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Nunsthorpe steal prize in Leeds


Your Game in Leeds

Grimsby-based team Nunsthorpe would be forgiven for heading home with huge grins after pinching the men's title from under the noses of locals Keighley Youth at Your Game in Leeds.

The team, led by former Grimsby Town manager Graham Rodger, clinched a 4-3 victory that had star striker Jason Chisholm's footprint all over it.

His left foot was on fire as he scored twice and set up another in a ding-dong battle that denied Keighley a men's and women's double.

"I was more stressed than when I was manager for Grimsby," said winning boss Rodger who now works as a Football in the Community manager for the club.

"We're extremely pleased as the team is just made up of lads who play together on the Nunsthorpe estate once a week. The win is a culmination of all their hard work and they showed great discipline today."

It was little wonder that Rodger's ticker was going ten to the dozen as the match swayed between relative comfort for Nunsthorpe to a nail-biting finish.

Despite going 3-1 behind Keighley never gave up and got back into it through Zebi Hussain and Umar Iqbal, but a Dean Barrett goal was just enough for Nunsthorpe to hold on.

Keighley Youth had some cheer at least after they defeated last-year's winners Archway Rangers 2-1 in the women's final, which was refereed by local legend George Wilkins.

The 76-year old, who has been officiating for 40 years, watched as goals from Suzanne Hill and a fine header from Kirsty Delaney ensured Keighley had a cushion despite some frantic late pressure from Archway.

Captain Rebecca Granger said: "It's been great. We lost last year so we've come back with a completely new team and we did spectacularly today."

Nunsthorpe star striker Jason Chisholm
Nunsthorpe star striker Jason Chisholm was a constant threat
Keighley and Nunsthorpe will now both compete in the Your Game national final at Birmingham City's ground on May 19.

They will be joined by men's Fair Play winners One Step Over and The Barbies, a women's team from the Young People's Service in Kirklees.

Complete with Barbie football kit, pink bags and led by captain Jessica Elliot they were looking forward to bringing a "bit of glamour" to the Your Game final.

"Why the Barbies? Well it's feminine, it's girl power and it's all about girls playing football," Elliot said.

Earlier they took to the stage for the street dance workshop run by Sammy Palmer, who has worked with the likes of Usher, P Diddy and Madonna.

"The good thing about dancing is it's for everybody," he said before amazing the crowd with an array of moves which included one where he landed on his head.

His lunchtime performance clearly caused a stir as more players piled onto the stage to join his dance workshop in the afternoon.

And a welcome appearance of the sun topped off a day which was praised for its atmosphere by an unlikely source given the usual flack they take.

Wilkins, the oldest referee in Huddersfield, said: "I've really enjoyed it. It's the third time I've done Your Game and it's nice not to have any hassle or aggravation."

Although one of his colleagues said he would be happy to go home with a pulse, like many of George's verdicts on the day, it was spot on.

Your Game is a partnership between the BBC and the Football Foundation which offers young people from under-served communities the chance to get involved in football, music and the media.

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