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Post-Match 30/1/16

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016 08:33pm
Crowle, Wychavon
By Colin Mortiboys
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The overnight rain caused more disruption on 30th January.

Just as we thought the terrible weather was behind us, heavy overnight rain forced a number of postponements and more disappointment for young players.

In several cases, teams were already en-route to grounds before getting the news that games were off, but obviously, this was beyond the control of home teams who gave their pitches every chance to see if games could go ahead.

Under 18 Cup

The last of the quarter-final matches eventually got played and it was a win for Wychbold Juniors as they left Crowle Searchers Academicals with 1-5 final score to set the Juniors up with a semi-final tie away at Inkberrow Eagles.

Under 14 Division

Lenches FC hosted high flying Shipston Excelsior at the Memorial Hall, Pinvin. The pitch had passed an early morning pitch inspection by the referee and Lenches were clearly glad to be back playing as they had not kicked a ball in the League since 19th December, due to a succession of postponements caused by the weather. Shipston meanwhile, were keen to put last weeks cup defeat to Badsey Rangers behind them and with only one league defeat, were eager to claim 3-points which could take them up to 2nd place in the League. Both teams were unable to name any substitutes due to injuries and other commitments, so stamina was likely to play a key part in proceedings on a heavy pitch. Shipston came out of the blocks quickly forcing a good save from the Lenches goalkeeper. After 15-minutes, the away side created a half-chance, but a great defensive block by the Lenches Captain saw the ball cleared to safety. Shipston also forced a couple of corner kicks, but some clear pushing in the box resulted in free-kicks awarded to the home team. As Shipston looked to find a goal, Lenches counter-attacked down the right flank and an excellent finish gave them a 1-0 lead. Within 5-minutes, the home side had extended this to 2-0 after Shipston's defence failed to react to an initial good block by their goalkeeper and a Lenches player ghosted in at the far post to tap the ball into an unguarded net. Both goals clearly affected Shipston and it was somewhat fortunate that they didn't concede a 3rd, when inventive play by Lenches created a great goal-scoring opportunity, but the chance was missed from 2-yards out. With a minute remaining of the 1st half, Shipston Excelsior were given a life-line when a speculative cross from 20-yards found it's way into the net to make it Lenches FC 2-1 Shipston Excelsior at half-time. The Shipston half-time team talk appeared to have an immediate effect, as thirty seconds into the 2nd half, Shipston pulled the score back to 2-2 with a smart finish that the Lenches keeper could do nothing about. Having scored either side of half-time. most people would have predicted that this would give Shipston the momentum to go on and claim a victory, but Lenches clearly had other ideas as 5-minutes later they retook the lead with a superbly driven shot, low into the corner of the net.

Lenches were not about to let this latest lead slip and to their credit they scored a 4th goal with another well taken finish. Shipston tried in vain to get back into the match, but as legs began to tire, it was Lenches who were in the ascendancy for the remainder of the game as they missed two clear chances to extend their lead further. Final score: Lenches FC4-2 Shipston Excelsior. This was a shock win for Lenches, but they played extremely well and were always a threat in front of goal. Shipston meanwhile were gracious in defeat and they will no doubt be working hard in training to turn things around quickly. Well done to both teams for contributing to an excellent match played in terrific spirit throughout.

Under 13 Pool A

Bidford Juniors played out an entertaining game with Moreton Rangers under grey and windy skies at the Big Meadow. The away side led 2-0 at half-time and scored a 3rd goal shortly after the break, but a great cross by Max Thomas brought a headed goal from Alex Wilson to give Bidford a goal. Any hope the home side had of getting back in the match were diminished when Moreton claimed another goals to give them a 4-1 victory. On the scoresheet for Moreton were Connor Hitchman and Henry Smyth, who claimed a very well taken hat-trick.

In the 2nd vs. 3rd match, Blakedown Colts were held 0-0 by Lenches FC, who both remain some way off league pace setters Newtown Sports Juniors, who won 2-o at home to Badsey Rangers with goals from George Blannin and Lewis Regan.

Shipston Excelsior took a point against 4th placed Tewkesbury Town Colts in a 2-2 draw at the Sheldon Bosley Hub. The Shipston goals coming from Jake Bradley and George Clarke.

Under 13 Pool B

Welland Junior Lions lifted themselves up to joint 4th place with opponents Droitwich Spa Vipers with a 4-1 win. Lion' William Hughes got 2-goals, while Sebastian Whittle and Harry Ferguson-Walker got one each to cancel out Matthew Simms goal for the Vipers.

Under 13 Pool C

It was a six goal thriller at Bretforton Juniors as they drew 3-3 against Pershore Town Piranhas. The home side were celebrating with goals from Harry Putnam (2) and Jimmy Sandalls, while Edwin Batchelor, Joe Daffin and Ben Solomon got the Piranhas swimming in joy.

Westbury Celtic Youth sealed a 2-1 win at Welland Junior Colts with goals from Joseph Bunyan and Jacob Ilsley. The sole Welland goal came from Raffaello Cossali-Francis.

 

Under 12 Pool A

The 2nd vs. 3rd match was an even affair as Alcester Town Juniors drew 3-3 with Warndon Villages Colts. The marksman were James Barnes (2) and Nathanial O'Neill for the Juniors and Vanylson Silva, Ethan Turner and Azaan Khan for the Colts.

Under 12 Pool B

Antonio Pirelli hit all three of his sides goals as Evesham United Robins won 3-0 at home to Welford Juniors. This win keeps the Robins unbeaten league run intact.

Moreton Rangers had a convincing win over Bidford Juniors to take them into 4th place in the table, as Oliver Hedges hit the net five times at Moreton Fire College.

Another player to hit 5-goals was Ben Amos who helped Crowle Searchers to victory at Tewkesbury Town Colts.

Under 12 Pool C

Daniel Eccleston was among the scorers for Droitwich Spa Kestrels who were edged out 3-2 by Tewkesbury Town Pumas.

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If any team who does not currently have a match scheduled during February half-term (13th & 20th) but wishes to play and catch-back on previously postponed fixtures, then please communicate with your opponents and if you both agree on one of these dates, then please let our Fixtures Secretary, Dave Hyde, know as soon as possible. Full match details should be provided (age group, competing teams, venue, kick-off time).

Full-Time will be updated with amendments and this will assist with match official appointments.

In some age groups you will see that fixtures have already been scheduled up to Saturday 28th May, which is the last date that matches can take place for this season. With more postponements expected due to unfit pitches, this may result in many fixtures having to be scheduled for midweek, so to avoid player availability & travel issues, please make every effort to utilize any open dates you may currently have.In some age groups you will see that fixtures have already been scheduled up to Saturday 28th May, which is the last date that matches can take place for this season. With more postponements expected due to unfit pitches, this may result in many fixtures having to be scheduled for midweek, so to avoid player availability & travel issues, please make every effort to utilise any open dates you may currently have. In some age groups you will see that fixtures have already been scheduled up to Saturday 28th May, which is the last date that matches can take place for this season. With more postponements expected due to unfit pitches, this may result in many fixtures having to be scheduled for midweek, so to avoid player availability & travel issues, please make every effort to utilise any open dates you may currently have.

In some age groups you will see that fixtures have already been scheduled up to Saturday 28th May, which is the last date that matches can take place for this season. With more postponements expected due to unfit pitches, this may result in many fixtures having to be scheduled for midweek, so to avoid player availability & travel issues, please make every effort to utilise any open dates you may currently have.