Youth football: Dunmow Rhodes Lions win first silverware of the season

PUBLISHED: 21:22 12 May 2014 | UPDATED: 21:22 12 May 2014

Dunmow Rhodes Lions U11, back row from left, Sam Purcell, coach Mark Williamson, Alfie Bowen, Dylan Bennett, Joe Beavis, Louis Leaning, Josh Valks, manager Ricky Valks, Joe Sutton.
Front row, Lewis Farmer, Ryan Clancy, Ben Ball , Scott Williamson, Miles Thorpe, James Claydon, Ben Roberts.

Dunmow Rhodes Lions U11, back row from left, Sam Purcell, coach Mark Williamson, Alfie Bowen, Dylan Bennett, Joe Beavis, Louis Leaning, Josh Valks, manager Ricky Valks, Joe Sutton. Front row, Lewis Farmer, Ryan Clancy, Ben Ball , Scott Williamson, Miles Thorpe, James Claydon, Ben Roberts.

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Miles Thorpe scored the only goal of the game as Dunmow Rhodes won their first silverware of the season.

The first half saw both teams working hard to control the game on a difficult pitch at Witham Town Football Club, and in poor weather conditions.

Rhodes created some half chances but it was the more physical Uplands team that started to dominate. Lewis Farmer, Joe Sutton, Ryan Clancy and James Claydon were all magnificent in defence but it was Joe Beavis in goal who produced three fantastic saves to keep the scores level at half time.

Rhodes took charge of the second half.

Scott Williamson, Louis Leaning, Sam Purcell and Ben Roberts started to win more of the possession in midfield. Their distribution of the ball was excellent releasing Dylan Bennett and Josh Valks down either wing who crossing caused trouble for the Uplands defence.

The winning goal came within the final eight minutes. Bowen hit defence-splitting pass to Thorpe whose pace took him away from the Uplands defence and fired into the bottom corner.

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