St Georges clinch the league title

PUBLISHED: 14:35 16 March 2011

Junior soccer Huttonv Longashton un13s.

Junior soccer Huttonv Longashton un13s.

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ST GEORGES Under-12s clinched the Division 3 league title with a strong first half performance against Backwell Wanderers.

ST GEORGES Under-12s clinched the Division 3 league title with a strong first half performance against Backwell Wanderers.

There was a goal in the first minute from Joe Crutchley and Sam Cosway scored a hat-trick with some superb finishing. Jack Aldom scored a goal and Crutchley netted his second to give Easton a 6-0 lead at half-time.

Backwell came out in the second half and made Easton work hard. Aldom had another dazzling run and fine finish for his second before Backwell scored a consolation goal.

Sam Brooks finished a good move with a crisp finish and Cosways fourth was a 25 yard screamer to wrap up the game. Jack Woods, Thomas Mitchell and Luke Collins worked their socks off in midfield, backed up with a great defence from Bartlett, Stevenson, Brooks and Rice.

With no losses and one game left against second placed Axbridge, Easton can now try for a 100 per cent record.

A 2-1 WIN for Swiss Valley Rangers Under-10 Blues looked unlikely midway through the first half of the A match.

Backs Ben Vaughton and Adam Major were busy throughout with a series of timely tackles, and goalie Kieran Bradbury made some fine saves. Conceding a goal brought a change in the balance of the game as Rangers pressed to equalise, and did so through Tom Hayden, who turned in a shot from Callum Pauline.

A headed second from player of the game, Hayden, from Cameron Morgan’s cross put Rangers into the lead just before the interval, after a sustained period of pressure.

Tenacious play from Dan Harrison earned Rangers a penalty early into the second half, but his kick cleared the bar.

In the B game, a depleted Berrow squad could not complete with Swiss Valley Whites. Berrow played with spirit throughout but could do little to limit the 9-0 scoreline.

The goals were shared between Oliver Ganfield (4), Josh Loveridge (3) and Josh Hewitt (2). With the game safe by half-time, goalie Josh Gwynn and midfielder Jack Major both came close to scoring.

Swiss Valley Under-12s came up against a strong Worle side and found themselves eight down by the interval.

Valley should feel proud of their re-grouping at the break, which saw them turn the game on its head in the second half, with man of the match Jack Bowen playing a textbook sweepers role in defence.

Henry Arnold bagged a deserved consolation goal for the lads and goalkeeper Aiden Colston kept a clean sheet for the last 30 minutes.

THE early stages of this quarter-final cup tie proved inconclusive as Berrow fought to establish home advantage.

However, Portishead Under-12s gradually found some rhythm and started to enjoy the majority of possession. An unlucky Eliot Parsons’ effort off the post was the closest the hosts came before the pressure on the Berrow defence eventually told when a Hugo Miles pass picked out Alex Twiggs, who broke forward to neatly round the keeper and score.

With the visitors now playing more like a team, they exploited the wings with Toby Hart and Luke Osgood working the left flank well. Just before the break, a fine move ended with Hart meeting a Tyler Ashmead cross to stab home the second.

Berrow had little to offer in the second half and despite Portishead keeper Will Bennett being largely unemployed, his awareness gave the defence confidence.

With James Robinson and James McCall looking comfortable at the back, the midfield began to take control. Portishead increased the lead in style with a fine Miles free kick from distance shortly followed by Twiggs adding his second, tapping home after good play from Elliott Kay and Osgood.

Close efforts from Tyler Manning and Lewis Harvey rubber stamped Portishead’s superiority and it was left to Twiggs to complete his hat-trick on the final whistle.

This eagerly awaited local derby between Portishead Under-14s and Nailsea United lived up to its expectations. Nailsea had the first chance with Ross Probert clearing from his line. Juniors took the lead through the hard work of Joe Rich. Juniors then doubled the lead with Tim Brown netting.

Juniors were forced into a change when Jack Parsons pulled up with an injury to be replaced by Billy Sweeting, who played alongside Jack Last in midfield. Nailsea dug deep and converted two chances to draw level at 2-2.

The defence of Scott, Probert, Jacobs and Shaddick remained focused throughout the game. The midfield of Mason, Last, Sweeting and Buckley worked tirelessly throughout and on 65 minutes Brown edged Portishead in front.

Portishead then brought on Taylor Davis and he plugged the gap in the middle with some determined tackling. In the dying seconds, Ewan Mason got on the end of a cross from Adam Buckley to seal victory.

NAILSEA Athletic Under-10s A continued improvement paid off with a fine 1-0 victory against top of the table Milton Nomads.

Both sides had plenty of chances and both keepers were tested. Nailsea never gave up and were solid throughout taking a deserved lead in the second half through Taylor Edden.

Man of the match Henry Symonds gave a brilliant midfield display.

Nailsea B were left to rue their awful start to this game which saw them go three goals down in the opening minutes.

The second half was end-to-end stuff and a great goal by Dan Seager gave a glimmer of hope for Nailsea, but Nomads stayed firm. Fine displays from new recruits Charlie Clode and Boo Montgomery-Porter will give Nailsea a boost going into their final games of the season.

Player of the match was Boo Montgomery-Porter.

The Under-12s defeated Axbridge Saxons 3-1 in an exciting game. Axbridge struck first in the first five minutes. Nailsea responded brilliantly with Oliver Cattermole clipping the ball past the keeper, followed by man of the match Nathan Sharpe, hitting a thundering shot from 30 yards, leaving the visitors ahead at the break.

Axbridge won a penalty at the start of the second half, but failed to convert against Athletic keeper Luke Ashworth. With the game becoming stretched, it was left to Nailsea’s Liam Strawford to snatch all three points with a long range lob.

CLEVEDON United Under-9s were unable to score against a strong Portishead team and lost 6-0.

Nathan Turner and Joe Wynn provided some excellent goalkeeping, ensuring the Portishead score sheet did not go any higher. Owen Vowles was given man of the match.

The Under-11s started strongly against Swiss Valley Rangers, but despite piling on the pressure, the Swiss defence held tight. A few chances came in the first half, none more so than Joe Ritchie, man of the match, hitting the post.

The second half started in much the same way. There were some great performances from Billy Blackall, Jack Hetherington and Ollie Wilson ensuring Clevedon stayed tight, but could still not unlock Swiss Valley’s defence.

The Under-10s A soon found themselves a goal behind and under pressure. However, excellent defending from Harvey Thomas and Mackenzie Poulter kept Clevedon in the game at half-time.

In the second half, Clevedon came more into the game. An excellent passing move involving Poulter and Dane Richardson, led to man of the match Scott Ford scoring the equaliser.

The B team dominated the first half against Hutton, but only had a goal from Beth Barzotelli to show for their efforts.

Immediately after the break, Hutton caught Clevedon napping and equalised. Strong defending from David Clarke kept the scores level. Just as it looked like the match would end in a draw, man of the match Oliver Keen scored a last minute winner after good work from Lewis Smith.

THIS was a physical game with Yatton Under-11s scoring in the first-half with a cross from George Frost for Lucas Mortimer to score.

In the second half, Milton pressed Yatton’s defence, but could not get through. Yatton scored again with another cross from Frost into Finlay Martin.

Yatton man of the match was Adam Milward for the second game running.


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