Youth sport round up
PUBLISHED: 17:22 05 April 2011
Youth sport round up, football and rugby...
U14 Rugby (with pic 1)
Saffron Walden 17
Top tackling and tough forward play could not stop the Walden boys from securing a narrow victory at the weekend. George Lacy showed speed to bag the host’s first try to make the score five-all at the break.
After falling behind early in the second half though the home side had to fight back and they did so with tries from Josh Flack and Dominic Fanning. Dan Rust also hit a sweet conversion. Walden managed to hold on to the lead despite a late Sudbury surge.
Ollie Manley scored five goals as Plantation Pumas ran out 11-3 winners over Hundon Hawks. It was the Panthers tenth win of the season and Harry Cooke was instrumental with numerous assists, while the other goals came from Rory Nicholas (2), Oskar Pluck (2), Zach Haynes and an own goal.
High-flying Newmarket Town, unbeaten all season, were brought down to earth by a superb performance by Plantation Pumas in a 3-2 victory. Adam Whitehead was on hand to fire in the first and Connor Ward coolly finished off for number two.
Two quick goals for the home side levelled things up but Matthew Thomas bagged all three points with a decisive strike.
A big crowd had the pleasure of seeing Plantation grab a place in the cup final thanks to a 2-1 victory over Arbury. The home team started strongly and took the lead with a sharp finish from Jack Cornell but Albury got back into the game with an excellent free kick and applied real pressure in the second half. A fantastic goalkeeping display from Samuel Whelan and strong defending by Thomas Dowson kept them at bay.
With time running out, two goods shots by Jack Rowley were kept out with good saves, before Tom Pluck kept his nerve after missing an earlier penalty, stepped up and smashed into the bottom corner to take Plantation through to the final.
Saffron Walden rammed six past their Bar Hill rivals at the weekend to confirm their superiority in the last home game of the season. Ben Truett tapped in from six yards, Dylan Reams headed a second, before hitting a third. Henry Goddard bagged the fourth for his side with a cool finish before Reams completed his hat-trick and Onur Arslan scored a late penalty after Truett had been chopped down.
Despite two goals from Chaz Pitt Saffron Walden lost 4-2 a home to Godmanchester Rovers. The dominance of the visitors was confirmed by the fact that stand in keeper Harry Clark was the man of the match after a string of fine saves.
After going a goal down before half time Manuden Juniors turned in a stylish performance to turn the game around and beat Hormead Hares 2-1.
Harry Calder struck early in the second half and Sean Lemon hit the winner.