Foxes benefit from Ingleside's goal frenzy
INGLESIDE Under-11s struck five of the eight goals scored in their clash with Westbury Park Foxes Whites – and still finished up on the losing side.
They went into the break 3-0 down, but came out fighting in the second half and pegged it back to 3-3 through goals from Nyheam (2) and Divine Amafule.
However, a skilful and organised Westbury Park side netted twice in the final ten minutes to maintain their place, with the aid of two own goals, at the top of the division courtesy of a 5-3 victory with five fixtures to play.
Thornbury Town's impressive home form continued with a 5-0 win against Felton, that after the away team had dominated the first half. Town defenders Ewan Bishop and Chris Webbe worked well to weather the storm and keeper Alex Randall was always quick to respond.
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At the other end, Thornbury were unable to capitalise on a great Jake Fairhurst through ball, while Leighton Tuodolo and Josh Riggs both shot just wide.
After a goalless first half, Thornbury stepped up the pace, with Aaron Barnes working hard upfront and Michael Gowie making some precision passes into the box, and Riggs finally broke the deadlock for them with a spectacular goal, thundering down the length of the pitch before powering the ball in.
Within minutes, Riggs got his second from the edge of the area and Michael Gowie fired in from close range for 3-0, before Sam Down blasted in Thornbury's fourth and a clever ball from Gowie found Tuodolo to finish decisively and wrap up the scoring.
Meanwhile, Bishopston United Under-12s clinched a hard-fought 2-0 win over local rivals Westbury Park Foxes. The deadlock was broken by Toby Wales, who won a three-way race to the ball just outside the penalty area and poked it home.
It was Wales who pounced again to claim his second goal after the ball fell loose to him inside the box.
Westbury Park pushed hard for a way back into the game, but were twice denied what would have been a deserved consolation by goal-line clearances from central defender Michael Doran.
While Thornbury Town were overcoming Ashley Down 3-1, James Cook was cracking a hat-trick for Wickwar Wanderers Under-12s in their 5-1 success against Shirehampton, Robbie Haines grabbing the home side's other two goals and Jack White notching Shire's consolation.
In Under-14 Division A, Golden Hill Sonics kept in touch with the frontrunners courtesy of a 3-0 home win over Ingleside. Rob Grant, with a brace, and Josh Parsons did the damage, while Sonics' defence always remained solid when Ingleside did muster an attack.
Gordano Valley Giants crushed Southmead 7-0 on the road, while Mohamed Sarbast and Andrew Peterson were on target for Ingleside Colts and Icthus respectively in a 1-1 B-Division draw. Icthus were generally on top, but were thwarted by the superb form of the home keeper.
Euan Hughes celebrated a hat-trick in Bishopston United's 6-0 away success against Redland Raiders, and St Andrews roared back from an early one-goal deficit to beat travelling Thornbury Town B 8-1.
Eddie Bounds deftly equalised for the Saints. And with the last kick of the first half, Matt Richmond side-footed home to finish a slick passing movement down the right.
The goal drove a wedge into the scoreline as Saints proceeded to widen it with a more dominant second-half performance.
Richmond added his second followed by a couple from Lloyd Shail, including a well-taken header from a corner. A fine individual effort by William Stanley and late goals from Josh Butt and Matt Howell made it a comfortable outcome for St Andrews.