Ambassador Evesham Football League

Round-up 5/9/15

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2015 07:57pm
Drakes Broughton and Wadborough, Wychavon
By Colin Mortiboys
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Week 1 of the new 2015/16 Season saw a reduced fixture list, with only our U18's & U14's kicking off their campaign.

U18's Division

Game of the day saw Crowle Searchers Academicals and Cookley Sports serve up an entertaining match at Crowle Village Hall, ending 3-3 at the final whistle.

Cookley Sports, making their debut in the Ambassador Evesham Football League, settled quickly and took the game to their hosts in the opening 20-minutes. After Sports created a chance that went narrowly over the bar, the warning signs were starting to show for the Academicals, as the away side started to pass the ball around with growing confidence. The Cookley striker in particular, was working the channels well and chasing the ball down in wide areas, a terrific work rate that will no doubt bring it's rewards as the season unfolds.

The pressure on the home side eventually brought a goal for Cookley and within 10-minutes, the away side had increased their lead to 2-0. Just before half-time, Cookley had a fantastic opportunity for a third goal, but in a one-on-one, the Crowle Academicals goalkeeper produced an excellent save, low to his left, to push the ball out for a corner. This save was to have a major bearing on the match, as Crowle kept the score at 2-0 down as the half-time whistle sounded.

Whatever was said in the Crowle half-time team talk certainly had a positive effect, as they looked a different side to that of the 1st half. They chased & pressed the ball more effectively and didn't allow Cookley the space they had enjoyed in the 1st period. The reward for this saw the home side pull a goal back with a well worked move and shortly afterwards, the away side left shocked, as the Academicals pulled the game back to 2-2. It was the home side who were now in the ascendancy and with Cookley pushing up with a high line, the Academicals put through a pin-point pass to their striker and he left two defenders behind, as he calmly slotting the ball underneath the goalkeeper, the put the score at 3-2.

This was an astonishing come back but the drama hadn't ended, as incredibly, Cookley Sports re-grouped, dug deep and some how fought back in search of an equaliser. It was Crowle Academicals who were now on the back foot and as Cookley put a telling ball into the home penalty area, a defender's hand came out and a penalty kick was rightly awarded. The Cookley penalty taker drove the ball down the middle of the goal to earn his side a share of the points. The away sides scorers on the day were Alex Hill, Ryan lamb and Jordan Taylor. Unfortunately, we have no online team sheet from the home side.

On the day, a draw was a fair result and both sides should be pleased with their opening day's performance. The match was played in a good spirit throughout and both managers have things that they can take from the game and work on in training.

Crowle Searchers also have another team in the U18 Division, named Crowle Searchers Crusaders. They started their season with a bang with a shock 2-0 victory at pre-season favourites, Inkberrow Eagles. Henry Steade scored 5-minutes before half-time and the points were sealed on 80-minutes when Tim Coleman hit the back of the net.

Droitwich Spa Cobras and Welford Juniors fought out an 8-goal thriller at King George V Playing Fields, with Welford bagging the points in a 5-3 away win. Welford took the lead after 10 minutes through a drilled effort from Charles Woodley and soon after made it two from a cool finish from George Leedham. Peter Hanley who deputised in goal looked very comfortable until Cobra's tall no.11 seized on some in-decision to calmly reduce the arrears and then in an amazing 15 minutes of pulsating attacks at both ends the same player scored two fine headers to put the home side ahead for the first time. Bowyer then headed home just before the break with the scores level at 3-3.

Welford came out even more determined in the second half and Woodley scored his second after a great pass from man of the match Robert Fawcett who then increased the lead to make it 5-3.

A surging run by the outstanding Scott Barnett led to him being fouled and Woodley, who hadn't put a foot wrong all game saw his penalty saved expertly the Droitwich keeper. Josh Watson & Will Craggs kept Droitwich's danger-man quieter in the second half, to see out the win. Great spirit from both teams and well officiated again by 'Man in Black' Alan Price.

Wychbold Juniors travelled away to Drakes Broughton Rangers and secured all 3-points in a 9-2 victory.

Drakes Broughton gave Wychbold an early shock, scoring two quick goals in the first 15-minutes as Wychbold struggled to get going. With 25 minutes on the clock, Wychbold started to defend better as a team and string some passes together, which had a positive effect and they soon found their rhythm, playing some great football and scoring 4-goals before half time.

In the 2nd half, Wychbold made three substitutions and continued where they left off in the 1st, putting plenty of passes together which brought a further 5 goals without reply. Credit to the Drakes Broughton Lads who never stopped working. Bradley Talbot was Wychbold's star on the day, scoring 4-goals to give him an early lead in the scoring chart. Portuguese 'wing-wizard' Pedro chipped in with 2 Goals, Jamie Wall 1, Matt Phillips 1 and Callum Goddard scored the 'Goal Of the Game' chipping the Keeper from 25 Yards.

The opening day's Under 18 fixtures saw 31-goals scored in the 5 games, so we are sure that there will be plenty more goals and excitement as we progress through the season.


Under 14's Division

Welford Juniors made a terrific start to their season with an 8-1 win at Tewkesbury Town Pumas. Welford had 5 different players on the score-sheet, with Sam Rosso and Robert Singer both getting 2-goals.

There were also plenty of goals in the Littleton Juniors vs. Ilmington United match, with more twists than a game of snakes & ladders! It was United who got their noses ahead and secured maximum points with an 8-4 away win with 6-goals for Sean Bennett and two for Will Willing.

Unfortunately we haven't received any match reports or online match sheets from the remaining four matches in the U14 Division, so a reminder that if you want your team featured in the press releases, then provide the League with the information.


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Our Coaches Day will take place on Saturday 26th September and all registered coaches within the League may attend for free, with the day fully funded by the League. This is a terrific opportunity for coaches to work & learn together with professional coaches within the game and we encourage all of our teams to take advantage of this day and ensure that as many coaches attend as possible. Please contact our Chairman, Dave Hyde to register for this event.