‘Delighted’ Wilton retain Slorance Shield

The victorious Wilton side is congratulated by John Slorance
The victorious Wilton side is congratulated by John Slorance

the warm sunshine was matched by some red-hot football in last Friday’s John Slorance Shield tournament.

Wilton emerged victorious in lifting the shield for the second successive year, but also a great credit to their schools were players from Trinity, Stirches, Drumlanrig, Denholm, Hobkirk, Newcastleton and Langholm.

Winners Wilton also picked up a top-notch full football strip courtesy of competition sponsor Think Fitness. Indeed, Wilton were so delighted with their new strips that they walked back to school from the astroturf wearing them.

The tournament was made up of two sections. Wilton winning one, and Drumlanrig the other.

The two victors then crossed swords with the respective runners-up. And this resulted in Wilton defeating Stirches and Trinity toppling Drumlanrig.

The final turned out to be a ding-dong affair, with Wilton taking the spoils by a single goal.

Talking of matters, Wilton school teacher and team coach Simon Corbett told the Hawick News: “I’m thrilled that Wilton have been able to win the John Slorance Shield for a second year in succession, and I’m very proud of my players.

“Everybody in the team did very well, as did every school that turned out. It’s been a great tournament and we are delighted to have won the trophy as well as the super strips from Think Fitness.”

Trinity coach and teacher David Battle commented: “We didn’t expect to reach the final, so it’s been just great for us to have achieved this, and the kids have really enjoyed themselves.”

Smiling Wilton captain Matthew Roberts said: “It’s my birthday today, and I couldn’t have asked for a better present than winning the shield and being captain.”