YOUTH FOOTBALL: Barrowby Lions roar to victory over Colsterworth Colts

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Grantham Youth League

Under-11

Barrowby Lions 4

Colsterworth Colts 1

Barrowby attacked from the very first whistle but struggled to get the breakthrough thanks to some brilliant defending and excellent goalkeeping from Colsterworth.

Chances came and went and it looked liked it was going to be one of those days. The deadlock was broken right on half time with Wright finally stroking the ball home after a scramble in the penalty area.

Colsterworth keeper Finlay was again in inspired form in the second half, making save after save to keep the Lions at bay.

The second goal finally came when man-of-the-match Evans beat his marker and finished from the edge of the box. Barrowby’s third duly arrived after some neat play down the right from Down, and his cross was finished at the back post by Hands.

The absolute clincher was scored from distance by Mayfield, beating two men and firing into the top corner from all of 20 yards.

Colsterworth scored the final goal of the game. After a massive kick from the goalkeeper, Barrowby’s defence had pushed too far up the field. The ball sailed over the top and the Colts’ centre forward raced away and finished with aplomb.

Barrowby: Dodwell, Tonge, Cooper, Johnson, Evans, Federson, Mayfield, Hands, Read, French, Down, Wright.

Gonerby 2

Great Ponton 1

Gonerby started brightly with Coates denied by a fine save from the Ponton keeper.

The home side took the lead after Meffen set up Baker who calmly slotted home. Gonerby continued to put pressure on the Ponton defence, but a quick break by Ponton against the run of play produced the equaliser. Coates and Baker both went close for Gonerby before half time.

The home side continued to press in the second half with shots from Chapman, Bridges, and Coates, until Coates scored a well deserved winner with a long range free kick.

Gonerby’s man of the match awarded jointly to Hardy and Coates.

Gonerby: Meffen, McNulty, Baker, Nowak, Coates, Hardy, Grieh, Burridge, Scott, Williamson, Ballaam, Chapman, Bridges.

Mid Lincs League

Sleaford 1

Gonerby Yellows 2

Gonerby continued their winning ways and Matt Eyre scored after 15 minutes with an excellent 35-yard free kick.

However, the home team cancelled out the lead with a neat finish, making it all square at half time.

The visitors started very strongly in the second half, putting Sleaford on the back foot, and were rewarded with some superb skill from Matt Eyre who put his team ahead for the second time.

Sleaford tested Daniel Hibbert and were denied a goal by the in-form keeper who pulled off an exellent save. A Tristan Crane goal line clearance helped secure the points for Gonerby.

Man of the match went to Cameron McIntosh and Alex McIntosh.

Gonerby: Hibbert, Clater, C. McIntosh, Smith, A. McIntosh, Pickering, Hotchin, Geeson, Eyre, Baker, Hutton. Subs: Bond, Crane, Ellis-Millar.

Under-15A

Barrowby 4

Clayton 0

Playing their best football of the season, Barrowby soon got on top and scored when Oliver Reid prodded home the rebound after the keeper saved his header.

Ollie Hayward crossed for Reid to double the lead. A Hayward corner was converted by Ryan Evans to make it 3-0.

Rampant Barrowby’s fourth was the goal of the game. Man-of-the match Reid received the ball with his back to goal, spun and hit a shot from 25 yards, hard and low into the back of the net to complete a superb hat trick.

Barrowby: Asplen, Evans, Cardoso (c), Wingad, White, Lawniczak, Page, Evans, Scott, Croke, Reed, Hollingworth, Evans, Hayward.