Tactical switch works for Crusaders

PUBLISHED: 09:34 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 12:18 04 May 2010

SILKY SKILLS: Action from Sutton Stirling, in white, against Alconbury.
Photo: HELEN DRAKE

SILKY SKILLS: Action from Sutton Stirling, in white, against Alconbury. Photo: HELEN DRAKE

Under-8 Ely Crusaders 5 Newmarket Town A 1 THE scoreline slightly flattered Crusaders as Newmarket failed to capitalise on their early dominance. Ely stopper Evan Jeckells pulled of a string of fine saves but Newmarket took a 1-0 lead. A tactical change

Under-8

Ely Crusaders 5

Newmarket Town A 1

THE scoreline slightly flattered Crusaders as Newmarket failed to capitalise on their early dominance.

Ely stopper Evan Jeckells pulled of a string of fine saves but Newmarket took a 1-0 lead.

A tactical change then paid dividends for Crusaders as Alex Brown (2) and Lewis Hook gave them a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Hook and Sam Scarborough increased Crusaders' advantage.

Ely Crusaders squad: J. Barrrett, A. Brown, J. Butler, S. Felton, E. Frodsham, T. Funnell, L. Hook, E. Jeckells, G. Leech, J. Marston, S. Scarborough, J. Spittles.

Under-9

Witchford Colts 3

Littleport Town B 1

MAN of the match Matthew Loades inspired Witchford to an impressive win. Witchford snatched a very early goal with a passing move from the kick-off, finished with Nathan Francis running through to score.

After Town pulled level, goals from Mathew Loads and Sam Gulliver gave Witchford the win.

Witchford squad: Sam Gulliver, Matthew Loades, Euan Gilmour, Nathan Francis, Daniel Chapman, Harry Braybrooke, Daniel Scott and Nathan Parker.

Soham Town Colts 6

Newmarket Town A 1

Colts took a deserved lead when Conan Isaacson crossed for Johir Hannan to finish. Isaacson doubled Soham's lead early in the second half, and Daniel Hobbs made it 3-0.

After Hobbs scored again, Nicky Rule steamed up from defence to make it 5-0. Hobbs ran the length of the field to score his hat-trick with a great drive. Newmarket grabbed a late consolation.

Under-10

Waterbeach Colts 1

Soham Town Colts 4

SOHAM produced another good display after conceding in the opening seconds. The visitors responded with some excellent attacking moves and a scorcher from Jordy Turpin sailed into the top corner. After goalkeeper Kieran Fuller kept Soham level, Sean Turner skipped past several challenges and slotted the ball home, before Turpin scored with his knee to give Soham a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Turner latched on to Shannon Froggatt's sweet pass to add Soham's fourth.

Soham man of the match: Connor Cotterill.

Witchford Colts 5

Stretham Sporting B 0

ALEC Hewitt opened the scoring for Witchford with a shot through a crowd of defenders.

Spencer Saberton crossed for Conor Meads to score from close range and then added the third himself after a strong run.

The Witchford defence held strong with Eddie Bowles, Sam Robbins, Daniel Collins and Ben Goad giving their usual solid performances.

James Edwards scored from a powerful free-kick, before man of the match Hayden Brown lobbed the Stretham keeper and David Mayle headed into an empty goal.

Witchford squad: Brandon Phillips, Eddie Bowles, Ben Goad, Spencer Saberton, David Mayle, James Edwards, Hayden Brown, Sam Robbins, Daniel Collins, Alec Hewitt, Conor Meads.

Under-11

Haddenham Rovers Colts A 3 Burwell Tigers 2

HADDENHAM racked up their eighth straight league win.

Colts took the lead when John Falconer's cross ricocheted off a Burwell defender to top scorer Oliver Holden, who slotted through the keeper's legs.

After Burwell hit a quick equaliser, Drummond forced a save and Holden poked home the rebound to restore Rovers' lead. Falconer finished at the far post after Alex Lowe's cross to make it 3-1.

The second half saw Burwell playing with the wind and they immediately forced Haddenham into defending a series of corners.

The visitors then pulled a goal back with 10 minutes remaining from a well-struck free-kick.

Rovers' keeper Richard Padmore made two super stops, before Falconer's deft header forced a good save at the other end.

Haddenham squad: Matthew Morton, Richard Padmore, Jake Bartolozzi, Theo Hall, John Falconer, Kieran Drummond, Alex Lowe, James Beary, Joe Snooks, Oliver Holden.

Under-11 Girls

Sutton Stirling 2 Alconbury 2

A BEAUTIFUL Jazzie Turner goal gave Stirling the lead. Rebecca Lowe made it 2-0 in the second half, but Alconbury fought back to earn a draw.

Under-13

Warboys Colts 0

Soham Town Colts 1

JORDAN Doughty's fourth-minute header proved decisive.

There were few chances for either team in the first half, but the match opened up in the second period.

Soham hit the crossbar, and Warboys had scrambled chances to draw even, but Soham were rewarded with the win and a long-awaited clean sheet.

Soham United 4 Godmanchester 2

SOHAM pulled off a spectacular comeback after going two goals down.

Murray King started the fight-back with a well struck goal, and Olly Henderson quickly equalised.

After Henderson gave Soham the lead, Gavin Dunsmore made it four.

Soham men of the match: Craig Peacock and Murray King.

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, Billy Johnson, Christian Cocksedge, Murray King.

Under-14

Ely City 2 Cambridge Musketeers 0

CITY settled for a solid win, but could have scored more goals.

Jordan Miller, Ryan Howell and Dan Beavis all had strikes go narrowly wide in the early stages, before Liam Heaps got the goal City deserved with a cool finish.

With defenders injured City's back four of Sean Richardson, Chris Smith, Alex Newton and Sam Bryan did exceptionally well as Musketeers continued to pump the ball long. Richardson made the tackle of the game as Musketeers surged down the wing, while keeper Tom Jordan saved City twice by racing from his line to clear.

Ely had the ball in the net three times in the second half, but only Codie Couzens' excellent strike counted, both Matt Waites and Dan Beavis had goals ruled out after narrow offside decisions, and Waites sent a penalty wide.

Ely man of the match: Alex Newton.

Royston Eagles 0

Soham Town Colts 6

SOHAM couldn't pick a man of the match, with the whole squad performing superbly.

Graham Carson scored from a tight angle early on and Elliot Drewery expertly controlled a long, diagonal pass from Simon Murfitt, before blasting home from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.

Town tore the Eagles apart in the second half and, after a well-timed run, Ryan Brook made it 3-0.

Murfitt then scored a perfectly placed free-kick and Brook's second, after a burst of pace, made it five.

Drewery won and converted a penalty to complete the rout.

Soham squad: Ben Nicholas, Ryan Saban, Simon Murfitt, Dan Sadler, Dan Brook, Francis Rowlands, Charlie Wills, Dan Whitwell, Graham Carson, Ryan Brook, Elliott Drewery, James Seymour, Michae Rola.

Under-15

Willingham 0 Witchford Colts 8

WITCHFORD dominated this match and shared the goals around.

Seb Hulten, Jack Thompson, Sam Barber, Josh Walden and Jamie Douglas all scored one each and doubles from Jamie Douglas and Dan Butcher saw them cruise to victory.

Witchford keeper Chris Thomas was on form and made four fantastic saves.

Under-16

Ely Crusaders 2 Willingham 0

TWO Martin Collier strikes in 10 second-half minutes secured the win.

The first period was an even battle, with Crusaders starting to get on top in the last 10 minutes of the half.

Ely were well on top in the second half and, after Collier gave them a well-deserved lead, he scored again with a stunning volley.

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