Champs' double celebration
New Hall Rangers under-16 3 Stotfold Rangers under-16 0 DIVISION ONE champions New Hall Rangers had to work hard for their latest piece of silverware, as the battling Stotfold Rangers made life difficult. The Division Three side impressed on route to the
New Hall Rangers under-16 3 Stotfold Rangers under-16 0
DIVISION ONE champions New Hall Rangers had to work hard for their latest piece of silverware, as the battling Stotfold Rangers made life difficult.
The Division Three side impressed on route to the final seeing off both Fairlands Youth Whites and Sawbridgeworth Youth of Division One, and despite what seemed a comfortable New Hall victory could well have taken more from the game.
New Hall showed their higher league status early on with Jordan Sullivan and Jack Cranfield both going close to breaking the early deadlock.
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But in captain Jonathan Purdie and Benjamin Amos, Stotfold's defence was resolute as they kept tight to New Hall's speedy attack.
However, midway through the half New Hall had Stotfold undone when skipper Glen Bean picked out Jamie Slyvester, who cut inside Jonathan Mait and slotted the ball home with a cool finish.
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At the other end Malcolm Marimirofa was Stotfold's main threat, with his clever skills drawing the attention of two New Hall defenders every time he got on the ball.
However, it was New Hall who ended the half in control with Bean's stinging strike from distance forcing a great save from Thomas Allen.
Moments into the second half, Stotfold should have drew level though, when Josh Blunt missed a sitter from close range following Marimirofa's well-placed pull back.
And it was the Division Three side that were now playing the better football, as they hit their opponents with a number of breaks forward. And Marimirofa should have done better with the goal at his mercy with his instant control creating space in the New Hall box.
New Hall then made Stotfold rue their missed opportunities with the powerful Bean heading home from Sylvester's deep cross from the right.
Half chances fell to both Stotfold's Stephen Moules and Ashley Baulk, but it was New Hall who made the difference once more when Jordan Sullivan netted from close range.
Allen denied New Hall's talented John Cowley a almost certain goal late on with another impressive save, however the game was all but wrapped up as the Divsion One League leaders completed an impressive Crow double.