Sweet success for Jelly Tots and Jelly Babies

Jelly Babies and Jelly Tots enjoyed sweet success in Somerset
Jelly Babies and Jelly Tots enjoyed sweet success in Somerset
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JELLY Tots and Jelly Babies tasted success at the Pontins Brean Sands tournament in Somerset.

The Portsmouth Junior sides reached the last-four as they enjoyed memorable first outings at the event.

The under-11 Jelly Tots proved unbeatable on the first day of competition.

They claimed the bragging rights over fellow Hampshire side Rushmoor, with a 5-2 win.

And they then drew 5-5 with Woodley, from Wiltshire.

Issy Stancliffe and Dominique Warren demonstrated skills that belied their young years.

The team also benefited from a great display from Georgia Palmer-Goddard, who showed excellent focus and determination at goal-attack.

They began the second day as they had finished the first – on a winning note!

Woodley, Finchampstead and Hatfield Robins were swept aside as Jelly Tots secured their place in the next round.

The under-13 Jelly Babies side had a tough first day.

They lost their first match, 8-2 to ASCO from Essex, before winning 5-0 against Wokingham, beating Lincoln City 2-0 and defeating Maestaeg 14-1.

Sophie Allen and Ashleigh Dekker both impressed in the shooting circle for Jelly Babies.

On the second day, the Jelly Babies lost to Tameside but secured victories against Rushmoor and Trinity.

It left the team with a nervous wait to see if they had progressed from the group, but they eventually qualified by a single goal.

The Jelly Tots’ most exciting and rewarding victory came in the quarter-finals against Oldham.

Watching on was former England and Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes, whose daughter donned the goal-attack bib for Oldham.

The teams were locked together at 5-5 at full-time and the match went to extra-time.

Jelly Tots held their nerve to win a stunning contest 7-5.

Their fine run came to an end at the semi-final stage as they bowed out to Turnford, despite great determination from Lily Godkin and Hannah Foord.

Jelly Babies found top gear in the knockout phase as they beat Eagles 6-2 to book their semi-final place.

Ellie Dooley and Lily Wardale were in exceptional form for the Portsmouth side.

Their excellent run in the competition was halted when they succumbed to Oldham in the semi-finals.

Coach Julie Osborne praised the two Jelly teams. She said: ‘We came to Pontins looking for challenging competition and to give the Jelly players the opportunity to play against better and different opponents.

‘Both teams exceeded all our expectations and I am so proud of how much they have achieved.’

After the tournament, Dooley was voted as best and fairest player for the under-13s by her team-mates, while Dekker received the coaches’ player trophy.

Stancliffe received her Jelly Tots team-mate’s nomination for best and fairest player and Warren picked up the coaches’ trophy.

Tots’ shooter Alex Pugh received the trophy for most goals scored and Stancliffe picked up her second award for the most interceptions made.