JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Young Tigers on cloud nine

Andy Green and Pat Baxter, representing Bakkavor in Spalding, hand over new sponsored training tops to Kev Nottingham and Spalding United under-18s.'Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG050912-823MD (to order call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto)
Andy Green and Pat Baxter, representing Bakkavor in Spalding, hand over new sponsored training tops to Kev Nottingham and Spalding United under-18s.'Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG050912-823MD (to order call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto)
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HOLBEACH UNITED U/12s 9 FEEDER SOCCER U/12s 0: AS first home games of the season go, Holbeach couldn’t have made a more emphatic start.

The red-hot young Tigers put their visitors under pressure from the off, with the midfield of Fenn Storey, Jordan Olive and Liam Sandall running the show.

They created early chances for Harry Collishaw to open the scoring and for Liam Scales to net his first goal for the club inside the first ten minutes. Striker Scales then doubled his tally to make it 3-0, as Feeder resorted to the long ball in search of a goal.

It didn’t work though, as the defence of Harry Machin and Tom Tyler ensured that keeper Matthew Wilshire saw little of the ball.

The second half continued in the same vain, as Lewis Turner and Collishaw scored quick goals before Scales wrapped up cracking hat-trick on his home debut.

Not to be outdone, Turner notched a late double for his treble – but sandwiched inbetween was a long-range Scales blockbuster.

SPALDING UNITED U/18s 3

SAWTRY U/18s 1

SPALDING started their league campaign with an impressive victory.

After a constant barrage from the young Tulips, visitors Sawtry scored a breakaway opener against the run of play – which was aided by a defensive mix-up.

But Spalding soon levelled the scores with a well-deserved goal from Nat Martin, making it 1-1 at the interval.

The half-time score flattered the away side, who should have been out of the game within the first 20 minutes.

After a good chat during the break, Spalding lifted their game further and once again enjoyed all of the possession which wore down the opposition. The goals arrived too, with a superb left-foot strike from distance by Giardelli flying into the top corner to put the home side into a well-deserved lead.

Howell then wrapped it up to make it 3-1 with a 25-yard screamer.

ARSENAL SS U/11s 3

HOLBEACH UNITED u/11s 0

CLINICAL Arsenal outgunned the unlucky young Tigers in a really close game.

Holbeach started well, with Matt Goodley forcing a fine save and Mikey Bailey also seeing a shot saved.

Arsenal responded well and saw a shot hit the post before the break eventually breaking the deadlock late in the first half. The young Tigers went on the attack after the break in a bid to equalise – only to be caught out by an Arsenal break that made it 2-0.

Holbeach created a few more chances, but just couldn’t find the back of the net, something the young Gunners did once more.

MARCH SOCCER SCHOOL U/10s 5

TYDD ST MARY U/10s 6

TERRIFIC Tydd picked up from where they left off last week as they edged a gripping encounter.

A decisive break from the Saints resulted in an early goal for Adam Coates, whose deft chip evaded the keeper. A second goal from Coates then made it 2-0, before March pulled one back.

Coates completed an excellent hat-trick, before Louis Rees converted two fine goals following excellent one-touch football from the team.

After the break March responded well and pulled back three goals to make it 5-4, but top defending from Mason Cooper and keeper Jack Greenacre kept the young Saints ahead.

A Coates cross then found Tyler Merrison to coolly make it 6-4, ensuring a late March goal didn’t earn the hosts a share of the spoils.

WYBERTON BEES U/9s 3

YOUNG DONS U/9s 5

DONS grabbed their first win of the season in the Mid-Lincs League on Sunday with a hard-fought win at Wyberton.

They raced into a 3-0 half-time lead with two goals from Sam Harris and one from Nathan Ward.

Harris then completed his hat-trick with a stunning strike to make it 4-1, before Wyberton got back into the game. However, Ben Reynolds made the victory safe with the visitors’ fifth.

NETTLEHAM U/15s 1

YOUNG DONS U/15s 2

OWEN Sill netted a cool winner as Young Dons opened their season with a win.

Dons created most of the early chances but were unable to capitalise – and they fell behind when a defensive mishap resulted in an own goal.

Dons continued to play fluent passing football and were rewarded just before half-time when Bill Bristow latched on to a pass and finished well.

The second period was more evenly matched, but Dons held firm defensively and got their reward. It was Sill who found himself one-on-one with the keeper, and he made no mistake.