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PUBLISHED: 11:52 16 February 2006 | UPDATED: 14:35 12 May 2010
Potton Colts U-11 6 Royston Town Colts A 3 ROYSTON produced a sterling performance at high-flying Potton. They belied their lowly league position to give their well-drilled hosts a major fright before their depleted squad ran out of steam. An early strike
Potton Colts U-11 6 Royston Town Colts A 3 ROYSTON produced a sterling performance at high-flying Potton. They belied their lowly league position to give their well-drilled hosts a major fright before their depleted squad ran out of steam. An early strike from Jordan Hall against the run of play after clever one-touch football from Jack Bailey put Royston ahead, while man-of-the-match John Middlemass pulled off a string of fine saves to deny Potton an equaliser. Bailey nearly made it two for Royston with a superb long-range effort which flew just wide of an upright before Potton finally squared the match, netting a rebound after a shot had hit the crossbar. Potton went 2-1 up after slack midfield play gifted them the ball although Hall was unlucky not equalise straight away, hitting a post with the keeper beaten. With half-time approaching, Lewis Hunter thumped the ball over the Potton keeper to level the match. In the second half, Potton began to show their class, restoring their lead before extending it further with a goal that looked offside. Royston powered they way back into the game, Matthew Cooney and Jake Benstead at the back showing tremendous courage and commitment, Hall and Bailey proving a constant threat up front. As Royston pressed for a reply, Potton took full advantage of Royston's static defence to register their fifth. In the dying minutes, Lewis Webb replaced the injured Benstead but could only watch as Potton netted again. Not to be outdone, Royston launched tired limbs forward one more time, and Hall bagging his second from outside the box after good work by Bailey, Sekobawane and Harley. Colts: J Middlemass, M Cooney, J Benstead, M McLean, H Stafford, A Chapman, J Hall, L Harley, L Hunter, L Sekobawane, J Bailey. Sub: L Webb. Royston Celtic U-10 A 1 Bishop's Stortford Swifts A 3 CELTIC lost to a good Stortford side but the scoreline did not reflect the closeness of the match. The game was played in awful conditions but both sides acquitted themselves well and played some good football. The first half was even with the defences on top. Early in the second half, Luca Dusi came close to giving Celtic the lead but the visitors swept up the other end to score. The hosts pushed forward but were caught again when Stortford showed why they are one of the best sides in the league with a well-worked second. Celtic looked stunned and the visitors soon made it three, but Celtic never gave up and got a deserved goal back with a good move and finish from Edward Brown. Celtic went close on a couple of occasions but the Swifts took the points. Ashwell U-8 A 4 Royston Celtic A 1 ROYSTON started this match very slowly and could not cope with a stronger bigger Ashwell team who played excellent football and scored three excellent first-half goals. Rea in the Celtic goal was outstanding, making four great saves. Celtic were much improved in the second half and enjoyed more of the game. They pulled back a goal when Atkins pressurised an Ashwell player to score an own goal. Ashwell scored the fourth with the last kick of the game. Melbourn U-9 4 Biggleswade Blue 0 MELBOURN bounced back from last week's defeat to record a comfortable win in this friendly match. Harry Carter broke through on the right for Melbourn, reaching the touchline and pulling back a cross that was met by Josh Joyce, who struck a thunderous first-time effort into the left-hand corner. Further pressure by Melbourn saw Carter find Daniel Alison on the left, who made a fine solo run and beat the keeper. The second half started with Melbourn slackening their man-marking and being fortunate not to concede. Midway through the half, Alison pounced on to the end of a rebounded ball to make it 3-0 to Melbourn. Further intense pressure saw Melbourn get a corner which resulted in Matthew Goodfellow taking it and then getting on the end of it to round off the scoring. Hormead Hares Girls U-12 2 Bishop's Stortford 2 AN enthralling game saw Hares dominate for long periods, putting in some excellent tackles and passing well. Despite a number of chances Hares could not score and they fell behind from a shot from an acute angle. Hares' response was superb and they took the lead within five minutes, following a goal direct from a corner by Alex Hunt and then neatly dispatching a penalty. The second half again saw Hormead play well, but Stortford kept on battling and were rewarded with an equaliser with five minutes to go. A couple of excellent Sarah Bruerton saves ensured Hares were rewarded with a share of the points. Hormead Hares U-14 3 Biggleswade Town 2 HARES got back to winning ways at the weekend with an impressive performance against a strong Biggleswade side. Some excellent passing created a number of opportunities early on but could not be converted. Two fantastic point-blank saves from Reece Paine ensured Hares stayed level, but then fell behind in the last 10 minutes of the first half. Hormead then stepped up a gear and an impressive Daniel Banks-Smith hat-trick, including a long-range screamer for the third, gave them the lead before Biggleswade grabbed a late consolation. Hormead Hares U-13 Stevenage Borough 3 HORMEAD shared the league points against third-placed Borough after an entertaining game. After a lively start the hosts went one up when Luke Mossey latched on to a through ball and calmly placed it past the keeper. Despite further half-chances the Hares were unable to add to their tally and in the latter stages of the first half Borough found the net three times to take a commanding lead. Early in the second half, the Hares staged a great comeback and in the space of five minutes brought the game back to level terms with goals by Jamie Mossey and George Garrott. Despite further chances by both sides neither were able to break the deadlock and the game ended in a draw. - Hares under-nine shared the spoils in a pair of games at Hatfield Stripes. The visitors lent a player to Hatfield for each game, and after losing the first match 2-1 despite a Danny Elford goal, they reversed the scoreline in the second thanks to a pair of strikes from Alex Underwood. Royston Celtic U-10 B 4 Bishop's Stortford Swifts B 1 CELTIC collected a well-deserved victory, despite the difficult conditions. Although the Swifts put together some spirited attacks, great tackling in particular from Zac Woods thwarted most of these before they reached the goalmouth. Two well-taken goals from Anthony Lane and another through great determination by Joe Maude gave Celtic a comfortable lead before Swifts got one back through indecision by the Celtic defence. The game was wrapped up late on when Fergus Campbell receiving a ball well out of the Swifts area rifled home a shot that gave the opposition keeper little chance. Royston Colts U-10 A 3 Stevenage Borough Red 5 THIS proved to be as close a contest as when the two teams met last year, but this time Stevenage emerged victorious. Colts took an early lead when a Thomas Robson found space to the left and delivered a perfect ball across the goal, Chris Francombe making no mistake with the finish. The visitors responded well, and equalised soon after with a fine move that pierced Colts' defence. A terrific individual effort from Robson ended with a thumping left-foot into the visitors' net to restore the lead, but once again Stevenage countered with a delightful first-time chip from the edge of Colt's area that gave the keeper no chance. Just before half-time, Stevenage took the lead when during a goalmouth scramble the ball was controversially adjudged to have crossed the line. There was again little to choose between the sides in the second half. Jack Staley's accurate corner set up Robson's second goal to make it 3-3, and a continual stream of chances at either end kept the supporters well entertained. Stevenage stole the advantage when the Colts' marking let them down, and sealed it with well-taken penalty in the dying minutes.