Gonerby under-14s had their first opportunity to show off their new kit when they took on Bottesford in their latest Nottinghamshire Young Elizabethan League fixture on Saturday.
Many of the teams in the league use similar yellow kit colours to their regular stripe and the team felt they needed an away/alternative kit.
The lads were given a wide choice of styles and colours and they certainly selected a distinctive shade – pink.
Gonerby manager Anthony Hardy expressed his and the team’s thanks and gratitude to sponsors Nottingham Building Society for their generosity.
Anthony said: “Without the help and support from organisations and local business, grassroots football could not survive.”
And it proved to be perfect timing as both Gonerby and Bottesford normally have identical kits.
Donned in the new pink kit made by Nike, for the 2pm kick off, Gonerby got off to a somewhat unusual start and at the end of the first half were losing 5-2.
A comforting team talk and a reshuffle at half time then saw a refreshed and refocused Gonerby and they came from behind to end the game comfortable 9-5 winners.
Hat tricks from Ben Bramley, Jacob Baker, a great individual goal by Alex Jefferson and two goals from Max Hardy secured all three points to leave Gonerby three points from the top of the table.
FC Huthwaite 0
Such is the quality of this squad, manager Dale Dudley was able field an extremely competitive starting 11 with incredible strength.
With the guile and trickery of Ludew a constant thorn in the Huthwaite defence, it was little surprise when Barrowby took the lead and then increased it with a blistering shot from Dudley giving the home keeper little chance. The Barrowby defence dealt with everything the home side could throw at them and goalkeeper Weighill’s performances improve match by match.
In the second half, injuries and tiredness crept in which allowed the coaches to bring on the substitutes, continuing the momentum and allowing Ludew to score his second.
Mid Lincs League
Harrowby United 3
Fifteen seconds in, Kye Hull raced on to a pass back to the keeper, promptly dispossessed him, then calmly rolled the ball over the line.
Dilley and Rowley set to work securing the midfield and Naylor and Okoth started to cause Fishtoft problems down the flanks, early pressure paid off when Marley Okoth’s speculative shot deflected into the visitors’ net to double the Arrows lead
Central defenders of Joe Angeloni and Joe Down earned themselves joint man of the match awards, the latter adding to the scoreline with a 25 yard free kick.
The visitors caught Harrowby napping and pulled a goal back before half time.
The second half was a goalless affair.