Justin on top form as Crusaders end in style

Under-13 Division B Fulbourn Falcons 2 Ely Crusaders A 3 CRUSADERS finished the season with a good win over Fulbourn. Against a blustery win in the first half, Ely did well to match the home side and create three or four good chances, one of which Hayden

Under-13 Division B

Fulbourn Falcons 2

Ely Crusaders A 3

CRUSADERS finished the season with a good win over Fulbourn.

Against a blustery win in the first half, Ely did well to match the home side and create three or four good chances, one of which Hayden Palmer took to equalise after Fulbourn had taken the lead from a corner.

In the second half, Ely had more of the possession and took the lead when Justin Phillips scored with a neat finish after getting between defence and keeper.

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Crusaders seemed to be in control at this stage of the game but conceded again when two Fulbourn attackers went clear and the defence stopped as the flag went up.

This proved to be a mistake as the ball was tapped into the net and the goal was given. To their credit, Ely came back again and a cross from Phillips was side-footed home on the volley by Matthew McCarthy.

Keeper Jamie Clark was man of the match for making good saves at crucial times.

Crusaders: Jamie Clark, Tom Diver, Adam Newson, Daniel Hines, Josh Hunt, Hayden Palmer, Justin Phillips, Kevin Collier, Sam Goodge, Matthew McCarthy, Mark Diver, Danny

Under-Eight Friendly

Ely Crusaders 11

Witchford Colts 1

IT was close in the first quarter before Kyle Thurston scored two goals and Witchford pulled one back.

Ely pushed forward in the second quarter when Finley Logan scored a fine solo goal followed by a Max Wright tap-in and a Wright deflected shot.

Logan added another and Sam Lowe bagged a brace, before Wright hit two more to finish the match with four goals.

Logan added two more himself to also finish with a four goal haul.

Under-13 Division C

Ely City 2 Spartak 1

CITY played the more attractive football from the start and took the lead when a cross from Dan Beavis found Liam Heaps who chipped the keeper.

City conceded early in the second half but did not let their heads drop, immediately the young Robins pushed forward and won a free kick on the right hand side, Liam Heaps whipped in an superb cross and with everybody going for the ball a Spartak defender headed into his own net.

From then on City dominated and should have had a penalty for handball.

Dan Beavis then shot wide from inside the box and both Will Law and Ryan Howell had shots blocked from close range. Man of the match was Liam Heaps.

Division D

Balsham Colts 2

Soham Town Colts 3

SOHAM made hard work of this win, missing several chances to secure a more comfortable passage.

Against the run of play, Balsham went ahead with a goal which looked off-side but was allowed to stand.

Town continued to go very close and eventually broke the deadlock with Brian Tatay shooting home after a fine run into the Balsham box.

In the second half Town continued to pressurise the home defence and Ryan Saban netted with a well-struck shot from just outside the box. Soham were now well in control and Ryan Brook cleverly lobbed the keeper to secure the win.

To their credit, Balsham never gave up and pulled a goal back in the final minutes after a lapse in the Town defence. Ryan Saban won the Soham man of the match award for a solid performance in midfield.

Soham: Charlie Wills, Andrew Pickerill, Simon Muriftt, Dan Sadler, Joel Frey, Leevan Marshall, Ryan Saban, Dan Brook, Brian Tatay, Ryan Brook, Elliot Drewery, Craig Allen.

Under-11 Division A

Lakenheath Youth 3

Little Downham Eagles 1

A WELL-CONTESTED game in windy conditions saw Eagles narrowly beaten.

Lakenheath took the lead after 15 minutes. They doubled it five minutes before the break only for Eagles to score the best goal of the match right on half-time.

The ball broke on the halfway line, Ezra Collins took it on, Lakenheath's keeper came out and Collins powerfully lashed the ball home to reduce the deficit.

The second half was also close with Lakenheath scoring their third midway through with a far post header.

Eagles' heads did not go down and they battled to the end without any further success.

Isleham United 0 Littleport Town 0

A CLOSE game from two evenly-matched sides saw Port and Isleham play out a goalless draw.

Port attacked from the first whistle, but were matched by a strong Isleham side whose defence worked hard to close down Ports attacks.

Town managed to hit a post and bar, and although they continued to push forward were unable to find the back of the net.

Littleport: Sam Barker, Liam Ball, Charlie Bowditch, Jake Kennedy, Luke Thompson, Arron Heaps, Joseph Murfitt, Ashton Oakes, Ben Hawkins, Jake Browning, Josh Tollett.

Under-10 Division A

Bluntisham Rangers B 1

Ely Crusaders A 2

A CLOSE match played in very windy conditions which saw play move back and forth at great speed.

The home team attacked hard and through some good passing scored the only goal of the half.

Ely had to defend well after being reduced to six men when Thomas Walker was sidelined for 10 minutes through injury.

The second half saw a once-again full strength Ely side play much better, with the wind behind them.

Ely passed the ball well upfield to allow new player Alex Cremer to score his first for Crusaders from close range.

A few mminutes later, Scott Callaghan finally broke his recent goal drought with a fine strike to give Ely the victory.

Crusaders: Oscar Haines, Ryan Marston, Tom Matcham, Harry Beeton, Tyler Thurston, Scott Callaghan, Thomas Walker, Alex Cremer, Jack Rudkin.

Under-Eight Division E

Bluntisham Rangers 1

Mepal Sports 6

AN entertaining game away to Bluntisham saw a win for Sports.

Jordan Jones' cracking long-range strike opened the scoring with Callum Angood slotting home Mepal's second.

This opened the way for Mepal's inspired midfield players, Jack Bevis and Jamie Webb to provide opportunities for George Fenner to score the third goal of the match.

To round off the match, a fine performance from Aaron Lord paid dividends as he blasted his first hat-trick for the club.

Mepal: Callum Angood, Jack Bevis, Sam Evans, George Fenner, Jordan Jones, Aaron Lord, Jonathan Threadgold, Richard Threadgold, Jamie Webb.

Chatteris Town 3 Littleport Town 4

AN own goal put Chatteris into the lead and then they went two up, but 'Port came back a stronger side in the second quarter.

Thomas Deverell chipped in for the equaliser before Harry Morton put 'Port ahead with a great nutmeg. Deverell soon got his second of the match.

Jamie Harvey scored his first of the season before Chatteris got one back just before the end.

Man of the match was Joshua Bidecant.

Littleport: Jamie Harvey, Thomas Willett, Michael Garrett, Thomas Deverell, Harry Morton, Joshua Bidecant, Ethan Cornwell, Bailey Yearn, Oliver Jennings.

Under-Seven Friendly

Mepal Sports 6 Witchford 0

MEPAL were again in good goal scoring form in their 6-0 victory over Witchford.

The visitors had inflicted a narrow defeat over the home side earlier in the season, but a repeat never looked likely.

George Rayner's skilful run and finish put Mepal ahead after a nervy opening with the sides seemingly well matched.

The home side's strength in depth soon began to tell, however, with well taken strikes from Shane Whatley and Kassem Lloyd increasing Mepal's lead.

Mepal's confidence began to grow and Joshua Fenner crashed home the fourth.

More enterprising play saw Harrison Jones grab a fifth and with James Rayson and a third consecutive 6-0 victory was assured when Smith coolly slotted home towards the end.

Burwell Swallows 1

Littleport Town 1

COLT Harvey equalised for Littleport after Burwell had taken the lead. Both sides settled for a share of the spoils