Youth Football: It’s heavy Mepal as Stretham hit for six

Under-Nine Division F Mepal Sports 6 Stretham B 0 MEPAL got off to a blistering start and were 4-0 up in the first period. Hugh Lawrence opened the scoring with a fine low drive. Daniel Freeman headed the second from a corner before Lawrence added his se

Under-Nine Division F

Mepal Sports 6 Stretham B 0

MEPAL got off to a blistering start and were 4-0 up in the first period.

Hugh Lawrence opened the scoring with a fine low drive.

Daniel Freeman headed the second from a corner before Lawrence added his second and Mepal's third.

The contest was effectively ended when Adam Hudson scored Mepal's fourth with an excellent headed goal direct from a corner.

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Mepal continued to plunder the Stretham half in the second period, and it was only a great performance from the Stretham keeper that kept the score down.

The Stretham resistance was broken again, this time by Tommy Corlito, who drove home.

Both Tommy Rayner and Joshua Murfitt came agonisingly close to increasing the lead.

Mepal again dominated the third period, but failed to score, Charlie Scott going close a couple of times.

The last period did see Stretham threaten the Mepal goal but the defence coped well, and a fine goal from Roly Dickinson sealed a comprehensive victory for Mepal.

Mepal: Tommy Corlito, Roly Dickinson, Daniel Freeman, Adam Hudson, Hugh Lawrence, Joshua Murfitt, Tommy Rayner, Charlie Scott.

Under-15 Division A

Chesterton Eagles 0 Littleport Town 1

A BUMPY pitch, a gusty wind and a lively ball made this encounter a scrappy affair.

The visitors took the initiative in the early stages, and created several promising moves down both flanks.

However, teasing crosses eluded oncoming forwards or ricocheted to safety following erratic bounces.

After a period of frustration, Littleport finally took the lead when Nick Seaman received a well-weighted through-ball, ran on into the area, and drove a shot past the advancing keeper.

The home side constantly relied on long kicks upfield, while Littleport sought to exploit Chesterton's ragged offside trap. However, several promising breaks were halted by the rapid raising of the linesman's flag.

With five minutes remaining, Littleport broke clear on the left, and as the forward was about to shoot, a scything tackle brought him down in the area.

Vigorous claims for a penalty were waved away by the referee. Littleport almost paid the price for their missed opportunties when a Chesterton shot hit the bar in the final minute. Thankfully for the visitors, the ball rebounded to safety.

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

Under-14 Division C

Bluntisham Rangers B 5

Sutton Stirling 0

SUTTON, playing against a strong wind in the first half, hardly got out their half, but when they did, missed the chances they created. Bluntisham went in 4-0 at half time.

Second half Bluntisham coped better with the wind against them and scored on the break, to make final score 5-0.

Chances created in the second half by Sutton could not be taken by the forwards, but over all a good battling performance by all Sutton team, Josh Baker was Sutton's man of the match.

Sutton: Jody Holden, Josh Baker, Sam Ambrose, Liam South, Jordan Keeble, Cathal Brown, Chris Green, Jay Martin, Conner Rogerson, Philip Hampshire, Lewis Bland.

Under-13 Knockout Cup

Willingham Wolves 1 Soham Town Colts 1

(Soham won 3-2 on penalties)

SOHAM reached the quarter-finals of this competition after another epic cup tie.

Soham put more pressure on the Wolves defence in the second half.

The home side went ahead when the Town defence failed to clear a corner and a Willingham forward chipped the ball over everyone into the net.

Leevan Marshall levelled the score with a clever lob over the Wolves keeper.

The scores were still level at the end of normal time and a period of hard-fought extra time. The tension of a penalty shoot out followed. Soham came out on top with Brian Tatay, Dan Brook, and Marshall scoring.

Charlie Wills won the Soham man of the match for an heroic performance in goal.

Soham: Charlie Wills, Owen Grainger, Andrew Pickerill, Dan Sadler, Josh Heaps, Ryan Saban, Simon Murfitt, Dan Brook, Brian Tatay, Leevan Marshall, Elliot Drewery, Ryan Brook, Craig Allen, Josh Hughs.

Under-13 Division C

Chatteris 6

Ely City 1

MATT Waites got Ely's only goal in this match, but Chatteris still powered to victory.

Under-12 Division C

Ely Crusaders 1 Priory Parkside 1

LUKE Hayes gave Ely the lead after the keeper fumbled a Cameron Robb free-kick.

Prior equalised in the second half as the teams shared the spoils.

Crusaders' man of the match was defender Joe Dalton.

Under-11 Division A

Littleport 1 Soham Town Colts 3

BAD weather made this game hard for both teams.

Soham's Mark Masterton got his side off the mark with a fine shot into the top of the net.

Littleport came back into the match, hitting the post.

Joshua Greenley netted Soham's second which Port's keeper got a hand to but could not keep out.

Before half-time Littleport pulled a goal back to make the score 2-1.

The final Soham goal came from a goalmouth scramble during which the ball went in off an unfortunate Littleport defender.

Under-10 Division C

Soham 2 Littleport Town 0

FROM a tight opening spell, Littleport took the initiative and began to apply lots of pressure.

Soham eventually took the lead through Paul Wallis. A great chip from just inside Littleport's half, saw their goalkeeper get his fingertips to the ball but not enough to keep the ball out of the net.

Later on Callum Bush put the game beyond doubt.

Division E

Haddenham Rovers Colts A 2

Haddenham Rovers Colts B 1

IN a bitter wind, spectators were warmed when Haddenham Rovers Colts A and B teams produced a hard-fought entertaining match.

Five minutes before half time Haddenham B took the lead, when in a swift counter attack Daniel Piggott raced on to Tyrell Barrett's through ball and rounded the advancing Elliot Littlefield to score from an acute angle.

With six minutes remaining, Rovers A finally broke through when a spectacular long range shot from Kieran Drummond looped over the stranded Richard Padmore in the B team goal.

The match could have gone either way, but from a B team corner a lightning A team break for once caught out their defence and Oliver Holden's cross was converted by Drummond for the final goal.

Haddenham A: Elliot Littlefield, Jo Snooks, Matthew Morton, Alex Lowe, Felix Peck, Theo Hall, Kieran Drummond, John Falconer, Oliver Holden, James Beary

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

Division F

LakenheathYouth 1 Witchford Colts 2

LOTS of early pressure and team effort from Witchford in the first half paid off as Lewis Woollard scored from a well placed cross.

Early in the second half Lakenheath scored.

Witchford managed to re-group and again pile on the pressure as it was not long before Luke Goodchild picked up on a through ball to score his first for the club.

Man of the match went to Witchford goalkeeper Dominic Bailey for his outstanding saves.

Witchford: Lewis Woollard, Henry Marshall, Jamie Loades, Tom Juden, Sam Green, Andrew George, Luke Goodchild, James Forber, James Everett, Ryan Bowles, Dominic Bailey, Jake Bartolozzi.

Under-Nine Division E

Isleham United 2

Soham Town Colts Black 1

THE game started briskly with both teams working hard from the start. Isleham made the most of their opportunities and opened the scoring.

Kieran Fuller scored with a fine free kick from just outside the box.

The game was poised to go either way when Isleham broke the deadlock with a shot from a corner kick.

Soham man of the match was Jordy Turpin.

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

Ely Crusaders A 5

Burwell Tigers 3

ELY started slowly and were soon caught out when Burwell burst through the middle to take the lead.

Ely gradually started to warm up, but despite creating a couple of half chances did not look like scoring.

Then Oliver Bailey took out two defenders when he rolled the ball behind him for Ryan Dean to run onto - smashing the ball into the net.

Ely then took the lead through an own goal.

The score remained at 2-1 for 20 minutes and despite some great defending from Aiden Merry and captain Fraser Crossman there was nothing they could do to stop Luke Browns clearance curling in for an Ely own goal to make it 2-2.

Then Tejay O'Keeffe rolled up his sleeves and weaved his way down the wing to thunder the ball into the back of the net.

Luke Brown then made amends with two goals to put the game beyond Burwell's reach. Burwell did not give up though, and grabbed a third.

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

Division F

Ely Crusaders 0 Witchford 1

WITCHFORD completed the double over Crusaders, playing their best football of the season so far.

Defenders Eddie Bowles and James Edwards coped with everything at the back, which made life relatively easy for keeper Brandon Phillips, while man of the match Spencer Saberton won almost every tackle in midfield.

Up front Alec Hewitt, Conor Loker, and David Mayle always made sure the Crusaders defence never had an easy day.

The goal came 90 seconds from time. An Edwards shot cannoned off the bar and Mayle reacted first to lift the ball into the top left-hand corner. Mayle hit a post late on.

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

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

Under-Eight Division E

Little Downham Eagles 0

Witchford Colts 3

THREE good goals from midfield won the game for Colts.

Two efforts from Matthew Loades and one from Sam Gulliver sealed the game, but the man of the match was Nathan Francis with an excellent display in defence.

Witchford: Ruairidh MacDonald, Matthew Loades, Harry Braybrooke, Daniel Chapman, Sam Gulliver, Oliver Richards and Nathan Francis.

Mepal Sports 3 Chatteris Town B 1

MEPAL Sports and Chatteris produced a hard-fought match in difficult, blustery conditions.

A determined Miles Jamieson put the home side ahead.

Mepal increased their lead with another Jamieson goal that sparked a thrilling Chatteris fightback.

A series of fine saves from Jonathon Threadgold finally gave way to a well-crafted goal from Chatteris to reduce the deficit.

Mepal's Connor Angood and Jack Bevis held strong in defence to then produce a timely clearance.

It fell to Jamie Webb, who played a fine through ball to Callum Angood to slot home Mepal's third.

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

Under-Seven Friendly

Stretham 3 Mepal Sports 3

MEPAL and Stretham met in extremely cold and windy conditions.

The six and seven year olds from Mepal battled hard in the first period and put Stretham under lots of pressure which finally resulted in a Mepal goal for Harrison Jones, his first for the club. George Rayner made it two for Mepal.

Stretham pulled two goals back in the second period.

The third period saw Mepal on the attack again, Shane Whatley and Joshua Fenner both stretching the Stretham defence, but it was Stretham that put the goal away.

The final period had Mepal back in charge with some excellent team work, resulting in a second goal for George Rayner.

Mepal: Dean Baxter, Joe-Joe Corlito, Harrison Jones, James Knox, Kassem Lloyd, Joshua Fenner, George Rayner, James Rayson, Shane Whatley.