Elsenham make it six in a row

PUBLISHED: 13:42 13 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:53 29 May 2010

Great Bardfield Muddogs came out on top in a thriller with  Thurlow Youth. Picture: submitted

Great Bardfield Muddogs came out on top in a thriller with Thurlow Youth. Picture: submitted

Elsenham U-14 4 BSCFC Athletic 1 A fine first-half performance enabled Elsenham to register their sixth straight league victory over a valiant Stortford side. The hosts started the game in commanding fashion and after only one minute, Dean Clayden sent o

Elsenham U-14 4

BSCFC Athletic 1

A fine first-half performance enabled Elsenham to register their sixth straight league victory over a valiant Stortford side.

The hosts started the game in commanding fashion and after only one minute, Dean Clayden sent over a deep cross that the keeper could only help into the net.

The lead was almost doubled only a minute later when Mitchell Seaman headed against a post and Clayden fired the rebound over.

With the wind behind them, Elsenham continued to press and after 15 minutes Clayden hit a shot against the bar which fell for Seaman to knock the ball home from close range.

Athletic almost got a goal back when a slip in the Elsenham defence allowed their striker through on goal, but keeper Jon Booth made a fine save to preserve his side's advantage.

With half-time approaching, Adam Mace gained possession for Elsenham in the middle and sent a perfect pass for Clayden to run through and score his second of the game.

The second half was a more even affair as Athletic gained the advantage of the wind, however the home team went further ahead when Mason Duckett's corner from the right was met powerfully by the head of skipper Michael Jarvis.

With 15 minutes to go, a host of substitutions by the home side seemed to disrupt their formation and Stortford were able to get a goal back when their striker broke clear of the defence and finished well into the far corner.

The visitors got the chance to pull another one back moments later when they were awarded a penalty. Booth superbly saved the spot kick, which was put in on the rebound, however the penalty had to be retaken for encroachment.

Incredibly, Booth saved for a second time and this time grabbed hold of the loose ball to seal the win.

Sawston United U-9 0

Aztecs Junior 1

Aztecs took the victory away at a wet Sawston United on Saturday.

The visitors made a solid start and deservedly took the lead when Tyler Thurgood scored with a looping header following a deflected cross from Toby Goodship.

The attacking play continued in the second period when Sam Goodwin placed a perfect pass through the centre to set up player of the match, Tommy Smith, who fired just wide following a trademark powerful run.

Aztecs went close again when William Savill slotted the ball through to Tom Howard whose shot rebounded off the post to safety.

The final period saw the hosts pile on the pressure, going close on several occasions. Alastair Green and Ben Paterson were kept busy and provided some tenacious defending.

Goalkeeper Ben Linsdell looked assured in goal by pulling off some excellent saves towards the latter stages to deny Sawston an equaliser.

Priory Parkside U-12 B 3 Spartak Blacks 3

The two equally matched sides battled out an honourable draw under atrocious weather conditions.

The visitors took the lead on three occasions only for the home side to restore parity each time.

Spartak's first was a good solo effort by Joseph Minter who lobbed high from a tight angle and though the keeper got a hand to it he couldn't prevent it finding the net.

After Parkside levelled the scores, Mousa Charaffdeen put Spartak into the lead with a near post header from Jack Holliday's corner.

However, the home side levelled once more, shortly before half-time.

After the break both teams had plenty of chances but were restricted to a goal each with Harry Stark converting Holliday's cross from the right for the Blacks' third.

Spartak A Reds U-12 3

Cherry Hinton Lions 1

Spartak Reds ended their 2007 fixtures by extending their unbeaten run to six matches against Cherry Hinton.

Having lost only one match so far this season, the Reds were eager to avenge that one defeat suffered earlier in the season to the Lions.

The match started at a ferocious pace and it was the Lions who took the lead when some impressive passing and inter play saw Owens gallop past the Spartak defence.

His cross to the left was collected by Scott Hands who skipped past Hamish Ritchie, cut inside the box and sent the ball across the face of goal to a Lions attacker whose shot put the visitors ahead.

Spartak created a couple of goal scoring chances, but couldn't find the breakthrough and Cherry Hinton went in with a slender advantage at the break.

In the second half, Spartak regained their composure and finally drew level when Hamish Ritchie found Joyal Gurung who ran towards goal. The ball found George Powell who sent over a cross which was pushed in by James Kenyon.

Sensing the Lions were tiring, the Reds were playing the ball down both wings and their perseverance paid off when Ritchie and Powell played a one-two which saw Ritchie cut inside and cross to Kenyon who calmly bagged his brace and extended the lead.

With six minutes to go the Reds put the result beyond doubt when Ritchie found Giuseppe Jafari in the middle and he struck a left foot shot that sailed past the Lions' diving keeper into the top right of the net.

Spartak 78 U-9 11

Whittlesford Warriors 7

Spartak came out on top in a thrilling clash with Whittlesford Warriors at the weekend.

The match started evenly and the scoring was opened by a looping shot from Harvey Hubbard for Spartak which was shortly followed by a strike from Fin Karsten who went on to score three more later in the match.

Whittlesford regrouped and came close after some good build up play, but a third was scored for Spartak with a sweet strike from distance by George Silvester.

Nearing the end of the first session, Whittlesford got a goal back from a good effort finished by Teddy.

In the second session the goals kept coming from both teams, one being a very good shot from a tight angle by Oliver Armstrong for Spartak.

Defending proved difficult for both teams with the very slippery ball and pitch condition. The weather deteriorated rapidly and both teams showed some steely

stuff and gave their all, but

Spartak finished stronger in the third session and went on to take the spoils.

Saffron Walden U-9 10

Plantation B 1

Saffron Walden reached double figures for the second successive game with a good win over Plantation at a freezing cold Herberts Farm.

The conditions made it hard for both teams, but Walden got off to a good start with two goals from Jack Ormsby.

Walden got a third when a Will Palmer shot was deflected in to the back of net.

In the second period, Plantation came out very strongly and scored immediately, but Andrew MacCorkindale scored an impressive fourth following some great work by Atta Azamede.

A period of sustained pressure followed with the Plantation keeper pulling off some excellent saves, although he could do nothing to stop Ben James adding a fifth from a corner kick.

MacCorkindale then notched his second following an excellent sweeping up-field move and completed his hat-trick soon afterwards.

Jack Gosden added a rare goal with a well taken shot and the game was wrapped up with goals from Palmer and Azamede as Walden continued their recent impressive run of results.

Saffron Walden U-10 B 5

Aztecs A 0

Constant pressure from Saffron Walden paid off at the weekend, when they put five goals past Aztecs.

Alex Rowntree opened the scoring towards the end of the first half.

The second half saw a great hat-trick from Dylan Reams and a goal from George Templeman to complete the score.

Solid defending by Harry Benton and Ollie Jones plus a great save by Jack Thompson gave Walden their first clean sheet.

Burwell U-13 5

Walden Spirit 2

Walden Spirit slipped to a narrow defeat away at Burwell at the weekend.

Spirit were soon put under pressure as Burwell scored the opening goal from a handball which the referee did not see.

From the restart Walden tried their best to respond, but after 15 minutes they suffered another blow when Burwell extended their lead.

Spirit pulled a goal back through Issy Davison, but unfortunately, for the away team, Burwell extended their lead back to two goals just before half-time.

Spirit came out strongly in the second half and Issy Davison found the back of the net after five minutes to raise hopes of a recovery.

Walden changed formation and switched to a more attacking approach, looking for the equaliser. This left them vulnerable at the back and a breakaway from a Burwell forward saw her beat the Walden keeper. The same player repeated the move again minutes later to take the final score to 5-2.

Walden Spirit U-11 3

Baldock 1

Walden Spirit's youngest players experienced their first full match with a win over league side Baldock, in a friendly game on a very wet and bitterly cold Saturday in Sawston.

Walden fielded a mixture of

under 11s, 10s and nines against the under 10 Baldock side and they played some impressive passing football.

The match started with both sides threatening to open the scoring, but it was the more experienced Baldock side who took the lead with a well-taken goal.

Spirit soon settled down and the equaliser came from Olivia Welby in midfield, scoring her first goal.

In the second half Spirit continued to create chances and Olivia Welby scored Spirit's second to give them the lead.

Tamara McCabe was called into action to make some brave saves to protect the Spirit lead.

Olivia Welby gave Spirit the cushion they needed with her hat-trick and Spirit held on to complete the victory.

Thurlow Youth U-10 3

Great Bardfield Muddogs 6

Great Bardfield came out on top in a thrilling clash with Thurlow Youth on Saturday morning.

Muddogs started strongly and took the lead thorough a Mercer free-kick. Within a couple of minutes a one-two between Fairhurst and Gliddon found the latter clear and a shot under the keeper made it 2-0.

The second half started very brightly for Thurlow who fired in three quick goals to take the lead.

However, Muddogs rallied and equalised through Gliddon.

Muir, Mercer and Clarke-Holland all then found the net for Bardfield to give their side the victory.

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