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Russia U-19s hammer English non-league side Cheadle Town by 22-0 score


You have to hand it to English non-league side Cheadle Town, which is finding the positives from a big time beat down at the hands of the Russia U-19 national team.

With some of their players winning a league game earlier that day, the North West Counties First Division side has plenty to be proud of despite the 22-0 scoreline.

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Still, a rematch has been canceled.

From the BBC:

As the goals rained in, the interest on social media grew on the back of the match which was serving as a warm-up for the Russians before a European Championships mini-tournament in Northern Ireland this week.

“I can’t even say that any of their goals were flukes or should have been disallowed. In fact, every one was from inside the box, and they just about walked them all into the net. Our lads couldn’t get anywhere near them at times,” Cheadle secretary Stuart Crawford said.

“We played our first-team goalkeeper Steve Piggott, but he didn’t make any gaffes and, in fact, saved further embarrassment with a few saves.”

The Russians were 9-0 up at the break against the Cheshire side and despite making wholesale changes, added 13 more in the second half.

And don’t feel bad for Cheadle Town. They brag about being one of the farthest-traveling non-league sides in England, having lost to Dinamo Bucharest 5-0 earlier this year with ambitions of playing 100 matches domestically and abroad next year.

When you play that many, sometimes you allow a goal or 22.

Alternative closing line: Something something something “House of Lies” joke.

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