JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Athletic on goal trail to close gap at top

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/10s 8 CROWLAND U/10s 1: RAMPANT Spalding made it 14 goals and two wins in as many games as they registered their biggest league win to date.

Athletic opened the scoring when Samuel Burden attacked a Jamie Mills corner at the near post. Mills then made it two after some neat passing football.

With the wind behind them, Crowland had a string of corners which resulted in a penalty that Nickels smashed home. But Spalding replied straight away when Jack Sawyer calmly converted a cross before the break.

The second half carried on much the same, with goals from Burden, Sawyer, Sam Bayly, Ellis Watson-Bottomley and an own goal allowing Spalding to close on the top three.

NORTHBOROUGH U/16s 0

HOLBEACH UTD YELLOW U/16s 2

YELLOW’S strong league campaign continued with a hard-fought away victory.

Both sides struggled to play any quality football on a bad pitch, but Holbeach had the majority of the play and they opened the scoring after 13 minutes.

It came direct from a corner, as Tom Coote curled home into the far top corner of the Northborough net to give the young Tigers the lead.

Holbeach came close to extending their lead twice just before the break, but Shaun Weightman and Coote were both denied.

But they eventually doubled their lead after 57 minutes, when Alex Vassalo and Lewis Pryke combined well to find Craig Weightman, who fired a left-footed effort under the Northborough keeper to open-up two goal cushion.

A couple of cracking late saves from Marcus Clifton ensured a fine clean sheet, too.

SPILSBY U/16s 1

YOUNG DONS U/16s 4

DONS battled back to earn the spoils with a complete team performance.

On a windy day, Spilsby went ahead before goals from Harker and Parker put the Dons ahead.

After the break captain Clow was sent off for dissent, but Dons were resilient against the onslaught that followed and goals from Francis and man-of-the-match Effield secured them all three points.

SAWTRY A U/15s 0

HOLBEACH UNITED U/15s 6

ON-SONG Holbeach picked up where they left off last week as it rained goals in Sawtry on Sunday.

Stebbings opened the scoring with a delightful header from a Lachasseigne corner – and it was the latter who swung in two more corners for Manley to open his Holbeach account and for Philip to notch with a sweet volley.

Uglow then helped himself to a brace with two one on one finishes, before the scoring was complete when a Mitchell corner found Stebbings, who crossed for Whyatt to score.

Man of the match: Manley.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/14s 3

BOSTON TOWN U/14s 1

HOLBEACH showed great character to somehow win this game after being second best for large periods of the game.

The Tigers couldn’t find their passing game and went into the break 1-0 down.

It was a similar story in the second half, bar a ten-minute purple patch that saw Louis Steadman equalise.

Declan Earth then poached a goal to put the Tigers in front, before Steadman sealed the win from the spot after Earth was fouled.

BARROWBY U/14s 1

YOUNG DONS U/14s 1

DEFIANT Dons halted their six-game losing streak with a fine draw at third-placed Barrowby.

Despite the poor results, a lack of effort has not been a problem, and Dons battled hard in the first half – playing uphill and into an incredibly strong wind.

After a goalless first period, Barrowby struck the opener with 15 minutes remaining.

But Sam Young equalised after a good spell of sustained pressure from the visitors – and they would have won it but for a disallowed goal and two efforts coming back off the woodwork.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/13 0

WISBECH SM YELLOW U/13 2

ALL good things come to an end – and that was the case for Holbeach’s six-game unbeaten streak.

Holbeach had the wind behind them in the first half, but failed to make the advantage pay against a defensive Wisbech outfit.

After the break the young Tigers were bombarded and eventually Sam Land slotted home the Saints’ first.

With time running out Holbeach pushed forward, only for Wisbech to catch them on the break, allowing Jolley to make it 2-0.

Despite the defeat, this was a cracking game.

BOURNE TOWN U/12s 0

PINCHBECK UNITED U/12s 5

A BEST team display of the season helped Pinchbeck pick up a cracking win.

Their first goal arrived when Lewis Harker turned in a Harry Decamps corner, while Jacko Withers nodded home the second from the same avenue.

Withers then blasted a penalty over the bar, but it was 3-0 when Jack Brown converted a Decamps pass.

Pinchbeck’s dominance continued after the break as Brown’s run and cross allowed Dan Gildon to tap in from close range.

Brown rounded off the rout from the spot after Withers was fouled.

EVOLUTION JFC U/12s 1

HOLBEACH UNITED U/12s 9

CLASSY Holbeach march on after another impressive performance.

Josh Lawrence’s super solo strike gave the young Tigers an early lead, before Jamal Nyang who coolly buried number two from Brandon England’s slick pass.

Lawrence made it three with another incredible individual effort, while right back Lewis Gillett buried his first of the season from the penalty spot.

England then finished off a great half by smashing home number five.

Shane Hunt fired home Holbeach’s second penalty of the game after the break, with Dan Mason also getting in on the act with a cool finish.

An Evolution goal denied the Tigers a clean sheet, but there was still time for Joe Fowler to finish off the scoring and for Liam Scales to miss a penalty.

GLINTON YELLOW U/11s 1

HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 4

HOLBEACH progressed to the quarter-finals of the League Cup with a comfortable win.

Playing against the wind early on, the defence of Tom Tyler, Callum Matthews and Fenn Storey held firm, while keeper Matthew Wilshire was forced to make a number of early saves.

However, Holbeach gradually gained control of the midfield and took the lead when Jordan Olive tapped home from close range.

Harry Machin then headed powerfully into the corner from Liam Sandall’s corner to double the lead.

The goals continued to flow, as Sandall’s cross picked out Harry Collishaw to make the score 3-0 at half-time.

Sandall was on hand to prod Holbeach’s fourth goal early in the second period, rendering Glinton’s strike a mere consolation.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 15

GUNTHORPE HARRIERS U/10s 0

DOMINANT Holbeach helped themselves to an incredible 15 goals as they shot down Gunthorpe in style.

Billy Barnes was first on target, followed by the first of five for Ewan McCracken. Mikey Bailey on the right wing did an excellent job and supplied McCracken and Cameron Oko with some fantastic crosses.

McCracken went on to get his hat-trick before the break, while the ever-prolific Oko got four of his own and Bailey got in on the act to make it 9-0 at half time.

More of the same followed after the break, with skipper Brad Whitmore winning a penalty for William Taylor to dispatch.

The goals kept coming, as Lewis Curson, McCracken (2), Bailey and Barnes all bagged to complete the scoring.

WELTON U/9s 0

YOUNG DONS U/9s 6

SIX-STAR Dons made hay despite a bad pitch and windy conditions.

First-half braces from Tyler McKendrick and Luke Hood put Dons in a commanding position at the interval.

Jacob Drew and David Lowe shone after the break, but it was McKendrick who made the game safe when he completed his second hat-trick in consecutive matches with a fine low strike.

Thomas Langford completed the scoring with a trademark free kick.