Spartak power past Rovers

Spartak U-15 11 Godmanchester Rovers 0 Spartak produced a champagne performance to defeat Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday. Spartak took an early lead when Keiran Hunt scored from a corner and a stunning 25 yard shot from Jack Baker doubled the lea

Spartak U-15 11 Godmanchester Rovers 0

Spartak produced a champagne performance to defeat Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday.

Spartak took an early lead when Keiran Hunt scored from a corner and a stunning 25 yard shot from Jack Baker doubled the lead after 10 minutes.

Further goals from Jordan Parish (2), Baker and Ollie Webber before half-time was just reward for some fine flowing football.

After the break Spartak continued to press forward. Both Parish and Baker rounded off their hat-tricks and after good work from Chris Williams and Simon Rayson, Dan Mills drilled in a rare goal.

Keeper Henry Wells scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot and the rout was complete with a further goal from Ollie Webber.

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Spartak U-14 4 Ramsey 3

Sam Mitchell scored a hat-trick as Spartak took the points at Ramsey.

Playing in difficult conditions, Spartak took an early lead through Mitchell only to see the Fenland side hit back with two goals before half-time.

In the second half Spartak pulled the game back to level pegging as Mitchell added a second and Peter Stone scored his first of the season.

The game remained tightly balanced with the score at 3-3 until Mitchell chipped the goalkeeper to score his third.

Late pressure from Ramsey was not enough to prevent Spartak taking the points.

Spartak U-12 Reds 1 Histon Hornets 0

Despite the wet and blustery conditions, both teams played well and served up a closely fought match, with Spartak coming out on top.

Histon had the best of the first half, but Spartak held firm and the teams went in level at the break.

Spartak started the second half strongly and came close to taking the lead when a shot from Duck beat the goalkeeper, hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down onto the goal line.

The Reds did make the breakthrough with five minutes remaining, when Duck latched on to a through ball and beat the keeper, to give his side the victory.

Silver End U-7 2 Dunmow Rhodes Tigers 1

Rhodes were unlucky not to come away with anything after a battling display at an unbeaten Silver End side.

The hosts took the lead in the fourth minute finishing off a fine move.

This seemed to spur Dunmow into action, and they levelled the scores after 15 minutes when Bowen with a quick throw found Brown in the box and he turned his marker and drove the ball home.

The second half saw Rhodes continue to trouble the home side with the midfield carving out chances with Johnson shooting inches wide.

Five minutes from time a terrific solo effort won the game for Silver End, which was particularly harsh on Dunmow, who had defended valiantly.

Notley Youth Hawks U-9 0 Dunmow Rhodes Tigers 2

Rhodes got back to winning ways with a solid victory over Notley.

The first half saw Dunmow take the lead from a well worked set piece. Soutar's pin point cross allowing Leaning to power home a fine header.

Some excellent defending by Williamson and Soutar enabled Rhodes to take control of the game in the second half.

Smith and Panton pressurised the Notley defence and this finally paid off with Leaning scoring from close in.

Dunmow Rhodes Lions U-9 7 Vipers Youth 0

Dunmow were run away winners in a match that on paper looked to be tough, with Vipers only having lost one previous match to date.

Rhodes played some quality football orchestrated by Thompson in the middle and within four minutes Wise's corner was played in short to Turner and his return pass saw Wise drive into the back of the net.

On 15 minutes Wise's shot was parried by the keeper into the path of Carey to slot home. Gallop got the third; a well driven shot through the keepers' legs.

They then set up number four with a pass into Carey who struck it well giving the keeper no chance.

On 40 minutes Turner deservedly got on the score sheet with a well taken corner which evaded everyone and finished off in the back of the net.

Dunmow didn't have it all their own way with man of the match Brown together with Jacobs doing well to contain any threat. Johnson in goal made a couple of good saves, one from a well taken free-kick by Vipers.

On 45 minutes Carey's corner was well met by Thompson who powered his header into the back of the net. Thompson set up the seventh with a great lay off for Carey who slotted past the keeper for his hat-trick.

Springfield U-14 2 Dunmow Rhodes 5

Dunmow Rhodes put in a strong performance to defeat Springfield

on Sunday.

A pressurising start from Dunmow saw Springfield on the back foot and a floated cross by James Clayden was put away with an accurate header by Ryan Flemming giving Rhodes the lead.

Moments later a rare mistake by the Rhodes defence ended in an own goal drawing the scores level.

Rhodes kept the pressure on dominating the game and early in the second half, a cross from Ryan Flemming was coolly slotted home by Courtney Moseley.

The game's quick pace continued and soon after another goal was scored by Ellis Carter strengthening Rhodes' lead.

Some pressure from Springfield saw another own goal by Rhodes, but two more quick goals from Ellis Carter and Courtney Moseley secured the win for Rhodes maintaining their unbeaten streak.

Latchingdon Pirahnas U-9 3 Dunmow Utd Tigers 2

United slipped to a narrow defeat away at Latchingdon Pirahnas at the weekend.

United started this game in confident style and took the lead with a fine strike from George Windsor finding the back of the net.

With both sides showing their impressive passing games, it was United who doubled their lead before the break, with Monk pouncing on a cross from the right to steer a shot past the home keeper.

The second half saw Latchingdon dominate possession and gradually wore the visitors down to quickly score twice to draw level.

The home side continued to push United backwards and were rewarded when a corner failed to be cleared leading to Latchingdon netting the winner.

Flitch Youth U-9 3 Tiptree Minors Athletic 3

A battling performance by Flitch saw them retain their unbeaten league record against an improving Tiptree side that held the lead for long periods of the game.

Tiptree defended solidly early on and twice caught Flitch on the break to race to a 2-0 lead.

Frost skipped through their defence to get a goal back after good build up work by Tyson and Callaghan scored his first goal of the season via a left foot piledriver to send Flitch in level at the break.

The second half was largely one way traffic, but Tiptree again caught Flitch on the break to retake the lead, before Frost equalised from a quick Turner throw in.

Flitch threw everything at Tiptree to try to get a late winner, with Frost, Turner and White all going close, but Tiptree held on to take the first point off Flitch in the league this season.

Flitch Youth U-11 3 Maldon Saints Tigers 2

Flitch produced their finest team display of the season so far in this see-saw game, and ultimately reaped full reward for their efforts.

After seeing four good attempts kept out by the Tigers keeper, Flitch finally took the lead with a Daniel Jacques effort midway through the first half.

However Tigers came back to equalise with a lovely lob that left Lewis Haygreen with no chance, and almost went behind when the Tigers striker rattled the crossbar from the edge of the box.

The second did come for Maldon, but Flitch showed great commitment to fight back, with Laurence Elder squaring the match from close in.

In a thrilling finale where both sides had chances to win, Harry Lewis sealed the points for Flitch with a late winner.

Aztecs Juniors U-9A 1 NST Strikers 1

The honours were shared in this evenly contested league encounter between Aztecs and NST Strikers.

The match got off to a slow start with both teams struggling to make an impact early on. The first clear chance fell to Tyler Thurgood, playing as a lone striker in the first period, whose neat turn out wide found him space to fire a shot just past the left hand post.

Aztecs took the lead when a clearance from goalkeeper Ben Linsdell found Sam Goodwin on the left. Goodwin crossed to the unmarked Toby Goodship whose close control allowed him to finish well with a low shot that crept in off the far post.

However, the visitors equalised immediately with a quick break from the kick-off, which ended with a cool finish past the advancing keeper.

The game opened up towards the latter stages as both sides pushed forward. Tom Howard and Alastair Green were dominant in midfield winning several crucial challenges. Ben Paterson fired wide with a trademark long-range effort and William Savill headed just wide in the final stages from a corner.

However, it was the strong defences of both teams that came out on top with a draw being a fair result.

Godmanchester Rovers C U-13 0 Aztecs B 2

Aztecs withstood strong second-half pressure to hold out for victory on a wet, windy morning at Hinchingbrooke.

After the home team had a goal disallowed for offside, Aztecs took the lead when Ian Foulger picked up the ball near the halfway line and ran past several defenders before shooting home from a tight angle.

Jack Fosberry, Ben Lockwood and Anthony Phillips all went close to scoring, but it was Adam Kelly who doubled the lead with a left-foot chip.

In the second half, George Reynolds shot just wide and Patrick Sneezum had a shot cleared off the line, but Aztecs failed to extend

their lead and the home team came back strongly.

Harry Watkins cleared one effort off the line, another shot hit the crossbar and goalkeeper Ollie Jones made a string of fine saves as Aztecs soaked up the relentless pressure and held on for the final whistle.

Great Bardfield U-10 0 Saffron Walden Town 1

A depleted Muddogs team were narrowly beaten by Saffron Walden on Saturday.

A very entertaining first half ensued with most of the play in the middle of the park.

Mercer had the best chance of the half for Great Bardfield, but unfortunately for him his shot was well saved.

Late in the half stand-in keeper Major produced a great save, tipping the ball over the bar.

Saffron Walden started the second half solidly and had concerted pressure on the Muddogs goal and eventually made the breakthrough.

Bardfield edged back in to the game and fought valiantly looking for an equaliser, however, the visitors defence stood firm.

Saffron Walden U-11 6 Sawston United Youth 1

Saffron Walden claimed their first league victory of the season with an impressive display of all-round football against Sawston.

Harry Clark forced his way through to set up Charlie Pitt to give Walden the lead, then Andrew Reynolds played the ball into Daniel Murphy-Moore to set him on his way to a hat-trick.

Reynolds calmly steered in a shot from the edge of the box before a driven cross from Alex Hancock gave Pitt the chance to claim his second.

A clean sheet beckoned for the home team, especially when Andrew Smith saved a penalty in the dying minutes.

However a long range free-kick put pay to that.

Haverhill Rovers U-10 0 Plantation YFC 1

Plantation continued their excellent form with yet another clean sheet and another victory.

The defence of Broughall, Alltree and Stockton have now only conceded in two games all season. Strong tackling in midfield by Hampton, Sell and Thomas ensured that Plantation won and kept the lions share of the ball.

The first half was goalless, but Thomas, Sandwell and Weeks all went close. The home keeper pulled off a fine save from a rasping drive from Stockton and the defence held tight to the half-time whistle.

The decisive moment occurred when the excellent Alltree set Weeks free on the right to complete a strong run with an exquisite low shot across the sprawling keeper into the far corner of the net.

Sandwell almost double the lead with a clever volley from another Week's cross but it was not to be and Plantation ran out winners by that single goal.

Saffron Walden B U-10 4 Saffron Walden A 2

Saffron Walden B team took the bragging rights in their league game with Saffron Walden A team on Saturday.

Within five minutes Charlie Mosley assisted George Templeman to open up the scoring for the B team.

Aided by Jordan Smith, Mosley then went onto score. The B team were awarded a free-kick which Dylan Reams took going round the wall finding the bottom left corner.

The A team fought back to score just before half-time.

The second half saw Smith take a free-kick just inside his half forcing a fantastic save by the keeper.

The A team continued to battle on scoring their second goal.

Harry Benton took a shot from long range again making the keeper work hard, but it was Templeman scoring his second who wrapped the game up.

Saffron Walden U-16 2 Warboys Colts 3

With a gusting cross wind and two teams determined to gain a victory this match could have gone either way, but in the end, Warboys came out on top by a whisker.

Warboys took an early lead after six minutes, but Walden responded well and it did not take long for Luke Bunting to find the back of the net to bring them level.

However, the half ended with the Bloods conceding again just before the whistle.

Walden came out determined in the second half, but it was the visitors who found the back of the net next.

With just five minutes to go, Bunting struck again for the home side leading to a frantic last passage of play, but Warboys successfully defended their slender margin to take the points.

Elsenham U-12 2 BSCFC United 1

Two goals from new signing Luke Felton were enough for Elsenham to replace United at the top of the League Division Four.

The opening spell was even with both sides being caught offside a number of times, however it was Elsenham who opened the scoring on 13 minutes when Felton fired home from long range.

The home team's lead lasted only two minutes as a low shot from United found the net after Elsenham failed to clear the danger.

Further opportunities came and went for both sides until midway through the second half when Felton hit another long range shot, which the United keeper fumbled and the ball crept over the line.

In a nail-biting finale, United threw more players forward in desperate search of an equaliser, however Elsenham held firm to take over at the top.

Elsenham U-14 4 Letchworth GCE Whites 2

Elsenham beat Letchworth for a second week running, but had to face much stiffer resistance than they did a week earlier even though the visitors played throughout with only 10 men.

Elsenham made a strong start and it took a breathtaking save from the Letchworth keeper to deny Dean Clayden an opening goal after five minutes.

Much like the previous week, the Greens kept creating chances but were unable to convert them and their profligacy was punished when against the run of play Letchworth took the lead.

Elsenham needed a quick response and got it when Clayden found himself through on goal and beat the keeper with ease.

The hosts then took the lead when Mason Duckett fooled his opponent and sent in a low cross which the Letchworth defender could only turn into his own net.

Elsenham had chances to put the game out of reach, with Jon Bruce and Sam Irish both hitting the post, but just before half-time Letchworth pulled level after another defensive lapse by the home side.

The visitors came out for the second half determined to hold onto what they had, but with 20 minutes remaining, skipper Michael Jarvis was sent up to support Clayden in attack and the move paid dividends when Clayden finally got the chance he needed to put the home side back in the lead.

Moments later a great cross from the right found the onrushing Edward Beanland who buried his shot to make the points safe.

Elsenham U-11 5 Baldock Knights 0

Elsenham maintained their 100 per cent record despite one of their least convincing performances of the season.

The hosts took an early lead when Michael White struck a sweet shot from the left that gave the keeper no chance.

The same player was on target again moments later when his corner sailed over everyone and curled into the far corner of the net.

Bradley Baker added a third from close range to send Elsenham in three goals ahead at half-time.

The second half was more closely fought and Baldock might have scored on a number of occasions, however their pursuit of a goal left gaps at the back, which Elsenham exploited when Baker broke clear of the visiting defence, rounded the keeper and slotted home.

The best goal of the game was saved until last; Baker delivering a perfect cross for Aaron Squires to send a looping header over the Baldock keeper.

Elsenham U-8 1 Newhall Rangers 0

Alex Best's goal in the first minute of the game was enough to give Elsenham victory over Newhall at the Recreation Ground on Sunday.

Straight from the opening kick-off, the ball was played through to Best, who kept his nerve to place the ball to the keeper's right and into the net.

Good passing from the Elsenham team for the rest of the game meant there was no way back for Newhall.

Elsenham U-17 5 Austen Arrowheads 2

Sam Southgate and Russell Stonehouse each scored twice as Elsenham recorded their first victory in four games at a wet and windy Recretion Ground.

Southgate opened the scoring midway through the first half with a piledriver that the Austen keeper barely saw as it flew past him and into the net.

New signing Lee Bowie added a second with a powerful header and although Austen pulled one back with a penalty, Stonehouse restored Elsenham's two goal lead before half-time with a close range finish.

Southgate scored his second from the penalty spot early in the second half after he had been brought down in the box, however Austen kept battling and got a goal back from a breakaway.

Stonehouse completed the victory near the end, firing in after several other shots had been blocked.

Hatfield Peverel Jets U-11 1 Thaxted Rangers 7

Two early goals from George Simmons set up the visitors for what was a comfortable win.

Despite only being two up at half time, it was the first half performance that laid the foundations for the win; the home side's defence was being stretched this way and that by the Thaxted midfield.

Five more goals in the second half emphasised the visitors dominance and the fact that all the goals came from great team play was a credit to the performance.

George Simmons scored twice, two goals came from James Kelvin and one from Tommy Mercer completed the tally for Thaxted.

Hatfield did grab a consolation goal but never looked like coming close and they were fortunate not to have lost by more.

Thaxted Rangers Blues U-9 1 Meadow Youth Wildcats1

Thaxted were held to a draw by Meadow Youth at the weekend.

It was a defensive mistake that almost cost Thaxted dearly towards the end of the half but they were lucky when the shot went wide of an open goal.

The visitors were off to a flying start in the second half, scoring in the first minute, but as the game went on, the Wildcats started conceding free-kicks and eventually gave away one too many, allowing Thaxted's set piece specialist Austen Domin the chance to blast it over everyone's heads in the dying minutes.

North Fambridge Falcons U-9 3 Thaxted Rangers Yellows 3

Thaxted came from behind to earn a share of the spoils at North Fambridge.

Rangers were 2-0 down at half-time, but constant pressure from the midfield set up Matt Pike who netted the first for Rangers.

Against the run of play the home side scored their third to make it 3-1, but in true Yellow style, Rangers battled harder and Charlie Kinnerley scored the second for Rangers with an excellent solo run which culminated with his firing the ball past the keeper.

Through super team play Rangers were rewarded for their hard work and determination when Charlie Kinnerley ran from the half way line before passing to Matt Pike who scored the equaliser.

Aztecs Juniors U-12 3 Sawston United Youth 3

Goals from Ryan Bass, Charlie Irvine and a last gasp equaliser from Jack Wainwright helped Sawston United Youth to a 3-3 draw against Aztecs Juniors in the Under 12B League.

Josh Free scored twice and Lewis Russell once for Aztecs.

Sawston United Youth U-9 5 Saffron Walden Town B 2

Liam Moir and James Dix scored two goals each and a fantastic strike from Oliver Flack steered Sawston United Youth to an impressive victory over Saffron Walden Town B.

The visitors could only hit two goals in response.

Bishop's Stortford U-15 Rovers 3 Manuden Juniors 5

Manuden came out on top in their local derby with Bishop's Stortford on Sunday.

After 10 minutes of play Danny Sheppard scored for Manuden but the home team equalised a few minutes later.

Kenichi Odrich-Mikami and Henry Simmons then scored for Manuden who were leading 3-1 at half-time.

Max Buch added to their advantage in the second half with a thumping goal on 50 minutes.

Rovers rallied to put in two goals and bring the scoreline to 4-3 ensuring an exciting end to the match.

Manuden's new top scorer Danny Sheppard secured them the three points however, with a final goal to bring the score to 5-3 to the visitors.

Barnston U-10 1 Focus Ferrers 2

Following Barnston's run of good results it was another close game on Sunday, but they saw their fine run come to an end against Focus Ferrers.

The away team started the brighter creating the better chances and their opening goal came after 10 minutes following a slick passing move. The second came from a long through ball a couple of minutes later.

With the home side 2-0 behind only the home goalkeeper Calum Fraser and some last ditch tackles kept the score down.

The second half was a different story with Barnston far more involved. The midfield crafted several chances and following a long run during which he beat three players; Joe Dalzell passed the ball to Dan Muir who slotted a low shot past the advancing keeper.

Back in the game and with 10 minutes to go it was all Barnston, Charlie Munday forced the pace in midfield and two left wing crosses from Adam Griggs created chances which Barnston only just failed to put away.

The final whistle came in the middle of another attack but it was a near miss for Barnston as the Ferrers held on to win a great game of football.

Saffron Walden U-13 2 Spartak 3

Spartak put in a great performance to defeat Saffron Walden and claim their first win of the season on Sunday.

Jamie White, Colby Shoker, Charlie Dori, Jamie Wright, Oly McRandall Sam Ellalasingham, Harry Omalley, Matt, Ben Kaye, Matt Cullingworth, Robbie Osborne, Ben Brown and Cory Smith and contributed to their excellent victory.

,b>Forest Glade 1 Takeley Youth 1

Takeley were brought down to earth with a bump following last week's 15-goal romp, but did well to battle through a scrappy, bad-tempered match to maintain their unbeaten record and earn a valuable point away at Forest Glade.

Playing uphill and into the stiff breeze, Takeley were always going to be on the defensive in the first half, but they made a bright start with striker Sam Coleman looking lively from the kick-off and Tom Speller continuing his good form on the left wing.

The home side grabbed an early lead, though, as Fletcher struggled to deal with a high bouncing ball and was eventually out-muscled to allow a Forest Glade striker to run on and shoot past keeper Will Green.

Takeley managed to get back into the game with some slick moves creating several half-chances.

Shortly before half-time, the visitors fashioned a great chance with Jake Buckland, Speller and Coleman combining to set up the busy Matt Little, whose effort was agonisingly just wide of the target.

After the break, Takeley poured down the slope with the wind at their backs, and had the ball in the net after two minutes, only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul.

Three minutes later, a debatable penalty was awarded to the hosts after a collision involving Green and Fletcher. Green was then shown a straight red card for disputing the decision, but the penalty was missed.

Takeley pressed for the equaliser despite the numerical disadvantage and got their reward when Andy Warin cut in from the right and forced home a deflected shot to earn his side a share of the spoils.