YOUTH FOOTBALL: Third time lucky for Grantham’s King’s School

King's School under-14s
King's School under-14s

Under-14 Lincs Schools County Cup Final

King’s School 2

Priory LSST 1

King’s School battled through high winds to lift the county cup after a thrilling encounter against Priory LSST at Sleaford Town FC.

It was third time lucky for the Grantham school who lost narrowly in the final the two previous years. And it was sweet revenge over LSST who pipped King’s to the title last season with a slender 1-0 victory.

With near-gale force winds, the game was always going to be one of two halves and so it proved, with LSST taking advantage of the stiff breeze to carry a 1-0 lead into half time.

King’s equalised midway through the second half through a long range effort from Daniel Bradshaw, taking the game into extra time.

The Grantham school dominated the additional play and snatched victory with three minutes remaining when Chris Hardy swept a curling shot into the top corner.

Grantham Youth League

Under-11 Cup Final

Great Ponton 1

Barrowby Lions 2

Barrowby were crowned league and cup double winners after a hard-fought victory over a stubborn Great Ponton.

After a nervous start, Barrowby went in front out of the blue when Sam Wright squared for Read, and a lucky deflection saw an easy tap-in for Wright.

Lions doubled their lead when Read’s shot was deflected in by a Ponton defender.

Ponton pulled a goal back from the spot after the break. Bancroft was fouled in the area and Owen Evans converted the penalty.

A tense second half precluded any further goals and Lions lifted the cup.

Barrowby: Dodwell, Tonge, French, Johnson (MoM), Federeson, Cooper, Down, Evans, Wright, Read, Hands, Mayfield.

Ponton: Musgrove, Hare, Mendham, Bowen, Naylor, Evans, Sharman, Okoth (MoM), Lima, Bancroft, Price, Short, Gorzejewski, Hull.

Mid Lincs League

Under-15A

Great Ponton 4

Louth 3

Ponton took an early lead after a Charlie Copley cross was headed in by David Olalere.

Will Barron then scored to double the advantage and Copley added a third.

Louth scored just before the break and twice more after half time to level.

But a fantastic battling team performance was capped with an excellent goal by Barron. Great Ponton MoM award was given to all the team.

Ponton: Cook, Bradley, Hutchinson, O’Leary, Allen, Chambers, Dixon, Copley, Rawding, Barron, Olalere, Goode.

Clayton 0

Barrowby 2

Barrowby attacked from the off but were unable to break through until, on 25 minutes, a goal kick was flicked on to Ryan Evans who turned sharply and fired into the net.

Midway through the second half, man-of-the-match Kyle Scott played a great through ball for Ollie Reid to fire home number two for Barrowby to clinch third in the league.

Barrowby: Asplen, Evans, Cardoso, Wingad, Hollingworth, Page, Hayward, Evans, White, Scott, Reid.

Under-13B

Gonerby 6

East Coast Juniors 2

Gonerby made it 15 wins on the trot and Robert McNulty put Gonerby on their way after a lovely through ball from Sam Brown.

The second half started well as Brown scored Gonerby’s second from the edge of the area.

East Coast replied instantly but Gonerby moved up another gear as both Brown and Jack Davidson set up McNulty to complete his hat trick.

Adam Atkinson and Peter Lewin grabbed a goal apiece, whilst East Coast scored a consolation at the death.

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

Gonerby 7

Sleaford Town Boys 1

Gonerby rounded off a memorable promotion campaign with a resounding win against Sleaford.

Two first half goals from Sam Brown and one from Robert McNulty gave Gonerby a well deserved 3-0 half time lead.

Midfield dynamo Jack Davidson notched two early second half goals before putting in a fine cross for George Corden to add Gonerby’s sixth.

Luke Gorman converted a seventh after a flowing move, before Sleaford notched a late consolation goal.

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

Under-12

Grantham Town 0

Lowlands 3

Grantham missed out on the league title to set up a play-off final.

Grantham’s first opportunity fell to Josh Carey who delivered a great free kick into the box but the strikers were unable to capitalise. Another chance fell to Carey again from a fee kick but this was well cleared by the Lowlands defence.

In the last few minutes of the first half, Grantham were presented with a clear chance on goal but the shot went wide of the post.

Lowlands pressured after the break and Grantham’s defence struggled and eventually conceded a goal.

Town were punished for not taking their opportunities when Lowlands scored twice more.

Grantham Town 3

Lowlands 2

Grantham won the runners-up play-off final and dominated from the kick-off, but it was Lowlands who were to score first, with a header from a corner.

Grantham scored a well deserved equaliser when Alfie Morley struck a fabulous volley.

Tom Andersen soon gave Grantham the lead they deserved with a fantastic effort.

Following the break, a well delivered corner from Morley and a super touch from Jacob Thompson nearly gave Grantham their third but they were denied by a great save.

Lowlands created a few chances and forced a couple of saves from Campbell Williams. Liam Clamp delivered a super free kick into the Lowlands box but the strikers were unable to capitalise.

Grantham did not have to wait much longer for their breakthrough. Following an excellent corner, Lewis Brady passed the ball back to Max Carrington-Hayward who delivered a super ball into the box where Alex Geeson headed home.

With the clock running down towards full time, Lowlands punished Grantham to bring the score to 3-2, but Grantham remained calm and saw the game out.