No goals but thrills galore

PUBLISHED: 09:37 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 May 2010

SHEER STRENGTH: Ely City under-14s defender Ryan Collins, in red, had another superb game at Royston. Photo: SUPPLIED

SHEER STRENGTH: Ely City under-14s defender Ryan Collins, in red, had another superb game at Royston. Photo: SUPPLIED

Under-8 Soham Town Colts 0 Stretham Sporting 0 THE scoreline may not reflect it but this was a cracking game, with play going from end to end. Played on the wet and chilly morning, both teams created chances throughout the match, but superb defending ke

Under-8

Soham Town Colts 0 Stretham Sporting 0

THE scoreline may not reflect it but this was a cracking game, with play going from end to end.

Played on the wet and chilly morning, both teams created chances throughout the match, but superb defending kept the scoreline blank.

Cedric Turner produced another good display for Soham and was unlucky not to score, and Stretham went close when they struck a post.

Nathan Brown was outstanding in Soham's defence.

Under-11

Soham Town Colts 5

Lakenheath 2

BOTH teams played well and showed great spirit, but Soham started stronger and took an early lead through Tom Morris.

This was soon followed by a goal from Paul Masterton, giving Soham a 2-0 lead at half-time.

An own goal increased Soham's lead to 3-0.

Lakenheath pulled one back but Masterton scored again to bring the score to 4-1.

The visitors scored again before Alex Knox-Hooke sealed the win.

Soham man of the match: Scott Grainger.

Ely Crusaders 2

Cottenham United Colts 0

CRUSADERS came out on top in this superb match in windy conditions.

Ely were unfortunate to not take the lead in the opening seconds.

The home side's dominance was rewarded in the 23rd minute when Scott Callaghan poked home after a goalmouth scramble.

Ely had the wind behind them in the second half and they continued to control play.

Crusaders launched a relentless assault on the Cottenham goal, but the visiting keeper pulled off some outstanding saves.

The second goal came when Tyler Thurston picked the ball up on the halfway line and surged forward before unleashing a fierce shot, which curled in over the goalkeeper's head.

Ely continued to push but were thwarted time and again by an outstanding goalkeeper.

Under-12

Isleham 1 Priory Parkside 2

ISLEHAM produced one of their best performances of the season in their last home game but were just edged out.

The St Neots-based visitors dominated the first 10 minutes, but Isleham fought their way back into the match, with William Ellis and David Sykes looking lively up-front. After an Isleham corner, Priory broke quickly and a striker won a race to the penalty box before slotting home.

The Isleham players refused to let their heads drop, and came back with Aaron Cawley and Jamie Easter pulling the strings.

The equaliser came before the interval when Cawley started a great move down the right and delivered a pass to captain Jack Leigh, who strode through the middle, shrugged off two defenders and slotted home.

Isleham were on top in the early stages of a frantic second half, and Ellis came close to giving them the lead. When Priory did break though, they found Isleham goalkeeper Danny Gimbrett in fine form.

But the winner came against the run of play, when a defensive mix-up allowed a Priory striker an easy finish, and Isleham could not get the goal their effort deserved.

Isleham man of the match: Jack Leigh.

Littleport Town 12 Chatteris B 0

LITTLEPORT got back to winning ways with a comfortable home victory.

Town started strongly and within minutes had opened the scoring.

Good passing play saw the home team 8-0 up at half-time, with goals from Joseph Murfitt (2), Ben Hawkins (2), Luke Thompson (2), Charlie Bowditch and Billy Carter.

The second half proved to be more of the same, 'Port continuing to play some really good football, which saw Bowditch and Thompson complete their hat-tricks and a goal from Nico Bishop.

Littleport squad: Josh Tollett, Ben Jewitt, Jake Kennedy, Arron Heaps, Charlie Bowditch (c), Kiaran Phillips, Joseph Murfitt, Cameron James, Billy Carter, Ben Hawkins, Nico Bishop, Jake Browning, Luke Thompson, Ashton Oakes.

Under-13

Fulbourn Institute 2

Soham Town Colts 2

DESPITE getting off to a dream start, Soham had to settle for a point.

The visitors were 2-0 up within 10 minutes. Some fluid passing, combined with the strength and determination of Soham's attack, opened up Fulbourn's defence and Liam Allgood netted twice by following up Chris Smith shots.

Just when Town looked like dominating the game, Fulbourn scored when a misjudged clearance by Soham's keeper left the goal wide open for the attacker to slot home into an empty net.

Fulbourn equalised at the end of the first half when a well-struck shot from the right of the penalty box looped over the keeper.

Both teams battled hard in the second half but there were few chances for either team to win the points. Soham's keeper redeemed his earlier error when, faced with a one-on-one situation, he blocked a shot.

Needingworth 1 Soham United 5

A HAT-TRICK from Olly Henderson helped Soham to an impressive away win.

Both teams found the wet and windy conditions difficult but Soham were the quicker to adapt.

Murray King latched on to Christian Cocksedge's fine pass to fire United into the lead and Henderson made it 2-0 after 30 minutes.

The home side pulled one back against the run of play with a superb free-kick, but Callum Eley set up Henderson for Soham's third just before the break.

Michael Wallis went close with a thundering free-kick before Henderson completed his hat-trick and made it 4-1.

Ryan Brooks was superb again in Soham's defence, and substitute Gavin Dunsmore completed the scoring.

Soham man of the match: Josh Radford.

Soham United squad: Joel Orme, Craig Peacock, Michael Wallis, Josh Radford, Ryan Brooks, Ryan Anderson, Callum Eley, Luke Sells, Daniel Warren, Jack Hindle-Smith, Olly Henderson, Gavin Dunsmore, Ben Newell, Billy Johnson, Christian Cocksedge and Murray King.

Under-14

Fordham Hammers 2

Soham Town Colts 5

SOHAM kept up their recent run of good results with a win in tricky conditions.

The visitors adjusted better to the sticky pitch and driving wind and rain and took the lead when an Elliot Drewery corner crept in at the front post with nobody getting a touch.

A Fordham equaliser from a corner stung Soham into action and, after Ryan Brook won them a penalty, the Fordham stopper made a good save, but Ryan Saban smashed home the rebound.

Town were 4-1 up by the interval thanks to a James Seymour goal and Drewery's second.

Fordham pulled one back after a goalmouth scramble and the score remained 4-2 until the final five minutes, when Graham Carson added Soham's fifth with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

Saban won the Soham man of the match award for his commanding presence in midfield.

Soham squad: Charlie Wills, Dan Brook, Simon Murfitt, Daniel Sadler, Dalton Isaacson, Graham Carson, James Seymour, Francis Rowlands, Dan Whitwell, Ryan Brook, Elliot Drewery, Ryan saban, Owen Grainger.

Royston 3 Ely City 0

CITY fought hard but were well beaten by a clinical Royston side.

The visitors started well with Codie Couzens having the first strike at goal but, shortly after Jamie McCarthy left the field with an injury, they went 1-0 down.

The second half saw more problems for City with Dan Beavis hobbling off, but they reorganised and had a Ryan Howell free-kick saved on the line. Howell then went through on goal but couldn't get a clean strike at the ball.

At the other end, Ryan Collins was tackling superbly and pushing City forward, while Sam Bryan, Sean Richardson and Alex Newton were excellent at the back and goalkeeper Tom Jordan, playing only his second game for Ely, displayed confident handling and pulled off some good saves.

City never gave up and almost scored when Matt Waites rounded the keeper, but ran the ball out of play.

Jordan Miller and Will Law had half-chances but City just couldn't get the goal they needed, and after they suffered a third injury, this time to Liam Heaps, Royston ran in two more goals.

Ely man of the match: Sam Bryan.

Under-15

Ely Crusaders 10 Panthers 3

AN EXCELLENT Aaron Smith strike opened the scoring seconds after the kick-off and Crusaders never looked back.

Chris McGuire converted Ally Bailey's cross to quickly double Ely's advantage, but the visitors refused to lay down and pulled one back in the 11th minute.

After Ely were awarded a free-kick, Daniel Hatchett crossed the ball directly into the path of McGuire, who knocked in his second goal of the game, and a Ben Maynard goal put Ely 4-1 up.

Josh Warner lobbed the ball over the keeper for Crusaders fifth, and this was followed by Maynard netting for the second time after the keeper had spilled the ball.

Just before the break the Panthers reduced Ely's lead to 6-2, when a striker made a good run down the left wing before finishing well.

Alex Pederson's first goal of the season increased Ely's lead, early in the second half, and shortly after, Smith put away his second goal of the day to make it 8-2.

Ely captain Phil Cowlan then added his name to the scoresheet, before the visitors scored their third goal from the penalty spot.

But Cowlan scored again to wrap up the win.

Ely man of the match: Chris McGuire.

Under-15 girls

St Neots 2 Witchford 1

WITCHFORD finished their season with a narrow defeat in a physical match away at St Neots.

The hosts had the majority of the early play, but Witchford soon got back into it and forced several good saves from the St Neots keeper.

The home side took the lead midway through the first half when a striker was allowed to run through the defence and slot the ball inside the far post.

Witchford started the second half a lot stronger and deservedly drew level midway through the half. A great cross from a Sophie Minall free-kick was slotted home with a super finish by Amy Johnson for her first goal of the season.

Despite pushing for the winner, Witchford were caught on the break and St Neots clinched it, five minutes from the end.

Witchford manager Gary Dewey said: "I would like to thank all the girls for the effort and enthusiasm they have shown over the season and I hope that the success we have enjoyed can be continued next year."

Witchford squad: Amy Marshall, Leanne Jeffreys, Vikki Saville, Ellis Taylor, Amy Johnson, Emma Craven, Emily Mynott, Nancy Allen, Sarah Oldham, Sophie Minall, Meg Jones, Chelsea Morley.

# STRETHAM Sporting under-10 A football team are looking for players.

Anyone interested should attend one of the training sessions, which take place on Wednesdays, from 6pm, at Stretham Recreation Ground on Short Road. For more information, telephone Tracey on 01353 648845 or Helen on 01353 648429.

# LITTLEPORT Town Football Club are looking for a club secretary. For more information, contact Richard Wilson on 01353 863851.

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