Tigers roar into semi-final
Dunmow Utd Tigers U-10 4 Baddow Spartak 2 Dunmow played host to Baddow at their new home ground at Takeley on Sunday and progressed through to the semi-finals of the League Cup. United scored the only goal of the first half when Ryan Suleyman cut in from
Dunmow Utd Tigers U-10 4
Baddow Spartak 2
Dunmow played host to Baddow at their new home ground at Takeley on Sunday and progressed through to the semi-finals of the League Cup.
United scored the only goal of the first half when Ryan Suleyman cut in from the left to shoot low into the corner of the net.
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Baddow were restricted to just a couple of goal attempts before the break but found keeper James Crowley in top form.
United came out stronger from the re-start and soon doubled their lead when the ball broke to Lucas Clelland who steered his shot beyond the keeper.
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A third then followed when a fierce shot was only parried by the visitors keeper only for Alfie Monk to pounce and smash home.
The pitch was starting to play a part in the game with some tired legs on both sides. Despite this Elliott Cockrell's eagerness got him in position to score before a late surge by Spartak bought them a couple of goals to keep the score-line respectable.
This was a much improved Spartak performance but they found United's strong team spirit too great to lead the home side to another fine victory.
Thaxted Rangers U-8 3
Dunmow United Scorpions 2
The Scorpions can be justly proud of their performance against Thaxted Rangers on Sunday, despite slipping to a narrow defeat.
The Scorpions had the better possession in the first half, with both sides creating good opportunities. Rangers eventually opened the scoring when Oliver Thorpe returned a goal kick into an open net.
The Scorpions came back fighting in the second half. A great ball sent over the heads of the Thaxted defence landed at the feet of Matthew Wallace. His accurate shot was driven into the far corner beating the goalkeeper.
The Scorpions then took the lead with an exceptional display of quick short passes between Jasper Bennett, Enrico Barnes and then Oscar Gray before Matthew Wallace found himself free in front of goal and fired home.
Thaxted responded with a super long-range shot from Thomas Corby high into the Scorpions' net, making it 2-2. Thaxted then sealed the win with a shot cruelly deflected past the excellent Ollie Ashton in goal.
Dunmow United U-11 1
Fenlands United 1
Dunmow win 5-3 on penalties
Dunmow progressed to the next round of the cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Fenlands United.
Playing with only eight men against a well organised team that play in the division above them, Dunmow started brightly. The pressure paid off mid-way through the first half when a long range shot by Luke Goodwin found the net.
Fenlands came out strongly in the second half and Matthew Fenton slipped home an equaliser to take the game to penalties.
Luke Goodwin, Will Darling, Albie Wardle and keeper Alex Waring all scored their penalties, while Sam Redman was denied by a great save by the Fenlands number one.
Fenland were less successful from the spot, and it was Dunmow who progressed to the next round.
Aztec Juniors U-10 B 2
Saffron Walden B 7
Saffron Walden continued their unbeaten league campaign with a good win at a freezing cold Linton Village College.
After a cagey start Aztecs took the lead but could only hold on to it for five minutes before Josh Meadows equalised for Walden with a well taken goal.
Walden then took the lead when Ben Siddons-Bevis controlled the ball before slotting neatly past the keeper. Walden, however, couldn't hold onto the lead and Aztecs scored a well deserved equaliser just before the break.
In the second half, Walden came out firing and Azamede gave them the lead when he finished off an excellent passing move. Josh Meadows then made it four, and Azamede made it five, converting a Jack Gosden pass.
Gosden himself made it six before Azamede completed his hat-trick to score Walden's final goal.
Aztecs Junior U-10A 8
NST Strikers 0
Aztecs continued their recent good form with a comfortable victory over NST Strikers B.
Toby Goodship broke the deadlock midway through the first half and towards the end of the first period Tyler Thurgood neatly slotted home with his first touch after coming on as a substitute. This was quickly followed by a goal from Luke Wood who scored from a rebound.
Aztecs dominated from the start of the second period and extended their lead when Thurgood added his second of the match. Two minutes later Callum Hayes finished superbly past the advancing keeper. Thurgood then completed his hat-trick with another classy finish.
As the hosts relentlessly pushed forward, a lengthy kick from Aztecs keeper Ben Linsdell found Hayes out wide on the left. Hayes saw William Savill burst through and laid the ball off for him to score with a power drive into the net.
Hayes was provider once again when after some great build up play from Wood, he unselfishly passed to Sam Howard who netted into the top corner for Aztecs' eighth and final goal of the game.
Aztecs Juniors U-12A 2
Saffron Walden Town 3
Walden produced a stirring fightback to come from two goals behind to defeat the Aztecs Juniors at Linton College on Sunday.
The game was fairly even until 12 minutes when Aztecs took the lead from a free-kick just outside the area.
In the second half Walden were pinned back in their half and a cross from the left was controlled by an Aztecs striker who spun round and shot into the corner for 2-0.
Walden didn't let their heads drop and pulled a goal back when Pitt fired a cross into Hancock and he knocked it first time into the net.
Walden started exerting more pressure and forced a corner on their left hand side. The corner was swung over and Walden had three shots at goal blocked before Pitt was able to stab the ball home from a couple of yards.
Walden were now playing a classic breakaway game and Pitt delivered a thunderous drive into the bottom left hand corner to give Walden
Aztecs U-14 B 14
Hemingford Colts 3
Tim Jefferies netted five first-half goals as Aztecs enjoyed a goal fest against Hemingford at Linton.
The other goals were scored by Luke Bird (2), Josh Edgeley (2), Ben Lockwood and Adam Kelly, as well as three unfortunate own goals.
Bardfield Muddogs U-9 1
Fulborn Falcon Colts 6
Muddogs put in a battling performance but were beaten by a strong Colts team.
The brave Dogs fought hard from the kick-off and held firm for the
The second third saw wholesale changes in the Muddogs six, who found themselves under pressure from the kick-off. The Colts quickly scored the opener and Fulborn soon fired in another two goals.
The opening half of the final third went the same way. A tough period saw Colts score a further three goals to take a comfortable 6-0 lead.
In the final period the Muddogs were resurgent and were rewarded with a consolation goal when George Sexton drove a shot the keeper couldn't hold, and then rushed in past the struggling defence to hammer home.
Dunmow Rhodes U-8 Tigers 2 Galleywood Falcons 1
Dunmow were made to work hard for this victory against a resolute Galleywood side.
The hosts started the stronger and took the lead when Limerick evaded two challenges and drove home inside the first 10 minutes.
However, Galleywood equalised five minutes from the interval and the sides were level at half-time.
Tigers pressured the visitors goal constantly after the restart and Johnson's powerful shot crashed against the upright for Bowen to follow up for a tap in.
A frantic last few minutes saw Galleywood push players up for the equaliser but the Dunmow back line held firm.
Dunmow Rhodes U-12 Tigers 7 Maldon Town 0
A powerful first half saw Dunmow secure the victory playing some terrific football in all areas of the pitch.
The hosts took the lead on five minutes with Burgess charging down the keeper's clearance and rolling it into the net.
On 10 minutes Johnson played in Burgess who rounded the keeper and coolly finished for number two.
Ten minutes later Taylor played a great ball for Johnson to claim number three.
Just before half-time Burgess squared it for Johnson who beat his marker and his right foot strike made it 4-0.
Soon after the restart the hardworking Maybanks deservedly got on the score sheet, lobbing the keeper from the edge of the box. Burgess took his tally to four with a strike from six yards out and his pace nicked it round the keeper to clinically finish a superb move.
Boreham Village U-9 0
Flitch Youth 10
Flitch booked their spot in the League Cup semi-final with a convincing victory over Boreham at the weekend.
Boreham fought hard to keep a clean sheet for the first 10 minutes of the game, but they could not stop Flitch from hitting the back of the net when Oliver Flynn opened the scoring with a great left footed shot. Charlie Gilbert quickly followed scoring a further two goals within the next few minutes.
The second half saw more goals from Gilbert when he scored in the first two minutes, closely followed by a goal from Oliver Currie.
A corner from Brandon Frost saw Gilbert seal his first hat-trick of the game and more goals soon came from Flynn and Gilbert giving Flitch a 10-0 finishing score securing them a portion at the League Cup
Witham Eagles U-12 1
Flitch Youth 5
A strong and solid performance from Flitch saw them grab a place in the semi final of the Chelmer and Crouch League Cup.
A dour midfield battle sprang to life midway through the first half when Callum Archer latched onto a through ball just inside the box and buried his shot in the bottom corner.
Shortly afterwards a quickly taken free-kick from Connor Gray saw Daniel Jacques make it 2-0 with a tremendous finish.
Josh Haylett then burst through the Witham defence and finished well under pressure from the goalkeeper in the last move before the break.
The second half was more of the same, with both Callum Archer and Daniel Jacques scoring again, before a late consolation for Witham saw Flitch run out comfortable winners.
Thaxted Rangers U-12 1
Danbury Juniors 3
Thaxted were beaten by Danbury on Sunday in the Dengie and Blackwater Knock Out Cup.
The first half was a fairly even affair with Danbury creating the better chances, and scoring first, but with Thaxted looking dangerous.
As the half drew to a close James Kelvin pounced on a loose ball to equalise and Thaxted almost took the lead soon after but the ball went over the crossbar.
However, the second half was definitely Danbury's. They scored early and then again soon after and on a heavy pitch there was no way back for Thaxted.
Manuden U-9 2
Manuden continued their winning streak with a hard fought victory over Wymondley.
The first half was very even with the visitors playing some good football but Manuden defended well.
The second half however was all Manuden and a goal apiece from Jacob Taub and Jayden Harrington gave Manuden a deserved win.
Balsham U-9 1
Saffron Walden Town B 3
Saffron Walden Town proved too strong for Balsham at the weekend.
Walden took the lead when Alex Holder's shot on target rolled off Tom Segars' back and over the line.
However it only took three minutes for Balsham to equalise as a Walden goal kick found their player and was slotted home.
After a goalless second 15, Walden pushed forward in the final period and Holder drilled the ball home. Not content with that Holder then set up Walden's third with a neat pass across to Max Benton on the wing to seal the victory.
Plantation U-9 A 2
Saffron Walden A 3
Walden just edged a tough game on a very difficult pitch against Plantation at the weekend.
After going behind early on Walden equalised through Alex Newitt. Plantation went ahead again before Ged Montanna equalised from a Ronnie Ledwith corner.
Both teams went all out for a winner but it was Walden who got it with a great cross from Montanna for Ollie Patmore to finish bringing his side to a triumph.
Cottenham United U-17 6
Saffron Walden Town 0
What should have been a good away win for the Walden boys turned into one of their worst defeats for several seasons away to bottom of the table Cottenham.
It did not take long for the home side to realise their advantage and consistently heave the long ball through to their number 17 who regularly ripped through the defence.
Cottenham played well and deserved the win, but Walden will look back on this game as points thrown away.