Crusaders slam 14
CELTIC Crusaders Under-13s hammered Alconbury, smashing home 14 goals. And the hosts dominated from the start, taking the lead through Sam Cooper s strike which was closely followed by Elliott Burr s delicate chip over the Alconbury keeper. Ryan Geraght
CELTIC Crusaders Under-13s hammered Alconbury, smashing home 14 goals.
And the hosts dominated from the start, taking the lead through Sam Cooper's strike which was closely followed by Elliott Burr's delicate chip over the Alconbury keeper.
Ryan Geraghty then forced the visiting keeper into a fine save, but luckily Cooper was on hand to slot home the rebound for goal number three. Burr then grabbed his second when he cut inside following Jacob Leighton's through ball.
The visitors clawed one back, but the Crusaders went into the break 4-1 up.
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But it was more of the same in the second half as Burr completed his hat-trick and Leighton added a sixth with a well-taken finish.
The lively Cooper then claimed his hat-trick with a cheeky finish through the Alconbury keeper's legs, before Danny Tye scored the goal of the game with a thumping long range effort that flew into the back of the net.
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Geraghty then grabbed four goals in quick succession, all of which came as a result of his lightning pace and confident finishing.
At 12-1 the Crusaders were in total control, but there was still time for two more. Leighton broke free with a clever run and when his pass found Daniel Synowiec the goal was never in doubt.
Alconbury sneaked a late consolation, before Burr had the final word with another excellent finish that took his match total to four and his side's to a staggering 14.
Richard Jonas scored Royston Celtic Under-10s' winner in their 3-2 away win against Gresley Way.
Royston created a number of chances, but somehow found themselves trailing by two goals at half time, with Lorcan George and Jonas going closest for Celtic.
However, minutes into the second half George set Royston on the road with a powerful strike that sailed past the Gresley keeper. And it was George who snatched the Royston equaliser with a well-taken free kick.
George and Jonas then combined again with Jonas working his magic with a cool finish for Royston's winner after a great cross from George.
There were plenty of goals for Ashwell Academicals A Under-nines as they hit seven past a helpless Stevenage Borough Kestrels.
In a commanding display, Ashwell passed the ball around well and created chances almost at will. James Lee impressed with four well-struck strikes, with Dean Chappell, James Catterall and Adem Hussain completing the rout.
However, Royston Celtic B were on the wrong end of a 7-0 score line as they crashed away to Rising Stars.
Despite the defeat, Royston battled well against a strong Rising Stars with Matthew Foley playing well at the back and Edward Atkins standing out with his ball skills.
Robbie Ponting also impressed in the Royston goal, and if not for his determination the 7-0 score line could have been more.
In a derby match Royston Town Colts A Under-10s had to settle for a share of the spoils after their 1-1 draw with Buntingford Cougars A.
Royston started the game well and made up for last week's disappointing match by taking the game to the Cougars. And their efforts were rewarded when Robbie Norman fired them in front with a cool strike. At the other end Jacob Townsend impressed in the Colts' goal and he made a couple of good saves to keep Royston in the lead.
After the half time break, Buntingford levelled the score after a lapse in concentration by the Colts defence. But they had a few good opportunities to re-claim the lead, with man-of-the-match Justin Leavers creating the chances, but unfortunately for Royston they failed to find the target.
Royston Town Colts B Under-10s also had to settle for a draw, as their game with Buntingford Cougars B ending 0-0. Despite the stalemate, both teams had a number of chances in front of goal, with Colts keeper Troy Mayo on fine form with a performance that won him the man-of-the-match award.
Bassingbourn Knights Under-10s dismissed Stevenage Town Celta with three goals, in what was an impressive 3-0 victory.
In an end-to-end first half, both teams had to work hard for an opening. And they had to wait until the second half to see the deadlock broken when Bassingbourn's James Bairstow fired home two quick goals.
Ben Blower then pounced on Callum Waller's clever cross, with the striker sealing the win with a calm finish under pressure.
Stevenage Town Vigo proved too strong for Bassingbourn Daze Under-10s as Daze slipped to a 5-1 defeat.
Town opened up a 3-0 lead in the first half, although Bassingbourn's spirits were lifted as both Brad Pryor and Harry Vines began to cause the visitors problems.
And Dazes' determined play was rewarded when Vines used his pace to break free to nab his first goal for the club. However, Vigo came back and despite the best efforts of Nicholas Partridge and Ed Kelly, they ran out 5-1 winners.
Yasmine Pratt netted a hat-trick in Hormead Hares Girls Under-15s' exciting 5-3 victory over Cambridge.
In their best performance of the season Hormead took the game to Cambridge and dominated the majority of the play. Pratt opened their account with a calm finish early on, before adding two more well-taken strikes.
Emma Jennings and Shannen Knight grabbed two more for Hormead as Cambridge had little response to the impressive Hares attack.
They did break through the Hormead back line with three goals of their own, but the game was never in any doubt with Hormead ending the match with a deserved three points.
In the derby fixture, Hormead Hares Boys Under-16s romped home 4-0 against Buntingford Cougars.
A Daniel Banks-Smith goal was all that separated the sides at half time. However, the Hares came out after the break in rampant mood, with Banks-Smith's curled effort doubling their lead.
Some good flowing football followed, with debutant Connor Barnard particularly impressive in the Hormead attack.
Sam Clayden then fired home from close range following Jack Clark Ward's pull back, before Clark Ward outpaced the Cougars' defence and finished in style with Hares' fourth late on.
Hormead Hares Boys Under-11s maintained their third place position in the league after an entertaining 6-4 win at Stevenage Blues.
After going 1-0 down, Rhodri Hughes hit back with two strikes to send the Hares in front. The hosts then levelled, but Hormead were back in the lead when Edward Worby netted just before half time.
Hughes then notched a third to seal his impressive hat-trick minutes into the second half, only for Stevenage to draw level with two quick goals.
However, Hormead showed their character, when Danny Elford made it 5-4, before Alex Underwood put the game beyond doubt with a fine solo effort late in the half.
There was also plenty of goal action in Hormead Hares Girls Under-13s 5-2 victory against Bassingbourn.
And after a slow start, which saw them trailing after just seven minutes, Hormead fought back and drew level when Rebecca Scott finished an excellent passing move with an unstoppable drive.
Bassingbourn then took the lead once more, although it was a lead that did not last long with Abbie Bird's double sending Hormead into the break in front.
And after the re-start it was all Hormead, with their pressure soon paying off when Becky Turner hit a well-taken fourth. Bird completed the rout five minutes from time when she prodded home her third of the game with a goal that helped Hormead extend their unbeaten start to the season.
Hormead Hares Boys Under-14s slipped up against Nazeing Youth, although the game was closer than the 3-1 score line suggested.
And despite seeing a lot of the ball and creating a couple of chances, Hormead trailed 1-0 at half time. However, their opponents upped the tempo in the second half and despite the best efforts of keeper Olly Jeffecoate Nazeing opened up a three goal lead.
However, Louis Kugler reduced the arrears late on with a well-struck consolation after a fine crossfield pass from Charlie Ball.
Josh Hutton and George Storey bagged a brace each as Melbourn Dynamos Panthers Under-nines beat Stevenage Borough 5-1.
In an excellent attacking display the Panthers won in convincing style, Sam Austin slipped the ball through for George Storey to open the scoring for the visitors early on.
However, the Melbourn defence were caught cold and after some slack defending Stevenage broke through and snatched an equalizer.
Then in the second half, the Panthers upped their game and regained the upper hand when Austin ran free and passed to Hutton to score his first of the season.
From then on, it was one way traffic as Melbourn were first to every ball.
Storey added his second of the game, before Austin capped a fine performance with a well-taken strike.
Then Hutton wrapped up a comfortable performance with his second, after some good work from Luke Eades.
There was also a win for Melbourn Dynamos Under-11s as they saw off Stevenage Colts 3-1.
Mathew Goodfellow rifled in a strike from the edge of the box to force a good save from the Colts keeper.
At the other end Ben Raddon made a fine save that kept Stevenage at bay, then minutes later Harry Carter and Conner Brand combined to set up Josh Joyce for his third goal of the season.
The second half opened with Raddon again making a key save to keep his side in front.
And Brand extended that lead when he slotted home a calm finish after more good play from Carter.
Brand then grabbed a second 10 minutes later when he reacted quickest to a rebounded shot.
Stevenage were rewarded with a consolation goal three minutes from time.
Melbourn Dynamos Tigers Under-nines were not so fortunate as Stevenage Borough beat them 2-0.
And after a sluggish start, Melbourn were soon on the back foot with the Stevenage attack looking strong. And after a poor goal kick, Stevenage pounced and opened the scoring.
The hosts then made it 2-0 minutes later when a Stevenage forward broke free and slotted past Melbourn's keeper. The Tigers began to settle after the goals with midfielders Matthew Harris, Joe Greeman and Megan Jeray doing their best to pull Melbourn back.
The second half was a more even affair, but despite the best efforts of player-of-the-match Andrew Houghton, Melbourn could not manage break the Stevenage defence.
Hitchin Town Youth Bullets beat Melbourn Dynamo Tigers Under-10s 2-1.
Despite the defeat, it was a good all round performance by the Tigers, who took the lead when player-of-the-match Jacob Rand found the bottom left corner with a brilliant left-footed strike.
The home side were unlucky not to have extended their lead as they created a number of first-half chances.
But the visitors levelled the scores minutes after the re-start, with Melbourn unlucky when Rebecca Broker found Dani Friel whose volley bounced off the post.
The Tigers were then caught on the break and despite keeper Sam Carrington making a good first save the ball was followed up and slotted into the Melbourn net.
Melbourn Dynamos Panthers Under-12s were comfortably beaten away from home 5-0 by a strong Knebworth Youth Wildcats side.
Despite the defeat the Panthers impressed with their commitment and enthusiasm that at times frustrated their second-placed opponents. Man-of-the-match Billy Halliwell and Toby Jackson worked hard in midfield, while James Moore and Liam Tidey linked well up front.
And their spirited display kept the Knebworth attack at bay, with defenders Alex Martin and Ben Cattley making a number of key tackles as the half ended 0-0.
However, the second half started badly for the Panthers as they conceded a goal shortly after the re-start. Knebworth then capitalised further and added four goals in 15 minutes.