YOUTH FOOTBALL: Barrowby take the Lions’ share in victory at Great Ponton

Grantham Youth League

Under-11

Great Ponton 2

Barrowby Lions 7

A fantastic all-round team performance by the Lions ensured they deservedly came away with all three points.

The tone was set from the very first whistle with the Lions attacking from the off and forcing the home goalkeeper inato numerous saves.

A first-half hat trick from man-of-the-match Joe Down and another goal from Samuel Wright made it 4-1 at the break, with Bowen replying for the home team.

In the second half, it was much of the same with Barrowby doing most of the attacking and Ponton looking a threat on the counter attack.

A cracker from Kyle Cooper made it five and further goals from Olly Hands and Korban Read capped off a brilliant display from the league leaders, with Hull scoring a second for the home team.

The win opened up a gap at the top of the league with nearest rivals Gonerby only managing a draw.

Barrowby: Dodwell, Tonge, French, Johnson, Federson, Cooper, Evans (c), Down, Wright, Hands, Foister, Read.

Gonerby 1

Ancaster 1

Gonerby started brightly with Baker and Chapman both going close.

Ancaster responded and were rightly awarded a penalty which was converted to give them the lead.

Both sides had further chances before half time, with Gonerby going closest when Coates hit the bar.

Gonerby pressed again in the second half and Chapman scored a fine goal with a powerful shot from outside the box to level the scores.

Gonerby’s man of the match went to Grieh.

Gonerby: Meffen, Baker, Nowak, Coates, Hardy, Grieh, Burridge, Williamson, Chapman, Bridges, Jefferson.

Mid Lincs League

Under-16

Mayfield 3

Gonerby Yellows 2

If Gonerby had shown a little more composure in front of goal, the result could have been much different.

Having kept Mayfield at bay until half time, Yellows conceded after the break. The home side doubled their lead with a controversial second goal.

Alex McIntosh and Harry Hutton were unlucky not to score, and Mayfield failed to convert a penalty.

Gonerby were rewarded with a goal from Luke Bond, but the home side responded immediately. Bond found the net a second time but it was too little, late.

Man of the match was James Ladds in midfield.

Gonerby: A. McIntosh, Hibbert, C. McIntosh, Clater, Ayre, Bond, Geeson, Ladds, Baker, Smith. Subs: Crane, Hutton.

Under-15A

Barrowby 14

Holbeach 0

Oliver Hayward prodded home Barrowby’s opener and David and Croke doubled the lead.

Croke fired home his second and Ryan Evans added a fourth before the break.

The floodgates opened in the second half with Oliver Reid scoring five times. Curtis Page bagged one and man-of-the-match Croke completed a double hat trick.

Barrowby: Asplen, K. Evans, Cardoso, Wingad, Hollingworth, Page, Oliver, Hayward, R. Evans, Scott, Croke, Reid, White.

Barrowby 4

Boston Rangers 0

In their second game of the weekend, Barrowby went in front when Curtis Page set up Ryan Evans.

Oliver Reid combined with David Croke who doubled the lead. Croke turned provider in the move of the match, riding three crosses and crossing for Reid to head home.

Reid scored again in the second half to seal victory and Barrowby’s fifth successive clean sheet.

Man of the match was shared by Oliver Hayward and Reid.

Barrowby: Asplen, K. Evans, Cardoso, Wingad, Hollingworth, Page, Oliver, Hayward, R. Evans, Scott, Croke, Reid, White.

Under-13B

Gonerby 6

Nettleham 0

The ever dangerous Robert McNulty notched an excellent first-half hat trick, the first goal coming when he turned home an incisive through ball from Luke Gorman.

Another excellent pass, this time from Ryan Taggart, gave McNulty the chance to run through on goal and he superbly converted a second. Minutes later another Gorman through ball allowed McNulty to notch his third with another fine poacher’s goal.

The second half again saw Gonerby dominant and further goals came from George Corden, with a fine 20-yard strike, McNulty for a fourth time, and Sam Brown following a long kick by keeper Stefan Eardley.

Gonerby: Eardley (c), Gullick, Sellars, Corden, Swain, Davidson, Gorman, Taggart, Atkinson, Brown, McNulty, Boyle, Smith, Lewin.

Birchwood Colts 0

Gonerby 4

Robert McNulty bravely converted an early chance to give Gonerby the lead after only two minutes.

Midway through the second half, Sam Brown notched Gonerby’s second with a neat finish when the Birchwood keeper spilled Jack Davidson’s cross. Gonerby then took full control when McNulty grabbed his second goal of the game, closely followed by George Corden who skilfully weaved his way through the Birchwood defence before neatly slotting home a fourth.

Gonerby: Gullick (c), Smith, Sellars, Corden, Swain, Lewin, Gorman, Taggart, Atkinson, McNulty, Brown, Boyle, Bautista, Davidson.