Tim fires Aztecs to glory

Aztecs B 4 U-1 3 Little Paxton 2 Tim Jefferies scored a hat-trick as Aztecs came from behind to take the points against Little Paxton on Sunday. Although Aztecs struck the woodwork twice in the opening minutes, with Jefferies hitting the post and a

Aztecs B 4 U-1 3 Little Paxton 2

Tim Jefferies scored a hat-trick as Aztecs came from behind to take the points against Little Paxton on Sunday.

Although Aztecs struck the woodwork twice in the opening minutes, with Jefferies hitting the post and a long-range effort from George Reynolds bouncing off the crossbar, the home side were outplayed and outpaced in the first half and found themselves two goals down at the interval.

The turnaround began soon after half-time when a shot from Tim Jefferies rebounded off the keeper and Adam Kelly calmly placed the ball home.

A few minutes later, Jefferies scored the first of his three goals to bring the scores level. A well-judged chip from Jefferies gave Aztecs the lead, and despite some nervous moments, victory was assured when Jefferies completed his hat-trick in the final minutes.

Dunmow Rhodes U-7 Tigers 3 Rayne Youth 2

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Rhodes came out victorious in this close fought match with Rayne.

A tight first half saw the hosts create untold chances with Bowen and Johnson going close but terrific saves from the Rayne keeper frustrated the Tigers.

Jacobs and Spink in defence did well to keep out the Rayne frontline. and just before half-time, a Barrington goal kick fell to

Johnson who squared for Kitchen to open the scoring.

Two minutes into the second half pressure from Barry resulted in an unfortunate own goal by the Rayne player to double the Dunmow lead.

On the half hour mark the visitors pulled a goal back after a penetrative run down the left.

Fullerton and Johnson came on to bolster the defence with Barrington moving into midfield. On 35 minutes Rhodes pressure again paid off with another own goal.

In the dying minutes Rayne made it 3-2 which made for a nervous end to the game, but Tigers held on to claim the win.

Dunmow Rhodes U-10 6 Maylandsea Sharks 0

A stunning goal in the opening minutes by Connor Sutton

began Rhodes' road to another deserved victory, this time over Maylandsea Sharks.

Rhodes took Maylandsea by storm with Sutton and Will Crook each scoring a hat-trick.

Rhodes had Maylandsea on the back foot in the second half as well and they rounded off the victory when a quality pass from Peter Callingham in defence found Charlie Dicker and he dropped a tidy pass into the path of the advancing Crook who fired the ball past the keeper.

Dunmow Rhodes U-9 Lions 5 Burnham Ramblers 0

Dunmow played host to Burnham Ramblers and deservedly came away with the points after a hard-fought contest.

Turner and Gallop created havoc down the wings with the latter providing the cross for Thompson to stab home after 12 minutes. Wise came on and almost immediately made an impact, Gallop again providing the cross for him to slot past the keeper.

Just before half-time Wise fired in an unstoppable long range shot to put them 3-0 up.

The second half saw Burnham mount some counter-attacks, Johnson in goal had one save to make but some excellent defending by Jacobs together with Gunn and then Maybanks meant that Burnham were unable to penetrate.

The 40th minute saw Carey deservedly get on the score sheet, heading home from a corner and with five minutes remaining, a good move started by Beavis who laid off to Carey, who in turn set up man of the match Wise and he drove the ball into the back of the net for his hat-trick.

Gallow United U-8 0 Dunmow Rhodes Tigers 4

Another fine team performance saw Tigers stretch their unbeaten start to the season against a battling Gallow side on Sunday.

Tigers took the lead mid-way through an evenly contested first half with another fine strike from Alexander Scott-Bell.

Dunmow came out the stronger in the second half, and two well taken efforts and a close range stab home completed Sammy Williamson's hat-trick and another great away victory for the Tigers.

Dunmow Rhodes U-14 4 Writtle Minors 1

Rhodes came out on top in their league clash with Writtle Minors at the weekend.

Dunmow started strongly and the first 10 minutes saw James Stranders scoring to put Rhodes into the lead, then more great football led to Courtney Moseley scoring the second goal.

Writtle kept trying to close Rhodes down at every opportunity, but a fantastic run by James Clayden saw a magnificent shot from 25 yards find the back of the net.

Writtle stepped up their game again and managed to pull a goal back before half-time.

However, Rhodes continued their great passing game in the second half and a run by Ryan Flemming crossed to James Stranders who found the net rounded off the victory.

Dunmow Rhodes Lions U-14 4 Tollesbury 0

Dunmow Lions continued as they left off last week with a fine victory over Tollesbury in the League Cup.

The match was closely contested in the opening 10 minutes, but a smart lob over the keepers' head from Zach Field put the home team in the lead. This was followed by a superb run by and pass by Zach Field and finish by Ben Richardson.

A smart finish in the penalty box by Joe Wise saw the Lions go in 3-0 up at the break.

Tollesbury regrouped and started to play some neat football in the second half, but some fine defensive play by the Lions and in particular Michael Walsh kept them at bay.

A break away then led to the Lions' fourth with Joe Turner scoring after some persistent tackling and closing down by captain Oli Starling.

Barnston Youth U-11 9 Brentwood Athletic 1

Barnston put in a confident performance to defeat Brentwood Athletic on Saturday.

Barnston broke the deadlock when a nice passing move resulted in Elliot Totton firing past the keeper after a one on one.

Brentwood did get an equaliser 10 minutes later, but yet again Elliot struck to give Barnston a 2-1 lead going into half-time.

The second half was all Barnston, with relentless pressure Barnston managed to put another seven past their opponents with the goals coming from Sam Brown (2), Matt Reed (2), Johny Wildgoose (1), George Lipsardopolous (1) and Elliot Totten (3).

Cherry Hinton Lions U-12 4 Spartak Reds 2

Spartak Reds surrendered their unbeaten start to the season away at Cherry Hinton Lions at the weekend.

Conceding a goal to Finlay Owens after just two minutes, Spartak were always chasing the game.

Despite this setback, Spartak pushed forward but could not force an equaliser and Frederick Bak headed the Lions into a two-goal lead.

Spartak had to regroup and began to push forward. Duck had a frustrating day seeing a number of chances saved or go wide.

The Lions started to dominate and Bak cleverly flicked the ball from an impossible angle to extend the lead to three.

Just before the break, Duck finally beat Jones in the Lions goal to reduce the deficit.

Spartak started the second half well, but couldn't find the net and the Lions grabbed a fourth through Hands.

Spartak pulled another goal back towards the end when Powell crossed the ball into the box and among the melee Duck was able to poke the ball home to reduce the deficit.

Spartak Blacks U-12 4 West Wratting Youth 3

Spartak Blacks secured a narrow victory over West Wratting Youth on Sunday.

The visitors enjoyed the best of the early possession and it was against the run of play that the Blacks scored their first goal on 11 minutes when Luke Diana's shot came back off the keeper and Joe Minter was on hand to fire in

the rebound.

Within a minute the score was then 2-0 when again, Diana's persistence forced the defender's error, allowing him to get in the cross for Jack Holliday to tap in at the far post.

The visitors continued to pressurise, but the hosts held firm and following a corner the Blacks broke quickly allowing Holliday to out-pace the Wratting defence and score his second.

Despite the score line the visitors didn't give up and on 25 minutes pulled a goal back to go into half-time at 3-1.

When the second half resumed West Wratting sensed a comeback and on 37 minutes they pulled another goal back to reduce the deficit.

However, the Blacks didn't lose their nerve and on 47 minutes managed to restore the two-goal lead when Holliday completed his hat-trick with a high looping shot from the edge of the area.

The visitors hit back immediately with a goal on 48 minutes for 4-3, however, there was no further score and the home side took all the points.

Letchworth GCE Whites U-14 1 Elsenham 5

Elsenham got their league campaign up and running in emphatic style with a formidable performance against Letchworth at Baldock Road Recreation Ground.

The visitors were in the ascendancy from the opening whistle with some great passing and movement that had Letchworth pinned back into their own half for long periods.

After a number of missed opportunities, Elsenham took the lead when Dean Clayden was brought down in the box and Luke Fisher coolly converted from the spot.

The lead was soon doubled when Clayden received the ball 30 yards out and turned to hit a spectacular drive into the top of the Letchworth goal.

Mitchell Seaman almost grabbed a third when he broke away and sent a shot inches over, but just before half-time, a bad defensive lapse allowed Letchworth to grab a goal back with their only shot of the half.

The pattern remained the same in the second period and a corner from the Elsenham right caused mayhem in the Letchworth box and Ross Cooper was on hand to stab home a rare goal for his side.

Clayden hit home a fourth and Seaman converted a fifth, with both players also hitting a post towards the end as Elsenham ran out impressive winners.

Elsenham U-12 3 FC Comets 1

Elsenham came out on top in a close game where each team only managed to field 10 players due to the half term holidays.

The opening spell was very even, George Roberts and Jordan Ditchburn both having shots well saved by the Comets keeper and the visitors also coming close on a couple of occasions.

Elsenham eventually took the lead when Thomas Horton latched onto a poor back pass and shot low into the left hand corner.

The hosts extended the lead three minutes later when Luke Felton's shot from an acute angle hit the far post and Roberts was on hand to slot home the rebound.

Comets almost got one back when a long ball beat the whole defence and the visiting striker looked certain to score, however stand in keeper Charles Cooke sprinted off his line to make a superb save.

Comets however, did get back into the match four minutes into the second half with a breakaway goal to set up a tense finale.

Elsenham had to endure some heavy pressure as Comets pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but on 38 minutes Felton's corner fell to Harry Pratt, who stabbed the ball into the net from close range to seal the victory.

Newmarket U-11 7 Saffron Walden 2

Walden's three match unbeaten run came to an end as they suffered from a bout of bad luck and excellent finishing by Newmarket.

The home side struck first after three minutes, but Walden quickly responded with Daniel Murphy-Moore converting Charlie Pitt's left wing cross.

Pitt was frequently at the centre of the action, hitting the cross bar twice, forcing a superb reflex save from the home keeper and scoring a pile driver of a goal.

Things might have been different if Hayden Plumb's attempt had not been ruled offside just before half-time.

Newmarket scored some fine goals, while Walden never gave up trying to get back into the game.

Saffron Walden Town U-13A 4 Godmanchester Rovers 'A' 3

Walden's first season in the league's top division reached a new high on Sunday as they ended Godmanchester's 100 per cent record with a superb display of attacking football coupled with some dogged defending.

Goals from Charlie Davies, Josh Dutton and David Anthony gave the young Bloods a 3-1 half-time advantage.

This was added to by Ben Appleby in the second half, and despite conceding two late goals, they held on for a fine victory that moves them up to fourth in the table.

Flitch Youth 2 Rayne Youth 0

Flitch continued their unbeaten streak in the league, but it was hard going against a tenacious Rayne side that never quite looked beaten.

Flitch started well, going ahead early when Tommy Bull slotted home after a winding run.

Bull then doubled his and Flitch's tally via a close range shot from Jamie Dicker's cross.

Excellent defence from the visitors, notably from keeper Callum Lemprierre's save from Jordan Turner's rasping shot, kept the score at 2-0 at half-time.

After the break, the visitors pressed forward more, and Flitch had to defend strongly, notably through Joshua Mulley and keeper Josh Callaghan, to maintain their clean sheet.

At the other end, stout defending, further good saves from Lemprierre and missed opportunities meant that Flitch couldn't add to their total goals for the season, but they deservedly won the points and maintained their challenge for the divisional title.

Takeley Youth U-17 15 Great Danes 0

Takeley maintained their 100 per cent start in the Chelmsford & District Youth League Division Two with an overwhelming demolition of bottom side Great Danes.

Straight from the kick-off, the home side showed its intent with Sam Coleman trying his luck from long range, then shooting wide when set up by Matt Little.

The floodgates opened after 11 minutes. Tom Speller crossed to Coleman, whose shot came back off the Danes keeper to Billy Ryan and he made no mistake with a firm drive high into the net.

Three minutes later, Coleman finally opened his goalscoring account, running clear through onto a long clearance by Will Green and finishing coolly.

Jake Buckland and Troy Featherstone both had chances to score before Little made it 3-0 following good work by Coleman and Buckland.

The one-way traffic continued with Tom Speller's shot pushed away for a corner, from which Ryan found Hadfield at the far post and he hit the back of the net with a towering header.

Coleman's second followed shortly after, when he met Charlie Goody's fine cross with a great left-foot finish. Coleman then made the most of a lucky ricochet to lob the keeper for his hat-trick.

Little notched his second goal from Goody's long ball and Ryan too got his second of the day, tucking a penalty away after Buckland had been brought down in the box.

There was still time before the break for Coleman to make it 9-0 when he latched onto Little's shrewd diagonal pass.

Coleman, Little, Buckland and Ryan could all have opened the second half scoring but, with the game well in the bag, manager Gary Buckland withdrew Little, Ryan and Speller to give his three substitutes a run.

Jake Buckland made it double figures with a clever lob and then doubled his tally when he picked up a poor clearance and found the net with a great long-range effort.

Sub Tobie Hayward then broke up the right but his left-foot shot failed to trouble the visitors' keeper

Great Danes' best chance of the game saw a looping high ball tipped away by Green.

Goody deservedly added number 12 for Takeley with a fine individual effort and sub Ryan Walsh got in on the act with his first goal for the club, winning the ball from a goal-kick and running through strongly to fire in an unstoppable shot.

Coleman took his personal tally to five for the day with a smart chip before Buckland completed the rout with a neat finish for his hat-trick.

Hormead Hares U-10 0 Manuden Juniors 2

AN excellent team performance by Manuden Juniors earned them a 2-0 victory in a closely contested game at Hormead Hares.

Hormead started off brightly, but the Manuden defence, led by a strong performance by Lewis Wake, held their own and following a well taken goal from Jack Mullings Manuden soon took control.

A second Manuden goal from Nick Phillips at the start of the second half ensured Manuden maintained their winning streak.

Manuden Juniors U-11 2 Baldock Town Knights 1

Manuden put in a strong performance to defeat Baldock Town Knights.

Goals in the first half from Joe Monti and Will Robson were enough to give Manuden the points.

Manuden Juniors U-15 0 Fairlands Youth Blues 8

With several key players missing, Manuden were no match for the visitors from Fairlands Youth of Stevenage.

The hosts were left feeling blue with the visitors scoring eight times without reply.