A round-up of all the weekend’s action from the youth football leagues.
Eastbourne Borough Under-16 9, Rottingdean Village 0
Eastbourne Borough booked their place in the second round of the County Cup after they knocked nine goals past Rottingdean. An impressive team performance gave several players the opportunity to impress. Charlie Truman, Clemence Sakala, Harry Manyard, Thomas Cyprien, and Nathan Stoddern all found the net. Stoddern picked up the Man of the Match award due to his great control and driven runs from midfield throughout the game. ‘Boro will face a sterner test in Lewes Bridgeview in the next round of the competition.
Polegate Grasshoppers Under-16 4, Hailsham United Under-16 0
Polegate produced another emphatic performance to book their place in the second round of the County Cup and sent Hailsham United, from the Division above, crashing out of the competition. John Reeves opened the scoring early on with a looping long-range free kick, and the Hoppers continued to dominate throughout the first half. The home side doubled their lead early in the second half when increased pressure from Harry Rogers forced an own goal, and Eli Cunningham made it three with an un-challenged header to convert a corner. Polegate had plenty more chances to extend their lead, but had to wait until late-on for their fourth when Tyler Capon twisted and turned in a crowded penalty area before he fired home.
Sovereign Saints Under-15 3,
Coldean Colts 0
Sovereign Saints U15’s recorded their first win of the season with an impressive 3-0 win over Coldean Colts. The new look Saints were playing only their second game together, as the summer saw the arrival of five new players to the club. Due to an injury, Jacob Smith came off the bench and netted the opener after some excellent passing in midfield. Saints were then awarded a penalty, from which Bobby Gadd duly converted. The home side continued in much the same vein during the the second half, and Tyler Downton scored their third and final goal after a wonderful pass from Jamier Barber. Barber was handed the Man of the Match award for his part in the dominant display.
Langton Green Under-15 4, Hailsham United Under-15 Colts 3
Hailsham could not hold out for a point against Langton Green in their Crowborough Division B match. The Colts did take the lead early-on through skipper Ellis Nuttal, but they were swiftly pegged back by Langton Green who netted three times before the half-time whistle. Hailsham emerged for the second half rejuvenated and scored a quick-fire double through the prolific striking duo of Jack Packham and Robin Garnet. However, Langton proved too strong, and scored the winner in the latter stages of the match.
Ratton Rangers Under-14 3, Three Bridges Under-14 1
Ratton Rangers overcame Three Bridges by three goals to one in their League Division One Match. However, the margin could have been much greater, had the home side taken advantage of the opportunities presented to them in the opening minutes. Fortunately for Rangers, they were not made to pay, as Finley Fry slotted home the opener from close range after some decent build up play. They got their second just before the break as Joseph Andrews headed home Charlie Ball’s floated cross. Alex Wickens pulled off a succession of saves to maintain the two goal gap after the restart. Three Bridges did eventually score after some sloppy defensive work from Rangers. Ratton, though, saw out the game, and secured the points with a penalty that was converted by Finley.
Any interested year 9 players contact Derrick 07894600856
Girls: Ratton Rangers Under-14 4, Hangleton Under-14 0
Ratton Rangers U14 Girls started their A Division league campaign with a convincing 4-0 win over Hangleton. The goals came from Alisha Chater, who bagged a hat-trick, and Megan Cates who remained composed to slot home. An assured display from the team clinched the three points, while goalkeeper Sophie Bourassa claimed the Woman of the Match award following an impeccable performance between the posts.
Any interested players in Year 9 can call Rachel Scott 07946 687470.
Crowborough Athletic Under-13 0, Eastbourne Town Blue Under-13 13
Eastbourne Town followed up their opening league victory with a comfortable win against Crowborough Athletic in the first round of the U-13 Sussex County Cup. Town scored their first goal inside three minutes, and had netted four without reply by the 20 minute mark. The away side headed into the break with a six goal lead, which put the game beyond any reasonable doubt. Eastbourne, however, did not rest on their laurels and scored a further seven before the final whistle. The margin could have been far greater had it not been for an improved defensive display from Crowborough when the second-half resumed. Josh Coleman bagged a hat-trick, whilst George McCarthy picked up the Man of the Match award.
Pevensey & Westham Under-12 0, Eastbourne Borough Red U-12 9
A solid defensive performance, in particular from fullback Curtis Stevens was the platform for an emphatic Borough win over Pevensey & Westham. Josh Ring opened his account on the five minute mark, when he audaciously lobbed the Pevensey ‘keeper. Jake Hicks scored the first of his three goals moments later, which was followed up by another strike from Ring, and a brace from Harry Stanford. Ring completed his hat-trick, and Hicks scored another before the break to give Boro’ a six-goal lead. The home side netted a further three before the final whistle through Joey Tivey, Stanford, and Hicks who completed his hat-trick in the process.
Eastbourne Town Yellow Under-12 4 Wadhurst Under-12 1
Charley Kendall scored two goals as Town saw off the challenge posed by Wadhurst. The home side took an early lead after Kendall converted a fine cross from Arthur Fleming. Eastbourne looked comfortable, until a penalty was awarded to Wadhurst just before the half-time interval. Man of the Match Barry Elliston saved the penalty, only for the referee to ask for it to be retaken. However, Eliiston was not to be beaten, and stopped it yet again, this time with a dive to the right of his goal. Town emerged for the second-half, and added to their lead with goals from Alex Targett and Kendall. Zak Bolton turned and shot nicely to score Eastbourne’s fourth. Wadhurst, grabbed a consolation goal late-on from the spot, after they were awarded another penalty just before the final whistle
Sevenoaks Under-12 2, Hailsham United JFC Under-12 Juniors 2
Hailsham drew away at Sevenoaks in a difficult, and closely contested encounter. The away side were the first to make their mark on the scoresheet after Dan Collins latched onto a through ball provided by Man of the Match Reece Harman. Sevenoaks, though, remained composed and were level before the whistle for half-time. They then came out after the break, and took the lead after some hesitation in the Hailsham defence handed the Kent club an opportunity to slot home. United, were undeterred and scored, with just seconds to go, through Seb Bowler who connected with a cross from the wing.
Eastbourne Borough Under-11 2 Hawkhurst Youth Under-11 2
A last minute penalty from Joe Sarro was needed to salvage a draw for Eastbourne Borough U-11 against the Hawkhurst Youth U-11. The coastal club started the brighter, and took the lead mid-way through the first-half, after some neat play on the edge of the box gave Alfie Webb the opportunity to slot home the opener. Hawkhurst, however, fought back, and scored two goals soon after the restart. The home side continued to press though, and they got the equaliser they duly deserved after Ben Akehurst won a penalty following a surging run from midfield.
Eastbourne Town Under-12 11 - Crawley United Under-12 0
Eastbourne Town scored 11 goals, whilst they claimed a clean sheet in a resounding victory against last season’s Mid Sussex Division 2 Champions, Crawley United. They held a seven goal lead at the break, after Harry Lambird opened the scoring in the 7th minute. Aaron Clarke rifled home a volley four minutes later to open his account - he would go onto score a hat-trick. George Cooper slotted home the third, after a well worked move was executed to perfection. Town were in total control of the match, and further goals from Cooper, Lambird, Lewis Chapman and Leone Gravata gave them an almost insurmountable advantage at half-time. The second half saw Eastbourne add to their lead. Clarke completed his treble, while Chapman, Lambird and Gravata once again found the net to compound Crawley’s misery.
Pevensey & Westham Under-11 4, Peacehaven Under-11 3
Pevensey & Westham saw off Peacehaven by a single goal in a tightly contested Division One clash. The home side were a goal to the good, after George Cook found the net following a corner. Adam Bateman extended the lead when his left-footed half volley whistled past the helpless Peacehaven ‘keeper. The away team fought back, and levelled things up before the half-time interval through a goal on the counter, and a converted penalty. Peacehaven completed the turnaround after a superb individual run from their striker resulted in a composed finish into the home side’s net. However, Pevensey came back with their third through Owen Jones, and secured maximum points after Daniel Blackmore headed home the winner.
Hove Park Colts Under-11 1, Ratton Rangers Under-11 3
Ratton Rangers U11’s maintained their impressive start in the league with a 3-1 away victory over Hove Park Colts. Ratton played some excellent football in the first half and fully deserved a 2-0 lead at the break, which included a double salvo from Jake Hutchinson. Colts, though, reduced the deficit with a penalty mid-way through the second half, but the away side showed great determination when it was needed, and hit back with a well taken goal from Callum Elliott to ensure Ratton kept up their 100% start to the season.