JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Keeble hat-trick keeps young Tigers unbeaten

Spalding United under-7s. Photo by TIM WILSON
Spalding United under-7s. Photo by TIM WILSON
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Teenage hot-shot Jordan Keeble fired another treble to earn unbeaten Holbeach United under-16s a 5-2 win over Northborough under-16s.

The young hitman opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he finished off a cracking cross from Ben Gibbons.

Brendon Matthews then fired in number two, before a Northborough strike made it 2-1 to the young Tigers at the interval.

It was 2-2 moments into the second period, but two quick-fire Keeble strikes complted his hat-trick in as many games and made the points safe for Holbeach.

There was still time for Keeble to lay on number five for Gibbons, as Holbeach continued their unbeaten start.

• Talented duo James Clark and Jordan Elston bagged braces as Holbeach United under-11s beat Feeder SS under-11s 5-2 on the opening day of their season.

They got the ball rolling on 15 minutes when Elston expertly volleyed home a superb pass from Willis Wright.

Holbeach piled on the pressure early in the second half – and it finally paid off when Wright finished off another good move for 2-0.

Although Feeder pulled one back, Clark restored the Tigers’ two-goal cushion with a fine curling free kick into the top corner.

Last season’s leading scorer Clark then found room in the box and finished coolly to put Holbeach 4-1 ahead, only for Feeder to hit back again.

The young Tigers had the last word though, with Elston blasting the ball into the bottom corner to seal the points.

Jack Cunnington, Charlie Parkes, Alfie Wilson and Jack Smith all had outstanding games.

• League leaders March Town under-15s handed Holbeach United under-15s a heavy 9-4 beating, despite a hat-trick from Levi Buttland.

Despite excellent midfield play from Harrison Hagon- Smith, the young Tigers soon found themselves 4-0 down.

But Holbeach rallied and Dom Ford clawed one back from a Callum Crosby corner before the break and Buttland bagged a quick double early in the second half.

March nipped the comeback in the bud with a goal spree, rendering Buttland’s third goal from a Hagon-Smith cross as pure consolation.

• Holbeach United’s under-12s suffered a heavy 6-0 beating at Wisbech St Mary under-12s.

After an even start, Saints netted twice in the first period before adding four more goals after the interval.

The young Tigers did start the second half well, but couldn’t find a way through.

• Spalding United under-14 Orange were unfortunate to suffer a 1-0 loss against Colsterwoth Colts under-14s.

It was goalless at half time despite the young Tulips creating a number of chances.

An unfortunate own goal then put Spalding behind early in the second period – and they couldn’t find the leveller their play deserved.

• Ten-man Wyberton Colts under-14s earned a deserved 3-0 home win over Birchwood Colts under-14s.

The talented Wyberton side played the entire second period a man down after Scott Bevan received his marching orders.

Louis Gosling had earlier put Wyberton 2-0 up with a fine finish and a tap in after an excellent free kick from Scott Waterfall. Arkadiusz Midalczyk then put them further ahead with a left wing run and finish into the top corner.

Scott Jenkins, Waterfall, Mitch Teft, Cameron Lee and Callum Hazlewood kept the Colts’ first clean sheet of the season, while Davids Balkens and Jenson Ball worked tirelessly for the team.