JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Tigers ready to flourish in first final

HUNGATE ROVERS U/9s 0 HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 5: GOAL-HUNGRY Holbeach roared into their first-ever League Cup final in stunning style.

The young Tigers got off to a flying start when leading scorer James Clark fired them ahead within two minutes.

Callum Hoole then had several great efforts saved by the Hungate keeper, before Jack Cunnington extended the Tigers lead to 2-0 at half-time.

With Jenson Patterson, Jack Smith and man-of-the-match Alfie Wilson controlling the Tigers defence, it wasn’t long before Lewis Smith put the finishing touches to a good move to make it 3-0.

It was four when Cunnington finished off a good move, before Lewis Collishaw and Louis Taylor combined to find Clark, who buried his 38th goal of a remarkable campaign and sealed a super team showing.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/18s 1

GLINTON UNITED U/18s 1

GLINTON brought to an end Spalding’s run of victories as the spoils were shared.

The Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field clash was a close match throughout, but Athletic edged the first half and deservedly led through Alex Foster’s strike five minutes before half time.

Glinton put the pressure on in the second half and were rewarded with a equaliser which put the score at a very justified 1-1 draw at the final whistle.

Still undefeated after seven matches, Athletic remain at the top of their table.

YAXLEY U/16s 1

HOLBEACH UTD YELLOW U/16s 3

YELLOW took the spoils in an entertaining clash.

The best move of the first half involved Matt Rose, Tom Coote and Craig Weightman, with Rose volleying just wide.

Holbeach took the lead after 21 minutes when skipper Ben Nottingham made no mistake from close range.

Man-of-the-match Danny Wilshire almost celebrated his birthday with a wonder goal, before Jamie Casey calmly slotted home a penalty to make it 2-0 to the young Tigers.

Yaxley pulled a goal back just nine minutes after the break, but the two-goal cushion was restored when Weightman swung in the perfect cross for Rose to power home a bullet header and seal the points.

WISBECH ACORNS U/15s 2

HOLBEACH UTD U/15s 4

THE young Tigers ground out a match-winning performance against their fiercest local rivals.

Lachasseigne opened the scoring with a neat shot into the corner of the goal, before Acorns pegged them back with a good passing move through the heart of the Holbeach defence.

Farrell poked home soon after half time and Stella scored the goal of the game with a sharp half volley on the hour mark, putting the Tigers 3-1 ahead.

Holbeach continued to push on as Uglow was denied by a stunning save, before Wisbech rallied once again to reduce arrears.

However, Farrell made the game safe soon after, slotting home after fine work from Billows and man-of-the-match Philip.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/14s 2

NETTLEHAM U/14s 1

ON-SONG Holbeach continued their good run with a hard-fought victory.

Nettleham made all the early running and it took the young Tigers 20 minutes to get going. Once they did the reward arrive instantly, with Jordan Keeble finishing well after good work from Conor Price.

It was 2-0 moments before the break when Jack Keeble’s free kick was spilled by the keeper and Declan Earth finished well.

The second half started with Nettleham scoring from a free kick and, although it was an end-to-end contest, Holbeach held on to take the win.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/13s 6

SAWTRY U/13s 2

BASEMENT boys Sawtry were put to the sword as Holbeach got back to winning ways.

Attack-minded Holbeach were soon rewarded a goal from Jack Issitt, before Lea raced through and drove home the second.

Tyler Cuthbert made it 3-0 on the stroke of half time, but Sawtry hit back when the excellent Alfie Burton netted twice.

This inspired the young Tigers, who extended their advantage through Cuthbert, Pearson and Butland.

FISHTOFT U/12s 3

WYBERTON COLTS U/12s 2

COLTS suffered heartache in the Lincs Cup semi-final after losing this entertaining derby.

Fishtoft took a 2-0 advantage inside the first ten minutes, but after that Wyberton bossed matters all the way.

It was soon 2-2 thanks to a header from Connor Goodfellow and a strike from Mitchell Teft.

With Fishtoft’s tactics on the pitch less than desirable, the Colts were spurred on – only to miss a penalty when in command.

It was to prove costly, as out of nowhere Fishtoft scored the winner with a wicked deflection.

Despite the loss, the reformed defence unit of Louis Gosling, Callum Davis, Ben Lawrence and Scott Waterfall played superbly.

PINCHBECK UTD U/12s 2

NETHERTON BLUEJAYS U/12s 1

JACKO Withers’ double ensured Pinchbeck continued in their winning ways.

After an even start in slippery conditions, Withers fired home a beautiful opener into the top corner direct from a free kick.

Although not at their best, United continued to create chances as Tom Hebblewhite saw an effort tipped wide and Brandin Mahon was denied after beating a few players.

After the break Goddard, Withers, Ramsden and Hebblewhite all went agonisingly close from distance, before Netherton hit back to level.

Pinchbeck keeper Kaylum Storey was in fine form to keep his side ahead, setting the stage for Withers to make it 2-1 with another stunning free kick.

Jack Brown led the back four superbly as United held on for the win.

THORPEWOOD RANGERS U/11s 0

HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 8

JORDAN Olive notched his second hat-trick in as many weeks as Holbeach enjoyed a gr-eight win.

The opener arrived on ten minutes, when Liam Sandall scored his first of the game and an incredible 50th of the season.

Soon after, Lewis Turner fired home a loose ball from the edge of the box for a well-deserved 2-0 lead at half-time.

After the break keeper Matthew Wilshire and defenders Tom Tyler, Callum Matthews and Harry Machin were largely spectators as Olive tapped home a Sandall cross and then doubled his tally from a long range.

A fumble then allowed Harry Collishaw to prod home his 30th goal of the season, before Sandall crossed for Louis Preston to score twice.

There was still time for Olive to complete his treble.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/11s 2

YAXLEY U/11s 2

A LATE strike pegged Spalding back as they could only draw with Yaxley.

It was Yaxley who drew first blood on ten minutes when Athletic failed to deal with a scramble in their.

Spalding managed to level just before the break when Alex Richardson connected superbly with Kyle Compton’s pass.

The second half saw Spalding do plenty of pressing, but they struggled to break the Yaxley defence down.

However, they were handed a slice of luck when a shot came back off the post and went in off an advancing defender.

Spalding held that lead up until the final few minutes, when Yaxley levelled from a corner.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 1

BOURNE TOWN CLARET U/10s 2

BOURNE edged a close contest as a penalty proved decisive.

Holbeach started well with Ewan McCracken working the keeper – and young Tigers stayed on the offensive for much of the half.

Claret also had a couple of chances, but keeper Charlie King held firm. Billy Barnes then hit the post as it stayed goalless at the break.

Early in the second period Bourne opened the scoring, moments before Cameron Oko hit a post.

Claret doubled their lead from the spot, rendering Barnes’ late effort as mere consolation.

BIRCHWOOD COLTS U/9s 2

YOUNG DONS U/9s 7

SEVEN-UP Dons continued their impressive season with a solid away win in Lincoln.

Thomas Langford’s clever free kick put Dons ahead, while Tyler McKendrick quickly doubled the lead with a fierce strike.

The dominance continued when Mason Shores showed great strength and determination to poke the ball home from close range, before an own goal made it 4-0 at half time.

A second half McKendrick hat-trick along with two Birchwood goals completed the scoring in what was another strong Young Dons away performance.