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Rookie ref eyes the top

FOOTBALL: A teenager is taking tips from the top in a bid to become a professional Premier League referee.

Adam Black, a pupil at St David’s High School in Saltney, was a mascot for the Wigan Athletic versus Tottenham Hotspur clash at the JJB Stadium earlier this year.

And when dad Ian asked if the matchday officials would pose for pictures with his son, referee Andre Marriner was only too happy to oblige.

Marriner also gave the 14-year-old some valuable advice about the potential pitfalls awaiting budding men in black.

Adam took up the whistle after becoming bored of playing the game and has not regretted his decision.

He said: “I’ve refereed about 17 games in the Chester & District Junior League and I’m really enjoying it.”

The next level Adam aspires to is the Chester & District Saturday and Sunday leagues, which he’ll be eligible for when he turns 16.

The Welsh Alliance and the Clwyd League would like to wish Greenfield-based referee Leigh Thompson a speedy recovery after he suffered a broken leg in a road accident.

Stars shine at big event

SCHOOL SPORT: Flintshire primary schools ruled the roost at the North East Wales Dragon Sport Indoor Athletics final at Deeside College.

Our country had two representatives in the showpiece, Ewloe Green, who went on to win the large schools event and Ysgol Derwenfa in Leeswood, who finished a respectable second in the small schools.

Having made their way through area festivals, the ace duo qualified from the Flintshire County final to win the right to compete against schools from Wrexham, Denbighshire and North Powys.

The council’s active young people officer, Ceri Shakespeare, said: “The Dragon Sport Indoor Athletics final this year in Flintshire has been fantastic.

“All schools that have competed in the events have embraced the Dragon Sport ethos of fair play and enjoyment and the children have worked hard to improve their performance at each event.

“The results of the North East Wales final are a marvellous achievement for Flintshire schools and we hope that the enthusiasm for indoor athletics continues for years to come.”

If you want to find out more about Dragon Sport contact your local authority and ask for your Dragon Sport coordinator or visit www.dragonsport.co.uk

Paul aims for perfection

BOXING: Paul Economides puts his unbeaten record on the line tomorrow night on a big bill of professional boxing at the Northgate Arena in Chester.

The 22-year-old old from Connah’s Quay will take on John Van Emmenis in a featherweight bout of four rounds of three minutes.

Chester ABC star Economides, a product of Shotton ABC, has made a sensational start to his pro career.

The former St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School has won his first five fights and has caught the eye of a cast of big names in the boxing game, including Amir Khan’s former trainer Oliver Harrison, who is putting on tomorrow’s bash.

Bridgwater’s Van Emmenis, 27, has a record of one win, one draw and six defeats.

Call Chester Boxers on 01244 342012 for ticket availability.