Rovers earn bragging rights over City rivals
BRISTOL Rovers SCJ Under-10s kept the pressure on the top two in Division A with a hard-fought 4-1 win over Bristol City JSC.
They took the lead as Miguel Freckleton followed up a saved shot to score.
And with man-of-the-match Keane Ashwood working hard up front, Rovers were then awarded a dubious penalty for handball which was saved by the excellent City keeper, as the opening game finished with Rovers narrowly ahead by that solitary strike.
Rovers raced into a 2-0 lead in the ensuing encounter through their star man Liam McCracken, who was ably supported by the hard-working Scott O'Brien.
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City would not give up and were shown a way back after the break when a corner was deflected into the net for an own goal.
But Rovers kept pressing and Bradley Webb netted to make it 3-1 and seal a good win, to the delight of manager Kevin Ashwood whose team had not played in seven weeks.
In Division C, Stoke Lane Under-10s overcame stubborn resistance from a strong Frampton Rangers team to win 3-1 overall on the road.
Lane keeper Kyle Tanner was kept busy and had to be at his best to deny Frampton's attack with some great saves.
It was the visitors who went 1-0 up following a powerful long-range shot from Luke Hulbert which deflected off the well positioned knee of team-mate Thomas Underhill, before Frampton hit back to equalise just before half-time.
With Stoke star man Cameron Tuckett immense in midfield, his team pulled away late on when Nick Clements netted with three minutes to go and moments later, following a great run and pass by Jonathan Mead, Clements again added a third with a great strike from a tight angle.
The second game was a tight affair with Oakley Dawes and Charlie Sagar going close early on for the Lane, but unable to get past the in-form Frampton keeper. Man-of-the-match Karim Halia was a solid presence between the Stoke sticks in an end-to-end encounter which somehow finished goalless.
Ashton Boys Under-11s produced a fine display, but it wasn't enough to overcome in-form Almondsbury, who won 3-1 to maintain their 100 per cent record in Division A.
They opened the scoring when Ollie Merry fed leading scorer Isaiah Crawford, who produced a fine left-footed shot past Ashton keeper Alex Davis.
Both teams battled well with Max Barker, Theo Hawkins and Jack Smith producing some fine work for the Almonds, and it was Hawkins whose fierce effort on goal led to George Johnston-Allen hitting their second.
Ashton enjoyed some good spells, but they could not find a way past keeper Seth Burbidge, who produced a man-of the-match performance with a string of excellent saves.
The second game was equally well contested and again Almondsbury had their keeper, Charlie Smith, in fine form. Sam Bird, Archie Parry and Ben Lloyd battled well, while Ellis Richards and Harrison Neill were in control at the back keeping a close watch on the dangerous Riley Allen.
Neill capped a magnificent display by taking the ball from the halfway line, beating three players and drilling it into the net, before Adam Murphy grabbed a late consolation for Ashton.
Hallen Under-13s stormed into the quarter-finals of the GFA Boys Cup with a comprehensive 9-1 victory over Mangotsfield United.
They took an early lead when Corey Cotterill's pin-point cross was headed in well by Joe Hodson, but Mangos hit back after a mix-up in their opponents' defence.
Hallen responded with efforts from Ben Alexander and their star man Billy Saunders and it got better for them after the break as Cato Dacres laid on goals for his brother Tyler Dacres and Jacob Howell.
Luke Henderson (2), Tyler Dacres, who doubled his own tally, and Jack Aldom, with a fine run and finish, wrapped up the win.