Nottingham Youth U16 League
Toton Tigers 2
After yet another weather induced break the weekend before, Barrowby were keen to get back into league action away at Toton Tigers.
The squad had been training hard to turn around some recent disappointing results and took to the field in a determined manner.
From the very start, the team pressed Toton and did not allow them time on the ball, or room to manoeuvre it through midfield. This frustrated the home side and saw Barrowby begin to dominate the first half.
After a 15 minute period of sustained Barrowby pressure, the visitors were rewarded with a corner which was expertly delivered by Brewill and calmly headed home by an unmarked Kay.
This galvanised the away side to further attacks and after the Toton keeper fumbled a seemingly innocuous effort, a lurking Ludew was only too pleased to take advantage and double Barrowby’s lead.
The home side were thwarted in their few attacks by a strong three man defence of Botham, Spray and Sandon, who rarely looked troubled.
A thrilling third goal came from a clever free kick worked by Dudley and Brewill which fooled the defence completely and allowed Brewill to place a pinpoint cross to the feet of an unmarked Kay to slot home. This move drew well deserved applause from both sets of supporters.
In the second half, the home side unsurprisingly started very strongly and put the Barrowby defence under some pressure, while a heavy pitch was beginning to take a toll on one or two, forcing a few substitutions.
Toton pulled a goal back before Ludew broke free on the left hand side of the penalty area and drew the keeper out, before delivering a right footed lob that the unfortunate keeper could do no more than parry into the roof of the net.
Barrowby were unfortunate not to further increase their lead when the Toton keeper produced a wonderful penalty save. With the game drawing to a close, the home side scored a second goal although the result was never in doubt.
Newark Youth U12 League
Newark Town 1
Newark Town travelled to Barrowby knowing with games in hand the league title was still in their hands, however, after a magnificent performance last week by Barrowby Magpies, and having taken the title opportunity away from Collingham, it promised to be another classic encounter.
Barrowby got off to a flier and were on the front foot immediately. A nice ball from Lockton, starting on the left, saw French make an excellent decision to play a fast low one into the box. A good run from Polzin saw him steer the ball home for the opener on the five minute mark.
A brilliant long pass from Barrowby’s sweeper keeper, Temple-Fielder placed the ball into the path of Lockton. Having shot over just before, a similar attempt saw him keep this chance down. With a sweet left foot strike under the body of the opposition keeper, Lee-Brown, the home side went 2-0 up.
With the half-time score at 2-0 the home defence was doing very well, thwarting attacks with good strength and discipline from Jacklin, Poole and Pilkington. They were all rock solid and supported forward play well too.
Barrowby continued to apply pressure against good opposition who always posed a threat, particularly with the very tricky Stanley and goal scorer Bass.
A hard working Page used his pace to get some good toes to 50/50s and pressed players on the right wing, linking up well with fine passes out wide by Wade in the middle.
But following a long kick from Lee-Brown, the ball deflected into the path of Bass, Town’s striker taking his opportunity very well with a left foot strike.
Barrowby made further changes, Black coming on with immediate effect with a first time ball which saw a one-two with Pilkington which resulted in French just shooting wide.
Barrowby have now completed a league and cup treble over an excellent Newark side, which is a notable achievement, and are enjoying a terrific run of eight league wins.