YOUTH FOOTBALL: Great Ponton win by the odd goal in five
Mid Lincs Youth League
Great Ponton 3
This was the first time these two teams had met and they both displayed some great football.
Both sides had chances in the first half but it was Welton who scorede first as Ponton failed to clear their lines quick enough for the first time in the game.
But one minute before half time, Ponton’s new signing, Callum Parrish, shot from outside the box to hit the back of the net, bringing the scoreline even again.
Ponton started strongly in the second half and they seemed to have much more possession. Barry Harrison was the next Ponton player to score, slotting the ball straight past the keeper into the bottom corner, putting the home side ahead for the first time in the match.
Ponton did not let the pressure drop and some excellent saves from keeper Kian Hodgkinson and superb clearances from Harry Wing and his defenders kept Ponton in the lead.
Midfielder Connor Hodgkinson played a perfect ball through to Parrish, who ran down the wing and crossed it straight to striker Owen Devine to finish, giving Ponton a two-goal lead.
But, with minutes remaining, Welton were awarded a penalty for a handball in the Ponton area, which they fired into the top corner.
For the remaining two minutes of the game, Ponton just brought every player back behind the ball to hold on to the win.
Man of the match was Callum Parrish.
Great Ponton: K. Hodgkinson, Raitt, Harvey, Wing, Croft, Parrish, C. Hodgkinson, J. Devine (c), O’Brien, O. Devine, Harrison, Tilbury, McDonald.
Grantham Youth League
Barrowby Panthers 5
Ropsley Colts 4
Conditions were as to be expected just two days after Storm Doris and for the first half the Panthers played into the wind and uphill, and against these additional challenges it was essential that they kept the Colts within sight during that first half.
The advantages of playing downhill and with the wind were clear from the whistle and the Panthers had to defend well. A couple of momentary lapses of concentration from what was a bit of an experimental defence, along with some clinical finishing from the Colts, saw early goals being scored by Ropsley.
Panthers dug deep and, with a goal from Lawes, the teams went in at half time with the score at 3-1 to the Colts.
With the wind and downhill advantage now with the Panthers for the second half, the scores were tied within eight minutes after goals from Lawes and Richardson.
Panthers extended their goal-run thanks to a third goal from Lawes before the Colts were awarded a penalty for a clumsy challenge in the box. With all eyes on goalkeeper Newcombe, the penalty was struck hard and low. Newcombe dived low to his left and palmed the kick away.
The Panthers grew in confidence during the second half and at times had the Colts pegged into their box. Cameron Stothard bagged his first goal for the Panthers during one of these spells to take the score to 5-3.
The Colts were not done yet and continued to break on the counter-attack and scored with almost the last kick of the game.
Panthers man-of-the-match was awarded to Lawes for his work-rate and hat trick, and a notable mention to Newcombe for his penalty save.
Barrowby: Newcombe, Harper, Pearce, Baker, Richardson (c), Mason, Lawes, Sentence, Evans, Brett, Maxwell, Stothard.
Newark Youth League
Barrowby Magpies 6
A changed Magpies team saw a few changes to the starting line-up in their first league encounter for several weeks, notably Triston starting in goal and Temple-Fielder, Barrowby’s usual number one, starting out on the wing.
An early handball decision led to a Farndon free kick and a fine strike got the away side off to a flying start within minutes.
With the wind blowing and the rain easing, it looked like it could be a tough encounter for Barrowby. However, the home side quickly fought hard to get things back on track with some quality play throughout the team.
An energetic Temple-Forlder struck a half volley over the bar and, soon after, Lockton shot over from a tight angle. Barrowby equalised after Gibson played a smashing through-ball which resulted in Temple-Fielder hitting home from close range.
Barrowby’s second came soon after a throw-in, with Gibson putting the boys in front.
Barrowby then saw a smashing half volley from Lockton on the edge of the box to take the score to 3-1 and it was he who added his second goal, this time from closer range after a nice assist from Thompson on the left flank.
The first half ended 5-1. The fifth goal created by Pilkington. He showed good desire to get forward from midfield, a neat drag back and very unselfish to play Poole in to slot home.
With Barrowby now ringing the changes, the side added one further goal in the second half. This time Gibson for a brace with a good left foot strike from a corner.
Barrowby extend their league run to six wins on the trot.
Barrowby: Triston, Jacklin, Lockton, Wade, Poole, Page, Owen, Pilkington, Gibson, Temple-Fielder, Mensah, Black, Thompson.
Notts Youth League
Saturday Division Three U15
Wollaton Hall & Bramcote Yellows 0
Bottesford FC 3
With both these teams fighting for second place, Bottesford knew this was going to be a tough game.
It took Bottesford a good 10 minutes to get into the game, but once they did the football was brilliant.
Bottesford took the lead through a Josh Beeston 25-yard free kick which sailed over everyone. Bottesford extended their lead after good work from Jack Heafford down the right saw him crossed in for Declan Naylor who curled the ball into the net with the outside of his foot.
The second half saw Wollaton come at Bottesford and they put three up front to try and claw a goal back, but Bottesford’s back four kept them at bay.
The Nottingham side went close when their forward hit the crossbar from 30 yards out.
With 10 minutes left, though, Matt Cox raced past two Wollaton defenders and coolly slotted the ball past the keeper to keep Bottesford in contention for promotion.