Junior League cup final at Ashlyns School in Berkhamstead.

Boss Ian Creaser said: “I’m incredibly proud of the boys. They’ve worked hard for two seasons to be in this position,

“Now we have a cup final to look forward to in May to complete the double. They thoroughly deserve it.”

The bulk of the group have been together for three seasons and a trio of players – Kieren Creaser, Jordan Porter and Patterson – have played in the same team since they were seven years old with more than 130 appearances between them.

The club have been in existence since 1968 and have teams from under-9 level through to senior level.

The side is looking for sponsorship next season. If you can help, call Ian on 07896 318 927.