Mangotsfield come from two-down to make their manager very proud
BOSS John Wiltshire admitted to being a proud man after seeing his Mangotsfield United Under-10s' A-Division pacesetters secure an important 4-3 victory over third-placed Keynsham Town.
Despite Mangos dominating the first game, with man-of-the-match Harry Milton producing a fine performance down the right side, Tom Garland performing courageously upfront and Stan Doling, Sonny Tucker and Harry Jefferies keeping their rearguard tight, Keynsham managed to break the deadlock against the run of play, leaving it all for the hosts to do in the second game.
And it got worse for Field before it could get better as an early Keynsham strike saw them trailing 2-0 overall.
But with star man Owen Riddler a rock in central midfield, Mangos roared back to lead the game 4-1 with a double by the skilful Sam Barney, aided by great work from the excellent Josh Sandrone, and strikes apiece by Dan Northcott and Sol Thomas.
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Even then Town grabbed a late goal to reduce the overall arrears to one goal and ensure Mangos' defensive trio of Kieran Williamson, Callum Humphries and keeper Jacob Glover were kept on their toes in a tense finish.
Bristol Rovers JSC Under-10s turned in two super performances to overcome Bradley Stoke in style in the same division. They took a first-game lead through Elijah Hayden and shortly after Joseph Calloway added a second to hand them a 2-0 interval advantage.
With man-of-the-match Henry Smith dealing with anything Bradley Stoke could muster, and Miguel Freckleton producing some strong wing play, Rovers scored a third through Elijah Hayden before Lewis Bryan got the goal his performance deserved to make it 4-0.
Rovers pressed hard in the second game too and took a first-half lead through Scott O'Brien 1-0.
With their star man Harvey Milton enjoying a storming outing in defence, and Rovers' passing game in full flow, Owen Lindgard extended their advantage to 2-0 and 6-0 overall, a fine feat given they only had 14 players available for the two games.
AEK Boco Under-11s and Mangotsfield United contrived to produce a result seldom found in the Hanham Minor League – a goalless aggregate stalemate.
Mangos had the better of the first of the two Division A matches but were unable to score the goal their superiority deserved.
Bailey Sloper was a constant threat in attack while Ryan Evans was unlucky to hit the post twice.
Yet Boco almost scored a late winner when a thundering shot was superbly pushed on to the bar by keeper Kieran Bees.
Boco had the better of a second game which offered few chances. Kieran Murray played fantastically well in midfield for Mangotsfield, while keeper Aidan Connolly kept out the Boco striker with a fine save when he was clean through.
The best chances for the Mangos came via free-kicks from Callum Date, who so nearly won them the game late on when his fine effort was tipped wide by the Boco goalie.
Warmley Rangers Under-9s extended their unbeaten run to five games with a hard-fought 9-6 victory over Fry Colts in the C Division.
They took a tight opening game 4-3 with a Harvey Thornbury double and further goals by Lewis Parfitt and Dillon Monks, although Rangers' star performer Ethan Clay was forced into making some excellent saves to ensure his team maintained their slender advantage heading into the second game.
In another end-to-end encounter, Warmley ran out 5-3 winners, in which Cody Perera was magnificent in defence to earn the man-of-the-match award for his team. Thomas Vincent's super long-distance strike, and well-taken braces by Thomas Williams and Kai Johnson, saw Rangers to victory.