JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Saints march to maiden league success in style

HOLBEACH United under-15s are pictured in their new training kit, which has been sponsored by Denis Hix. Denis is the father of late Holbeach racer Steve Hix, who was tragically killed racing his motorbike at Scarborough in July. He is pictured handing over one of the new shirts to Dexter Facey, who is Steve's nephew. Young Tigers boss Jason Facey said: 'Denis said he thinks Steve would have liked this gesture, as Dexter used to go all over the UK with Steve in the Derby Phoenix race club. Steve used to ask Dexter how he was doing with his football but he only managed to get to a handful of games to watch Dexter play. I would like to thank Denis for this gesture and also Jacksons butchers in Holbeach, who have also given some money towards the club. I would also like to send special thanks to Paddy Plaice from P & R Plant hire for their continued support.' Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG300812-826MD (to order call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto)
HOLBEACH United under-15s are pictured in their new training kit, which has been sponsored by Denis Hix. Denis is the father of late Holbeach racer Steve Hix, who was tragically killed racing his motorbike at Scarborough in July. He is pictured handing over one of the new shirts to Dexter Facey, who is Steve's nephew. Young Tigers boss Jason Facey said: 'Denis said he thinks Steve would have liked this gesture, as Dexter used to go all over the UK with Steve in the Derby Phoenix race club. Steve used to ask Dexter how he was doing with his football but he only managed to get to a handful of games to watch Dexter play. I would like to thank Denis for this gesture and also Jacksons butchers in Holbeach, who have also given some money towards the club. I would also like to send special thanks to Paddy Plaice from P & R Plant hire for their continued support.' Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG300812-826MD (to order call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto)
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TYDD ST MARY U/10s 9 FENLAND ROVERS U/10s 2: A NINE-GOAL salvo was the perfect way to mark a historic first-ever league match for Tydd’s newest side.

Formed earlier this year, the Saints wasted little time marching into an early lead when Adam Coates fired home from the edge of the box.

A well-worked free kick made it 2-0 when Joshua Baker’s ball allowed Kieran Greetham to nod past the keeper – and the same player made it three soon after.

Fenland did pull one back, before Tydd captain Baker made it 4-1 with a tidy finish.

After the break Tydd were impressive, with Greetham and Tyler Merrison extending the advantage to 6-1.

Ryan Cousins then finished off a great team move, before a 25-yard stunner from Baker and a second for Merrison completed the scoring. Rovers did notch a consolation before Baker’s cracker.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/16s 2

HAMPTON U/16s 7

IN extremely hot conditions Holbeach struggled in their opening Division One game of the new Peterborough Junior Alliance League season.

After opening brightly with goals from Lachasseigne and Stebbings (pen), the young Tigers – who fielded a makeshift keeper – found themselves 6-2 down at half time.

Despite hitting the bar three times, missing two sitters and spurning a penalty Holbeach couldn’t mount a comeback.

Hampton netted a late seventh to add to the frustration.

BOURNE TOWN U/13s 1

PINCHBECK UNITED U/13s 4

PURRING Pinchbeck stormed into the new season with a convincing win.

After a goalless first period in Bourne, Pinchbeck went ahead when Brandin Mahon crossed from the left for new signing Joe McKue to tap in from six yards.

It was 2-0 moments later when McKue fired a low shot against the post from 20 yards and Jack Brown was quickest to poke home.

Brown popped up again to bury a Withers cross and make three, before a converted penalty raised hopes of a Bourne comeback.

However, United sealed the win when man-of-the-match Ben Lawrence crossed from the right for Mahon to score.

LEVERINGTON SPORTS U/12s 1

HOLBEACH UNITED U/12s 4

TWO of the strongest teams in Division Three clashed on day one – and it was the Tigers who came out on top.

The two rivals were evenly matched from the start, but a defensive slip allowed Leverington to take an early lead.

However, Holbeach delivered an emphatic response and equalised when Harry Collishaw lofted the ball over the keeper and into the far corner.

Strong work in midfield from Fenn Storey then allowed him to feed Liam Sandall, who rifled the young Tigers ahead.

Holbeach bossed the second period, but a momentary lapse saw Leverington awarded a penalty. However, they missed the chance to level the score – and the away side never looked back.

It was 3-1 when Collishaw was first to a loose ball in the penalty box, then Jordan Olive created space on the edge of the box to score off the underside of the bar.

With Tom Tyler man of the match, Holbeach were deserved winners.

SPALDING UNITED U/11s 2

HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 1

SPALDING got their season off to a flyer with a superb derby victory against Holbeach.

A tight first half played is scorching conditions saw defences on top, with Samuel Burden and Thomas Jackson shining for the young Tulips. At the other end, a long-range strike from Spalding’s Toby Noakes was the closest either side came.

After the break Holbeach took the lead when Ewan McCracken notched shot from distance, but within three minutes the Tulips were level when Harry Loveridge’s shot was parried to Ben Smith who followed up to calmly net his first competitive goal for the club.

The winner then came with ten minutes left, when Sam Bayly rounded the keeper and slotted home.

Mikey Bailey fired against the post late on as Holbeach searched for a leveller, but Spalding held on.

YOUNG DONS U/10s 4

CHERRY COLTS U/10s 1

DONS picked up where they left off last week with another strong all-round performance.

In their first home game of the campaign, Young Dons dominated the opening exchanges and took an early lead when Thomas Langford bundled the ball home from a Tyler McKendrick corner.

Despite creating a number of further chances, only a smart piece of keeping from Charlie Rodgers kept the hosts ahead at the interval.

Number two arrived immediately after the break when Luke Scampion closed down the Colt’s defence and the ball broke to McKendrick, who made no mistake with a fierce strike. McKendrick struck again soon after with a trademark thunderbolt, before Harvey Wirkowski turned his marker inside out and curled home a beauty. A late Colts goal failed to take the gloss off Dons’ showing.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 4

EYE UNITED U/10s 0

THE Young Tigers started life in the Peterborough Junior Alliance League with a great home win.

After a nervy opening, last season’s top goalscorer James Clark opened his account for the campaign and put Holbeach in front with a neat finish.

Good play from Lewis Collishaw, Louis “Rocket” Taylor, Callum Hoole and Jack Cunnington then saw more pressure put on the Eye goal – but it took a great fingertip save from Jenson Patterson to keep the score 1-0 at half-time.

The second half saw further pressure piled on by the Tigers and it finally told when Thomas Moxon struck a great shot to make it 2-0.

Number three duly arrived when Collishaw found Clark again in the box. The young striker did well to score in off the post to put the game beyond doubt.

Alfie Wilson rounded off the win when he rifled the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.