Portishead Juniors battled to hard-earned victory

PUBLISHED: 14:42 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:42 21 October 2015

Milton Nomads U13s v Portishead Juniors.

Milton Nomads U13s v Portishead Juniors.


Portishead Juniors Under-12s battled to a narrow victory over Rockleaze Rangers.

Portishead Juniors Under-12s battled their way to victory against a competitive Rockleaze Rangers.

Juniors defenders were the pick of the bunch in the first-half, with man of the match Daniel McCorquodale and Charlie Chichester in fine form. Harri Battista needed to be at his best to keep out a late effort as Juniors struggled to find their passing game.

The second half saw a great improvement as Ethan Monks picked out Jack Nattress from a corner to score with a sensational volley. Juniors missed a penalty before Jacob Weekes found the back of the net with a superb strike from distance to seal victory.

Portishead Youth Under-14s travelled to second-placed Axbridge Saxons and looked back on numerous missed chances as they lost for the first time this season by one goal to nil.

Youth dominated the first-half using the slope to their advantage, but failed to convert any of the six good chances they created.

Saxons punished them in the second half with a well worked goal. It could have been more, but man of the match Chris Sharman was in fine form, supported well by Kieran Monks and Caolan Pearce.

Matty Crutchley worked tirelessly in the midfield and in the final minute, Youth thought they had equalised through Pearce, only for the referee to rule out the goal after consultation with the assistant referee.

For the second time in two weeks, Nailsea United Under-12s and Nailsea Athletic met, but this time league points were on the line.

United created the first chance when Thomas Kemble’s shot crashed against the crossbar and rebounded to safety, one of three attempts by United which hit the workwork.

United opened the scoring when Elliott Moore crossed for Tommy Foster to head the ball past the Athletic keeper Bowen. Soon after, Moore set up Ben Hodges to volley the second.

Moore was rampant, sending a cross shot into the far corner of the net and soon after from a Foster corner, he glanced the ball into the net.

After the break, Athletic started to play their own game with Luke Jordan and Charlie Sell starting to drive the team on, but United’s back line of Joe Eyles, Craig Bessant and Harry Watters and sub Seb Allen held firm, giving goalie Joe Freear little to do.

In the last 10 minutes, Tijame Diallo finished off a free kick from Freddie King to continue his run of goals, before King poked in from close range and Foster scored the seventh goal.

The game was marred by an injury to Athletics’ Edward Lush, who fell awkwardly after a tackle and was carried off, United wish him well.

An injury-depleted Swiss Valley Rangers Under-15 team posted a morale boosting second round cup win against Cheddar Valley Dynamos.

With only nine fit players and two goals down at half-time, Rangers three goals in the second half through Max Williams, Tom Hayden and Matt Candow, to secure a nail-biting victory.

Cheddar had several chances to extend their goal tally, but were kept at bay through firm defending from Ranger’s player of game Sam Cocker, Evan Clarke, and goalie Max Tryfonos.

With telling contributions from Ben Tidcombe and Josh Loveridge, the entire side earned their after-match biscuits. The team is currently on the look out for keen players to strengthen a closely-knit side.

The Under-12s missed out on a deserved point with virtually the last kick of the match in an action-packed Division 1 encounter with Milton Nomads.

Rangers created the first chances of the game, with James Crew twice going close and Milton were forced to clear off the line. Milton finished the half the stronger, first hitting the crossbar themselves before taking the lead.

Swiss Valley hit back shortly after the break, with Crew finding the net after smart play around the box by his team-mates. Nomads’ pressure paid off as they took the lead again, but Swiss Valley equalised again, courtesy of Ethan Roberts.

Solid defending by Bradley Bamford, Oliver Sutton and Hugh Ten-Broeke nearly secured a point for Swiss Valley, but at the death they failed to clear a long ball and Milton netted a dramatic late goal.

Rangers Under-16s went top of their league with a 3-2 victory against title rivals Axbridge.

The home team scored in the first few minutes when Tyrese Stewart latched on to a through ball to beat the advancing keeper. Rangers missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed before Axbridge equalised early in the second half.

Rangers responded well and restored their lead when Tom Bryant crossed for Stewart to score again. The lively Stewart beat the offside trap and his shot led to an own goal.

Rangers switched off to allow Axbridge back in to the game with a few minutes to go, but held on to take all three points. Man of the match was George Bell.

Clevedon United Colts Under-13s dominated this game from start to finish, but failed to take enough of the chances they created to finish off Winscombe.

Clevedon were one up early in the first-half when a sweeping move was finished off by Alfie Hocking, but went into the break 2-1 down.

The second half saw the Colts on the front foot and Jamie Van de Velde struck the equaliser. Max Streeter, who led the forward line impressively throughout, was named man of the match.

The Under-12s were made to work hard by visiting Priory Pumas to gain a point from this match, escaping with a 2-2 draw.

Clevedon started the brightest, but it was Pumas who looked the more threatening and a deserved 1-0 lead into half-time.

Clevedon soon equalised in the second half with Callum Moore beating two defenders to score. But again, it was Pumas who took a 2-1 lead into the last quarter of the game.

Going into added on time, United pressurised from a corner, with the ball rebounding back out to Dylan Forbes, whose excellent cross was met by Max Horton to score the equaliser.

Paul McLoughlin, a UEFA B coach, is holding a holiday soccer camp at Clevedon School Sports Centre, between October 26-30 (9.30am-3.30pm) for four to 14 year old boys and girls.

Skills, competitions, matches, penalty shoot-outs, player of the day trophy and the latest academy techniques are all coached in a relaxed, positive environment. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. The cost is £14 per day or £60 for the week.

Attend all five days and win a football, the star prize is a pair of football boots.

Please email, call or text Paul to book a place or for more information on mac.soccer@blueyonder.co.uk or 07773 041838.

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