SOME of Hereford’s junior footballers have had the chance to test themselves against some elite competition after being invited to play in the Manchester FA Powerleague tournament.

Teams from all over Manchester took part in the tournament with Hereford City Sports under-nine flying the flag for Herefordshire.

“The chance to play against some very strong teams from one of the football hotbeds in England was a terrific opportunity for the boys,”said head coach Andie Cox.

The Hereford team found themselves in a strong group but were just one goal away from qualifying for the semi-finals. Both finalists came from the group which underlined its strength.

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l TWO Pegasus Juniors have taken a big step up after being signed on by Birmingham City.

Under-10 Oli Morris, a pupil at Lugwardine Primary School, and under-nine Jordan James, who goes to Trinity Primary School, are both looking to be Bluenoses of the future after six-week trials. Jordan is the son of former Hereford United skipper Tony James.