JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Terrific Tigers in seventh heaven

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YOUNG DONS U/14s 0 HOLBEACH UNITED U/14s 7: DOMINANT Holbeach delivered their best display of the season – and fired a magnificent seven goals.

Louis Steadman got the Tigers off to a great start with a well-taken free-kick, before Declan Earth helped himself to a first-half hat-trick to make it 4-0 at the break.

The second half was more of a midfield battle, but late on Jordan Keeble grabbed a brace and Jack Keeble scored from a goalmouth scramble to round off a good team performance.

ST HELENS U/16s 0

YOUNG DONS U/16s 5

DONS ended 2011 in style with a five-goal salvo.

Piggot buried the opener from the penalty spot, before Dons took complete control thanks to goals from Effield, Harker and a trademark long-range effort from Clow.

Another penalty, this time dispatched by super-sub Earth, completed the scoring.

HOLBEACH UTD YELLOW U/16s 1

DEEPING RANGERS U/16s 2

DEEPING ended Holbeach’s hopes of League Cup glory in this quarter-final clash.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between in a goalless first period, with Luke Want and man-of-the-match Chris Briggs both making important challenges.

The game came to life with two Deeping goals in the first ten minutes of the second half, the first coming from a close range finish and the second from a penalty.

Holbeach rallied with skipper Ben Nottingham heading a Craig Weightman corner just wide and Matt Rose fizzing the ball across across the Deeping goal – with George Groves just inches from getting a touch.

Danny Wilshire eventually fired home to reduce the deficit, but Yellow couldn’t find a leveller.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/15s 4

MERESIDE U/15s 3

A LATE strike from Baker earned Holbeach the points in this thrilling battle.

The Tigers made hard work of it, as Mereside took the lead against the run of play before Lachasseigne equalised with a deflected shot.

A clumsy challenge then resulted in a penalty for Mereside, which was converted by their skipper for a 2-1.

Stebbings crashed a 20-yard free kick off the bar on the stoke of half time, before Uglow brought the young Tigers level with a long range effort.

Baker then nodded a Philip cross home, before Mereside once again brought things level.

But there was still time for Baker to fire Holbeach to glory five minutes from time.

PINCHBECK UNITED U/12s 2

BLACKSTONES U/12s 3

PINCHBECK were denied some festive cheer as Stones stole all three points.

It started well for United, as Jack Brown converted a rebound after Tom Hebblewhite’s strike was saved.

Blackstones replied with two quick goals, both created down their left-hand side and scored from low shots inside the near post.

The Stamford side enjoyed plenty of possession and extended the lead further, but Hebblewhite slotted home from eight yards after a corner to make it 3-2 at the break.

Pinchbeck had the better of the second period, but couldn’t find a leveller.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 1

CORBY UNITED U/11s 11

HIGHER-GRADED Corby ended Holbeach’s interest in the League Cup.

The Division Four Tigers were always up against it, but defenders Harry Machin, Fenn Storey and Callum Matthews did their best to stifle the continuous attacks, while keeper Matthew Wilshire made a string of fine saves.

Division Two Corby eventually scored 11, but stand-in captain Liam Sandall did bag a consolation goal to cap a man-of-the-match display.

RIPPINGALE/FOLK’HAM U/10s 0

HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 7

EWAN McCracken helped himself to a hat-trick as the young Tigers fired seven.

Mikey Bailey bagged the opener, then adding his second after a fine move involving skipper Brad Whitmore and Joseph Rickerby.

Rickerby was next on the scoresheet after finishing off Josh Balding’s cross, while McCracken worked his way through to bury number four.

There was still time for Lewis Curson to get the fifth before the break.

Charlie King made a super stop early in the second half, before he sent McCracken on his way to notch his second of the day.

With time running out, McCracken completed his treble to round off a top team display.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 5

LEVERINGTON U/9s 0

IT was high-fives all-round for Holbeach as they delivered one of their best showings to date.

The young Tigers started quickly and took the lead when striker James Clark turned the defence and fired home a low shot.

Moments later a fabulous, flowing passing move starting with keeper Jenson Patterson and including Jack Smith, Thomas Moxon, Jack Cunnington, Alfie Wilson and Callum Hoole culminated in Clark rifling his 30th goal of the season.

Holbeach extended their lead when Hoole slammed home, while Clark completed his hat-trick from a rebound after Alfie Wilson’s strike came back off the bar.

Not done there, there was still time for Clark to bag a fourth to round-off the scoring.

Man of the match: Moxon.