Backwell steals the show for classy Mangos
TOMMY Backwell grabbed a hat-trick as Mangotsfield United Under-10s kicked off their new-year campaign with a sizzling 11-0 victory over Longwell Green.
Mangos had experienced an extended Christmas break due to the adverse weather, but they were soon into their stride in this Division A encounter as Harry Milton, Max Wiltshire and Will Ashton all backed-up hot-shot Backwell by weighing in with a goal apiece in a 6-0 success, to set things up nicely for the second game.
Not to be outdone by his first-game club-mate, super Seb Scott celebrated a hat-trick too, despite a mini-hurricane sweeping across the pitch, while tricky winger Owen Riddler turned in a tremendous performance and was rewarded with a fine 25-yard left-footed drive into the bottom corner.
Sol Thomas also scored with a flying header from the edge of the box, nearly bursting the net following a well-taken corner kick, to make it a great day all round for Mangos.
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Meanwhile, Tom Isaac leapt to Stoke Lane Under-10s' rescue as they secured a 2-1 aggregate victory after two very tight games with Ashton Boys.
The three points ensured Lane kept the heat on Division C leaders Brislington, whom they trail by five points with a game in hand.
An end-to-end first game, played in excellent conditions, saw both sides hit the post and crossbar, with Lane's in-form keeper Kyle Tanner picking up the man-of-the-match accolade.
The goalless contest almost produced a winner through Stoke's Jonathan Mead, whose late strike smashed against the post.
The second game proved a close affair too, with Ashton going 1-0 up early in the first half through a well-struck penalty.
Ryan Jones helped get Lane back into it following a great run to set up Bradley Hutchinson to smash home the equaliser.
Stoke star man Isaac's second-half strike sealed all three points for Lane when he dribbled round a number of Ashton players to crash home a left-footed finish from the edge of the box, to put his team in good heart for their local derby with Bradley Stoke Youth at Little Stoke Playing Fields this Sunday (10.30am).