Youth Football: Crusaders are put to sword

Under-15 Division C Ely City B 12 Ely Crusaders 1 CITY romped to a 12-goal victory with two players bagging hat-tricks. They led 5-0 at half-time, and by the time Crusaders pulled one back City had notched up 11 and then added a last goal to complete the

Under-15 Division C

Ely City B 12 Ely Crusaders 1

CITY romped to a 12-goal victory with two players bagging hat-tricks.

They led 5-0 at half-time, and by the time Crusaders pulled one back City had notched up 11 and then added a last goal to complete the rout.

There were hat-tricks for Daniel Richies and Rhys Taylor, while Tom Hennabry bagged a brace. Craig Hobbs, Michael Dawson, Matt Bruce and Jordan Barker were the other goalscorers.

City: Lee Gedney, Danny Halls, James Parr, Daniel Richies, Dean Jennings, Craig Hobbs, Ally McLeod, Daniel Richies, Kieron Granger, Rhys Taylor, Michael Dawson, Matt Bruce, Jordan Barker, Chris Lyndsey, Karl Smith, Tom Hennabry.

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Under-15 Division A

Littleport Town 1 Newmarket Town 3

IT was a case of deja-vu for Littleport.

Not only were they confronted by the same opponents in successive weeks, but also the hosts conceded a goal within the first few minutes from a free-kick.

Despite threatening crosses and blocked shots, the ball did not fall kindly for 'Port in front of goal.

Midway through the half, and against the run of play, Newmarket went further ahead when Rob Wilson was only able to parry a shot, and a forward netted from the rebound.

Littleport resumed the offensive and, with half-time approaching, Sean Monigatti volleyed in from a well-flighted free-kick.

Sadly from Littleport's point of view, one momentary lapse at a corner allowed Newmarket to score the decisive goal. The home side came close to reducing the deficit near the end when Monigatti hammered a shot against the underside of the visitors' crossbar.

Littleport: Rob Wilson, Chris Brown, Tom Evans, Adam Reckless, Matt Fuller, John Kelly, Luke Williams, Nick Seaman, Lee Fuller, Dan Bell, Sean Monigatti, Ryan Middleton, Jamie Birling, Adam Ellertson, Sam Males.

Under-13 Division D

Waterbeach Colts 1 Ely Crusaders B 5

ELY dominated the first half with some great passing from Shaun Marston and Samuel Feron-Harrison.

Krit Pearson scored twice with Matt Thorpe scoring the third just before half-time.

Waterbeach were more up for the battle in the second half and scored, but Thorpe added two more goals for his hat-trick as Crusaders won comprehensively.

Under-13 Knockout Cup

Huntingdon Rowdies 2

Soham Town Colts 3

THIS was a match played in difficult conditions with a blustery wind and steady rain throughout.

Soham progressed to the next round but made hard work beating a determined Rowdies side.

In fact, Soham scored all five goals, including Huntingdon's two!

A Simon Murfitt free-kick was chipped to Dan Whitwell on the left, who slotted the ball into the far corner.

Rowdies replied quickly when a wild clearance from a Soham defender found the corner of the Soham goal.

Craig Allen put Town ahead again after some clever work by Leevan Marshall. Rowdies soon levelled the score, however, when another attempted clearance was sliced into his own goal by an unfortunate Soham defender.

Dan Brook re-established Town's advantage, rounding the keeper, and passing into the corner of the home team's net.

Drama was still to come when a Soham penalty kick was blasted over the bar in the closing minutes.

Josh Heaps won the Soham man of the match for a heroic performance at the back.

Soham: Charlie Wills, Joel Frey, Owen Grainger, Simon Murfitt, Dan Sadler, Josh Heaps, Dan Brook, Ryan Saban, Dan Whitwell, Ryan Brook, Elliot Drewery, Craig Allen, Leevan Marshall.

Under-10 Division E

Waterbeach 2 Haddenham Rovers A 1

WATERBEACH eventually opened the scoring through an unlucky headed own goal,after having the best of the opening quarter of an hour.

They doubled their lead with a looping shot just before the break.

Poor finishing and bad luck cost the away team until a fine run and shot from Kieran Drummond reduced the deficit.

Haddenham: Elliot Littlefield, Joe Snooks, Matthew Morton, Theo Hall, Kieran Drummond, Felix Peck, John Falconer, Ollie Holden, James Beary.

Haddenham Rovers B 3

Ely Crusaders B 0

HADDENHAM recorded their second win of the season in a closely fought match between two improving teams.

Robert Nangle took the first two goals well, striking the ball cleanly for the first and then showing a cool head under pressure for the second.

The second half saw Haddenham push forward, pressuring the Ely defence and the pressure told when the Ely keeper was unable to hold on to a powerful Tyrell Barret shot for the third Haddenham goal.

Haddenham: Richard Padmore, Laurence Martin, Edward Emmerson, Chris Threadgold, Michael Heath, Robert Nangle, Tyrell Barrett, Daniel Piggott, Liam Roberts, Joshua Fretwell.

Newmarket Town B 0 Ely Crusaders 5

ELY attacked from the first whistle, with smooth passing allowing Thomas Walker to cross a perfect ball for Harry Beeton to tap in within two minutes.

Just a few minutes later Rudkin helped the ball across the line after another neat cross from the wing. Ely countered a Newmarket attack to allow Rudkin to net his second.

Ely continued this theme after the break, with a great passing move allowing Beeton to score his second. Once again Newmarket attacked for a period of time with one shot hitting the bar. Ryan Marston brought the ball out of defence into the Newmarket half to set up Rudkin for his hat-trick.

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

Under-10 Division F

Witchford Colts 5 Isleham United 0

WITCHFORD maintained their good form with two goals each for Jamie Loades and Jake Goodchild and a goal for Tom Juden

Witchford: Dominic Bailey, Jake Bartolozzi, Ryan Bowles, James Everett, Jake Goodchild, Luke Goodchild, Tom Juden, Jamie Loades, Henry Marshall, Lewis Woollard

Under-Nine Division E

Soham Town Colts Black 3

Ely Crusaders 4

AN outstanding performance by both sets of players made for a compelling match. Kieran Fuller broke the deadlock to give Soham the lead. Crusaders came back quickly to equalise, through Oliver Bailey, and then Jordan Rowsel scored to put Ely ahead.

The Ely passing was impressive and they netted again as Bailey notched his second, before Kyle Allgood's superb strike made it 3-2.

Ely could have finished the game off but fine defending off the line by Matthew Hewitt kept Soham alive.

As both teams were tiring towards the end, Ely scored again, through Ryan Dean.

However, Jordan Turpin scored for Soham, who then conjured up extra energy from somewhere to make the last few minutes an exciting finale.

Soham man of the match was Kieran Fuller.

Colts: Matthew Fretwell, Samuel Hewitt, Kieran Fuller, Matthew Hewitt, Shannon Froggatt, Travis Isaacson, Kyle Allgood, Jordan Turpin.

Ely: Liam Walker, Oliver Bailey, Aiden Merry, Fraser Crossman, Luke Brown, Tejay O'Keeffe (Captain), Jordan Rowsel, Ryan Dean.

Division F

Chatteris Town 1 Ely Crusaders B 2

ELY came up against a resolute Chatteris defence and the first period ended goalless.

The game opened up a bit in the second period but it took Charlie Root to force his way through three tackles before firing home the first goal of the match.

Chatteris carried on defending well, and caught out Ely with a quick counter attacking move which was finished with a great shot.

Ely continued to press and were rewarded when Jamie Simper's corner was headed in by Root for his second of the game.

Ely: Athi Ambi, Dominic Hunt, Conor Logan, Daniel Moody, Mitchell Morse, Charlie Root, Jamie Simper, Will Stephens (C), Tom Walker, Ethan Weinberg.

Witchford 1 Newmarket 2

WITCHFORD'S first defeat of the season came against a very strong Newmarket team who matched them in every department.

Witchford scored first in the opening quarter when Conor Loker shot through a crowd of players following a goalmouth scramble.

Newmarket equalised with 15 minutes left, when Witchford failed to get a challenge in on a Newmarket forward who walked through the defence and scored.

With eight minutes left, a Newmaket player got to the by-line and crossed the ball, which bobbled over the line for their second goal.

Loker hit the bar late on, but Newmarket held out.

Witchford: Brandon Phillips, Eddie Bowles, James Edwards, Spencer Saberton, Alex Hewitt, Conor Loker, David Mayle, Jack Bradney.

Under-Eight Division E

Mepal Sports 2

Little Downham Eagles 2

MEPAL dominated the first period and some resolute defending from the away team and excellent goalkeeping kept the scoreline goalless.

The Mepal defences were breached when against the run of play Little Downham took the lead after a rebound after Jonathan Threadgold had made a superb save.

Downham addded a second in the next period.

The final period of action saw Mepal surge forward to try and retrieve the game and their efforts were finally rewarded when a superb Richard Threadgold corner eluded everybody to fly straight into the net.

Mepal finally equalised after a spell of pressure when a Callum Angood shot eluded the keeper.

The final attack of the game saw Mepal win a midfield battle and the ball break to George Fenner, whose sweetly hit shot crashed down off the bar, onto the goal line and away to safety.

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