Squad complete Crow League and cup double
Crow League Final HITCHIN Town Youth under-17s claimed the first of eight Royston Crow League cup finals, with a devastating 6-1 victory against Letchworth Garden City Yellows. The win completed a memorable three days for Town who were crowned Division O
Crow League Final
HITCHIN Town Youth under-17s claimed the first of eight Royston Crow League cup finals, with a devastating 6-1 victory against Letchworth Garden City Yellows.
The win completed a memorable three days for Town who were crowned Division One champions on Sunday with a 3-1 victory at Sawbridgeworth Town.
Hitchin went the whole season unbeaten, dropping just two points.
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And on Tuesday night, Town continued their good form at Garden Walk, with Junior Morrison opening his side's account with a well-taken header.
Morrison then slotted home goal number two just before half-time, for his 50th goal of the season with a cool strike from the penalty spot.
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Ryan Ellis made it 3-0 with a brilliant curling free kick, and Tom James put the game beyond any doubt with two more, before Ashley Fitton fired in from the edge of the box for goal number six.
Letchworth did grab a late consolation, courtesy of a Jamie Platt strike.
Hitchin Town Youth manager David Gray said: "It was an excellent way to end the season. To do the league and cup double is fantastic!"
n On Tuesday evening Buntingford Town Youth under-18s will take on Bishop's Stortford Swifts in the second league cup final at Garden Walk.
BUNTINGFORD Cougars Blues under-10s became the first team in the club's history to make it through to a county cup final.
They saw off Royston Town Colts under-10s in an entertaining 3-2 win, despite Justin Leavers grabbing his 40th goal of the season as Colts took an early lead.
However, Cougars bounced back with a coolly taken penalty from Reece Fitzgerald before Charlie Rome put them in front.
In the second half Royston were back in the game when Robbie Norman slid the ball through the keeper's legs, to set up a frantic finale.
With not much between the teams, Cougars won a corner in the final three minutes, and when Fitzgerald's resulting cross hit the back of a Royston defender the ball squeezed over for a late Buntingford winner.
Two fine free kicks by Hugh Wrigley helped Hormead Hares under-11s end their season on a high, with a commanding 4-2 win at Sawbridgeworth Juniors.
In a closely-fought first-half Sawbridgeworth took the lead, but Hormead were soon level when Wrigley floated home a free kick from the edge of the area.
Wrigley then repeated his feat 10 minutes later.
Just before half-time Hormead skipper Edward Worby extended his side's lead with an equally impressive left-footed volley.
After the break Hormead began to dominate, with player-of-the-match David Re creating chances for the Hares' attack.
Sawbridgeworth pulled a goal back to give Hormead a brief scare, but Rhodri Hughes soon had the points beyond doubt following a brilliant solo run and finish.
Buntingford Cougars Stripes under-10s had to settle for a share of the spoils, with Sam Pye scoring the goal of the game.
Bedwell Rangers Ajax's first-half lead lasted barely 10 seconds, with the Cougars showing their character and skill as Pye hammered home a superb long range strike.
In the second half, Buntingford were soon in front when Alex Woolnough slotted home.
However, Bedwell nabbed a late leveller with minutes left on the clock.
Buntingford Cougars Whites and Blues under-eights took part in the preliminary round of the Royston Crow League tournament, and both progressed to the next round.
With one team failing to turn up, The Whites had only one game to play against Pin Green, which ended in a convincing 5-1 victory. Luke Garrett scored four, while Jordan Moore added another following a confident finish.
The Blues won both their matches, with goalkeeper Reece Knapp impressing with two clean sheets.
Their first game against St Neots ended in a 5-0 win, with Simon Keogh nabbing a deserved hat-trick and Daniel Curtis and James Savage firing home two more well-taken strikes.
Cougars then saw off Stevenage with a 3-0 victory with goals courtesy of Simon Keogh and James Savage (2).