POSTED: November 29 2017 12:27:45. By Oscar Courtney - SOUTH MANCHESTER U8 LIONS V U8 TORNADOES

Sunday 26th November, St. Ann's Road North, KO 10am, Challenge Cup.

I suppose this tournament must be called the Challenge Cup for a reason. And for this game it certainly lived up to its billing!

Another cold day, on an artificial surface, really didn't suit our lads. To be fair to our hosts, the playing surface was miles better than Monton Sports', but the pitch dimensions were definitely skewed. It really felt like we were playing on a square, rather than a rectangle!

Still, it is what it is and we had to try and make the best of it. Unfortunately for us, try as we might, we just couldn't get in to a settled pattern of play and South Manchester won the tie fairly easily.

On the plus side for us - everyone gave it a good go, Stewart (MOTM) scored a fine consolation and it was great to welcome Oliver back after a long lay off, following an operation.

Sadly for us, our Challenge Cup challenge is effectively over. But we still have one more match to play against our old foes Urmston Town Storm. So let's try and end our involvement in this competition by going out on a high!


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