Lucky 13 for super Pumas

Plantation Pumas U-10 16, Steeple Bumpstead 0 THIRTEEN second half goals saw Pumas record a massive victory at Herberts Farm on Sunday. Ollie Rand scored his first for the club with a great shot from the left wing after only a couple of minutes and

Plantation Pumas U-10 16, Steeple Bumpstead 0

THIRTEEN second half goals saw Pumas record a massive victory at Herberts Farm on Sunday.

Ollie Rand scored his first for the club with a great shot from the left wing after only a couple of minutes and played an inspired part in the match with strong runs and great crosses.

It was not all Pumas in the first half as Bumpstead made an attack on goal but minutes later Edward Benfold scored the second and Sam Kakengi the third before the first half came to a close.


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At the restart Benfold passed forward to Barnaby Hughes who scored the first of his eight goals - and two more were added by the same player before three minutes of the second half were played.

Freddie Found, the Pumas goalkeeper, had spent the first half as a spectator but the manager gave him a run in the outfield for the second half and was rewarded with a hat-trick - the highlight being a long range shot that powered into the top right hand corner of the goal.

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Edward Benfold added two more to complete his treble

To Steeple Bumpstead's credit they never gave up - although most of the play was one way, and they nearly scored a brilliant goal towards the end of the game that hit the cross bar.

Saffron Walden U-10 B 3, Spartak A 1

WALDEN progressed to the next round of the cup after a thrilling tie against Spartak at a freezing cold Caton's Lane.

The home side had much of the early pressure with Jasper Alport hitting the bar with a looping shot and forcing a number of great saves from the Spartak keeper.

Walden eventually broke the deadlock when Atta Azamede started and finished a flowing move with a neatly placed shot, and it was only some fine goalkeeping by the Spartak keeper that kept the score at 1-0.

In the second half, Spartak equalised almost immediately with a shot from distance that left keeper Louis Cooke with no chance. Walden immediately responded with Jack Gosden hitting the bar and Alport coming close.

At the other end, Cooke pulled off a great save and Chris Holder defended magnificently to ensure that visitors Spartak A could not take the lead.

As the scores were level at full time, five minutes each way of extra time was played. Walden came out of the blocks strongest with Azamede making it 2-1 with a scrappy goal before scoring from 15 yards to complete his hat-trick and take the game beyond Spartak.

Sawston United Youth U-10 3, Steeple Bumpstead A 1

A GOAL each from Ollie Flack and Sam Browne along with an own goal saw Sawston United Youth win 3-1 against Steeple Bumpstead A to progress through to the third round of the Under-10 Knockout Cup.

Saffron Walden Town U-10 A 4, Grampian Gunners A 3

THE Bloods marched into the third round of the cup with a thrilling victory against Grampian Gunners.

Walden had the majority of the play in the first half with the Gunners putting up a stalwart defensive action.

It took an excellent flowing move, finished off by Ben James, to break down the visitors' rear guard action.

The second half was much more evenly balanced with Ronan Willis making it 2-0 before Brendan Westly replied for Grampian.

Two goals from captain William Palmer for Walden and another from Westly soon followed.

An own goal brought the scores to 4-3 in the home side's favour to set up a frantic final five minutes with both sides fighting to the end, Palmer going closest with a fine looping header that came back off the bar.

Walden are now unbeaten in eight league and cup outings this season and the spirit shown in this match should enable them to look forward to round three with confidence.

Brampton Spartans U-14 1, Aztecs A 5

AZTECS fought back from a goal down to take the Cambridgeshire and District Colts League points.

In difficult wet conditions, Brampton Spartans found space on the wing and a long shot found the top of the net.

A Harvey free kick was floated in to Tournant who crossed into the box and Orriss tapped home.

Aztecs had chances to get ahead through Tournant and Basham but it was all square at half time.

Aztecs dominated after the break; a precise corner from Norton-Palmer was bundled into the net by Orriss. Durrant had a shot saved, before scoring on the rebound from an Orriss strike.

Bentham was forced to make two spectacular saves in the Aztecs goal. Lowe sent in a pinpoint long ball to pick out Durrant, whose powerful shot grazed the keeper's fingertips and found the net.

Hawley showed great skill in getting the ball through to Basham who outpaced the defence, earning a well-deserved goal and taking Aztecs back to the top of the table.

Manuden Juniors U-9 3, Knebworth Youth 0

JACOB Taub was on target twice as Manuden Juniors continued their fine run with their third victory in as many weeks.

Manuden dominated the game and deserved their 2-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Callum Macmillian and Taub.

Knebworth Youth performed better in the second half but a second goal from Taub sealed a comfortable victory.

Chesterton Eagles U-12 8, Saffron Walden B 3

WALDEN'S fight-back proved to be in vain as they lost an 11-goal thriller in Chesterton.

Three minutes of incisiveness from Chesterton Eagles seemed to have finished this game off before half time.

But Walden got themselves re-organised and re-motivated for a fine second half display that had the home team on the edge as Walden came from 4-0 behind to 4-2 through goals from Franco Almeida and Oliver Lewis.

However, the comeback of all time did not happen as Chesterton re-established their advantage but a combination of Jack Benton and George Brignal set up Almeida for his second, while Lewis stormed from one end of the pitch to the other evading three lunging tackles to create havoc in the home defence.

The second half display from Walden was fantastic with total commitment and effort which could have resulted in more goals without a fine display from the home keeper.

Bedwell Rangers Aztecs U-10 3, Manuden Juniors 5

LEWIS Wake blasted a hat-trick as Manuden Juniors won an eight-goal thriller on Sunday.

Manuden started brightly, reflecting the sunshine in which this afternoon game was played.

A good run and neat finish from Wake opened the scoring for Manuden and Nick Phillips scored soon after adding a second from a corner before Wake gave the visitors a three goal advantage.

Bedwell responded with a goal before the break, and the second half saw a further goal from Nick Phillips and Lewis completed his treble as Manuden eventually won an exciting game 5-3.

Great Bardfield Muddogs U-11 4, Bottisham 0

MUDDOGS gained their second win of the season, with a fine display against Bottisham.

The hosts took control of the match from the outset, and there were early chances for Gliddon and Mercer which just went wide.

Some determined defending from the visitors kept the game level to until a misplaced goal kick the ball fell to Mercer who looped the ball over the keeper to open the scoring.

Chances kept coming thick and fast for the Muddogs but they were unable to increase the score in the first half.

Early in the second half Major increased the scoring after some excellent passing by the Muddogs.

Bottisham played their part in the match and remained dogged as ever to break down and had their best chance of the match when a fine save from Robinson was produced to keep the score at 2-0.

Muddogs' best move of the game and starting in midfield.

The ball being won by Gliddon who fed the pass to Fairhurst on the edge of the box.

He slipped the ball to Mercer on the turn who fired in to make it 3-0 before an own goal wrapped up the scoring for Bardfield.

Barnston U-18 7, Linford Wanderers 2

BARNSTON blasted seven goals past Chelmsford Youth League leaders Linford, on Sunday.

Although Wanderers dominated the opening 20 minutes it was Barnston who opened the scoring when Gareth Coombs finished from close range following a mazy run from Adam Farrow.

The visitors soon equalised and then went ahead in an open game.

The home side then started to dominate the game and dispatched five further goals, four from Shane Pyne and one from Jonathan Redgers, as well as creating numerous additional chances.

Credit is due to Wanderers who, despite being reduced to nine players, through injury continued to play good football and were unlucky not to reduce the deficit.

Thaxted U-13 1, Barnston 5

RYAN Buckley's goal was not enough to prevent Barnston taking tall the Blackwater and Dengue League points.

Thaxted had started the game well with Buckley always looking dangerous when running at goal and the busy and muddy midfield area favouring the home team.

Against the run of play Barnston took the lead, but soon afterwards Buckley pounced on a mistake by the visitors' goalie to slot home the equaliser.

Both teams battled at the start of the second half, the Thaxted defence working well with Steven Wiseman pressing well up field and Adam Eldred sweeping up at the back.

Barnston had a goal disallowed but scored soon afterwards from a free kick.

Thaxted pressed but gaps at the back left space for Barnston to score three late goals giving an undeserved one-sided look to the final score.

Great Danes U-11 0, Takeley 2

JACK Williams was on target twice as Takeley took the Chelmsford Youth League Division Three points on Sunday.

Visiting keeper Josh Smith kept Takeley in the game with some heroic goalkeeping and Max

O'Neil, who had a great game in defence, cleared a Great Danes' shot off the line.

Oliver Wilson had another strong defensive game this week and repeatedly broke down the Danes attack. Ryan Budden and Christian Rogue, were both unlucky not to get their names on the scoresheet.

Williams added to his tally of goals with two superb strikes with his second being an amazing solo run, beating the Danes' defence and firing into the bottom corner.

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