YOUTH FOOTBALL: Grantham Ambergate Academy triumph on penalties

Ambergate's team with their sponsors.
Ambergate's team with their sponsors.
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With the help and support of their fantastic new sponsors (pictured), Community Books, Eternamedia Mandev and FOSA, Ambergate’s Upper School football team walked out against Wilds Lodge in a brand new kit.

With Mrs Asher from Community Books and Mr and Mrs Burrow from Eternamedia Mandev supporting the team, the match kicked off. Ambergate took the lead when Nathan Aldridge lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper from close range.

Wilds Lodge equalised just before half-time with a powerful drive beating Bradley Smith, who was required to play in goal in the absence of Josh Melloy.

In the second half it rained goals. Wilds Lodge took complete control and scored three well worked goals to go 4-1 up.

Smith made numerous impressive saves in the opening 15 minutes to ensure the game wasn’t out of sight for the hosts. This proved to be invaluable as Ambergate, against the run of play, staged a wonderful comeback.

A Harry Foxon hat-trick drew the sides level before Kieron Robinson blasted in a fifth and Tyler Wakefield slotted in a sixth.

Ambergate had completely turned the match around and it got even better when Foxon smashed home a penalty for 7-4.

The match turned around again though with three quickfire goals from Wilds Lodge.

A handball just on the outside of the area presented Foxon with an opportunity to curl a free-kick in the top corner, which he superbly executed. But Ambergate were barely finished celebrating when Wilds Lodge kicked off and equalised almost instantly before the final whistle.

A penalty shoot-out followed which Ambergate won 5-4 with spot-kicks converted by Foxon, Josh Oates, Richard Curnow, Nathan Aldridge and Smith.

Player of the match was Harry Foxon for excellent leadership and his five goals.