YOUTH FOOTBALL: Barrowby hit Ancaster for six to be crowned league champions for second successive year
Grantham Youth League U13
Barrowby Gladiators travelled to Ancaster hoping to continue their recent good form and needing three points to be crowned Grantham Youth League champions for the second season in a row.
With the wind behind them, Gladiators started strongly and put Ancaster on the back foot while creating chance after chance, however, they were unable to score that all important goal to settle nerves.
With Kettle and Wade pulling the strings and creating chances, the opening goal came in the 14th minute from a corner which was swung in to the near post by Alves and finished on the volley by Wade.
From the resulting kick-off, Ancaster went looking for an equaliser but were denied by Gladiators keeper Cole who has maintained fantastic form this season. Moments later, Gladiators went on the attack through Gibson, linking up well with Kettle who forced the keeper into a fine save at his near post. The resulting corner was again swung into the near post and this time skipper Bramley was on hand to slot home.
Shortly after, Wade won the ball in midfield and played in Kettle who delivered a fine cross for Lockton who finished with a cheeky back heal at the far post. By now Gladiators were starting to find their form and almost immediately from kick-off Wade won back possession, beating three players and finishing with a wonder strike from a tight angle which left the keeper little chance at all.
The second half got under way which saw Peberdy, Croft and Lee going close to getting on the scoresheet, although Ancaster had regrouped and started to carve out a few chances of their own. This meant the Gladiators defence needed to have their wits about them and deal with all Ancaster attacks; this saw Polzin, Bramley, Watkins and Alves deal with everything that came their way admirably.
With the game drawing to a close, Wade picked up a loose ball on the halfway line and he drove forward, skipping past players and finishing with a fine shot to beat keeper for his hat trick.
Following a reshuffle, Kettle saw himself pushed into midfield where he worked tirelessly to win back possession and create chances. Almost inevitably, he was able to link up with Wade who fired past the keeper for his fourth goal of the game.
Notts Youth League
Division Three U15
Hucknall Town Harriers 2
Bottesford FC 8
Bottesford travelled to basement side Hucknall, looking to keep pressure on league leaders Attenborough and narrow the gap.
They came across a tough, hard working Hucknall team. Bottesford took the lead through Matt Cox’s header but Hucknall levelled five minutes later.
Bottesford found it difficult to play football on Hucknall’s very small pitch and it was the home side who nearly took the lead, but a great save from Charlesworth kept it level.
This shook Bottesford up who went 5-1 up at half time with Matt Cox scoring the next four.
After the break, Bottesford scored a sixth through substitute Jae Greet who lobbed the on-rushing keeper. Greet added his second with a nicely take goal.
Hucknall pulled another goal back with a fine 25-yard strike but Bottesford’s Aidan Smith finished the game off with another cool lob.