Coltd Football Roundup: Week Ending March 19

ALL the action from across Colts football Under 17s Soham Town Rangers Youth 3 Brampton Spartans 1 SOHAM maintained their impeccable form in the league easing to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Brampton. Brampton were defending stubbornly and front man E

ALL the action from across Colts football

Under 17s

Soham Town Rangers Youth 3

Brampton Spartans 1


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SOHAM maintained their impeccable form in the league easing to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Brampton.

Brampton were defending stubbornly and front man Elliot Drewery was denied when, after beating the keeper his effort was blocked on the line by a Brampton defender. Despite this, Soham stayed patient and got their reward when Dan Whitwell crossed from the left for Elliot Drewery to find the far corner with an excellently placed header. The first-half continued in the same vain and right on half time Soham doubled their lead with a brilliant team move starting at the back with skipper Murfitt finding Drewery on the half way line. Good work from Drewery lead to James Seymour being able to display some good quick feet to set up Whitwell to give Soham a comfortable 2-0 lead.

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Sam Goodge got himself a deserved goal when a Drewery corner was not cleared and fell to the midfielder to volley home.

Under 9s

Aztecs 2

Haddenham Rovers Colts 5

ROVERS were jolted out of their lethargy when, two minutes before the break, Aztecs took a shock lead from a corner.

Haddenham struck back immediatley from kick off, Josh Lowe rode three tackles for Dammy Oyinlade to cross to the unmarked Wright for a simple tap in to make it 1 -1 at the break. Haddenham were a different team in the second half, Lowe latched onto Oyinlade's throughball to thrash past the keeper for 2 - 1 and Lowe then made it 3 - 1 with a controlled volley. A quick-fire brace from Akinwumi sealed the win for Rovers, despite a spirited effort from Aztecs.

Mepal Sports 2

Ely Crusaders 2

SOLID defending from Elliot Martin and Jon Collins resulted in a goalless first period.

Mepal started the second period well with a few close shots and great passing between Tom Goodjohn and Elliot Martin. An accurately placed ball landed in the back of the net from Ben Blackburn to open the scoring.

Ely equalised after getting through Mepal's players, but a prompt save from Aaron Makinson prevented Ely from taking the lead.

Mepal upped their game and displayed some consistent and determined play, in the third period with Tom Goodjohn just missing with a strong shot. Shortly after Ely scored a second goal to take the lead.

A corner from Mepal resulted in a great goal from Ben Blackburn, shortly after the seal the draw.

Littleport 2

Isleham 0

THE first Port goal came following a series of corners which eventually forced an Isleham own-goal.

Pacey winger Jay Coombs continued to cause trouble on the wing in the second half and it was his cross that found inform striker Ellis Yearn who had the simple job of finishing tapping in. The final minutes of the match were played out between the two defences with both sides looking organised and disciplined. Port's Connor Moore, Finn Cater, Louie Diver & George Thurlow particularly impressed.

Under 10s

Witchford Colts 2

Stretham Sporting 3

COLTS had the better of the first half and took the lead when Toby Rowsell headed in Jordan Emms' corner.

Stretham were soon level though, and the sides went into the break all square at 1-1.

In the second half Witchford regained the lead with a cool finish from Matthew Allum but a lack of concentration at the restart saw Stretham equalise immediately. With the game heading for a draw Sporting had a chance to win it only to be denied by a last ditch clearance off the line but from the resulting corner Stretham took their chance and grabbed the winner.

Under 11

Witchford Colts 9

Whittlesford Warriors 1

COLTS took the lead early through Ryan Pettitt but Whittlesford equalized a few minutes later.

The game was then evenly contested until Adam Jay's looping header from a corner gave Witchford the advantage again. Colts then started to control the game and some excellent wing play from Joe Leyland was rewarded with a brace before half-time. Witchford started the second half strongly but despite creating several chances they were unable to add to their tally until Callum Munden prodded home following a corner. This proved the catalyst for Witchford's dominance to be rewarded as further goals from Munden, Jack Curtis, Ben Lymer and a deflected effort from Kieron Reed wrapped up the victory

Cambridge Celts 3

Ely Crusaders 1

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CRUSADERS got off to the perfect start when Jay Spittles cross come shot evaded the Celts keeper to find the corner of the net.

The Cambridge side responded strongly though as, on two separate occasions, they took full advantage of Ely's inability to successfully clear the ball to move into the lead. Another Celts strike saw them 3-1 ahead and but for some last ditch defending Crusaders might easily have gone into the break further behind.

Some half-time changes saw Ely come out in a more determined fashion as they matched the home team's efforts and it was now the Celts defence who had to react to some Ely pressure. Nevertheless without a real clear-cut opportunity Crusaders always looked unlikely to produce a significant comeback and ultimately had goalkeeper George leech to thank for keeping them in contention.

Under 13s

Witchford Colts 6

Somersham 3

WITCHFORD took the lead through Spencer Saberton who nodded home from a Tommy Corlito cross.

Connor Meads then made it two when he shot after losing the Somersham defender on a breakaway run. Saberton quickly made it three and then four scoring his hat trick. Winning another corner David Mayle got on the end of Corlito's kick. Corlito saw his shot saved forcing a further corner, Josh Murfitt slotting the ball into the back of the net to make it 6 - 0 at half time.

The second half saw Somersham battling back into the game but defenders Hugh Lawrence and Eddie Bowles ensured keeper Brandon Philips was well protected.

Under 14s

Haddenham Rovers 2

Chatteris Town 1

JOSH Robinson broke the deadlock when he chased a long ball and crashed in a fantastic cross shot from 25 yards.

Skipper Jake Bartolozzi marshalled his defence superbly and reduced Chatteris to long range strikes which Richard Padmore dealt with easily.

With an ever strengthening wind behind them in the second-half Rovers continued to frustrate Town and Robinson doubled his tally for the day, getting on the end of a long clearance from Padmore to slot home.

Chatteris managed to pull one back with four minutes to go to make for a nervy finish but, despite Chatteris being awarded a penalty, Haddenham held on as the visiting striker put his effort wide.

Roll of honour

Josh Robinson (Haddenham)

Spencer Saberton (Witchford)

Joe Leyland (Witchford)

Jack Jenkins (Littleport)

Josh Lowe (Haddenham)

Callum Munden (Witchford)

Elliot Drewery (Soham)

Ben Blackburn (Mepal)

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