FOOTBALL: McConnell and Ford lead Spalding spree

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GLINTON YELLOW U/10s 0 SPALDING ATHLETIC U/10s 7: SEVEN-UP Spalding delivered a stellar display with Kieron McConnell and Charlie Ford in scintillating form.

They scored within two minutes when Kyle Compton flicked on for McConnell to tap in from close range.

That was the only goal of the first period, with the Glinton keeper having an outstanding game.

Spalding picked up the pace after the break and doubled their lead when McConnell headed home a corner from the impressive Ford.

McConnell then turned provider for Ford to tap in from close range, before Glinton scored an own goal.

Jack Watson was next on the scoresheet from another McConnell corner. Goal of the game then came from Ford, who picked the ball up from inside the Yellow half and unleashed a fierce shot.

Joe Waumsley completed the scoring for Athletic after tapping in from close range from a Ford corner.

It wasn’t all about the attackers, as Alex Richardson put in another solid performance in defence.

HOLBEACH YELLOW U/15s 1

NETHERTON U/15s 4

UNDER-STRENGTH Yellow were out-gunned by Netherton.

With a squad of just 11 players through injuries, holidays and sickness, Holbeach were put under early pressure.

But they rode the storm and took the lead when Danny Wilshire robbed a Netherton defender and delivered a perfect ball for Tom Coote to score at the far post.

Wilshire had a goal bound effort blocked by a Netherton defender and Alex Vassallo volleyed just wide as Holbeach searched for a second, but Netherton struck twice in four minutes to lead 2-1.

They then added a third to make it 3-1 at the break, before notching their fourth just before the hour mark.

With the heat starting to take its toll and no fresh legs available it didn’t look good for the Yellows but they battled on and were unlucky not to add to their goal tally during the rest of the game.

STAMFORD U/14s 0

HOLBEACH U/14s 6

FREE-SCORING Holbeach went goal crazy in the second half to hit Stamford for six.

In the blistering heat Waterfall set up Baines for an easy tap in before both teams exchanged missed penalties.

The second half started at a blistering pace when Lachasseigne sent Baines through for his second, before Dormor slotted home another penalty.

Uglow then went on to score a hat-trick - and all were set up by Waterfall. The first was the pick of the bunch, with the ball played right through from the back via five players before Uglow eventually chipped the keeper from 18 yards.

Whyatt was twice foiled by excellent saves from the keeper late on, but Stamford could have been on the scoresheet several times but for the heroics of Holt in goal.

ALFORD TOWN U/13s 2

HOLBEACH UNITED U/13s 2

HOLBEACH finished the season unbeaten but were made to work hard against a good Alford team.

The Tigers got off to a good start with fine play from Louis Steadman and Declan Earth releasing Jordan Keeble, who finished well.

Alford came back well and got a deserved equaliser – and it could have been even better for the home side, but for a penalty save from keeper Harry Andrews.

Alford got their noses in front with a good strike after the break, but this spurred Holbeach on and they got a deserved equaliser through Daniel Penney, who took his goal well.

There were then chances at both ends but a draw was a fair result.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/13s 0

YAXLEY WHITES U/13s 7

TEN-MAN Spalding were always going to be up against it versus the defending champions – and so it proved.

Good defending from Chandler Edwards and Jacob Rickett helped keep the score down to 2-0 at half time.

Robbie Thurston, back for his first game after a horrific leg injury, ran his socks off in the lone striker role with good support from Charlie Dhanji on the left, but there was no way past a well-drilled Yaxley defence.

Yaxley made their man advantage count and Spalding tired in the heat, keeper Ryan Plant making a string of excellent saves to keep the score in single figures.

HAMPTON U/11s 5

PINCHBECK UNITED U/11s 0

DEPLETED Pinchbeck were soundly beaten in their penultimate game of the season.

Ravaged by injuries and with several players in unfamiliar positions, Pinchbeck stepped up to the mark and gave it their all.

Zack Brown and Matthew Hemstock were excellent in defence, but the influential BJ Mahon limped off – leaving United with only ten men.

At 3-0 at half-time there was everything left to play for. Jacko Withers hit the post with a long-range effort and William Reith-Hurd came close with a finely hit volley.

Despite the valiant efforts of stand-in goalkeeper Ollie Green, Hampton extended their lead with two first-class strikes.

The scoreline rather flattered the home side and does not reflect the commitment of the entire Pinchbeck side.

MARCH SOCCER SCHOOL A U/9s 1

HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 1

THE young Tigers battled back to earn a point after shipping an early goal.

Holbeach were shocked to go one down only seconds after kick off – and they had to defend well for the rest of the half.

Only an outstanding performance from keeper Charlie King kept Holbeach in the game.

In the second half Holbeach were all fired-up and hit both the post and bar before Mikey Bailey got the equaliser.

Both teams showed fantastic effort and a draw was the right result.

Boston & District League

TYDD ST MARY 2

FISHTOFT RES 1

TYDD banished the memory of their Spalding Inter-Services Cup final defeat with this comeback win.

Despite the Saints having all of the early play, Fishtoft went ahead when a corner was headed back across the goal for an easy tap in.

Tydd went close on a couple of occasions during the half, but couldn’t draw level.

They rallied for the second half though and deservedly equalised after 62 minutes when Ste Easey buried a quick free kick on the edge of the box.

Tydd then brought on influential sub Steven Robinson – and his battling in the box led to the winner. Robinson won the ball back and Mark Garner crossed for Samba star Pablo Da Silva to nod home for 2-1.

Joint manager Carl Wilson said: “This was not our best performance of the season but it is three points which we will gladly take.”

Spalding Sunday League

FENWAY 2

LONG SUTTON SUNDAY 9

SUTTON cruised to an emphatic win as they moved a step closer to the Division Two title.

The opening goal came from a Jake Clitheroe header,  before four goals from Kevin Goude and a penalty from Joe Harrison made it comfortable for Sutton.

A further goal from Jake Clitheroe and two headers from Dan Clitheroe and Nicky Russell – both from Paul Newcombe corners – completed the demolition.

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