Barney has a field day as United come through table-topping test
DIVISION A leaders Mangotsfield United Under-10s sailed safely through a stern test against a strong Patchway Sports team courtesy of a 5-1 away victory in a table-topping cruncher.
Star man Sam Barney produced some great work down the right flank for Harry Milton to give Mangos an early first-game lead, before Will Ashton and Max Wiltshire combined well to set Barney up for a goal of his own to hand Mangos a deserved 2-0 half-time advantage.
Patchway came back strongly in the second half, combining neat passing football with a strong physical presence, but it wasn't until late on that the superb Ellis Parker was finally beaten by a well-taken Patchway penalty.
Mangotsfield clinched the contest overall in style by overcoming Patchway 3-0 in the second game. Sol Thomas carved out an early chance for himself, weaving his way through the Patchway defence, only to see his effort crash against a post.
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It wasn't long before another fine effort from Thomas led to the first of his two great strikes on the day, while Seb Scott crashed home Mangos' third goal.
Josh Sandrone and Dan Northcott produced strong performances for Field, while Owen Riddler claimed the man-of-the-match award for a colossus performance in central midfield.
Patchway posed little threat to Mangos' trio of defenders Callum Humphries, James Walker and Kieran Williamson.
Broadwalk Under-10s set up an enticing top-table second division showdown with visiting Shire Colts this coming Sunday by surging to a 10-0 home success over Ashton Boys Colts.
Showing some of the style and flair that has propelled them to two league and two cup successes over the past two seasons, Broadwalk took the lead on 15 minutes with a Keegan Thorne goal, before another fantastic finish, from Lewis Neale, made it 2-0 at half-time.
The floodgates opened in the second period with the superb Neale dominating central midfield alongside Christian Ayabaah and Thorne got his second before Cody Vile notched a superb double, with only the bar stopping him scoring a hat-trick.
Substitute Jordan-Lee Walters hit his first hat-trick of the season with three quality strikes.
While Ayabaah notched from what seemed an impossible angle, before centre-half Taylor Morrison smashed home an unstoppable volley from a corner for his first goal of the season.
Thornbury Town Under-10s battled all the way to earn a point from an enthralling 3-3 aggregate draw with Frampton Rangers in the C Division.
Dizzy Heal and Kieran Perrett netted for travelling Thornbury in the first game to earn them a 2-2 draw. Ben Vizard defended gallantly for the visitors, while Luke Bennett, Perrett and Josh Lyden ran hard and pressed quickly on to a skilful Frampton midfield.
Thorns keeper and man-of-the-match Jacob Ford stole the show with several stupendous saves, including a clearance off the line that no one could quite believe.
The second game was hard-fought too, with Karl Kauz netting early on for Thornbury via a slight deflection before Frampton equalised.
End-to-end football continued in biting conditions with Town's star performer Johan Hobbs and Theo Stowell excelling, and Oscar Kauz pulling off a string of saves.
Despite Sam Sturt and Karl Kauz having chances to win it for Thorns, the score remained 1-1.
Almondsbury Saints Under-11s took over top spot in Division A and maintained their perfect record with a hard-fought win away against battling Whitchurch Sports.
Whitchurch tested keeper Charlie Smith early on, but against the run of play Almonds' leading scorer Isiah Crawford slotted the ball home from a Ben Lloyd cross.
Whitchurch continued to apply pressure and deservedly went ahead with two strikes from Corey Kingdon, before Crawford again levelled up the tie for Saints heading into the break.
Boosted by strong defensive displays from Harrison Neil, Sam Bird and Sean Coombes, the Saints took a two-goal advantage after the interval with further goals from George Johnston-Allen and Lloyd, before the impressive Crawford and man-of-the-match Lloyd both completed fabulous hat-tricks to give their team a 7-2 head-start.
The second match was a much tighter affair which saw brave keeping from Almondsbury's Seth Burbidge and staunch defending by Jack Smith and Max Barker, before the away side snatched the lead. Marshall Bamford and Saints' star man Ollie Merry combined well to release Archie Parry to slot home.
Whitchurch hit back immediately with Rhys Naylor equalising, while at the other end lively Almonds winger Harvey Pritchard was unlucky not to score when his effort came back off the woodwork.
Saints, however, eventually sealed a 2-1 win and 9-3 aggregate success through Mason Jones' strike.
Thornbury Town Under-9s settled for a fighting point from a 3-3 away draw with Bradley Stoke United in Division C.
In truth, the bitter cold east wind was the real winner, with all the goals being scored at the same end of the pitch.
Thornbury were sluggish early on in game one and United enjoyed a succession of corners before opening the scoring in the first half. Man-of-the-match Ben King nevertheless enjoyed a good game in Thornbury's defence, while Sam Lee was lively for the visitors, who went agonisingly close to equalising a few times before Freddie Harper tapped in near the end to make it 1-1.
Thornbury started the second game slowly and lethargically in defence, allowing United to snatch a 2-0 first-half lead, despite some good saves from Thorns star man Henry Thomas and strong tackling by Martin Chapman.
Town became more dominant after the break and reliable hit-man George Baker pulled two goals back for them to make the final score 2-2.