Make ours a double say Reds
Priory Parkside U-11 0 Spartak Reds 4 Spartak Reds completed the league and cup double on Sunday with a Knock-Out Cup final victory over Priory Parkside. Spartak started strongly and took the lead when Terry Duck collected the ball in the middle o
Priory Parkside U-11 0 Spartak Reds 4
Spartak Reds completed the league and cup double on Sunday with a Knock-Out Cup final victory over Priory Parkside.
Spartak started strongly and took the lead when Terry Duck collected the ball in the middle of the pitch and ran down the outside right before firing the ball into the back of the net.
The Reds soon doubled their advantage when Max Clay crossed to Theo Hutchinson who scored the second with Duck firing in Spartak's third before half-time.
Reds came out strongly in the second half and Duck forced an early save from the Priory keeper. James Kenyon came close to scoring twice before being brought down in the penalty area.
Kenyon took the penalty himself and kept a cool head firing past the Parkside keeper.
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The defence of Clay, Mitchison, Ritchie, Procter and Matt Williams with George Pooley in goal, dealt with anything Parkside threw at them in the closing stages to ensure Reds lifted the cup.
Plantation Youth U-11 1 Balsham Colts 0
In an evenly matched contest Plantation signed off for the season with a hard-fought victory against Balsham on Saturday.
A storming start by Plantation saw them take a first minute lead when Luke Gidney fired in from close range after a neat exchange of passes with Ryan Canning.
Further first half efforts almost extended the Plantation lead - the best being a near post glancing header from Ryan Canning and a long range effort from Jack Eady that went wide.
As the half drew to a close Balsham looked sure to equalise when clean through on goal, but home keeper Jonathan Briscombe was on top form as he raced from his line to smother at the feet of the oncoming forward.
The second half proved to be a tense affair as both sides chased a goal. Impressive performances from the Plantation back-line of Nicky Thompson, Jack Eady and Carl Debnam kept out a number of promising Balsham attacks, with keeper Jonathan Briscombe saving another one-on-one to secure the points for Plantation.
- Plantation U11s will be stepping up to the Colts League next season and are looking to recruit new players. If you are currently in school year six and would be interested in playing contact John Eady on 01799 502441 for further details.
Haverhill Town 0 U-14 Spartak 4
Spartak gained revenge for a 4-1 home defeat with an excellent display at Haverhill.
Confidence was boosted with an early goal when Bradley Plumb drilled the ball low into the far corner of the net.
Just before half-time a brilliant cross field pass from Chris Williams found Kieran Hunt in space and he crashed a dipping 20-yard shot just under the bar to give Spartak a comfortable half-time lead.
After the break Spartak played some excellent football adding to the tally when Ollie Webber ran the length of the pitch before crashing in an unstoppable shot beating the keeper at the near post.
Jack Baker completed the scoring with a well taken tap in from a rebound from Simon Rayson.
Ely City Colts U-14 3 Spartak 5
Spartak confirmed their highest ever league finish with a victory at Ely City at the weekend.
Spartak had to rearrange their formation, with several late arrivals from Duke of Edinburgh weekend hikes, but such is the improvement in the squad that players can fit into alternative roles.
Kieran Hunt scored the only goal of the first half giving the keeper no chance with a great strike.
In the second half Spartak played some excellent flowing football and Jack Baker scored a hat-trick including a 20-yard shot which flew into the top corner of the net.
The team then lost a little shape at the back and let in some simple goals which keeper Henry Wells had no chance with, but Ollie Webber completed the Spartak scoring after a good pass from Ollie Millichap.
Balsham U-11 0 Spartak Blacks 2
The Spartak Blacks deservedly clinched the runners up spot in the Cambridge Colts League following their win away at Balsham.
The first half started well for Spartak who took the lead on 13 minutes when Ben Gale fired past the keeper at the second attempt. Then on 20 minutes the lead was extended when Jack Holliday headed in from close range.
In the second half Balsham found their feet and tried to press forward, but the Spartak defence held firm.
Takeley Youth U-16 1 Great Danes 0
A below-par performance against Great Danes saw Takeley grateful to take all three points and give themselves a fighting chance of clinching the runners-up spot in next week's final match of the season.
From the start, the home side looked short of inspiration and an early injury to Tom Davies deprived them of a key driving force in midfield.
Great Danes came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half when the Takeley keeper failed to hold a corner from the left and the ball was headed just over at the far post.
After the break, Takeley slowly but surely began to improve without creating much in the way of goal-scoring opportunities. Halfway through the second half, the game finally came to life.
Will Green had to be alert to clear the danger after a Freat Danes attack and then Tobie Hayward saw a great effort saved.
With the final whistle rapidly approaching, Takeley snatched the decisive goal. Billy Ryan took a short throw to Hadfield, who played it back for Ryan to send in an excellent deep cross from the right wing.
The ball flew over the keeper's head and found Jake Buckland unmarked to nod the ball home from close range for his second goal in two games.