JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Holbeach on a high to halt Rangers’ run

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HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 8 THORPE WOOD RANGERS CLARET U/11s 0: A STUNNING display saw Holbeach shatter Rangers’ unbeaten record.

Liam Sandall fired a second-minute opener, before Lewis Turner broke through to bury number two.

Slick passing between Sandall and Harry Collishaw allowed Turner in for his second – and he soon completed a first-half hat-trick after a mistake from the Claret keeper.

A great bit of play between Sandall and Fenn Storey created number five for the former, while Callum Mathews smashed home an 18-yard screamer before half time.

Great one-touch passing from Louis Preston, Ricky Holstead and Tom Coley allowed the Tigers to keep on top after the break.

Another mistake from the keeper gifted Collishaw the seventh, before Jordan Olive released Preston to slot home the final goal of the game.

Thomas Tyler was man of the match after producing a superb display in defence.

CLAYTONS U/14s 2

YOUNG DONS U/14s 0

OUT of sorts Dons slipped to another loss as Claytons struck in each half.

The Lincoln side started the day below Dons, but they played with much more urgency and grabbed the opener before the break.

A second goal soon followed, before Claytons smashed a penalty against the woodwork.

Dons improved in the latter stages, but couldn’t find a goal.

FISHTOFT U/14s 3

HOLBEACH UNITED U/14s 3

HOLBEACH roared back from 3-0 down to secure a point in a real game of two halves.

They shipped three in the first period – and if it wasn’t for Harry Andrews’ penalty save, it could have been worse. They also lost Jordan Keeble to an ankle injury.

But the Tigers started the second half a lot better and gradually improved.

They clawed back the deficit with a hat-trick from midfielder Louis Steadman, with the pick of the bunch being a 25-yard free kick.

Both teams had chances to win it, but a draw was fair.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/11s 6

KING’S CLIFFE U/11s 2

SPALDING came from behind to hit King’s Cliffe for six.

The away side make the early breakthrough when a through ball wasn’t cleared, but Spalding soon got back on level terms when Jack Watson followed up an Alex Richardson shot.

The game was quite even until just before the break. when Watson got his second goal of the game after latching on to a Joe Waumsley pass.

After an even start to the second period, Christian Fortune went on a superb run down the left before driving an effort into the far corner.

Cliffe got a goal back and had Spalding again rattled, but further goals from Lewis Elston, Charlie Ford and Ben Lilley sealed the win.

YOUNG DONS U/9s 2

CHERRY COLTS U/9s 1

CALLUM Green fired Dons to victory in a close match between two in-form teams.

In a goalless and even first half, clear-cut chances were few and far between. Thomas Langford and Michael Baxter looked composed at the back for Dons, while Luke Hood won the aerial battle in midfield.

Dons slowly took command in the second period and broke the deadlock after David Lowe chased down a lost cause.

That allowed Mason Shores to superbly pick out Tyler Mckendrick, who thundered a trademark strike into the top corner from outside the penalty box.

Despite a super save from Charlie Rodgers in the Dons goal, Colts levelled ten minutes from time.

But Dons refused to accept a draw and more fine play from Shores allowed Green to bury the winner from close range.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 6

WALPOLE U/9s 0

LIGHTNING struck twice for the emphatic young Tigers as they defeated Walpole for the second time in as many weeks – and extended their lead at the top of the table.

The opening exchanges saw Holbeach dominate and man-of-the-match Lewis Collishaw opened the scoring with a good finish off the post.

James Clark then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot – and that’s how it stayed at the interval.

It was one-way traffic after the break as Clark added his second, before Callum Hoole ran the full length of the pitch to score a cracking fourth goal.

That was followed by the goal of the game from captain Alfie Wilson, who showed great technique to rifle home a 20 yarder off the underside of the bar.

The Holbeach scoring was rounded off by goal machine Clark, who completed another treble after a mazy run and shot.