Swiss Valley Rangers make hard work of victory

PUBLISHED: 15:06 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:07 04 March 2015

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Swiss Valley Rangers Under-11s scored a controversial winner against Burnbridge Wanderers.

SWISS Valley Colts Under-11s were made to work hard against bottom of the table Burnbridge Wanderers.

Although Colts got their passing game going early on, it was the visitors who took the lead, finding the net when the Colts defence failed to clear a loose ball.

They were soon back on level terms when Ethan Roberts made no mistake with his finish from a cross from Nelson Venables.

Swiss Valley produced more promising attacks as the half progressed, but it was Burnbridge who went in to the break 2-1 ahead, a fine finish rounding off a slick move.

The Colts were given a stern talking-to at half-time, and it showed as they started the second half with much more vigour. They soon found an equaliser too, as Teddie Thompson beat the keeper.

Swiss Valley pushed for a winner, but a combination of missed chances, brilliant saves and the woodwork looked like denying them.

When the goal did come it was in controversial circumstances. With a Wanderers player down injured and his team-mates waiting for a referee’s whistle that never came, Swiss Valley played on and Gus Brown put the ball in the net.

A goal-line clearance denied the Colts a more comfortable end to the game, but they held on for an important 3-2 victory.

ALTHOUGH Weston Crusaders were the superior team, Swiss Valley Rangers Under-14s competed throughout and saved their best until last.

It was scoreless in the first-half, but Rangers’ keeper Max Tryfonos and defenders Charlie Last, Riccardo Ginas Dias, Adam Major and Tom Ryan were kept busy throughout.

After the interval, Crusaders made good on their territorial advantage with three goals, but with the most fluent attacking sequence of the match, Folade Tinubu found Matt Candow, who in turn threaded the ball through to debutant striker, and player of game, Max Williams, who found the net in confident style.

PORTISHEAD Youth Under-13s travelled to Clevedon for an important clash at the bottom of the table.

Youth dominated the first-half and deservedly went into the break two goals ahead. Man of the match Sam Challenger’s shot crept over the line with assistance from the home keeper, before the move of match was finished in style by Tom Russell.

Youth were put under more pressure in the second half and should have recorded a clean sheet, but in the final minute, Colts got a consolation goal.

Harry Chichester was excellent at the back, supported well by Josh Sanderson, Matt Crutchley, Chris Sharman and captain Kieran Monks.

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