Local footballer in high spirits ahead of US national tournament

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Former AFC Wulfrunians academy player Oscar Blackman is striving for more success ahead of the NJCAA Division III soccer tournament.

Academy side Genesee beat Onondaga 1-0 in the Region 3 District A final and have now progressed to the national tournament.

Blackman left Wolverhampton Castlecroft to join American side Genesee this summer and has made five appearances this season.

The 20-year-old has also played for Smestow football academy.

The forward took part in a series of trials in New York before being picked up by the academy side.

Blackman reflected on his side’s latest victory.

He said: “Preparation for the regional championships was intense. We worked on attacking phases of play and studied how the team would set-up to counter their defensive strategies.

“Going into the game we were confident as we were unbeaten during the regular season, but it was important to avoid complacency.

“After the championships we were in high spirits and celebrated afterwards.”

Genesee will compete against other Division 3 teams in America at the tournament, which will be starting on November 10.

Their first fixture of the tournament will be against Bunker Hill on November 11.

Blackman believes his side is fully-prepared and focused ahead of the tournament.

He added: “After the win we were in high spirits and celebrated afterwards. Next for us is the tournament, which will start in a few days. We can’t lose. If we lose we go home straight away so it’s important we’re all switched on.

“Ahead of the tournament the team is focused in training. We’ve been working on defensive structure every day to ensure we’re as strong as possible as it’s some of the best American teams competing at this tournament.”

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