Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on October 12, 2009
EB Lions U9 Blues - 0
Sundon Park Rangers U9 Reds - 2
Lions hosted an accomplished Rangers side but were unlucky not to pick up points from what would prove to be a close fought encounter.
MoM James Glover, alongside fellow defenders Joe Thorne and Sam Bramston, held the visitors off for most of the opening half, while Cameron Burchell put in some athletic saves to maintain a goal stalemate for the first fifteen minutes.
In midfield Ollie West applied pressure with clinical passing, while Myles Frederick and Joe Rabey harried the Sundon keeper with a series of accurate strikes.
Forwards Sam Carter and Toby McGee pushed forward in an attempt to wrest at least a draw from what had been a thrilling encounter, but ultimately Rangers took a goal in each half.
EB Lions U12 - 1
Lewsey Centre U12 - 6
A first half penalty from James Hurley handed Lions an early lead and contributed the impetus to their attacking plays for the opening 10 minutes. Ben Roberts, Adam Bradley and Mason Ashby teamed up to feed through for Will Juster and Sean Woodhouse.
But Lewsey were able to strike back with a handy lob to draw level and then go ahead minutes later.
The visitors maintained a goal threat but centre backs Dominic Ryan and Aarin Johnson closed up to foil the few last minute efforts of the half.
Pressure on the right wing from Chris McGee and tireless MoM Charlie Nevitt kept Lions in the game for the first few minutes of the second, but a Lewsey penalty for a handball saw them extend their lead to a comfortable margin.
Strong defensive work from Jake Draper and saves by Dan Kennell stopped the match from unravelling entirely, and some accomplished last minute touches by Aaron Gauntlett and Alex Poynter demonstrated tenacity and a refusal to capitulate.
Source: EB Lions
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