Penny’s brace seals county cup victory

The under-13 Templars reached the next stage of the county cup at AC Finchley. An early James Draper header gave the visitors an ideal start, but the home side managed to equalise to leave the scores level at the break. In the second half the Templars ra

The under-13 Templars reached the next stage of the county cup at AC Finchley.

An early James Draper header gave the visitors an ideal start, but the home side managed to equalise to leave the scores level at the break. In the second half the Templars raised the pace and it was no surprise when Alex Penny was on hand to score the second goal.

Further goals from Josh Camborne-Paynter and Joe Parker made the game safe before man of the match Penny notched his second to make the final score 5-1.

Both under-15 sides bowed out of their competition after games which were decided after extra time.

Jake Lindsay-Smith scored for the Knights in normal time before Knebworth scored three unanswered goals in the extra period to move into the next round 4-1.

Two goals from Sam Fraser-Bossom and one each from Joel Strickland and Luke Farmer helped make their score 4-4 at the end of normal time before visiting Hadley Wood added two further goals to finally claim victory by 6-4.

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While the under-11 Templars were powering into the third round of the country cup with a 9-1 win against Barnet Azzuru, the under-11 Lancers found their opposition, Acorn Raiders, too strong on the day and were beaten 6-0.

In the Royston Crow League, the under-sevens were in action against Pin Green. In the first game a Robbie Dewing goal helped the Templars gain a 1-1 draw, while the Crusaders came from a goal down to win their match 2-1 thanks to goals from Sean Blyth and Michael Sullivan.

The under-10 Templars suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Letchworth Garden City Eagles Yellows.

Despite hitting the woodwork on a number of occasions and forcing some fine saves from the Eagles goalkeeper, a late Joe Kingham goal was all they had to show in a 2-1 scoreline.

The under-10 Crusaders had far more luck as they romped to a convincing win over Letchworth Orange. Nicholas Allin scored a hat-trick and Josh Jones was on target twice.

With Daniel Bracken and an own goal completing the scoring, the Crusaders claimed the points with a 7-0 victory.

The under-10 Knights were left wondering how they ended up losing 3-1 to Arlesey Town A after dominating the game from the start. Despite all their pressure they ended up with only a second half strike from George Hewlett to show for their efforts.

The under-10 Lancers remain in third place in Division F after winning against Arlesey B.

Kier Boyd opened the scoring before James Rist celebrated his birthday by adding a second. With Boyd again on target, the Lancers ended up as 3-0 winners.

The under-12 Templars maintained their unbeaten record in Division Onr with a 5-1 victory over Letchworth Garden City Eagles. Anthony Geary and Sam Talbot were both on target twice, while Joe Fraser-Bossom also got his name on the scoresheet.

The under-12 Crusaders followed last week's first win of the season by making it consecutive victories, as two goals from Iain Robinson and one each from Toby Harvey and Josh Booth gave them a 4-1 win over Royston Town Colts.

The under-12 Knights could not build on an early Jordan Bright goal in their match with Stansted, Although Jordan added his second later in the game, the Knights were finally beaten 3-2.

In Division Four of the under-13 league both the Knights and Lancers suffered defeats. A Jamie Cronin goal could not prevent the Knights going down 3-1 to Stevenage Colts, while the Lancers were beaten 6-2 by Weston despite goals from Richard Bailey and Lewis Worcester.

The under-14 Templars produced some of their best football of the season at Bishop's Stortford Rangers but were unable to turn their dominance into goals, and finally had to settle for a point as the game finished goalless.

The under-14 Crusaders slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Fairlands with Callum Bishop's claiming the consolation goal for the home side.

Both Stotfold and the Knights went into their Division Four match boasting 100 percent records for the season. The expected close encounter brought no goals in the first half, before Luke Gatward and Harry Gregson made the important breakthrough in the second half to keep the Knights top of the league with a 2-0 win.

The under-15 Crusaders fought back from being two goals down to claim a point against Fairlands. Chris Brooking reduced the arrears just before the interval from the penalty spot, and a point was claimed just before the end when a melee in the visitors goalmouth ended in an own goal.

Josh Furness scored five times for the under-16 Crusaders and still finished on the losing side, Although the Crusaders fought back from 5-2 down to level the scores, a last minute scrambled goal by Bishop's Stortford Pelham gave them the points with a 6-5 victory.

A single James Hargreaves strike was enough to give the under-17 Crusaders all three points in their match against Bishop's Stortford.

The under-18 Crusaders continued their recent run of good form at Knebworth despite conceding an early goal.

Strikes from Martin Kingsley and Eamon Brennan gave the Crusaders an interval lead, and with further goals coming from Jonathan Poleszuk and Harry Holland in the second period, the Reds finally ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.