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Post-Match 06/02/16

Last Updated: Feb 7, 2016 04:47pm
Drakes Broughton and Wadborough, Wychavon
By Colin Mortiboys
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Saturday 7th February: Fixture backlog increases!

For the 2nd consecutive week, overnight rain put brought turmoil to our scheduled fixtures with only a handful of games going ahead. The League has now lost over 250 matches since the end of November, so the pressure is increasing, with midweek matches in the Spring inevitable for many of our teams.

Under 15 Cup

It took extra-time to decide the Lenches vs. Central Ajax, as both sides contributed to a pulsating match in difficult conditions. Lenches mounted the early pressure but the Ajax goalkeeper kept the score at zero, with some good saves. At the other end, Lenches defence stood firm against some dangerous Ajax corner-kicks. As the game headed towards half-time, Lenches failed to clear and the ball sneaked through to the far post and where an away player was on hand to stab the ball home from close range to give Central Ajax a 1-0 advantage at the break. Into the 2nd half and Lenches pressure paid off as Lewis Humphreys took advantage of a gap in the Ajax defence from 5 yards out to and Connor Wagstaff then cleverly used the wind from 25 yards to give the home side the lead. Central Ajax had a great chance to level after creating space, but Lenches goalkeeper Adam Taylor's bravery to push the ball on to the post ended with him suffering an injury and being replaced by striker Felix Shears. In the last minute of normal time, the away team found an equaliser with a close range effort.  In Extra-Time, Lenches took greater control and James Elwell restored the lead with a powerful low shot that beat the brave Ajax keeper.  Further goals gave Lenches a 5-2 victory at the close.

This result means that Lenches will now face a semi-final tie at home to Pool A pacesetters Westbury Celtic Spartans. The Spartans won their quarter-final match 4-2 against Nunnery Wood Kestrels, Kieron Robinson and Luke Sargent both on target for the Kestrels.

We still have one quarter-final match to play in the U15's competition as well as five other quarter-final matches outstanding in our other age group cup competitions and with all the Semi-Finals scheduled for 12th Match and the half-tem break in between, the fixture computer is currently going into meltdown!

 

Under 13 Pool A

Ilmington United earned a 1-1 draw at Moreton Rangers with a Zak Cooper strike.

Under 13 Pool B

Welford Juniors Pumas 4-0 win at Eckington Juniors Phoenix keeps them in the promotion frame. Oscar Grisenthwaite (2), George Modler and Harvey Way all hitting the target.

 

Under 13 Pool C

Westbury Celtic Youth maintained their 100% record with a 2-0 home win over Inkberrow Eagles. Joseph Bunyan came off the bench to good effect, scoring one of the Celtic goals, Max Strickley also found the net.

Bretforton Juniors have become the draw specialists as they obtained their 5th share of the points with a 2-2 final score at Broadway United Youth. The away side's Leo Meadows got his 1st league goal of the season, while Harry Putnam's goal took him to 6 for the season.

 

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As we have already highlighted, the outstanding fixtures are clogging up and with the next two weeks originally left as open dates for the half-term holidays, we would now ask any team who is able to play to let our fixture Secretary, Dave Hyde, know as soon as possible.

If your team does not currently have a fixture, the next two weeks provide an ideal opportunity to catch back on outstanding matches, but please bear in mind that your Club Representative should seek the permission of both the opposition and the League before confirming a match.

Full match details should be provided to Dave Hyde (age group, competing teams, venue, kick-off time).

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