Youth Football Round-up: ’Port hand out a 13-goal blitz
Under-Eight Division E Littleport Town 13 Bluntisham 0 LITTLEPORT romped to victory against Bluntisham. There were four goals for Harry Morton, two each for Tom Willett, Charlie Smith, and Thomas Deverell, while Tyler Hines and Bailey Yearn also got on th
Under-Eight Division E
Littleport Town 13 Bluntisham 0
LITTLEPORT romped to victory against Bluntisham.
There were four goals for Harry Morton, two each for Tom Willett, Charlie Smith, and Thomas Deverell, while Tyler Hines and Bailey Yearn also got on the scoresheet.
Littleport: Jamie Harvey, Joshua Bidecant, Ethan Cornwell, Oliver Jennings, Michael Garrett, Charlie Smith, Harry Morton, Tyler Hines, Thomas Deverell, Bailey Yearn, Tom Willett.
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Mildenhall Town 4 Littleport Town 1
THIS was a match which Littleport would wish to forget quickly. From the outset their opponents were faster to the ball and more committed in the tackle.
Within 10 minutes, the home side took advantage of pressure when a forward broke clear and fired past the advancing Littleport keeper.
Mildenhall doubled their lead and could have gone even further ahead if Rob Wilson had not blocked another close range shot.
As the interval approached, Littleport kindled some hope when a swift series of passes opened up the home defence and allowed Nick Seaman to score from the cross.
A chance to equalise soon followed when the ball ran loose in the area, but the shot was blazed wide from eight metres.
In the second half, Littleport failed to capitalise on their momentum and allowed Mildenhall to recover their composure. This proved to be disastrous when a lack of communication on the right allowed the home winger to net from a narrow angle..
The result was sealed near the end when a Mildenhall midfielder volleyed the ball into the net from outside the area.
Littleport: Rob Wilson, Jamie Burton, Tom Evans, Adam Reckless, Matt Fuller, John Kelly, Luke Williams, Nick Seaman, James Elliott, Dan Bell, Lee Fuller, Oli Pindar, Adam Ellertson, Ryan Middleton, Sam Males.
Chatteris Town 1 Ely City C 6
ELY broke the deadlock on 7 minutes through winger Oliver Young and then added a second on 20 minutes through Alex Phillips.
Despite being two goals down Chatteris continued to threaten the Ely goal on the break with their quick forward line. In the closing minutes of the half Ely's centre forward Ed Dickinson scored from short distance to give Ely a three goal lead at the break. In the second half the visitors dominated the match and played well as a team. Their back four kept Chatteris's attacks on their goal to a minimum whilst the midfield continued to create chances for the forwards.
Ely added a further three goals through an Alex Phillips penalty on 16 minutes, an Oliver Jackson header from a corner on 28 minutes followed quickly by a great individual goal by captain Adam Richards.
Chatteris were eventually rewarded with goal through their right winger in the final minutes.
Ely: Tom McInally, Daniel Butcher, Shaun Eldridge, Tom Porter, Nick Gough, Oliver Young, Alex Philips, Chris Fleming, Edmund Dickinson, Adam Richards (captain), Oliver Jackson, Kiefer Taylor.
Under-12 Division B
Ely Crusaders 2 Saffron Walden 1
THE home team dominated the match in the first 20 minutes and should have gone into half time in the lead instead of level.
In the second half the match was more even. The deadlock was broken when Ely made the break from a Walden corner. Cameron Robb made a pass along the line to Jake Hopkin who made a run and a good cross, which was met by Ryan Lowe.
Walden replied almost immediately with some good passing which resulted in a very well taken goal.
Ely were awarded a penalty for handball in the box, which was saved by the keeper and the visiting defence somehow managed to clear the rebound.
The win was finally claimed by Ely when Luke Hayes went on a run and slotted the ball home.
Man of the match for Ely was Ryan Lowe.
Crusaders: George Bannister, Joe Dalton, Jake Hopkin, Alexander Minall, Nicholas Kyndt, Lewis Buxton, Cameron Robb, Oliver Watts, Ashley Hammersley, Joseph Smith, Jacques Odell-Rourke, Daniel Twinn, Alfa Balda, Luke Hayes, Ryan Lowe, Michael Faulkner-Dunkley.
Under-11 Division A
Lakenheath 2 Witchford Colts 1
POOR finishing and desperate defending kept Witchford at bay early on.
Midway through the first half Lakenheath broke free and with their first chance of the game, scored. Their second break away, they scored again. Witchford were shocked but rallied shortly before half time when Sam Rasdall ghosted round two defenders and fired left footed low into the goal.
Witchford's man of the match was Sam Penn.
Littleport Town 3 Burwell Tigers 0
'PORT continued its winning ways with a good win over Burwell Tigers.
In difficult conditions Port began the game strongly and, nearing the end of the first
half, good passing play saw Ashton Oakes open the scoring for the home side. Port continued to battle into the second half and increased their lead through a fine shot by Arron Heaps. Joseph Murfitt rounded off the scoring for a well-deserved 'Port victory. Luke Thompson had a very good game in midfield.
Littleport: Sam Barker, Charlie Bowditch, Ben Jewitt, Jake Kennedy, Luke Thompson, Ben Hawkins, Arron Heaps, Joseph Murfitt, Aston Oakes, Jake Browning.
Red Lodge 0 Soham Town Colts 4
SOHAM'S early pressure paid off when Adam Pickerall gave them the lead.
Soham went two up just before half-time with a strike from Robson Barker.
The second half started with more of the same for Soham with Joshua Greenley rounding off a fine solo run with a crisp strike.
Barker added the fourth after a pass from Adam Stronge.
Under-10 Knockout Cup
Ely Crusaders A 0
Histon 1 (after extra-time)
ELY'S cup run came to a disappointing end on a cold, windy morning against a very good Histon side.
Both sides came to win a place in the final but managed to cancel each other out with fine defensive play.
Both sides had their chances though, with fine keeping from Oscar Haines keeping the visitors at bay.
Ely's chances came from Scott Callaghan, who hit the post twice, once from a long range free-kick.
In the second period of extra-time Jack Rudkin failed to convert a cross with only the keeper to beat.
With seconds left on the clock and the prospect of penalties looming, Histon broke through to poke the ball under a diving Haines to secure their place in the final.
Crusaders: Oscar Haines, Ryan Marston, Tom Matcham, Harry Beeton, Tyler Thurston, Scott Callaghan, Thomas Walker, Jack Rudkin.
Under-Eight Division E
Mepal 1 Witchford 7
A VERY good team performance saw another win for Witchford.
Daniel Chapman, with his shooting boots on again, got two goals, some very good finishing from Matthew Loades netted 4 goals and one own goal, but man of the match goes to Nathan Parker with a much improved personal performance.
Witchford: Ruairidh MacDonald, Matthew Loades, Harry Braybrooke, Daniel Chapman, Sam Gulliver, Oliver Richards, Nathan Francis and Nathan Parker.
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Willingham Wolves 0 Mepal Sports 6
MEPAL continued their winning run with a comprehensive six goal win away at Willingham, playing some excellent football in tricky conditions. George Rayner grabbed an early brace including a fiercely struck free kick and Harrison Jones also netted to put the visitors three up.
Joe-Joe Corlito marshalled a solid looking back line of James Knox and Thomas Smith impressively whilst Dean Baxter's goal was rarely threatened.
Mepal's dominance in midfield was underlined by some hard running and tackling by Kassem Lloyd, James Rayson, Ashley Howlett and Joshua Fenner. Further strikes followed for Shane Whatley and Jones, and it was left to Knox to round off an excellent team effort by cracking home the sixth right on the final whistle.
Mepal: Dean Baxter, Kassem Lloyd, James Knox, Joshua Fenner, Shane Whatley, Joe-Joe Corlito, James Rayson,George Rayner, Harrison Jones, Thomas Smith, Ashley Howlett.
Mepal Sports 6 Chatteris 0
MEPAL completed a fine weekend with
a second 6-0 victory against plucky
George Rayner was in fine form for the home side, creating numerous early chances with some inspired forward play and combining well with Kassem Lloyd. When Chatteris did manage to breach Mepal's defence Dean Baxter was on hand to pull of some smart saves, but for the most part Joe-Joe Corlito, Thomas Smith and James Knox had the better of the visiting forwards.
Rayner had soon put Mepal 3-0 ahead with an excellent hat-trick and James Rayson was unlucky not to increase the lead. In the latter stages Mepal's supremacy began to tell, Rayner grabbing a fourth to cap a fine individual display and Harrison Jones a late brace.
Mepal: Dean Baxter, Joe-Joe Corlito, James Knox, Thomas Smith, Kassem Lloyd, George Rayner, Harrison Jones, James Rayson.