Rhys tops 40-goal mark

RHYS Westbury s hat-trick took his season s tally to 40-goals, as Royston Town Colts under-10s saw off Fairlands Youth 7-2 to reach the semi final of the county cup. Justin Leavers continued his form in front of goal, opening the scoring following some

RHYS Westbury's hat-trick took his season's tally to 40-goals, as Royston Town Colts under-10s saw off Fairlands Youth 7-2 to reach the semi final of the county cup.

Justin Leavers continued his form in front of goal, opening the scoring following some clever play by Westbury and Bradley Calvert.

Westbury then opened his account following Robbie Norman's through ball, before George Bailey made it 3-0 with a fine solo strike.

Fairlands pulled a goal back, only for Leavers to add a fourth for Royston moments later, with Bailey nabbing his second of the game as the Colts went into the break with a 5-1 lead.

In the second half, Fairlands reduced the arrears with a well-taken second, but Royston just proved too strong as Westbury grabbed his treble with two quick-fire strikes.

Player-of-the-match Jacob Townsend then denied Fairlands with a brilliant penalty save, as Royston pressed on to bag a deserved semi final place.

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However, there was cup misery for Buntingford Cougars Stripes under-10s after they were knocked out of The Crow League Cup semi-final by BSCFC after extra time.

The Cougars got off to a great start, with winger Ben Johnson's shot rebounding into the path of Alex West, who rattled home a confident finish.

The hosts hit back, however, and replied with an immediate equaliser, before Alfie Long restored Buntingford's lead with an excellent strike.

In the second half, BSCFC came out strongly and put pressure on the Cougars defence, with keeper Tim Rice making a series of brave saves to keep his side in front.

However, the pressure eventually told, as the home side breached the Cougars' defence with a well-taken strike.

By extra time, Buntingford had given their all, and despite some intelligent football, BSCFC hit them with two more goals to seal a deserved place in the final.

In an end-to-end game, Melbourn Dynamos Panthers under-nines had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw away to unbeaten Stotfold Juniors A.

Melbourn keeper Connor Patel had to be on top form early on, as Stotfold pushed forward with defenders Ayrton Barnes and player-of-the-match Ben Greenaway also keeping things tight.

However, they were beaten when one Stotfold attack left Patel stranded with a cool finish.

Although Melbourn were back in the game just before half-time with their impressive passing rewarded when George Storey levelled with a brilliant finish.

The second half continued in the same manner, as both sides attacked at will. However, it was Melbourn who took the lead, as Storey went past three defenders to hit a low shot into the corner of the Stotfold net.

Both teams had chances to add to their account, and it was Stotfold who did that with a late injury time equaliser robbing Melbourn of two points.

Stotfold were also the opponents for Buntingford Cougars under-eights with 6-0 victories for the Whites and Blues.

Joe Babbage scored two goals for Buntingford Whites, with Luke Garratt adding a great strike from distance. Sidney Arnold, Joe Lally, and a Stotfold own goal completed the rout.

A James Savage hat-trick set Buntingford Blues on the road, with Paris Caldicott Stevens, Frank Bown, and Matthew Share also scoring, as the Cougars again ran out comfortable winners.

Twice coming from behind, Ashwell Academicals A under-nines held a strong Letchworth Garden City Eagles to a 2-2 draw.

In one of their best performances of the season, Ashwell replied to an early Letchworth goal, with a long-range strike from Thomas West.

After Letchworth took a second-half lead, Ashwell were back on level terms with West again on target, following a brilliant through ball from James Lee.

Keeper Henry Balden kept Ashwell in the game with an outstanding late save, while at the other end James Catterall was unfortunate not to sneak the winner as his shot cannoned off the bar.

Despite dominating most of the action, Melbourn Dynamos Tigers under-nines had to settle for a point, as they were held 0-0 by Stotfold Juniors B.

In what was a fine Melbourn performance, midfield trio, Joe Greeman, Josh bates and Jordan Mills impressed from the off, as did player-of-the-match Henry Beagles, who went close with several efforts.

At the back keeper Josh Hutton had little to do as defenders Andrew Houghton, Jack Morley, and Oliver Johnson were resolute throughout.

In the second half, Megan Jeray also went close to putting Melbourn in front. However, the breakthrough never came, with both teams leaving with a share of the points.