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PUBLISHED: 14:42 09 March 2011

Clevedon Utd Under-12s

Clevedon Utd Under-12s

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WITH Easton-in-Gordano Under-12s closing in on the championship, a game against the bottom side was always going to be interesting.

WITH Easton-in-Gordano Under-12s closing in on the championship, a game against the bottom side was always going to be interesting.

With Wedmore testing home keeper Hooper and having a great goal line clearance by Kalan Bartlett, it looked like they would take the lead. But as the first half drew to an end, 0-0 was about right.

After the break, Easton started to pass the ball and the persistence of Luke Collins paid off when he rounded the keeper to open the scoring, Jack Ogden scored Easton’s second and a brace from Sam Cosway took the pressure off and as Wedmore tired Easton scored two more through Sam Brooks and Kieron Parkhouse. Birthday boy Kalan Bartlett rounded off the victory with a well taken penalty for 7-0.

A good Easton performance was built on a good defensive display from Alfie Rice, Anton Parker and Jacob Stevenson.

AFTER taking a large group booking to Ashton Gate to be flag bearers at an early season game against Barnsley, Clevedon United Youth Under-12s won a rare private visit to the Bristol City training ground in Failand to watch the squad in action.

After meeting manager Keith Millen, the lads watched the first team including David James and Nicky Maynard going through their training program after which they got to meet and get autographs from players such as captain Louis Carey, Liam Fontaine and Steve Caulker.

PORTISHEAD Juniors Under-11s defeated Weston 
Crusaders 3-2 in an exciting cup match.

Juniors went a goal behind after five minutes, but replied with an excellent goal by Hamish B. A fine shot by Jake M was tipped away by the Crusaders keeper and just before the break, Crusaders regained the lead.

Ten minutes into the second half, with a chance of a goal, Portishead’s Andy H was brought down inside the box and Juniors were awarded a penalty. Hamish B unleashed the perfect penalty to level once again at 2-2.

With just a minute remaining, Jake M scored the 
winning goal for Juniors, sending them through to the cup final.

Despite scraping together their only 11 fit players, Portishead Under-12s were too strong for near neighbours Nailsea.

The visitors took early control of the game and created a number of chances with Eliot Parsons’ energy allowing Alex Twiggs and Lewis Harvey to go close, followed by a fine long distance effort from Hugo Miles.

Portisheads’ all-round strength kept rookie keeper 
Callum Jones well protected with David Warnes and man of the match Toby Hart catching the eye. The breakthrough came after a spell of pressure with an own goal as 
Portisheads’ strikers lined up to finish.

The second half continued in much the same vein with the visitors probing at every opportunity. Strong 
performances from James Robinson, James McCall and Warnes at the back kept the momentum going and after a fine move down the left, Miles fired in a cracker to double the lead.

With the game effectively over, the visitors stuck to their task and a deflected Harvey effort made it three before Twiggs added a fourth, squeezing in from a tight angle.

Juniors Under-14s dominated from the off in a tough Lewin Cup fourth round encounter at home to Frome Collegians.

The defence looked assured all game and the midfield battled and produced enough ball for the forwards to 
create ample chances. Goals from Parsons (3), Brown (2) and Rich took Juniors through to the quarter-finals.

Juniors kept their shape when the game got heated, got stuck in and let the football do the talking, which was a credit to all the players.

BEFORE the game, predictions of a win apiece were borne out as the impressive Burnbridge Under-10s A squad were the victors in the first game, and Swiss 
Valley Rangers Whites’ levelled things up with an emphatic win in the second.

The A game started well for Swiss Blues, who went ahead as standout player Callum Pauline netted from a failed clearance, but the lead looked fragile as Burnbridge gained the upper hand. A retaken free kick beat Swiss goalie Kieran Bradbury to level the scores at half-time.

Strikers Dan Harrison and Tom Hayden worked hard to find openings, but a lack of support saw play break down before troubling the Burnbridge goalkeeper. Ben Vaughton showed well in defence, but eventually Burnbridge took the lead from a long range shot and added a third soon afterwards to make the game safe.

Adam Major was awarded Swiss Valley’s player of game.

In contrast, the Whites looked winners of the B game from the outset, as striking duo Josh Hewitt and Josh Loveridge made light work of the Burnbridge defence to bag a goal each before the interval.

Mid-game substitutions unsettled the balance of 
the team for a spell, and conceding of a penalty 
allowed Burnbridge back into the match. Rangers’ 
defensive pair, Ben Tidcombe and fifth goal scorer Sam Cocker, had assured games in front of goalie Josh Gwynn.

But the game belonged to Loveridge, who returned 
midway through the second half to score again for a pair and would have had three, were it not for team-mate 
Matthew Candow helping in a shot inches from the 
line.

NAILSEA United Under-14s made heavy weather of 
overcoming a physical Holway team in a bruising encounter in Taunton.

Their early dominance was rewarded with goals from Dan Smith and George King, with further efforts by 
Jordan Malone and Nathan Shipway being disallowed. A late goal from Holway brought an exciting conclusion to the game, with resolute defending, particularly from 
Elliott Boll and Adam Marsden, seeing off the Holway forwards.


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