Panthers too strong for Elsenham

Melbourn Dynamos Panthers 4 Elsenham Youth 2 Under-11s Division Three AN even game between two committed teams ended in Melbourn s favour on a blustery Sunday morning at Shepreth. Both teams started well in a tight first 10 minutes but it was Melbourn wh

Melbourn Dynamos Panthers 4 Elsenham Youth 2

Under-11s Division Three

AN even game between two committed teams ended in Melbourn's favour on a blustery Sunday morning at Shepreth.

Both teams started well in a tight first 10 minutes but it was Melbourn who started to edge ahead by forcing a succession of corners which the Elsenham defence coped with well.


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On 14 minutes Tommy Hollway made an excellent run behind the Elsenham defence, most of them stopped for offside, and he coolly lobbed the ball over the keeper to make it 1-0 to Melbourn.

Four minutes later it could have been 2-0 as George Storey was tripped in the area but Jack Morley's penalty narrowly missed the goal.

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After missing out on a couple of free kicks Elsenham got their reward after a trip in the box on their centre forward resulted in a penalty which duly despatched.

Melbourn responded immediately with a nice passing move which led to a foul on Sam Potterill but Storey's resulting free kick was well saved by the Elsenham keeper.

The second half was a little more open but Melbourn started to get the upper hand with good movement through the middle between Luke Eades and Storey.

On 55 minutes Storey made it 2-1 with a typical jinxing run from the half way line and a well directed finish before player-of-the-match, Eades made it 3-1 after dribbling past two Elsenham defenders and finishing into the far corner with a great left foot strike.

Melbourn continued to push forward and Potterill made it 4-1 after a Storey free kick from outside the box rebounded into his path from a few yards out.

To their credit Elsenham never gave up, forcing Robbie Dingwell and Andy Houghton in the Melbourn defence to make some timely interceptions, however they were powerless to stop a well timed run from the Elsenham midfielder to make it 4-2 just before full time.

A good sporting contest between two strong sides.

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