Swiss Valley Rangers maintain unbeaten start

PUBLISHED: 15:01 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:01 07 October 2015

Swiss Valley Rangers Under-16s kept up their unbeaten start to the season with an away victory at Long Ashton.

Swiss Valley Rangers Under-16s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a good away win at Long Ashton, thanks to a strong all-round team performance.

They started brightly and opened the scoring when Tom Bryant latched on to a through ball. Ronan O’Duffy extended the lead when his cross flew into the far corner.

Long Ashton pulled a goal back before half-time, but Rangers quickly regained their two-goal lead when Tyrese Stewart reacted quickly to a O’Duffy shot which came back off the keeper.

Evan Hunt scored with a firm shot at the back post before Max Petty finished well from a long Bryant pass to make the score 5-1. Man of the match for Rangers was Ben Pawlowski.

Portishead Juniors Under-12s continued their excellent start to the season with a convincing 12-0 win against Clifton United.

An unfortunate own goal started the proceedings in the second minute, before Juniors raced into a five-goal lead thanks to a hat-trick from Jack Nattress, the third after a good assist by Jake Foxon and the other from Jack Booker.

The second half continued in the same vein with goals from Nattress, Booker, Jacob Weekes, Ethan Monks and a hat-trick from Sam Parsons.

Juniors defended well through man of the match Daniel McCorquodale and Charlie Chichester, with Harri Battista making a superb save at the death to record a clean sheet.

Nailsea Athletic Under-12s travelled to Burnham after two heavy defeats, and the early signs in this match were not encouraging.

Burnham began the game with purpose and took an early lead, despite Luis Bohin in the Nailsea goal getting a hand to the ball. Nailsea had a couple of half-chances through Michael Vickers and Harvey Coate, but could not score.

At the break, Charlie Sell and Lewis Thatcher were brought on and the changes had an immediate effect, and straight from the kick-off a fine through ball from Thatcher set Vickers clear to score.

Burnham continued with some excellent wing-play and scored again to take the lead, despite good defending from Ben Hanley. Shortly after, Nailsea equalised with a Luke Jordan header.

Another fine ball from Thatcher set man of the match Vickers free and he finished well at the near post. Good work by Sell set up Thatcher to secure the points for Nailsea.

Nailsea United Under-12s kicked off against Swiss Valley and were forcing Rangers to defend deep in their own half.

The first opening fell to Elliot Moore, who fired narrowly wide and soon after the Rangers keeper made a point blank save from the same player, Nailsea hit the bar from a looping Tommy Foster shot, but Charlie Parsons and Ben Hodges could not force the ball home.

Rangers attacks were few and far between, but Thomas Kemble, Craig Bessant and Eyles dealt comfortably with everything, leaving Joe Freear in the Nailsea goal to clear up the loose balls.

In the second half, Rangers were more on the offensive and took the lead against the run of play. Nailsea went on the offensive and Freddie King picked the ball up just outside the Rangers box and fired home.

Soon after, a fine Seb Allen run found King, who squared the ball to TJ Diallo to poke the ball into the net. Nailsea had the ball in the Rangers net soon after through Tommy Foster, but was adjudged to be off side.

In the final minutes, a Swiss player shot into the corner of Nailsea’s net and the game ran out to an even draw.

Clevedon United Colts Under-13s must count themselves unfortunate to come out of this game without at least a point.

Burnbridge might have outmuscled Clevedon, but were matched for skill and determination by a Clevedon side, who took a 1-0 lead into half-time with a goal from Jamie Van-de-Velde.

After the break, Burnbridge came into their own and only a deflected shot could beat Josh Hall in Clevedon’s goal. In an attempt to get their noses back in front, Clevedon were undone by a Burnbridge counter attack for the decisive second goal.

Jack Lovell and Wilf James both had impressive displays and in the dying seconds, Emily Nicolson’s long-range strike rattled the crossbar.

Clevedon’s man of the match went to Ben Holt.

The Under-12s maintained their 100 per cent winning start against a competitive Swiss Valley Rangers side.

Despite injuries, Clevedon worked hard to carve open Rangers’ resolute defence, a Luke Pitts through ball found Max Horton, who turned and slotted past Rangers’ advancing keeper for a 1-0 half-time lead.

Louie Woodland, Josh Morgan, Ed Burdge and Luke Pitts worked hard in United’s defence stopping Swiss Valley’s direct play.

Clevedon continued to toil away with Reilly Civil-Holt’s skilful play down one flank and Cory Alexander’s pace down the other, combining with Callum Moore, Joe White and Sol Hamblin’s clever midfield linking play produced a second breakthrough, Dylan Forbes prodding home from close range.

Following a couple of dangerous Swiss Valley corners, Rangers’ brightest moment came when their attacker broke free and narrowly slid the ball wide of Lucas Selway’s post. Another short-range effort gave Forbes his second and United’s deserved third goal.

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 – star prize is a pair of football boots.

Please email, call or text Paul to book a place or for more information - or 07773 041838.

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