Josh hits seven as Balby retain home nations title

Balby Carr - Boys Football Academy
Balby Carr - Boys Football Academy

DONCASTER’S Balby Carr Academy of Sport successfully defended their Coalfields Regeneration Trust Home Nations five-a-side title in Cardiff.

The Doncaster side, who fielded a totally different team to the successful side of 12 months earlier, topped the group after winning four and drawing one of their five games.

Representing England, Balby beat Scotland 4-0 in their opening game before romping to a 6-0 win over England Lions. They had to work harder for their 1-0 wins over Wales Dragons and Scotland Thistles before being held to a 1-1 draw by Wales in their final group game.

Balby played Scotland in the final, and the game proved to be tougher than the earlier group game.

Scotland were the first to threaten, hitting the underside of the bar before the ball was scrambled away.

Balby then started to find the quick passing game they had produced in the group stages and started to dominate the game territorially and peppered the Scotland goal with shots.

Josh Bachner finally broke the deadlock midway through the game with a lucky deflection off his knee.

The goal lifted Balby’s spirits whilst the heads of the Scottish players went down.

Voted player of the tournament after finishing top scorer with seven goals, Bachner made the game safe with a second goal after getting on the end of a through ball by Tom Elliot.

Former England boss Terry Venables presented the trophy.

Balby squad: Dan Twiddle, Josh Bachner, Danny Thickett, Josh Skill, Callum Wiffen, Tom Elliot, Alex Moscardini and Jordan Dibb.