YOUTH FOOTBALL: Rich vein of form continues

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HUCKNALL Warriors Under-11s continued their fine form in the Young Elizabethan League (YEL) Saturday 11-a-side division with a 4-1 win over Ravenshead Reds.

They got off to a shaky start when a free-kick wasn’t taken care of and turned in by the Ravenshead number eight who was easily their best player of the game.

With the game still open Warriors quickly made up for the earlier mistake when from a counter attack, Curtis Rigley scored.

The second goal came from Jack Bradley after a goalmouth scramble ended in a cute chip over the keeper.

Mistakes were being made within the Ravenshead half and eventually a penalty was given when the keeper charged out to clear the ball but felled the Warriors winger. Bradley Rigley stepped up to put the ball in the back of the net and put Warriors 3-1 up.

Warriors cruised through the second-half, scoring a fourth goal thanks to a chip into the top of the net and the completion of a hat-trick for Rigley.

Joint man of the match: Curtis Rigley and Jude Priest.

n A THRILLING 4-4 draw saw Hucknall Warriors Under-14s share the spoils with derby rivals Bestwood in YEL Division 2B.

Warriors went straight on the offensive and had a couple of long range efforts that went wide, but surprisingly it was Bestwood who took the lead against the run of play, the Bestwood striker slotting coolly past Edward Ridley in the Warriors goal.

Again Warriors were playing some good football without having an end product, and once again against the run of play Bestwood got themselves a corner which was swung in and headed home at the back post.

This spurred Warriors into life, and a through ball from Ethan Jacques sent Sean Bird through one-on-one with the keeper and he slid the ball into the net.

It wasn’t long before it was all square, as Dante Diriso and Jacques both saw shots blocked but Danny Wilson tapped in the eventual rebound.

Warriors were well on top at this point having shooting practice at times, Bird hitting the post when sent through and Kieren Beales skimming the post with two 20-yard efforts. but yet again Bestwood broke away and slotted home and went in front 3-2 at half-time.

The second-half began with Diriso firing a bullet shot past the Bestwood keeper to put Warriors back on terms.

Bestwood, for the first time in the game, had started dominating and a shot from 25 yards was spilled by the keeper and the Bestwood striker was the quickest to react to tap the ball in the net.

But with time running out Owen Everton got the ball on the right, managed to ride three challenges and hit the ball from the edge of the area beating the Bestwood keeper at his near post to make it 4-4.

n HUCKNALLWarriors Under-17s earned their fourth win on the bounce by overcoming Gedling Southbank Red 3-1 in the first round of the Notts Youth League (NYL) Under-18s’ Sunday Cup.

Warriors were alert from the start and grabbed the opening goal with less than three minutes on the clock when Regan Scott’s excellent pass was collected by Macauley Spencer who coolly lobbed the keeper from just inside the area.

A fast-paced first-half saw goalkeeper Luke Cook make an excellent block before Spencer forced a top drawer save out of the Gedling keeper.

Warriors then got their second goal on 18 minutes as Liam Burley’s well taken corner was met by Spencer with a bullet of a header into the net.

Burley was denied a goal as his chip was deflected to safety for a corner before Gedling narrowed the deficit with a peach of a shot from outside the area that just dipped under the Warriors crossbar evading Cook in goal.

Warriors were on the front foot at the start of the second-half as Ryan Faulconbridge burst through midfield beating several players but his shot was comfortably saved by the goalkeeper.

Gedling turned defence into attack after another excellent Warriors corner came to nothing, but Cook again came to the rescue and moments later made another terrific save low at the left-hand post to push the ball out for a corner.

Danny Locker came close when his shot just dipped over the bar, but Tyler Stafford sealed victory for Warriors when his powerful low free-kick beat the goalkeeper.

Man-of-the-match was awarded to Macauley Spencer.

n HUCKNALL Sports Under-12s White got back to winning ways in some style with an emphatic 8-1 win against Keyworth Utd Black in YEL Sunday Division 1A.

Sports took a deserved lead as Ewan Head fed Kyeron Daws who in turn played a defence splitting pass into the path of Tom Poole who placed a firm shot into the bottom corner.

It was 2-0 when Fraser Hallam overlapped with Rob Taylor who played a cross into Poole who finished with a shot off the post for his second.

The third saw George Butler, Head, Hallam and Taylor combine well to set up Daws to score, also off a post.

The fourth goal came just before the break as Taylor played a perfect ball into Poole who calmly chipped the striker for his hat-trick.

The second-half began in the same fashion and it was 5-0 when Poole again netted after good work by Josh Shipham.

Two minutes later, Butler, Head and Thomas Spice combined to create an opportunity which Taylor clinically took for 6-0.

Poole was on target again for the seventh after Ryan Richards’ great run, and after Keyworth pulled a goal back, the win was rounded off when Daws side-stepped a defender before slotting home.

Man-of-the-match went to Rob Taylor.

n HUCKNALLl Sports Under-9s Red romped to a 9-1 victory at Underwood Villa Red in the YEL Sunday League, Division 2B.

The breakthrough came from captain Lewis Pewsey when a Spencer Kent corner found Ciaran Perkins whose shot was cleared to Pewsey who volleyed home.

Pewsey scored the second with a fine solo goal, and after Villa had scored their only goal to make it 2-1, Jayden Smith made it 3-1 after a flowing move.

Spencer Kent added the fourth after half-time and Smith was to add his second not long afterwards.

Kent notched again after speeding clear to make it 6-1 and he then set up Smith to head home the seventh.

Smith then rounded things off with the final two goals to take his tally to five and seal the win.

Hucknall Sports U14s took part in a 4-4 draw with West Bridgford in the Saturday Shield.

Tom Eastwood smashed the ball home to put Sports in front after a corner was cleared to him, but Bridgford bounced back with two quick goals to go in front.

The game then turned around again, Mitch Davies thundering in a long range free-kick and Eastwood scoring his second to leave Sports 3-2 up at the break.

It was soon 4-2 when Charlie Blatherwick got on the end of Ellis Evans’ fine pass, but a penalty brought the visitors back into the game after a controversial decision.

And then an unfortunate own goal five minutes from time secured the draw leaving Sports frustrated at losing a good lead.

n A NINE-goal thriller saw Bulwell Rangers Under-18s come through 5-4 against Ruddington Colts in the cup.

Ed Robinson and James Coskun had Colts two up early on but Ben Davies’ header reduced the arrears.

Liam Towel then levelled after good work from Tyrel Miles, who then set up Jack Norman to head over the keeper with Towel finding the net to give Rangers a 3-2 half-time lead.

Coskon’s second after the break made it 3-3 but Bulwell went back in front from the penalty spot, Towel converting after he was fouled.

Josh Pierer-Beresford brought the game level again at 4-4, but after chances at either end, man-of-the-match Norman hit the winner after Towel’s cross.

n THE PERFECT start by Hucknall Sports Under-14s to the new season continued with a fifth straight win, 6-0 away against Teversal United.

Noon-Brandy opened the scoring before Jarrod Davies made it two.

Billson hit the net with a clever finish for the third goal before Josh Brown made it four with a fine team goal.

Jacob Tabreham scored his first goal for Hucknal with header and Ryan Marsh made it six with a clinical finish from the penalty spot.

n HUCKNALL Sports Whites fell to a 3-2 loss against Moorgreen Colts.

Reece Johns put Sports ahead but a late first-half goal saw Colts level at the break.

Moorgreen then added two more in the second-half, and despite Kian Stevenson’s late goal Sports couldn’t get themselves level.

Man-of-the-match was awarded to Keegan Stubbs-Booth.

n THE YOUNGSTERS of Hucknall Sports Under-9s White went down 2-1 to Karimia.

After going a goal down early on, man-of-the-match Jack Harrison levelled the scores, but an excellent free-kick put Karimia back in front before half-time and they were to hold on and win the game.

n HUCKNALL Harriers Under-16s eased to a 7-0 win over Ernehale Colts in the NYL Sunday Division Two.

Man-of-the-match Rhyss Edwards, Theo Denton, James Wright, Kurtis Allsopp, Daniel Crump, Joe Walker and an own goal helped Harriers to the win, and they have now scored 32 in the last four games.