Grantham Youth League
Under-16 Knockout Cup Final
Croxton Crusaders 0
BOTTESFORD put 10 goals past a spirited but under-strength Croxton side at The Meres and took the lead through a speculative shot from captain Tom Wookey.
Six minutes later Croxton were unable to clear their lines and Jake Swallow blasted the ball past Croxton keeper Ben Reichelt from close range. A good passing move led to a third on 20 minutes, Jake Swallow playing in Liam Drew who fired home from 10 yards. Wookey set up Euan Coulthard who rifled home number four.
Bottesford continued to pass the ball around fluently and went on to score three more goals in quick succession. Wookey rattled the goal frame with a rasping 25yds before Zac Morton set up Joe Wilson to score calmly from 12 yards. Then from a corner, Jack Long at the near post glanced a header on to Adam Tomlinson who fired home from close range.
Morton became the seventh Bottesford goalscorer, bundling the ball over the line as it fell to him off the crossbar following a Wookey free kick.
Croxton rallied strongly in the second half. There were chances at both ends before Bottesford added to their tally, first through Liam Drew and then with a goal from Blane Cross who shot home from 12 yards.
A well-struck free kick from Croxton’s Ryan Carroll was kept out by an excellent save from Bottesford keeper Dom Modd.
Three minutes from time Liam Drew completed the scoring - and his hat trick - from another ball from his skipper Wookey.
Under-11 Knockout Cup
Long Bennington 2
Barrowby Tigers 8
LONG Bennington took the lead on 10 minutes from the penalty spot but the Tigers hit straight back when Alex Roberts rounded the keeper to open his account.
Both teams continued to press and create chances and Charlie Watkin pulled off a great save but was beaten on 19 minutes when a defensive mix-up saw the Bennington striker fire home a solid shot from 20 yards to restore their lead.
Again Barrowby hit straight back with Lloyd Hanratty finishing off a quick counter attack from Reece Malley. As both teams continued to battle Joseph Wakerley and Adam Garnett started to control the back line and feed the ball into wing backs Jamie Brooks and Jamie Gowen.
Barrowby went in front just before the break when Callum Breeden attacked down the left and Alex Roberts netted his second.
Barrowby came out a different team after half time. Changes down the right with Philip Wood and Ricardo Alves coming on helped, as Barrowby netted three in two minutes. Roberts completed his hat trick before Braden Wakerley fed Hanratty for his second. Man-of-the-match Joseph Wakerley set up Will Cressey to fire in from the edge of the area for a 6-2 lead.
Liam Smith continued to win possession for Barrowby. Substitute Adam Halsey picked out Braden Wakerley’s run and he fed the ball in to Malley who beat his man before sliding the ball to Roberts for his fourth on 58 minutes.
Roberts netted his fifth just before the final whistle to seal Barrowby’s second successive league cup win.
GREAT Ponton became league champions, clinching the title with one game remaining in an unbeaten season.
A great season has seen Ponton play good, attacking football and they still have a cup final to contest.
Up against plucky opponents RHP, Josh Allen, Matthew Rawding and David Croke all went close but found the Colts keeper in good form. Ponton were resolute in defence with keeper Jake Cook and defenders Conor O’Leary, Brendan Dixon, Rui Cardoso and Ryan Bradley giving nothing away.
After a scoreless first half, Ponton were on fire after the break and the deadlock was broken when Rawding found Josh Allen. A driving run from Croke saw him round the keeper for number two.
Ponton poured forward and soon found the net a third time when Rawding beat three defenders and the keeper.
Tireless midfielder Adam Gait drove through the Colts defence and smashed home number four. Luke Chambers fired into the roof of the net, and Allen’s cross was volley in by Rawding to complete his brace and the rout.
Man of the match was shared between O’Leary and Chambers.