YOUTH FOOTBALL: Long Bennington girls win first match

Long Bennington under-14 girls are from left, back ' Katy Treacy, Esther Shelton, Georgia Burgin, Letitia Barrowcliff, Charlotte-Rose Hibbert-Smith and Ellie Kirke; front ' Katy Gilbert, Charlotte Dring, Olivia Wightman, Holly Fender and Naomi Smith.

Long Bennington under-14 girls are from left, back ' Katy Treacy, Esther Shelton, Georgia Burgin, Letitia Barrowcliff, Charlotte-Rose Hibbert-Smith and Ellie Kirke; front ' Katy Gilbert, Charlotte Dring, Olivia Wightman, Holly Fender and Naomi Smith.

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South Humber Ladies’ League

Under-14

Epworth 0

Long Bennington 7

A freshly formed Long Bennington girls’ side secured their first win of the season away to Epworth.

Bennington went ahead five minutes into the game with a confident strike from Katy Gilbert, and Letitia Barrowcliff doubled the scoreline 10 minutes later.

The home side defended well but goals from Holly Fender and a second from Gilbert put Bennington 4 - 0 up going into the second half.

Both sides continued to work hard but it was Bennington who took their chances well. Ellie Kirke and Holly Fender both scored to make it six for the visitors, and Gilbert completed her hat trick.

Mid Lincs League

Under-16A

Barrowby 0

Cleethorpes 2

In the first league game of the new season, Barrowby started brightly but were unable to put away their chances and the first half ended all square.

Again, at the start of the second half, Barrowby missed a great chance to go one up. Ultimately this cost the home side with Cleethorpes scoring twice to take the points.

MoM was Frazer Wingad

Barrowby: Asplen, K. Evans, Lawniczak, Wingad, Hollingworth, Page, Hayward, Scott, Barron, Goode, Reid, S. Evans.

County Cup U16, 1st round

Barrowby 1

Colsterworth 0

In this eagerly awaited local derby, the two sides struggled to get on top, with both keepers making two smart saves apiece and it was all square at the break.

Barrowby started to turn the screw in the second half and took a well deserved lead when Curtis Page fired in spectacularly from 30 yards.

Barrowby created two more golden chances but were unable to add a second.

MoM went to Curtis Page and Will Barron.

Barrowby: Asplen, K. Evans, Lawniczak, Wingad, Hollingworth, Page, Hayward, Scott, Barron, Goode, Reid, S. Evans, J. White.

Under-16B

Great Ponton 4

Cranwell 4

Ponton were slow to start and Cranwell took advantage and established an early two goal lead.

The home side gradually began to make chances, with Copley and Hughes going close before Macauley Hughes pulled a goal back.

Hughes doubled his tally to bring Ponton level but, again, the home side went to sleep and conceded two more sloppy goals to go 4-2 behind.

Brendan Dixon reduced the deficit with a good strike and Hughes completed his hat trick to give Ponton a share of the points.

MoM went to Oliver Hutchinson and Hughes.

Ponton: Cook, Cornish, Bradley, J. Hutchinson, O. Hutchinson, Allen, E. Hutchinson, O’Leary, Rawding, Dixon, Copley, Hughes, Brain.

Under-14

Horncastle Town 1

Long Bennington 3

Against the run of play, Bennington conceded a penalty midway through the first half and still trailed at the break.

Starting with determination, the equaliser came within minutes of the restartfollowing a Iwan Evans surging run and shot from just inside the box.

More pressure resulted in Tom Baker putting Bennington in front with a drive into the bottom corner.

Now playing flowing football, the game was made safe when a move down the left hand side saw Alfie Terry pull a ball back to the edge of the box to Jack Coulson who had time to aim and fire home into the bottom corner.

Bennington: Panchmatia, Durham, Patton, Cox, Horton, Terry, T. Baker, Coulson, Evans, Marshall , J. Baker, White.

Under-12

Wyberton 1

Barrowby Lions 1

Ben Cullen put the Lions in front after 20 minutes with a well struck finish after some good play in midfield.

With Evans and Edwards bossing midfield, Barrowby always looked like they would add to the score but could not quite manage a decent clear cut chance .

In the second half, Wyberton started pushing players forward in search of the equaliser . Barrowby’s defence was equal to the attacks but eventually succumbed to the pressure and they conceded midway through second half fron a strong run and finish from the Wyberton number 10.

Lions went in search of the winner and had three glorious chances late on in the game but again could not find the finish. Wyberton did have one chance of their own but keeper Dodwell saved well with his legs.

Man of the match was captain Corey Evans .

Barrowby: Dodwell, Cooper, Fedorson, French, Johnson, Hands, Read, Down, Evans, Edwards, Cullen, Foister.

Newark League

Under-12

Long Bennington 1

Gonerby 2

Gonerby started strongly with an early chance for Baker before Mcnulty scored from a tight angle to make the score 1-0 to at half time.

Long Bennington equalised with a penalty for hand ball, before Coates produced a fine solo run and finish for Gonerby to take the lead again.

Gonerby’s defence held firm and Baker, Coates and Robson all had further efforts but failed to increase the lead.

Gonerby man of the match was Jakob Novak.

Gonerby: Baker, Nowak, Coates, Hardy, Grieh, Robson, Stewardson, Cowgill, Scott, McNulty.

Peterborough League

Under-13

Spalding 1

Grantham Town 2

Grantham were on top from the start, looking strong and positive, but the game remained goalless at half time.

The start of the second half saw Grantham looking to create opportunities. Alex Geeson put a creative ball into the opposition’s area which Tom Andersen nearly connected with to create the breakthrough.

The long awaited goal was to follow shortly afterwards when Lewis Brady crossed into the box and Keaton Spray headed home.

Spalding then had a period of pressure, the first in the game.

A couple of free kicks were put wide of the target and another shot was also went over the bar.

A third free kick taken from the right of the goal was delivered into the box and resulted in a Spalding equaliser.

Grantham’s heads stayed up and following a foul on Tom Andersen in the box, the referee awarded a penalty. Andersen drove the ball hard and low to put Grantham back into the lead.

A very well deserved man-of-the-match award went to Keaton Spray.

Colsterworth Colts 0

Yaxley 6

The same Colsterworth team lined up that had beaten Wisbech the week before and hopes were high of a repeat performance against Yaxley at home.

Unfortunately this was not the case and the team were well beaten on the day by a better side.

There was plenty of endeavour on display from the Colts but the clinical passing just was not there and the visitors proved too strong in midfield.

Man of the match was awarded to Chris Beresford.