Just no stopping five-goal Saggers
CONOR Saggers caught the eye once more with his five goals helping Royston Town Colts A under-13s to an emphatic 7-1 victory at Stevenage Borough Juniors Red. Royston s late surge for promotion remains on track, with Saggers opening the score early on by
CONOR Saggers caught the eye once more with his five goals helping Royston Town Colts A under-13s to an emphatic 7-1 victory at Stevenage Borough Juniors Red.
Royston's late surge for promotion remains on track, with Saggers opening the score early on by slotting the ball past the advancing Reds keeper for a cool finish.
The hosts hit back with an immediate equaliser, but Saggers restored Royston's lead following another quick break through the middle. Jack Bailey slotted home a penalty just before half time to give Town a commanding lead at the interval.
In the second half, Town again came out strongly, with Saggers grabbing his second hat-trick in as many games following some superb work by Lucas Sekobawane.
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Midway through the half Saggers added his fourth and then fifth, to reach 22 for the season, from Jordan Hall's pin point pass.
Sekobawane then completed the rout with a fine solo effort
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Two goals from Darren Aldridge saw Buntingford Cougars under-13s ease to a 2-0 victory over Shefford Saints.
Aldridge opened the scoring with a confident strike following an excellent passing move, before adding his second with another well-taken shot.
Despite showing superior skill, Hormead Hares under-nines slipped to two defeats against Baldock C and D.
Goals from Elliott Rowe and Max Kerr were not enough as Hormead Hares Tigers lost to Baldock C 3-2.
Hormead Hares Dragons also lost 3-2 to Baldock D, with the Hormead goals coming from Owen Hughes and Callum Edwards.
Five goals for Rhys Westbury saw Royston Town Colts A under-10s to a fine 7-1 win over Hormead Hares A.
The Royston midfield of Justin Leavers, Robbie Norman and George Bailey kept Westbury well supplied, with the talented striker notching four by half- time, including a quick-fire hat-trick.
Leavers slotted in the other as the Colts ended the half in complete control with a comfortable 5-0 lead.
Hormead responded with an early consolation minutes into the second half, but Royston were soon out of the blocks, with Westbury adding his fifth with a smart header and Leavers grabbing his second and Colts' seventh with a coolly taken strike.
Jordan Howe's late penalty gave Royston Colts B under-10s a vital 3-2 win over Hormead Hares B.
Royston got off to a great start, with player-of-the-match Cameron Smith nabbing his first goal for Colts, before Troy Mayo added a second with another well-taken finish.
However, Hormead hit back with two well-worked strikes just before half-time to set up an entertaining second half.
It was end-to-end action, but it was Royston who were rewarded with a late opportunity with Howe on hand to sweep home a superb penalty kick.
Jack Richardson slotted home a much-needed winner for Melbourn Dynamos under-12s as they beat Bedwell Rangers 1-0.
Their bright start was rewarded when Toby Jackson's super cross was volleyed at goal by Callum Turner, and when his shot was blocked it was player-of-the-match Richardson who reacted quickest with a tidy close range finish.
Bedwell fought back, but were unable to break the Melbourn defence of Alex Martin, Billy Halliwell, Ben Cattley and James Moore.
Cameron Douglas and Brennan Friel caused problems in the second half as Melbourn looked to double their lead, with Jack Court going closest with his clever shot.
At the other end the Melbourn defence held strong, with Richardson's strike proving enough to secure their first points of the season.
A late goal just edged out Buntingford Cougars Stripes under-10s, with FC Comet sealing the points.
FC Comet opened the scoring in what was an entertaining encounter, before Alfie Long levelled for Cougars with a brilliant second-half free kick.
Then against the run of play, Buntingford were hit with Comet's late winner.
A narrow win was welcomed by Hormead Hares under-11s as they saw off Arlesey 3-2, with Rhodri Hughes opening the scoring.
Arlesey were then awarded a penalty, but man-of-the-match Robert Brain pushed the shot away before making a string of stunning saves.
Alex Underwood doubled Hares' tally just before the break, and added a third when he pounced for another cool finish. Arlesey hit back with two late goals, but Hormead kept tight and held on to a deserved three points.
Fairlands Youth came out on top in their games with Royston Celtic A and B under-10s with a 1-0 and 5-0 win.
An own goal undid Royston Celtic A's hard work, while Royston Celtic B were left helpless with Fairlands running riot.
Buntingford Cougars under-13s had to settle for a share of the points with Baldock proving a more than able match.
And it was Baldock who took the lead in the first half, with the Cougars usual flowing football seemingly missing.
In the second half, despite coming out stronger, Buntingford found themselves 2-0 down with Baldock catching them off guard.
However, Jonathan Bowell reduced the deficit with a cool finish, before Cougars' intelligent play was rewarded with a deserved equaliser courtesy of Darren Aldridge.
James Lee bagged four as Ashwell Academicals A under-nines comprehensively beat Stevenage Kestrels 7-2.
It was the fourth time Ashwell have scored seven goals, with James Catterall's double and Zac Conley adding to Lee's strikes.
Ashwell Academicals B under-nines also registered an impressive win over Kestrels, with Connor Georgia and Dean Chapple's braces giving them a 4-1 victory.
An impressive return to form by Melbourn Dynamos Panthers A under-10s ended in a 5-1 demolition of Knebworth Town Youth.
Ben Webb opened the scoring, latching on to James Rushton's pass and leaving the Knebworth keeper with little chance with a confident finish.
Sam Bedlow and Willem van de Ven combined to set up Webb for his second, with Melbourn ending the half on top.
Knebworth reduced the arrears early in the second half, before Webb deflected Rushton's free kick into the path of James Fowkes who headed into the Knebworth net.
Fowkes then made it 4-1 when he pounced on a weak clearance and fizzed the ball past the stranded Knebworth keeper. The rout was completed when Rushton's corner picked out Bedlow, who slotted the ball home from close range.
Melbourn Dynamos Tigers under-10s were beaten by Knebworth Town Youth B by three goals.
Despite having a depleted squad, Melbourn battled hard, with player-of-the-match Sam Carrington doing an admirable job between the posts, and captain Rebecca Brooker also impressing in defence.
However, they were eventually beaten as the Knebworth strikers found a way through with three well-taken goals.
Another three goals and another clean sheet, kept promotion hopes alive as Buntingford Cougars under-15s saw off St Neots Town Boys.
It was a clinical performance from the Cougars, who dominated from the start with their skill and clever movement with the ball.
Alfie Long opened the scoring with a coolly taken penalty, after Scott Piggott was fouled in the Town box, before Michael Holland capped a powerful performance with a superb shot into the bottom corner.
Liam Harler put the game beyond any doubt just before half-time, beating the Town keeper in a one-on-one.
In the second half it was St Neots who started the brightest, with the Cougars thankful of some solid defending.
However, Buntingford held firm.