YOUTH FOOTBALL: Months of preparation pay off for new-look Barrowby under-15s
Nottingham Youth League
Netherfield Blue 1
During the close season, Barrowby manager Dale Dudley and his assistant Richard Cann put together an exciting and talented squad of existing and new players, and following months of hard work in training the team are starting to gell together.
This weekend’s result at a blustery Lowfields was a justified reward.
The conditions made passing football difficult but both teams made valiant efforts, with Barrowby running out 6-1 winners with goals from Dudley, Lane, Marshall (2) and L’Lalere (2).
Mid Lincs Youth League
Harrowby United 2
Gainsborough Trinity 3
Harrowby entertained high flying Gainsborough Trinity in this mouth-watering clash at the Environcom Stadium.
In the early stages of the game it was evident that the visitors were a well balanced side with strength and speed throughout the squad, but the young Arrows set about their task, piling pressure on the Trinity defence with the pace of Cox and Hull leading the home side attack.
Both defences were working overtime during the first period, however the deadlock was broken with a pinpoint pass to the Gainsborough forward who finished clinically in the bottom corner.
The second half got underway much the same, with both sides probing in the swirling wind.
Man of the match Matt Cox was causing the visitors a heap of problems and as a result was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Arrows skipper Max Fedorson to dispatch the spot kick to bring the scores level.
Gainsborough, however, went on to score two more well taken goals giving Josh Ward no chance in the between the sticks for the Arrows.
With 15 minutes remaining, Kye Hull was also brought down in the box, and once again the penalty was tucked away by Fedorson.
The young Arrows pulled out all the stops looking for the elusive equaliser in the dying minutes but the away defence held firm and condemned Harrowby to their first defeat of the season
Lincolnshire Under-14 County Cup
Harrowby United 6
The long awaited local derby finally arrived with a change of venue due to the Environcom Stadium having a waterlogged pitch, and many thanks to Long Bennington for use of their excellent surface.
The opening few minutes of the game were scrappy with nervous passing, both teams struggling to settle. As the game progressed the young Arrows started to find their range with some crisp passing and probing towards the opposition goal.
One such attack produced a corner kick, and the resulting cross saw Marley Okoth gifted with a free header to give Harrowby the lead.
But not to be outdone, Gonerby produced the equaliser within two minutes of the re-start with a carbon copy goal.
Korban Read then settled the young Arrows’ nerves with a quick fire brace of well taken goals, giving the keeper no chance, Harrowby now had the bit between their teeth and further goals from Kye Hull and Matt Cox gave them a healthy 5-1 lead at the break.
Another set-piece allowed the Arrows to notch up the half dozen with a well taken header by Joe Angeloni in the second half.
Gonerby rallied in the final minutes to score another, but the damage was already done and Harrowby progressed to the next round