HOLBEACH UNITED U/12s 11 GREENBANK BEES U/12s 1: THE first half of Holbeach’s season couldn’t have gone much better, as they made it a perfect 11 wins from as many games in the league in typical style.
Birthday boy Callum McKeown got the ball rolling with a cool finish from Dan Mason’s pass, before Stefan Gostic tapped home number two.
Jamal Nyang was next on target with a neat strike, only for Greenbank to hit back with their only goal of the game.
After the break it was all Holbeach. First Josh Lawrence headed home a Mason cross, then Joe Fowler side-footed the fifth.
Liam Scales, who set up four goals after the break, played in the equally productive Mason to fire the next goal, before Mason and then Lawrence notched their second goals of the day.
Battling play from Scales then allowed Lawrence to wrap up his hat-trick.
Scales finally got a goal of his own with a cracker into the top corner to take Holbeach into double figures, leaving Fowler to round off the goal-fest.
Man of the match: Jordi Ivatt
HOLBEACH UTD YELLOW U/16s 0
NETHERTON U/16s 4
DEFENDING champions Netherton proved why they’re the strongest team in the division.
Shaun Weightman, Ben Nottingham and Luke Want all made last-ditch tackles early on, while Yellow keeper Marcus Clifton made a number of top stops.
Holbeach weathered the storm and saw Jamie Casey fire just wide, while Want had an effort saved.
But it was Netherton who had the majority of the first half possession and they took the lead on 29 minutes to grab a half-time lead.
Despite having the wind at their backs in the second period, Holbeach were stunned by three Netherton goals in ten minutes, which ended the game as a contest.
LOUTH OB U/16s 0
YOUNG DONS U/16s 3
UNSTOPPABLE Dons again impressed with a comfortable win.
Major easily kept a clean sheet with only one save of note, while Piggot and Bingham gave little away.
Earth bagged the opener when he cut across his marker at the near post and steered in from a tight angle. Francis then slotted home a second, leaving Nunn to hammer home the clincher.
CLAYTONS U/14s 4
HOLBEACH UNITED U/14s 3
HOLBEACH were made to pay for some poor defending against a physical side.
The young Tigers took the lead midway through the first half through Charlie Dhanji, but Claytons levelled before the break against the run of play.
Claytons then made a whirlwind start to the second period with two quick goals, but Jordan Keeble’s strike gave the Tigers hope.
Once again Claytons restored their two-goal cushion, only for Keeble to hit back with his second.
Holbeach then had a late goal ruled out for offside as they were denied a point.
HOLBEACH UNITED U/13s 7
CROWLAND TOWN U/13s 2
SEVEN-UP Holbeach got back into the winning groove with a hard-fought win.
Striker Elliott Lea grabbed a hat-trick in the first half as the young Tigers took command. After the break Holbeach pressed again and Freddie Pearson scored twice with, Sam Ground and Cameron Rickerby completing the tally.
Spirited Crowland scored twice with goals from James Want and Callum Gale, while their keeper was in exceptional form.
YAXLEY LYNX U/12s 2
PINCHBECK UTD U/12s 1
TWO late goals saw Pinchbeck slip to defeat at one of their unhappiest hunting grounds.
Playing on compact pitch with an uneven playing surface, United started well with Brandin Mahon, Dan Gildon and Elliot Ramsden all going close and Jacko Withers having a shot cleared off the line.
After piling on the pressure Pinchbeck finally grabbed the lead before the break, Withers hooking in a half-volley.
Yaxley improved after the break, but United held firm with Liquorish, Harker, Quincey and Goddard defensively impressive.
However, two set-piece goals in the final five minutes turned the game on its head on earned Lynx the points.
HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 9
FEEDER SOCCER U/11s 0
GOAL-HUNGRY Holbeach gobbled up nine without reply.
They were ahead within a minute as a cross from Ricky Holstead was tapped in at the far post by Louis Preston.
Leading scorer Liam Sandall added a well-taken second, before a close-range Jordan Olive effort and a header from man-of-the-match Harry Machin made it 4-0 at the break.
Machin volleyed home a Sandall corner to extend the Holbeach lead, while a quick-fire double allowed Olive to notch a hat-trick.
A fine double save by keeper Matthew Wilshire secured a clean sheet, as Sandall and Lewis Turner scored to seal a well-deserved win.
SPALDING ATHLETIC U/11s 1
NETHERTON U/11s 0
ALEX Richardson’s second-half strike was enough to beat the Division One leaders.
The first period saw Spalding having to do a lot of defending, while man-of-the-match Brad Waters kept Netherton at bay with a string of super stops.
Athletic started the second half well and soon got their reward when good play by Lilley, Burchnall and Ford set up Richardson, who toe poked his shot past the keeper.
Netherton responded with a flurry of attacks, but failed to level as Spalding had a second goal ruled out before the close.
DEEPING RANGERS AMBER U/10s 1
SPALDING ATHLETIC U/10s 6
AWESOME Athletic enjoyed the joy of six goals of a third week on the bounce.
Jamie Mills latched onto a parry by the keeper to put Spalding ahead, before Sam Bayly turned the defender and placed a low shot into the far corner to make it two.
Bayly got his second ten minutes later after some great build-up play and Mills followed suit minutes before the break when his floated cross drifted over the keeper.
Toby Noakes then raced through and sent a delightful lob over the keeper to make it five early in the second half.
At the other end Caleb Ansell was finally beaten after making two top saves, but there was still time for Samuel Burden to complete the scoring with a cheeky backheel.
ARSENAL SS U/10s 1
HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 0
AN ATTACKING contest saw Tigers narrowly edged out.
In a goalless first half, Holbeach went closest when Cameron Oko hit the post.
After the break the young Tigers got caught out straight from the kick-off as an Arsenal striker got in behind the Holbeach defence to get the only goal of the game.
Holbeach pushed for a leveller, but found the young Gunner in goal impossible to beat.
HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 8
HUNGATE ROVERS U/9s 1
RESURGENT Holbeach bounced back from last weekend’s loss to smash eight goals past Hungate.
Within five minutes Jack Cunnington fired home the first off the post, only for Rovers to bury a leveller and stun the young Tigers.
The equaliser seemed to stun Holbeach, who stormed back ahead with a deadly brace from leading goalscorer James Clark, before Lewis Smith slotted number four to finish the half in style.
Holbeach dominated after the interval and Clark completed his hat-trick, before adding his fourth of the day for a 6-1 scoreline.
Smith then got his second of the day with a cool finish, while there was still time for goal machine Clark to complete the rout with his fifth.
Man of the match: Alfie Wilson
• CALLUM Hoole stabbed home a consolation effort for the young Tigers the previous weekend, as they suffered a 3-1 loss against unbeaten Wisbech St Mary.
Skipper Alfie Wilson put in a man-of-the-match display in midfield.