Crusaders thrash Alconbury 10-0

CELTIC Cursaders dismantled Alconbury 10-0 on a fine winter s day. The Crusaders were never in danger of dropping points in this game after they went ahead in the first minute. Neat passing from Jacob Leighton and Sam Cooper put Geraghty in space and he h

CELTIC Cursaders dismantled Alconbury 10-0 on a fine winter's day.

The Crusaders were never in danger of dropping points in this game after they went ahead in the first minute.

Neat passing from Jacob Leighton and Sam Cooper put Geraghty in space and he hit the ball home with a good finish.

The hosts went 2-0 up just a minute later, this time Elliot Burr was the scorer with a skilful turn and shot from the edge of the 18-yard-box.

Alconbury were able to put a couple of attacks together but when they did they were thwarted by the Crusaders' defence, including some fine tackling by Danny Tye.

Geraghty then broke through at pace and his shot at goal was parried in front of Leighton who slotted home the spilled ball.

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Burr then worked and one-two with Alfie Payne before giving Sam Cooper a ball to chase. Cooper was first to the ball and found the net for the Crusaders' fourth of the game.

The first half was coming to its close when Tye saved a certain goal with a goal line clearance from an Alconbury free kick, and the home team were able to grab two more before the break.

Leighton ran down the right with the ball before looking up and delivering a neat chip which was skilfully trapped and rifled home by Victor and Geraghty scored his second of the game when he collected a goal kick and slammed it home.

Alconbury rallied in the second half forcing some fine saves from keeper Harry Bracewell but they were unable to find the net and the Crusaders finished the game off with another two goals for Geraghty, making it four for him for the game, and two from Burr who also sealed his hat trick.

ROYSTON Celtic's under-16s team lost 7-3 at home to Manuden in a closely fought game.

Royston went behind after 10 minutes, equalised five minutes later and went ahead on 18 minutes but were unable to hold their lead for long.

Manuden pulled one back on 22 minutes and after this fourth goal the match began to slow down after the explosive start as both teams were conscious of trying not to concede any more.

With just minutes to go at the end of the first half Manuden did score another, this time through a Riley Frost penalty, and after the break the visitors began to dominate the game and went 5-2 with goals from Frost and Pedro Ghilardi.

Royston were still not out of it, however, and on 70 minutes made it 5-3, but in the end Manuden proved to be too strong for their opponents and they scored two more before the whistle to record a 7-3 win.

Royston Town Youth under-nines A team suffered a rare defeat against a strong Arlesey Town side in a close and competitive game of tough tackling and limited goal chances. The only goal of the game came from a sweetly struck free kick in the second half.

Royston Town Youth under-nines B team put together a solid performance against Arlesey Town to claim an impressive 3-0 win. Danny Baulk was lively up front all game and Jack Davis scored two good goals. Tom Fox capped a good team performance with a goal to seal the victory.

Royston Town Youth under-nines C side went down by the odd goal against a good Wymondley team. Royston's goals came from Alex Little and Rory Hunter but despite some good pressure they couldn't quite snatch an equaliser and eventually went down 3-2.

Buntingford Cougars under-eights second team went down 9-0 in muddy conditions against Letchworth. Although they were emphatically beaten, the youngsters all enjoyed playing and saw the game out to the end.

It was then time for the Cougars' first eleven to show what they were made of and two quick goals from Jack Saggers saw them take control of the game against Letchworth.

Buntingford's opponents pulled a goal back before the game, but the Cougars were able to hold out during a tight second half and in the end ran out 2-1 winners.

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