Coach Jamie Buhlemann with the Lynn squad, which consisted of Tom Hughes, Olly Witting, Aironas Kuzas, Callum Hughes, Harry Paul, Kyle Wells, Jak Uppington, Sam Lammianam, Steve Takam, Finnley Howe, Albie Howe, Todd Lembutis, Lennon Wardale Brad Ironside, Alex Smith, Harvey Back, Jack Royle, Jaden Carter, Mitch Rasberry, Joe Taylor and Jake Smith after their JPL Trophy victory at St George’s Park.Picture: SUBMITTED.

FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Elite are the national JPL U16 Trophy champions after beating National League side Eastleigh in the final at St George’s Park.

The Lynn lads had beaten Nottingham 6-2, Oakwood 10-0, MK Dons SET 5-2, MK Wanderers 6-1 and Chorley 11-3 on their way to the final.

Delighted team coach James Buhlemann said: “I’m extremely proud of the players, not only today but for the whole season. 

“These are one of the strongest group of players we have had in our programme. We have had some of the group since the age of five and the majority have been together for the last four or five years. 

“To finish their football education with King’s Lynn Elite with a National Cup final win at St George’s Park is something I’m sure the boys, parents and definitely myself won’t forget.”

The final took place on the indoor Wembley 4G pitch at the national headquarters of the England team.

Joe Taylor crossed for Jake Smith to give Lynn the half-time lead and it was 2-0 when substitute Alex Smith drilled a low cross for Taylor to score.

Eastleigh pulled one back but Callum Hughes went close for Lynn before Taylor made it 3-1 from the edge of the area.

The higher-level team pulled a goal back with two minutes to go but Lynn held firm in the nervous closing stages, in which Eastleigh hit the bar.