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Round-up 20/12/14

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2014 05:41pm
Crowle, Wychavon
By Colin Mortiboys
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It was a welcome return of mild weather that helped the majority of matches to take place on 20th December, our last fixture list before Christmas.

Under 18's Division

Crowle Searchers sit joint top of the table after a comfortable 4-0 home win over Lower Teme Lions. It took only 6-minutes for Jack Dowdeswell to fire Crowle in front and their lead was extended on 13-minutes by Matt Mitchell. The Searchers took a 3-0 lead in at half-time when Oluwatabi  Ipaye hit the net but things got difficult on 52-minutes when Crowle were reduced to 10 players following a red card. It was case of defending the lead and Crowle did this effectively, even managing a 4th goal a minute before the end as James Morris hit his 1st goal of the season.

Pershore Town Eagles are the team who share pole position with Crowle Searchers, as the Eagles overcame their other team, Pershore Town Falcons by a 4-0 score-line.  Brett Barnett, Matthew Rochell, Jason Cav and Daniel Chapman were the boys on target which stretches the Eagles winning run to 5 matches.

Hot on the heels of the top two are Wychbold Juniors who lie 1-point off the top following a hard fought 2-2 draw at home to Evesham United Colts. The hosts celebrated goals from Henry Steade and Bradley Talbot, while the Colts enjoyed their goals from Max Andrews and Luke Davis.

The local derby between Bidford Juniors and Welford Juniors saw honours even as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Matthew Barbor gave Bidford a terrific start by scoring on 5-minutes but Welford snatched a share of the points when Robert Fawcett hit the target on 75-minutes.

Under 16's Division

Alcester Town are joint 2nd after a 7-2 away success at Evesham United Colts.  The formidable Dylan Parker hit a hat-trick, taking him up to 25 goals for the season. Town's other scorers were Luke Williams, Harvey Pargetter, George Guy and Matthew Hemming. A mention also for Cameron Bennett who now has 16 assists to his name so far and is clearly an important goal creator for  Alcester.

Sheppey Swifts are the other team to share 2nd spot after a narrow 3-2 win at Welford Juniors.  Reece Markey and Cameron Maxwell gave Welford optimism, but goals from Hugo Burston, Callum Farrow and James Cresswell gave Sheppey Swifts maximum points. Unfortunately the Christmas spirit seemed to be far removed as we have received feedback that certain RESPECT codes appear to have been breached at this match. Certainly not a good advertisement for youth football and we hope that the individuals concerned face the necessary sanctions.

Pershore Town enjoyed their trip to Welland Junior Colts, coming away with a 4-3 victory.  Town's Daniel Elliott and Oliver Lees both grabbed a brace of goals to secure the win.

Under 15's Division

Shipston Excelsior got back to winning ways as they won 4-0 at home to Lenches.  Will Taylor hepled himself to a hat-trick with Excelsior's other goal coming from Chad Walker.

Under 14's Pool A

Westbury Celtic Tigers continue to extend their lead at the top making it 10 wins from 10 games played. Reiss Hadley scored 4-goals, while further goals from Joshua Farnsworth, Joseph Ilsley and Daniel Hull put the game beyond doubt.

Under 14's Pool B

Bromsgrove Meadows lost 2-1 at Wychavon Wanderers, with Ethan Randles scoring for Bromsgrove. Captain John Hake was awarded the Meadow POTM.

Under 13's Pool A

Welford Juniors extended their lead at the top with a 4-2 away win at Broadway United Youth.  Henry Kemp scored two, with one each for Oliver Burdett and Theodore Fernie.

Under 13's Pool B

No reports submitted.

Under 12's Pool A

Welford Juniors Pumas remain top of the table following their latest 4-0 home win.  Two goals from Alexander Theodossiades and one each Fraser Carr & Ollie Davis sealed the points.

Lenches FC stay 2nd after a 2-0 home win.  A goal in each half from Joe Price-Ward and Callum Taylor brought delight for the hosts.

Bidford Juniors had a close fought 2-1 home win over Badsey Rangers.  Badsey had beaten Bidford 1-0 earlier in the season and this game too was very close. The early possession was for the away team and they capped this off by scoring direct from a corner in the 5th minute.
Badsey threatened to score a second but Bidford held firm with saves from Archie Barnes and also fine defending from Isaac Harding and Ben Proctor. After 10 minutes, back came the home team and pressed for that equaliser. It came when John Clarke scored with a fine shot that went in off the post. The home team had further shots and scored again after an excellent pass from Michael Cross found striker Jake Cannadine who scored with a neat finish over the advancing keeper. That was his 5th league goal of the season in a team that have found scoring harder back in pool A. At half time the score remained 2-1, and in the second half Bidford had to work hard against a spirited Badsey team and also a cross wind and low sun to contend with. However the home side defended extremely well, especially Bidford POTM Henry Teehan who timed his challenged to perfection. A solid win for Bidford who climb to 6th and are  looking forward to the New Year.

Under 12's Pool B

Shipston Excelsior had two hat-trick hero's with Oscar Hair and Dylan Williams having their scoring boots on. Jack Bradley also found the net in a convincing away win that sees Excelsior top of the table for Christmas.

Moreton Rangers held Littleton Juniors to a 1-1 draw thanks to a goal from Henry Smyth.

Under 12's Pool C

Crowle Searchers go top of the table with a 6-1 at home to Pershore Town Piranhas.  Crowle scorers were Benjamin Hathaway (2),  Louis Hira, Thomas Traylor, David Ward and Cormac Wolstenholme while Ben Solman hit a consolation goal for Pershore.

Cradley Sports upset the form book as they inflicted a surprise 3-1 defeat on high flying Welland Junior Lions.  Harvey Gould (2) and Joe Edwards hit the all important goals for Cradley.

Droitwich Spa Vipers stayed in touch with the leaders as they secured a home victory, scoring 7 in the process.  Luca Russo and Matthew Simms both got hat-tricks, with Nathanial Walker-Cox also on the score-sheet.

Under 11's Pool A

Alcester Town Juniors went down 3-1 at home to Eckington Juniors, with Liam York getting Town's goal. Oliver McAdam was got the hosts POTM award.

There were no goals in the Droitwich Spa Kestrels match with Inkberrow Eagles, although both sides had their chances but the goalkeepers of each side stood firm.

Stratford Town Colts Blues' 4-1 home win lifts them to 2nd spot, with Jack Fathers, Arun Emilsson and Taylor Baird among the Stratford scorers.

There were plenty of goals in the game between Welford Juniors and Badsey Rangers, as Badsey took the points by the narrowest of margins 4-3. Josh Hands(2) and Daniel Lewis looked to have given Welford a share of a point, but Badsey held on with Liam Andrews, Stanley Kirby and Kai Urbanski  amongst the Badsey scorers. Unfortunately, this terrific game was overshadowed of reports of poor behaviour from the sidelines, which is a terrible example for young players to witness. This matter is now under investigation and those involved may face sanctions.

Under 11's Pool C

Evesham United Robins remain top for Christmas following their 4-1 home win. Goals from Reagan Martin (2), Oliver Johns and Luke Home led the Robins to the points.

Moreton Rangers stay 2nd after another convincing home win. Kian Burrows hitting a hat-trick for the Rangers.

Bidford Juniors Rockets kept the pressure on top two as they won 4-2 at home.  Simon Reynolds (2), Oliver Short and Memphis Smith all finding the back of the net for the Rockets.

Summary:

It is most concerning that this week we have had two reports of alleged poor behaviour at matches which is totally unacceptable. The AEFL wish to remind all teams of their responsibilities under the RESPECT Codes of Conduct and any breaches will be dealt with as necessary.

The AEFL wish to thank everyone for your continued support and wish you all a very Happy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2015.