JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Corby feel the Pinch as United reach semi-final

Tough start: Spalding Grammar School are pictured before their 1-0 LB Cup loss at Bedford. Photo supplied
Tough start: Spalding Grammar School are pictured before their 1-0 LB Cup loss at Bedford. Photo supplied

CORBY TOWN U/12s 0 PINCHBECK UTD U/12s 3: PERFECT Pinchbeck stormed into the semi-finals of the cup with a crushing win over previously unbeaten Corby.

A goalless first half saw Brandin Mahon and Elliot Ramsden having decent chances on goal, while Jacko Withers came closest when his shot was pushed onto the bar just before the interval.

The breakthrough finally came when sub Tom Hebblewhite burst through the Corby defence to steer a low shot home from eight yards.

With Pinchbeck now running the show, the relentless pressure saw Withers blast home a second.

Withers and Decamps fought tirelessly in the middle of the park, while centre-backs Harker and Quincey were solid and snuffed out Corby – who were unable to put keeper Storey under any real pressure.

A third goal seemed inevitable and Mahon duly obliged inside the final ten minutes.

BEDFORD SCHOOL 1

SPALDING GRAMMAR SCHOOL 0

AFTER the heartbreak of losing last year’s final on penalties, Spalding kicked off their LB Cup campaign with a defeat.

The competition sees private schools from around the country compete in a regional group stage, with the top two of each progressing to the knockout stages.

Spalding started brightly and passed and moved the ball well, with striker Alex Lewis looking dangerous.

However, as the game progressed they were stalled by a sticky pitch and the hard-working and physical Bedford side.

The hosts eventually broke the deadlock 15 minutes in, when Bedford corner was met by a powerful header – and that’s how it stayed up until half time.

Grammar came out stronger in the second period and Jack Bettinson immediately created a half chance for Aaron Cooper with a well-worked move down the right, but the strikers effort flew wide.

As Spalding pressed, Bedford began to press further and enjoyed a spell of possession in the Spalding half. Had it not been for the defensive prowess of captain Jack Raynor and Lee Haslam at the back, the score may have doubled.

In the closing stages, man-of-the-match Raynor went close with two headers, but the ball wouldn’t go in.

Boss Dave Endersbee said: “We now have to win our two remaining games to guarantee progression to the knockout stages.”

Spalding (4-2-3-1): Gifford; Bettinson, Raynor, Haslam, McCready; Winstanley, Howell; Wood, Cooper, Parrish; Lewis.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/18s 4

HOLBEACH UNITED U/18s 0

A SUPER second half handed Athletic the local bragging rights on Sunday.

The first half at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field proved to be a hard-fought battle, with no goals.

After half time, Spalding were clearly on top and a goal after ten minutes from Ben Peppercorn was well deserved. Peppercorn scored again soon after and two more goals from James Allen and Aaron Cooper left Spalding’s victory in no doubt.

OUNDLE U/16s 1

HOLBEACH UTD YELLOW U/16s 2

DEPLETED Yellow picked up a fine win in their first league game of 2012.

They started superbly, with Danny Wilshire supplying the perfect cross for Tom Coote to volley home inside four minutes.

At the other end Matt Rose pulled out a last ditch tackle, but the young Tigers continued to attack with Coote firing wide and Matt Rose seeing an effort saved.

However, Oundle levelled the scores from close range following a corner after 21 minutes – and Marcus Clifton had to make a smart stop to keep it level at the break.

Early in the second period Craig Weightman rifled an effort over and Clifton was again on hand to tip an Oundle effort over.

The decisive moment came late on, with Jamie Casey firing home a penalty late on.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/15s 4

STAMFORD U/15s 1

A GREAT team performance inspired Holbeach to a four-some win.

Man-of-the-match Lachasseigne opened the scoring with a stunning 30-yard strike on ten minutes, before Reeves followed in to powerfully shoot a second past the keeper after Uglow’s initial shot was saved.

Farrell then stabbed home a loose ball before capping off a fine display by turning his marker and volleying in after a pass from Stebbings.

Stamford could only reply with a late penalty, as they found the Tigers in fine form.

BIRCHWOOD U/14s 0

YOUNG DONS U/14s 1

DONS took the spoils in this crunch basement battle.

Although Birchwood started well, Dons slowly came into the game and saw an Ashley Sandall goal harshly ruled out for offside.

Dons seemed to find new spirit following that decision and they got their reward half way through the second half when man-of-the-match Mac Ealham found the back of the net from 20 yards out.

Despite a few Birchwood attacks, Dons held firm to secure a much-needed win.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/13s 6

NETHERTON U/13s 3

SIX-STAR Holbeach took the spoils in this top of the table clash.

The young Tigers started superbly, with midfielder Jack Issit racing down the left wing and scoring from virtually the byline.

In-form frontman Freddie Pearson then broke between the two central defenders to make it 2-0, before another Issit cross was bundled into his own net by a defender.

The right wing was proving a fruitful avenue Holbeach, with Luke Barnes the next to score from a cross.

However, this spurred Netherton into action and the excellent Bailey Pilling fired a terrific hat-trick to make it 4-3 at the break.

Sam Gray’s first competitive goal for the tigers put some daylight between the teams after the interval, before Levi Buttland released Pearson to complete the scoring.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/11s 3

DEEPING R CLARET U/11s 0

SUPER Spalding produced one of their best performances of the season as they toppled a good Deeping side.

A first half of very few chances was something of a midfield battle, before Charlie Ford’s corner was latched into the top corner by Alex Richardson on the stroke of half time.

Deeping started the second period on the front foot, but produced very little as Spalding’s defence remained as solid as ever.

The game opened up more and Richardson soon got his second, hammering home after a neat run into the box.

Richardson then completed his hat-trick after he latched on to Joe Yewman’s through ball and fired the ball in off the post.

PARKSIDE ATHLETIC U11s 1

HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 7

HARRY Collishaw helped himself to a four goals as Holbeach hit a magnificent seven.

Keeper Matthew Wilshire made a few smart saves early on, before Lewis Turner raced clear to score the opening goal.

Collishaw then broke free to double the lead, while Louis Preston slotted home at the far post to make it 3-0 just before half-time.

Constant pressure in the second half eventually paid off when man-of-the-match Collishaw grabbed his second, before Callum Matthews thundered a shot against the bar which went in off the home keeper.

Collishaw’s late brace ensured then ensured he completed his hat-trick.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 6

BOURNE TOWN RED U/10s 1

RED rattled home six goals as Bourne were blown away.

Holbeach skipper Brad Whitmore opened the scoring early on with a scrambled effort, before keeper Charlie King made a fantastic save to keep then ahead.

The young Tigers went 2-0 ahead when William Taylor’s right wing cross allowed Ewan McCracken to finish.

Bourne refused to give up and pulled one back before the break to keep their chances alive.

However, it was all Holbeach after the break. Mikey Bayley floated the ball into the box for Cameron Oko to finish off, before Joseph Rickerby supplied Oko with his second of the day.

McCracken then scrambled the ball over the line for his second, while Billy Barnes’ corner was met by Rickerby late on to complete the scoring.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/10s 0

BOURNE TOWN CLARET U/10s 0

A SIZEABLE crowd saw Spalding earn a thoroughly deserved a point against second-placed Bourne.

The game started off quickly, with both teams trying to take the initiative. The first chance fell to Spalding’s Sam Bayly, whose shot was saved well by the Bourne goalkeeper.

At the other end, Athletic captain Jack Holland was given the task of marking Bourne’s danger man – and he was immense, winning himself man of the match.

Samuel Burden and Jack Sawyer were solid in defence along, with Holland and midfielders Jamie Mills and Harry Loveridge preventing keepers Joshua Burton and Caleb Ansell having to make a single save.

The second half continued at the same frantic tempo, but Bourne started to pressure the Spalding goal but could not break them down.

They hit the post direct from a corner, but it was Bayly who was again denied brilliantly by the keeper late on.