Almondsbury prepare for tough top-of-the-table clash with a win
ALMONDSBURY Under-11s warmed up for this Sunday's exciting away showdown with leaders Bristol City JSC with a 5-1 overall victory at a good AEK Boco team.
The Almonds went into this Division A fixture trying to protect their perfect record this term against a team they narrowly defeated, 4-3, at home the week before.
Clinical finishes by Ben Lloyd and Rehal Jafan, to go with Sean Coombe's late effort, handed the Almonds a 3-1 first-game incentive, aided by solid displays from Max Barker and man-of-the-match Theo Hawkins at the back, and good work by Oliver Merry, Finley Biggs and Ben Lloyd in midfield.
An Ellis Richards pass put Marshall Bamford through to open the first-half scoring for Almondsbury in the second game, before James White sealed a 2-0 victory with a rasping right-foot effort.
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The game was well contested by both teams, but Almondsbury, with Richards and Harrison Neil commanding at the back, ex-academy players Bamford and James White showing up well in midfield and Archie Parry and Mason Jones busy upfront, were always in control.
Now, with City JSC also boasting a 100 per cent winning record, the scene is set for a cracking Sunday morning encounter.
Mangotsfield United Under-11s secured two terrific wins against a strong and combative Stoke Lane side to run out 5-2 aggregate Division A victors.
They took an early first-match lead when Aaron Jones set up Bailey Sloper to score, before Jones doubled their lead with a stunning free-kick from halfway.
Luke Hill, enjoying a storming game for Mangotsfield, then set up Sloper to superbly add his second goal, before Lane pulled back a late consolation.
Two well-taken goals from star striker Callum Date, the first expertly set up by Aayush Seegum, saw Field to a 2-1 second-game success.
Lane pushed forward threateningly in the second half, but were held at bay by a string of saves from Aidan Connolly and a great battling performance by Kieran Joseph and his team-mates.
Bath City Under-11s hit the ground running against Brislington Juniors with five first-half goals in the opening game before going on to complete a 15-7 overall success.
Bath added another after the interval but Brislington's man-of-the-match Lewis Ceraj fired a superb goal to breathe new life into the visitors and Albin Stephen and Ashley King also netted in a 7-3 defeat.
Bris came out determinedly in the second game with George Harper scoring a hat-trick before half-time, although a bright Bath team still led 4-3 come the interval.
The Romans went on to score four more times, while Bris star man George Harper pulled one back for the battling visitors as they went down 8-4.
Stoke Lane Under-10s came out on top of two end-to-end encounters to overcome Thornbury Town 4-1 away in Division C.
They took a first-game lead through Lewis Evans in the second half and the marksman doubled his tally moments later following a great save from the Thornbury keeper.
Thornbury looked equally strong up front and pulled a goal back late on to set up an enthralling second game.
And another tense and close affair it proved, too.
Tom Isaac put the Lane 1-0 up in the first half and Jonathan Mead settled their nerves with a goal midway through the second period to put the result beyond their spirited opponents' reach.
Harvey Thornbury helped himself to five goals as Warmley Rangers Under-9s continued their winning ways with a sparkling 10-3 victory over Fry Colts in the C Division.
With star striker Thornbury in prolific form, they took the first match 8-2.
Will Brimblecombe twice netted with excellent finishes and man-of-the-match Joel Oswin capped another great display to score himself.
The second game was a tight affair in which Fry's took an early lead, and they would have increased it with a penalty, but for a brilliantly save by Tom Williams.
Rangers roared back through Kai Johnson's two calmly-taken finishes following powerful runs, while midfield maestro Joe Lock produced a lively man-of-the-match display to help keep his team on the front foot.
Thornbury Town Under-9s completed two 4-0 wins to run-out 8-0 overall victors over Mangotsfield United in the same section. Charlie Moss opened the first-game scoring from a corner and Tomas Staines quickly added a second.
Thornbury were resilient in defence with their star performer Ben King, who has grown in confidence this season, showing good positional awareness and tackling and keeper Joe Pearman in reliable form.
At the other end, Moss added a third before Aiden Ebanks netted the goal of the game with a mazy solo run and unerring shot.
Thornbury took an early lead in the second match with a George Baker strike that just squirmed into the net. Mangos were then awarded a penalty, but James Walker made a fine stop.
Walker was in great form and his assured handling and quick distribution led to the start of many Thornbury attacks.
Star man Baker added three more goals, the highlight of which was a close-range effort which he cleverly directed into the net off his backside.