Ambassador Evesham Football League

Round-up 21/03/15

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015 06:28pm
Crowle, Wychavon
By Colin Mortiboys
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The matches on  21st March provided good football in the hunt for League honours.

WFA Saturday U18's County Cup Final

We begin our Round-up with commiserations to Wychbold Juniors who went down 4-1 to Worcester City of the JPL in the Final of the County Cup.  This was always going to provide a stern test for the Ambassador Evesham side and they certainly gave a good account of themselves throughout this inaugural competition.  On the day, Worcester City were worthy winners and the League congratulates everyone involved.

Under 18's Division

In League action, Broadway United Youth put an end to Crowle Searchers title ambitions with a 3-1 win, that puts Broadway in a strong position at the top of the table. Unfortunately neither side has provided any goal-scorer or match information but the referee commented that the game was played in a terrific spirit and both teams set a very good example of how the game should be played.

Pershore Town Eagles took advantage of the Crowle result to move up to joint 2nd place, with a comprehensive 4-2 away win at Welford Juniors.  The home side were given hope with a Robert Fawcett penalty and Elliott Whittle strike, but the Eagles responded with Daniel Chapman, Charlie Joyner and a brace from Edward McILvenney. The Eagles boss, Ian Bennett, is sure to be pleased with how the side have developed over the course of the season.

 Lower Teme Lions have found points hard to come by but they gave a good account of themselves despite losing 3-1 at home to Droitwich Spa Youth. Unfortunately, neither team has provided any match data for our Press Office to work with, but the match referee commented that this was an excellent game with the Droitwich keeper pulling off a string of fine saves to ensure the 3-points for the visitors. 

The title is now down to a two horse race between Broadway United & Wychbold Juniors, but Pershore Town Eagles are still in with a shout of the Runners-up spot. The Eagles have two leagues matches left and face both Broadway & Wychbold, so they could have a significant say on where the title trophy lands this season.

Under 16's Division

Tewkesbury Town Colts ended their league programme with a 3-0 win which puts them at the top of the table, but it will be Inkberrow Eagles who will be crowned champions if they can win their last match at Sheppey Swifts. If Inkberrow fail to secure 3-points then Tewkesbury will be lifting the championship shield.

Alcester Town ended their season with a 4-2 win at Sheppey Swifts. The home side goals coming from Hugo Burston and Dominic Taylor, while Alcester hit back with strikes from Cameron Bennett, Matthew Hemming and two from Dylan Parker. Congratulation to Dylan as his latest goals took him to a very impressive 34 for the season.

Pershore Town went down 5-2 at Drakes Broughton Rangers, where Harry White and William Swiers were on target for Pershore.

Under 15's Division

Sheppey Swifts lead the table with two games remaining but Inkberrow Eagles are just three points behind after a 3-0 home win against Welford Juniors.  Cian Adams, Christopher Dyson and Jack Nicholls put the Eagles in control in front of goal.

Under 14's Pool A

Westbury Celtic Tigers need 1-point from their remaining two league games to secure the Championship.  Bidford Juniors are the only team who can catch them, but with both sides facing each other on 18th April, it's going to be a fascinating match with plenty at stake.

Under 14's Pool B

Droitwich Spa Pumas continue to impress as they won 4-1 at second placed Shipston Excelsior to lead the table. Goals from Owen Bradley,  Natalya Pulver, Jamie Webster and Callum Ford put the game beyond Shipston's reach.

Alcester Town Rangers played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Pershore Town Warriors, with the Rangers goals from Dillon -Dudley-Hands, Sam Mason and Benjamin Pryor.

Under 13's Pool A

Welland Junior Lions closed the gap at the top of the table with a dramatic 2-1 win at leaders Welford Juniors.  Each team now has one remaining game and only 1-point separates them, so both matches promise to provide plenty of excitement.

Under 13's Pool B

Congratulations to Lenches FC who sencured the Pool B Title with a narrow 1-0 victory at Archdales '73 in Worcester.  Ilmington United are the confirmed as Runners-up.

Under 12's Pool A

Welford Juniors Pumas need a single point from any of their remaining three league matches to secure the Championship. Their latest 5-0 away  victory with goals from Oliver Tompkins, Max Hauderbourg (2) and a splendid hat-trick from Alexander Theodossiades, certainly indicates that  the Pumas have the fire-power in front of goal.

Tewkesbury Town Colts were in sparkling form as they secured a 4-0 away win. Goals form Finlay Hulse, Scott Nicholls and two from Mckenzie Wilson kept the Colts in 3rd place.

Bidford Juniors had a very entertaining game against Eckington Juniors on a cold and windy day at the Big Meadow.  The game was an open affair  as both teams created chances. Eckington forced a string of corners and Bidford keeper Archie Barnes was in good form to keep Eckington out. The home side gained greater possession and when Jake Cannadine put an intelligent pass through to fellow striker Alex Oliver,  the Bidford player made no mistake to put his side 1-0 up.. The game was still finely balanced and back came Eckington scoring 2 goals in 5-minutes just before half time. On the stroke of half time though, Bidford were awarded a free kick, which Jake Cannadine scored direct from, with a curling cross that flew in to make it 2-2 at the interval. Both teams made changes and the second half was equally entertaining with Bidford scoring again, when Ben Earls hit a wind assisted shot into the net from 25 yards. Eckington equalised within a few minutes but there was one more goal for the home side this time as they retook the lead through striker Alex Oliver as he scored his second of the game. The home team held firm and saw out the 4-3 victory which preserves their pool A status for next season. Well done to all the players for a thrilling match.

Lenches FC move up to 3rd place with a solitary Callum Taylor goal on 54-minutes securing the victory over Eckington Eagles.

Under 12's Pool B

Moreton Rangers won 2-0 at home with goals from Harry Winder and Henry Smyth, to keep them in 2nd place.

Under 12's Pool C

Bretforton Juniors lost 3-1 at home to leaders Welland Junior Lions, Ethan Rimmer getting the 'Bret' consolation goal. Leo Meadows was awarded the home POTM.

Droitwich Spa Vipers hit 8-goals at home, as Luca Russo found the net four times and Davis Payne provided three assists.

Under 11's Pool B

Badsey Rangers and Droitwich Spa Kestrels drew 1-1 at Ballards Park, Spa's, Kai Urgbanski scoring for Rangers while James Parksinson ensured a share of the points for the Kestrels.

Welford Juniors won 5-2 at Inkberrow Eagles to stay in 4th place. Eagles had Luca Latani and Edward Schindler on the score-sheet, while the Welford goals came from George Gittus, Daniel Lewis, Jack Boazman and two for Josh Hands. 

Sportsmanship Awards 2014/15:

A reminder that the AEFL have some new awards to make this season, as we shall be awarding Sportsmanship Trophies in all age groups and divisions. Each side should advise our League Secretary, Tony Gittins,  of the name of the team in their respective division, who is most deserving of the Sportsmanship Trophy.  Respondents should advise Tony of their own Club name and what age group and Division ie 1, 2, East or West when making a nomination. The deadline for nominations is 31st March 2015.