Top two dreams in the balance for Templars

PUBLISHED: 11:23 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 May 2010

The under-10 Templars chances of finishing Division One runners up were left hanging in the balance after a 2-1 defeat at Knebworth. Top scorer Charlie Briggs netting for the Templars. The under-10 Crusaders maintained their healthy lead at the top of Div

The under-10 Templars chances of finishing Division One runners up were left hanging in the balance after a 2-1 defeat at Knebworth. Top scorer Charlie Briggs netting for the Templars.

The under-10 Crusaders maintained their healthy lead at the top of Division B despite being held to a goalless draw by Knebworth B.

Goals from Kier Boyd and Nathan Godfrey could not prevent the under-10 Lancers slipping to a 4-2 defeat at Manuden.

Both under-11 teams in action had good results. The Knights returned from Sawbridgeworth with a point after a hard fought 4-4 draw, while the Lancers took all three points, beating local rivals Letchworth Garden City Orange by 4-0.

The under-12 Templars continue to make a late run for the Division One championship with a vital 2-1 win over fellow title hopefuls Herts Rangers. A Tom Gornall strike together with an own goal gave them a 2-1 victory.

The under-12 Crusaders finished their season with their second best result of the campaign against Bishop's Stortford Rovers.

Midway through the first half Robbie Wilcock floated a teasing free kick beyond the Rovers' defence for Toby Harvey to steal in and meet the cross first time to poke the ball into the bottom corner.

With a minute of the half remaining a Crusaders attack broke down and the ball rolled to Shaun Allin who timed a sweet right foot shot floating it into the top corner, making it 2-0 at the break.

The second half saw the Reds continue strongly by holding their shape and discipline and passing the ball wide creating numerous chances, and before long Iain Robinson tried a speculative shot form the edge of the box which looped over the stranded keeper's head, shortly followed by another flowing movement for Iain Robinson to net his second.

The home team continued to maintain this pressure with high confidence when Toby Harvey also got his second from another free flowing move and grabbed his hat trick by netting the 6th for the Crusaders to make the final score 6-0.

An Alex Surridge goal was the under-12 Knights only consolation as they finished on the wrong end of a 5-1 score line against Arlesey Town.

The under-13 Templars still have high hopes of finishing Division One runners up after their latest win over Fairlands Blues. James Canning with two goals and an Alex Canter strike giving them a 3-1 victory.

The under-13 Knights kept up their recent good form with another victory, this time at Stevenage Tigers. Harry Nelson, Jordan Davis and Killan McKeon-Eccles were all on target as the Knights ran out 3-2 winners.

The under-13 had only an Alex Maguire goal to show for their efforts as they were beaten 3-1 by Buntingford Cougars.

Both the under-14 Templars and Crusaders suffered defeats. The Templars went down 5-1 to Division One leaders Stevenage Town. James Graham scored the Templars lone goal. The Crusaders were beaten 3-0 by St Neots.

The under-14 Knights maintained their unbeaten league record with a convincing 4-0 at Bishop's Stortford Rovers. Top scorer Jack Fidock gave the Knights a half time lead, and Axel Morris grabbed a second just after the break.

New signing Harvey Kelket added a third with his first goal for the club and Jack Fidock completed the scoring by adding a fourth.

The under-15 Knights produced a second half performance to remember against bottom placed FC Risden. After a goalless first half, the Knights went to town after the break with Aaron Slack scoring four goals, Chris Hogg two, and Tom Lee and Alex Coppin one each to make the final score 8-0.

The under-15 Lancers also recorded an 8-0 victory at Austen Arrowheads. Joel Strickland produced the best individual performance of the day as he hit five goals. Shaun Hunt, Jordan Fidock and Sam-Fraser Bossom were also all on target to keep the Lancers Division Two promotion hopes very much alive.

In Division Three, the under-15 Crusaders and Stotfold each took a point after their game finished 2-2.

The under-16 Crusaders did things the hard way in their match with Bishop's Stortford Pelham. After Josh Furness had given them the lead, a disastrous five minute spell midway through the first half saw them go 3-1 down, and worse was to follow as the visitors added a fourth just before the break.

The game was brought alive as Furness and James Whenman both scored in the opening minute of the second period. The Crusaders snatched an equaliser as Furness completed his hat-trick with 15 minutes to go, and he made it four in the last minute to give the Crusaders a 5-4 win.

The under-18 Crusaders returned to winning ways against Knebworth. After a goalless first half Elliot Snook put the home side ahead, with Adam Harper quickly adding a second. Although Knebworth pulled one back, Joe Greenland headed in a third to give Baldock a 3-1 victory.


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