Portishead cruise into the next round

PUBLISHED: 16:03 23 February 2011

Gordano Valley Rangers Under-14s

Gordano Valley Rangers Under-14s


PLAYING at home on a borrowed pitch, Portishead Under-14s went through to the fourth round of the Somerset Lewin Cup, easing past East Coker Cockerels from the Yeovil and District League.

PLAYING at home on a borrowed pitch, 
Portishead Under-14s went through to the fourth round of the Somerset Lewin Cup, easing past East Coker Cockerels from the Yeovil and District League.

The score did not do East Coker justice as both teams passed the ball fluently in an entertaining game. Juniors had the additional strength and pace and were solid in the tackle, creative all round the park and clinical in front of goal.

Goals came from Joe Rich (3), Adam Buckley (3), Tim Brown (2), Jack Parsons and Luke 

United Under-13s got back to winning ways in the league thanks to a victory away to Winscombe.

Portishead made a lively start and had an early opportunity when Walker broke through only to be denied by the keeper.

The visitors created several good 
opportunities before Walker opened the scoring.

The Portishead midfield of Sergeant, Pooley, O’Hare, Bush and Parfrey-Davis became increasingly dominant and set up a number of chances for Woodcock and Walker. United finally extended their lead through Walker and Bush.

Winscombe dug in deep and created several chances before pulling a goal back. The United defence of keeper Woolley, Wardle, Howarth and man of the match Bishop had to be on top of their game to ensure the visitors maintained their lead.

However, Portishead finished strongly when the injured Walker returned to the pitch to claim his hat-trick and then went on to get his fourth.

ST GEORGE Under-14 striker Ben Stitfall must have thought Christmas had come early against Cheddar Valley Jets.

After an indecisive opening spell on a heavy pitch, Ben Collins opened the 
scoring for the league leaders on 12 minutes. Then the home side did their Father Christmas act, Stitfall fired in a hopeful high ball from the left, the home keeper could not control it, but one of his defenders unfortunately headed it into his own net.

Minutes later he followed up a through ball from a Jack Parslow move and was given a goal on a plate when the keeper spilled it into his path.

The second half was full of honest endeavour but little of note, both sides evenly matched, Nathan Little for the home team and Rob Lange for the visitors were the pick of the players.

SWISS Valley Rangers Under-11s were 
2-0 down against Priory Pumas before Jake Davis scored to make it 2-1 at half-time.

After the break, Priory extended their lead but a goal apiece from Tom Oliver and Declan Hay brought Swiss Valley right back into it. Despite lots of pressure they could not find an equaliser.

Man of the match for Swiss Valley was Ben Pawlowski.

BACKWELL began this game well and Clevedon United Under-10s A soon found themselves a goal behind.

Liam Smallwood equalised for Clevedon, only for Backwell to quickly regain the lead. Both sides continued to press but there were no further goals in the 

Clevedon had the better of the second half with man of the match Mackenzie Poulter having a great game. They had several attacks only to be thwarted by excellent goalkeeping and good defending.

The first-half of the B game was very competitive. Clevedon held a narrow lead at the break thanks to a goal from Lewis Smith and excellent defending from man of the match David Clarke and Matthew Perkins.

The second half saw a strong 
performance from the whole Clevedon team. Great goalkeeping from the Backwell keeper kept the game close. However, two superb passing moves were finished by Beth Barzotelli and Oliver Keen to seal the win.

A great first-half by Clevedon United Colts Under-9s saw Wedmore only one goal up, despite excellent goalkeeping from Nathan Turner and great defensive play from Oliver Burn.

The second half saw an early near miss by Will Jones and two goals shared by Harry John and man of the match Sam Lewis.

Unfortunately Clevedon could not stop a strong Wedmore side from scoring a further four goals.

SECOND division Gordano Valley Rangers Under-14s played host to Bristol League 1 team Brislington in the third round of the cup.

Both teams had chances early on and the Gordano defence of Brooks, Power, Beesley, Bishop and keeper Chianta had to work hard to prevent the visitors going ahead.

The home side gradually began to take control in midfield thanks to some excellent play from Chapman, Slocombe and Mott. The pressure finally paid off thanks to some well-taken goals by Rangers debutant Davis and Sow.

The visitors pulled a goal back just before half-time despite Chianta getting close, he was unable to stop a penalty kick.

Rangers continued their good form into the second half and Rossiter began to take advantage of some space on the left. The home side extended their lead thanks to Cain.

Brislington then lifted their game and pulled one back to create a tense final 10 minutes. An excellent final save from Chianta and three goal line clearances from Rangers man of the match Bishop secured a well crafted win for Gordano, who booked their place in the fourth round of the cup.

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