Chester have been crowned National League Alliance U19s Division
K champions after thrashing Stockport County 8-0 away from home.
A first half hattrick from Sion Jones as well as a brace
from Lloyd Marsh-Brown and goals from Nick Lynch, Cain Noble and Leighton Kendrick
secured a brilliant victory for the young Blues as well as sealing the title
with three matches to spare.
The game was theoretically over at half time as Chester went
into the break leading 5-0 after strikes from Lynch, Marsh-Brown and Jones’
first half hattrick.
Marsh-Brown headed in his second after the break and Noble
matched that with a header of his own to increase the away sides lead. Then
substitute Kendrick got himself on the scoresheet to seal what was a thumping
victory for the visitors.
Speaking after clinching the title, Academy manager Calum
McIntyre expressed on the club’s website how delighted he was for his players
and for the Academy as a whole:
McIntyre to www.chesterfc.com:
“It’s an unbelievable achievement for this group of players. Launching our
Scholarship programme was one of the clear goals we had set when we revamped
our Academy strategy.
“We were really clear as to how we wanted to do it, ensuring
that we continued to recruit elite players at Youth level but were able to
improve what we do to continue to develop players through our Academy.
“This achievement needs to be placed in some context. We
have fielded the youngest side in the division with zero experience of the
level of football we were going in to.
“We have some of the most limited resources at this level in
terms of Youth development and have used the smallest amount of players in the
“It is a testament to the outstanding players we have in
this group and their character and desire to succeed. I have no doubt that we
have future first team players in this group and will continue to develop
players through this programme.”
Chester’s eleventh win of the league season means that
second placed Preston North End (Myerscough) cannot catch them, even if they
were to win all their remaining fixtures.
McIntyre’s boys, who are still unbeaten in Division K, will
want to remain this way as well as to concentrate on their progression in the
Elsewhere in Division K, an eleven-goal thriller saw AFC
Fylde managed to take all three points away from Crewe Alexandra after winning 6-5.
The win for AFC Fylde means they jump into third spot after
Stockport County failed to pick up any points against champions Chester.
For Crewe, their tenth defeat of the season means they sit
in seventh place on nine points.
Second placed Preston North End (Myerscough) cannot
challenge Chester at the top despite their 3-1 away victory against Hyde
Preston, with only two league matches left can only reach a
maximum of 33 points, which is two behind Chester’s current total of 35 points.
The win does keep the gap between themselves and third
placed AFC Fylde at four points going into the last few matches of the season.
The defeat for Hyde however means they remain in fifth place
on 16 points, after suffering their seventh league defeat of the campaign.
Keeping with the pattern of away sides winning in Division K
this week, Chorley managed to beat Stalybridge Celtic 3-1, to secure their
fourth league victory of the season.
Chorley, who still have five matches remaining this season,
will be looking to end their league campaign strongly, with finishing in the
top four still a possibility.
For Stalybridge, their eighth defeat of the season sees them
remain in eighth spot, one point behind Crewe Alexandra.
Next week sees the return of League Cup action, with the
competition now beginning to look very interesting as we have now reached the Quarter
Division K champions Chester will travel to play against a
high-flying Romford side, who are four points off top spot in Division A and
are one of only three sides to have scored over 70 goals in the entire National
In Division K, only two fixtures are scheduled for next
week, with Chorley hosting Preston North End (Myerscough) and Hyde United
travelling to play against MMU.
These fixtures are to be played on Wednesday 14th
Picture courtesy of @CFCYouthAcademy on Twitter.