Higginson gets Templars off to a flier

Wymondley Park U-10 A 0 Baldock Town Youth Templars 3 BALDOCK came away with a deserved win from a lively end-to-end game. Both teams began in entertaining attacking style, but Baldock took the lead when Daniel Nicholson's cross was met at the far post b

Wymondley Park U-10 A 0 Baldock Town Youth Templars 3 BALDOCK came away with a deserved win from a lively end-to-end game. Both teams began in entertaining attacking style, but Baldock took the lead when Daniel Nicholson's cross was met at the far post by man-of-the-match George Higginson after seven minutes. Wymondley created some good chances and stand-in keeper Jordan Massey made a great save from a close-range shot. In the second half, Baldock began to take control. Higginson's cross was well met by Ryan Savage, whose shot went just wide. Then Elena Pisapia broke through the middle and fired home a strong shot. Matthew Judges forced a great save from the Wymondley goalkeeper with a spectacular long-range effort before Connor Doyle finished the game with a well-taken third goal into the top corner of the net. Knebworth U-14 8 Royston Celtic 5 CELTIC'S poor run of results continued on Sunday. The visitors went behind within seconds but managed to equalise after 10 minutes with a goal from Drew McReadie. However, Celtic were only level for two minutes as Knebworth cut through the Celtic defence after 12, 18 and 22 minutes to lead 4-1. Celtic pulled one back through Conor Barnard but Celtic conceded another before the break. The second half was a more even affair despite Celtic being down to 10 men, with the visitors putting in a much better performance. Knebworth scored the first goal of the half with McReadie replying for Celtic to complete his brace. The home side scored a further two goals before Celtic came to life in the last 15 minutes with a goal from Adam Green and a second from Barnard. Letchworth GCE Reds U-15 8 Royston Town Colts 0 LETCHWORTH showed why they are second in the league right from the start. Colts' stout defending kept the home side at bay until the 22nd minute, when a long ball from defence found a forward, who beat off two defenders and hammered the ball into the top corner. The visitors battled to get back in the game, Nathan Benstead and Adam Markham linking up well on the left hand side of the pitch to give the home side something to think about. In the 30th minute, two good saves from Ashley Scarratt were to no avail as Letchworth doubled their lead at the third attempt. Brave defending from the visitors in the second half could not stop the home side increasing their lead as they piled on the pressure. A series of good saves from Tom Shield and blocks from Stewart Jackson and Adam Peters in defence kept the goal tally down. Royston Colts A U-8 1 Bishop's Stortford 1 COLTS were forced to share the spoils in difficult conditions, on Saturday. Both teams did well as the ball was bouncing all over the place. Colts seemed to settle better and had a succession of corners before Justin Leavers received the ball, took on three defenders, and shot into the bottom corner with his left foot. The second half saw more of the same, with Colts putting on the pressure but a lack of concentration in defence allowed Stortford an equaliser. Royston Colts B U-8 1 Bishop's Stortford 2 ROYSTON started this game with great play, passing the ball and fighting for each other. This ended in a fantastic goal from Liam Turner, his first of the season and much deserved. Colts kept on the attack but could not get a second. After the interval, the hosts could not keep up the pace and Stortford scored two goals without reply to win the game. Colts: J Townsend, T McGee, J Conney, T Mayo, B Calvert, R Westbury, J Leavers, M Harris, C Waring, A Richardson, J Howie, H Vines, D Mynott, L Turner, Royston Colts U-10 A 2 Buntingford Cougars A 3 COLTS succeeded in breaking their recent goal drought but it was not enough to take the points in a keenly-fought contest with visiting Cougars. Chris Francombe gave Colts the early lead when he was first to a lovely ball threaded through the Cougars' defence by striker Thomas Robson. Colts' celebrations were to be short-live. Twice in quick succession a Cougars striker managed to sneak into the box unseen by the home defence to receive the ball and score - the first with a cracking volley, the second a delightful header over the keeper. The home side began the second half positively. Callum Turner came close from a free-kick before a fine individual effort from Robson saw the scores levelled. A succession of chances at either end kept the spectators entertained, but it was Cougars who broke away to win when a close-range shot was cruelly deflected past keeper Will Hart. Royston Colts U-10 B 0 Buntingford Cougars U10 B 5 ALTHOUGH Colts' in-form Liam York was by far the busier of the two keepers in the first half, The score was kept to 0-0 by some sterling defending, notably from Max Cooper. Colts were immediately put under pressure in the second half. Colts' Stevie Watson looked dangerous up front but Cougars had taken control of the midfield. By the end the visitors scored five times, including one on the stroke of full-time.