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Youngsters on road to Wembley

5 February 2013

Christ Church C of E are Latics' champions

Christ Church C of E Primary School's talented under-11's football team will represent Oldham Athletic at the npower Football League Kids Cup regional finals to be held at Walsall`s Banks's Stadium in March, after they beat fierce competition to win Latics' tournament.

Christ Church's journey began back in November, as they progressed from the Royton and Crompton qualifying round to reach the finals day.

Just as they did during the qualifying rounds, Christ Church once again topped their group on finals day, which meant they faced Corpus Christi in the semi-finals. After a close 1-0 victory, they then played St Paul's Primary in the final winning 2-1 thanks after two late goals to book their place in the northern final at Walsall.

Christ Church will now don Latics' strip at Walsall on Thursday, March 14th, when they will pit their wits against the cream of primary school teams from across the north and the midlands.

Should Christ Church triumph Walsall, they will then parade their talents in the npower Kids Cup final at Wembley Stadium during the Football League One play-off final in May.

Martin Vose, from Oldham Athletic Community Trust, said: "A huge well done must go to the boys from Christ Church for reaching the northern final of the Kids Cup.

"This year we had over 30 teams from Oldham, so for Christ Church to progress to the finals is a fantastic achievement. It promises to be an exciting day out in Walsall."

Simon Smedley, Christ Church teacher, added: "We would like to say how proud we are of the team, who performed tremendously to win the Oldham Athletic npower Kids Cup. As a school we're so proud to be going to Walsall representing Oldham Athletic.

"It will be extraordinary for the boys to wear Latics' kit."

Pictured are (back row, left to right): Bradley Holt, Harry Dearden, James Fletcher (captain) and Jordan Rydel. Front: George Mott, Ben Rydel, Jack Sloan and Zac Murray.

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