Dunmow: Local youth football round up

Dunmow local youth football round up


Dunmow United Pumas 2 Woodham Woodpeckers 2

THE Pumas penultimate home fixture of the league season saw the Woodham Woodpeckers visit Laundry Lane.

With a narrow defeat in the earlier league match and a victory in the cup, it was clear the teams were evenly matched and the fixture proved so in an enjoyable draw.

Charlie Law’s fine finish gave United a half time lead only for the Woodpeckers to turn the game around with two quick goals inside the first couple of minutes of the second period.

Dunmow peppered the visitor’s goal, hitting the woodwork three times before Louis Claridges’ determination forced home a deserved equaliser.

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Pumas keeper Jayden Herrick had a fine game and kept out a late effort before man-of-the-match George Coates came close to a winner with a shot that narrowly missed, ensuring the points were shared.


Dunmow United Pythons 3 Meadow Youth 2

TWO goals from free kicks sealed a fine win for Pythons over Meadow Youth, one of the strongest teams in the division.

Dunmow started brightly, playing some excellent football which culminated in an opening goal from Harry Roberts. The same player scored a second from a free kick.

Sloppy defending from a corner lead to an equaliser for Meadow, who then made it 2-2 just before half time.

The Pythons continued to play good football, with Jude Monaghan excelling on the right wing. Meadow were strong in defence, and their centre forward was superb, drawing some excellent saves from Louis Jenkins.

But a powerful free kick from Ethan Sandlin was the difference between the teams.

Maldon Saints 1 Dunmow Rhodes Tigers 1

RHODES travelled to Maldon for the Blackwater semi-final first leg – and left with a draw which leaves the tie nicely balanced.

They started slowly and Maldon grabbed the early goal. Scott Williamson and James Clayden worked hard in defence to restrict Maldon to any further chances.

The second half saw Alfie Bowen release Sam Purcell to equalise within a minute of the restart. Josh Valks and Dylan Bennett worked hard in midfield.

Writtle Minors 1 Dunmow United Vipers 1

VIPERS picked up a draw in an entertaining game with Writtle.

Assisted by the strong wind Dunmow took a firm control of the game in the first half. Cameron Gibson, Harry Thrower and Sam May worked well but despite numerous efforts the woodwork and the keeper denied them the lead.

Writtle re-started strongly and used the wind to their advantage to claim an early lead in the second half.

Undeterred Dunmow focused their efforts on defence and Joseph Geldard, Alfie King, Archie Pritchard and Finn Lavery did an outstanding job containing the Writtle offensive.

Despite the conditions Dunnow moved the ball well and some close passing put Cameron Gibson through for a well taken goal. Tom Ryman-Calver also would make an important save in the last few minutes.


Flitch Youth Whites 3 Galleywood Kestrels 2

A game of two halves saw Flitch maintain their great run of winning games with a fantastic comeback against Galleywood.

Flitch had the better of the early chances but it was Galleywood who raced into a two-goal lead.

Starting the second half two down and with only eight players, Flitch pulled a goal back when Harrison O’Sullivan broke into the area and played the ball into Scott Matthews to score. Flitch continued to push and O’Sullivan scored direct from a corner to bring the scores level.

They pressed for a winner and, with the game coming to an end, O’Sullivan ran into the box and battled past two defenders before beating the keeper with a shot into the bottom corner to win the match with the last kick of the game.

Writtle Minors 1 Flitch Youth Blues 2

AFTER four weeks without a game, Flitch started a run of five games in nine days to catch up.

They started well, with quick passing and movement, but they could not convert the host of chances created.

Top scorer Harry Bowley finally broke the deadlock, curling the ball past the keeper after latching on to Jacob Morgan’s cross-field pass.

The second came before the break, Kasib Chowdhury tapping in at the far post from Harison Chant’s corner.

Writtle played with more commitment after the break, but Flitch held tight until the last five minutes when the hosts grabbed a late consolation.


Raven Youth Gliders 4 Dunmow Rhodes 0

RHODES played with only eight players but started well against a sporting Gliders outfit.

However, Gliders exploited the extra space to score twice in each half for a well-deserved victory.

Thompson excelled playing his first as keeper.


Dunmow Rhodes Lions 8 Stones Athletic 2

DUNMOW Rhodes hit eight as they saw off bottom of the table Stones Athletic.

The visitors arrived with only nine players but put in a spirited performance despite the scoreline.

Rhodes took the lead on 14 minutes when Sam Duberry slotted home after good work down the flank by Dominic Roles.

Stones drew level on 25 minutes as the scores finished level at half time.

With the wind advantage in the second half, Rhodes soon took the lead when Roles fired home.

Rhodes then took control, scoring another five goals in a 14 minute spell, with Adam Griggs notching two, man-of-the-match Roles scoring two to complete his hat-trick and Duberry adding his second.

Defender Nathaniel Steed rounding off the Rhodes scoring with a neat strike before Stones grabbed a late consolation.

Meanwhile, in fixture catch-up time, Dunmow Rhodes Lions played league leaders Great Notley Tigers and lost 5-0 at the recreation ground last Thursday. Rhodes keeper Joey Reed got man-of-the-match.


FLITCH Youth played on Saturday and Sunday to catch up with a fixture backlog.

They beat Maldon Saints Green 3-2 in the first game to maintain their 100 per cent record over the last four seasons over their opponents.

With the advantage of strong winds, the hosts took the lead early in the game, but resolute defending limited Maldon to a 1-0 lead at the break.

Murphy equalised from the edge of the box shortly after the restart and Atkinson gave Flitch the lead when blasting home. Callaghan wrapped up the points from close range after an excellent team move before the Greens scored a late consolation.

It was a game of two halves as Rhodes drew 4-4 at home to Wilvale Rangers Lions on Sunday, an excellent second half performance seeing them recover a point after a poor start.

The Lions took the lead early and, after the hosts equalised via an own goal, the visitors regained the lead and extended it to 3-1.

Bull narrowed the lead for Flitch early in the second half but after Wilvale scored their fourth.

Flitch stepped up a gear. Bull made it 3-4 from Irving’s flick and Irving scored a deserved equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game.