YOUTH FOOTBALL: Weekend round-up


By Steve Sharman:

Community development manager and coach Lyndon Wain rounds up all the action from the club’s youth section across the weekend, over the 2nd/3rd January.

Junior fixtures were hit by the cold weather but there were still loads of memorable action from our junior Dabbers.

The U7 whites continued their amazing winning run with a hard fought and narrow victory with Ryan as man of the match. The boys found out after the game that they have been moved to a tougher league only three months after they formed from the club’s community sessions.

Elsewhere the U7 yellows lost to a last minute goal despite playing some great stuff while the U7 greens again passed their opponent of the park and were happy to play out from the back whilst under pressure. Jake and Sam were on top form with Jake’s wing play the highlight.

Our U8 greens won a high scoring game with Charlie scoring four and Taylor putting on an excellent defensive performance.

The U9 greens played out a goalless draw which is amazing at this age group with Jenson and David the stand out performers. The U9 yellows were really unlucky to lose narrowly with Archie the man of the match as the team continues to improve.

Meanwhile the U10 greens drew 1-1 with Alex scoring the only goal and Gracie picking up another match, and the U10 yellows won narrowly and continue to make progress under Mark. Well done to Jack for a brilliant man of the match performance in goal.

The U11 greens were big winners at home and continue to be a credit to the club, a very enjoyable watch, with the U12 greens also winning big and playing very well. William on debut scored a hat-trick and really stood out.

The U12 yellows drew with high flying Newcastle Town, a side that had previously beaten the lads. A cool finish from Harry was enough for a point, serious progress being made here.

Our U15s had the standout performance of the weekend as they reached the semi-final of the County Cup winning big in what was a competitive game for long periods. A hat-trick from Ollie, two from Matt and a goal each from Isaac and Callum in front of a large crowd on the club’s 3G was more than enough. This group is a game away from the County Cup final and they look full of quality and determination at the moment.

Finally the U18s lost narrowly to Stone but out played their opponents for long periods in a high quality encounter. The boys were disappointed but should not be as they are heading in the right direction.

Our community sessions were again attracting very high numbers with the car park full and coffee machine popular once again. Our two new U7 sides will complete their registration on Wednesday evening before their first ever games on Sunday, as the amount of sides at the club move towards 30!

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