Athletic have just enough to ease their way past Henbury Colts
STOKE Lane Athletic Under-12s had to fight all the way for a deserved 3-2 First Division victory over an organised Henbury Colts team.
Patience was rewarded on 15 minutes when Matt Binding beat the offside trap to put Lane in front.
They doubled their lead before the break when Alex Wells found space just outside the box and drilled a fine effort into the bottom corner.
Joe Naish kept Henbury at bay with a great save just on half-time, but as his side started the second period slowly, Henbury needed no invitation to get back in the game as Kai Elliott found the roof of the net with a controlled finish.
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Five minutes later, it was all square as a cross-shot found its way into the back of the net off a Stoke Lane boot.
After missing a string of chances, it was Liam Harvie who notched Lane's winner with a simple finish after good work by Wells.
In Division Five, Stoke Lane Under-12s defeated a spirited Severn Beach team 6-1.
They took the lead through a Charlie Henderson strike but Severn Beach equalised with a fine goal straight from the restart.
Two goals from Harvey Lewis and further strikes by Ethan Ansell, Sam Haskins and Tom Rollings put the game beyond reach of the battling Beach.
After a four-week break from action, Hallen Under-13s hit the ground running with a comfortable 8-0 win over Warmley Rangers in Division One.
They took an early led when Corey Cotterill slid a neat ball to Joe Hodson, who finished well.
His team went into the break with a 2-0 lead when debutant Cato Dacres' neat footwork found Hodson in space to double his tally.
Hallen scored six more times after the interval with Hodson grabbing his third and fourth goals after great work from Ben Alexander.
Tyler Dacres, also making his debut, helped himself to a brace while his brother Cato scored with a fine solo effort.
With star man Harry Reynolds and Brad Lewis outstanding at the back, Henbury completed the scoring through Jack Aldom.
In the Somerset Cup, Portishead Town Under-14s breezed into the next round of the Lewin Somerset Cup with a 16-1 success against Midsomer Norton.
Man-of-the-match Ashley Leathem was at his creative best in midfield, setting up numerous opportunities for his team and netting four himself. Portishead scored eight goals in each half, with Joe Hance (5), Luke Osgood (2), Sam Torrance, Tyler Ashmead, Fernando Monseratte (2) and skipper Oskar Todd all on target.
While Portishead's front men were in potent form, Jamie Whitfield, Elliott Kay, David Warnes and Todd, together with holding midfielder Cameron Jones, ensured the visitors' attacks were limited, although keeper Will Bennett made some good saves.