Youth football round up
PUBLISHED: 15:17 15 February 2011
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U14 - Feature game
Walden Wanderers 3
Priory Parkside C 2
TWO fine ‘poacher’s’ goals from Shaun Fenwick and a trademark wonder-strike from his partner Elliot Olds ensured that Wanderers claimed their fourth victory from the last five matches. A couple of second-half defensive lapses gave the scoreline a closer look than it should have had as Walden spent most of the game encamped in Priory territory. They now occupy a respectable mid-table position that recent performances deserve and can look forward with confidence to their remaining fixtures.
Plantation Pumas 10
Hundon Hawks 2
A DOMINANTperformance by Plantation resulted in another comfortable win. Harry Dorrian started the scoring after six minutes, followed quickly by a long range effort from Tom Keogh. Toby Salmon hit a famous five, and Anton Thomas bagged a brace. Louis the king Temblett swapped the keepers gloves for a midfield spot and then scored within 60 seconds. Bradley Jones and Tom Roddis deserve a mention for their midfield creativity. Hundon fought hard and were rewarded with two goals.
Thaxted Rangers Blues 2
Braintree Town Blues 1
THAXTED started very strongly and scored within minutes after great work from Samuel Skinner set up Mason Allington. But it was the visitors that scored next.
The excellent midfield of Samuel Skinner and Joseph Osborn continued to dominate and create chance after chance for Mason Allington and Edward Wilson, and Thaxted finally regained the lead – Edward Wilson slotted home after great work from Joseph Osborn. Both sides continued to push forward after the break, but neither team could add to their tally.
Plantation Panthers 4
Newmarket Town A 1
PLANTATION made a splendid start and took the lead after six minutes through Ollie Newman, firing home from the left side edge of the Newmarket box. Dylan Hider extended the lead just four minutes later latching onto a lose ball to drive home from a similar position.
The second half began well for Plantation with Newman extending the lead. However, an unlucky ricochet gave Newmarket the opportunity to score from close range and this lifted the visitors. Archie Winter and Louis Eady defended resolutely as the pressure was increased but with two minutes to go Jeremy Fletcher was called into action to make a fine diving save in the Plantation goal. Almost immediately the ball was fed up to Newman on the halfway line where he took on and beat the last defender before honing in on goal to complete his hat-trick.
Saffron Walden Town A 2
Spartak 78 4
THIS match got off to a terrific start as both teams scored in the very first minute – Lukas Sturgeon putting Spartak in front after 20 seconds only for Walden to strike back immediately. Spartak restored their lead when Brad picked up the ball from a neat move involving Ethan and Lukas and he finished with aplomb, scoring his 100th Spartak goal in the process (see above).
Walden levelled early in the second half but hard working Lukas setup Brad again and he finished with an unstoppable low shot. Just before the end Spartak secured a two-goal cushion when a goal kick went straight to Brad and he beat the last defender before scoring his hat-trick from close range.
Saffron Walden Town A 1
Saffron Walden Town B 0
AS LOCAL derbies go you cannot get any more local than this as the A and B teams went head to head for the second time this season. The A team started the brighter and created lots of chances but a combination of poor finishing and good defending kept the score goalless at half time. The second half was going mainly the same until the B team broke away and were awarded a penalty after a handball they were unlucky not to take the lead as the penalty hit the post and was cleared away. With time ticking away a draw looked on the cards until Ronnie Ledwith scored a fine individual goal beating three players and smashing the ball into the bottom corner to leave the B team keeper no chance and the A team with a 1-0 victory.
ANOTHER great team performance saw Spartak run out easy winners. A well worked goal from Oliver Mansfield put them one up but some indecision in defence saw Cambourne equalise. A Matt Tucker goal and a nice finish from George Storey put Spartak 3-1 up at half time.
Spartak took total control and the goals started flowing. Tucker scored his second with a sweet strike, Mansfield added another before captain George Crawte poked home from a corner. Another goal from Storey saw all three strikers looking for their hat-trick but with changes being made Cambourne scored a breakaway goal. Spartak came back with a deserved goal from Freddie Jones. Mansfield then completed his hat-trick.
Aztecs Junior 6
Sutton Rangers 0
AZTECS returned to winning ways with a convincing display against the league leaders.
The home side made the livelier start with only the post and the bar preventing an early advantage. However, they eventually took the lead through Luke Wood who collected a pass from Tyler Thurgood to finish smartly past the keeper. The second followed a minute later when Toby Goodship latched onto a loose ball to thunder a shot high into the net from just inside the area. Goodship grabbed his second just before the break by cleverly lobbing the advancing keeper from the corner of the box. After the restart Thurgood collected a clinical pass and his goal-bound shot was touched home at close range by Hector Corey. Will Savill stretched the lead further after a powerful run and Jack Steward completed the scoring by superbly bending the ball round the onrushing keeper.
Shelford and Stapleford 0
Aztecs B 1
JACK Logan scored for Aztecs in a 1-0 win away to Shelford to record their first points of the season.
Saffron Walden Town 5
Priory Parkside 1
WALDEN strolled to an easy victory against Priory Parkside. Daniel Page bagged a brace and was assisted by Harry Clark, Danny Murphy-Moore and Chaz Pitt with a goal each. Walden stamped their authority on the game almost immediately with Clark taking a minute to thump the ball past a despairing Parkside keeper and see Walden go 1-0 up. This set the tempo for a first half that witnessed utter dominance by Walden across the park and they went in 4-0 up at half time. The second half was a relatively quiet affair with both teams scoring once before the final whistle blew.
Spartak 78 Blacks 3
Newmarket Town 1
SPARTAK re-discovered their form with an excellent all round team performance. They took a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes thanks to Harry Sharp and Sam McReynolds. On the stroke of half time, and against the run of play, Newmarket reduced the deficit after John Clarke in the Spartak goal did well to push a speculative shot onto the bar but was left helpless when a Newmarket forward was quickest to react to score from the rebound.
However, the hosts increased their lead when David Boyd cut in from the left wing and pulled the ball back from the bye-line to Holliday who scored with a low shot into the Newmarket goal.
Histon Hornets 0
Spartak 78 Reds 7
HAVING beaten their nearest rivals Wisbech the week before, news filtered through that Wisbech had lost again earlier in the day presenting the reigning champions with a great opportunity to extend their lead at the top of Division A.
Kenyon opened the scoring and although the Reds went in only one up at half time, expectations were that more goals were to follow.
Within three minutes of the restart, Powell and Hutchinson extended the lead by scoring the first of their braces and the hosts visibly sank under the pressure.
The Reds deployed Clays’ long throw to great effect and twice Histon failed to pick up Mitchison at the back post as he headed home on both occasions. Powell and Hutchinson later completed their brace of goals also to seal another fine victory for the Reds who remain unbeaten.
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