OUR latest round-up of the youth football scene in the area.
Cornard Dynamos Reds 1
THE scoreline may have read 4-1 but Cornard could consider themselves unlucky not to get a draw, having only started with 10 and losing Lewis Howard to concussion after 20 minutes.
Boadicea opened the scoring 22 minutes in but Cornard battled bravely, with Tom Clarke outstanding in goal.
Boadicea scored three more times in the second half but Cornard got a deserved goal in the final minutes, Gardiner playing in Tom Shuttlewood to cooly finish.
Player of the match: Ciaran Robinson.
Stanton 2 AFC Sudbury 2
SUDBURY picked up their first point of the season courtesy of a debatable equaliser going in their favour in their opening game at Stanton.
Stanton started the strongest, scoring first, but a fine pass from Drew Olley put Oscar Gammon through to equalize.
Stanton continued to pres and got their second just before half-time.
A reshuffle at the break saw Sudbury come out stronger, another assist from Olley put Gammon through for a controversial equalizer.
Long Melford 5
Holland FC Reds 1
THREE goals inside the first 20 minutes sent Melford on their way to a convincing opening day B league win.
Tom Archer scored the first with a top right corner finish while Aaron Pengelly chipped the keeper after a Murray Lange throughball and George Shaddock hit the third from inside the box.
The ref called a break for drinks and Melford relaxed too much after the restart to allow Holland to score from a rare foray forward.
Melford scored two more goals, both from Aaron Pengelly with some more good finishing.
Long Melford Colts 2
Oyster Youth 2
MELFORD were only denied all three points inside the last two minutes of the game.
A quality pass from midfield by Melford captain Bryn Gartland put Freddie McCracken through to score the opener.
Three minutes later a virtually identical goal doubled the Colt’s lead, with Edward Murray providing for McCracken.
Melford dominated the rest of the opening period, going into the interval 2-0 ahead with Oyster barely able to get out of their half.
But despite creating many opportunities, they couldn’t add to their score and were made to pay with Oyster scoring twice to level, the first with 10 minutes to go before their unlikely equaliser.
Abbey Saints 4 AFC Sudbury 2
SUDBURY came up against a keeper in top form as they let an early lead slip despite dominating the first half in this 4-2 defeat.
Alfie Gittings teed up James Lavelle who netted for Sudbury’s opener.
Saints managed to draw even, before taking the lead by the end of the first half.
The second half saw Saints net another two before a great goal from Eloise King clawed one back for Sudbury, but it was not enough.
Player of the match: Alfie Gittings.
Cornard Dynamos Blues 1
FC Clacton 2
DYNAMOS’ first season of competitive football in the Andrews Blue League began with a narrow defeat to FC Clacton.
The home side got on top and took the lead in bizarre fashion when Ben Mallinson’s goal kick deceived everyone.
A re-invigorated Clacton got their equaliser after the break and despite a valiant rearguard action from Thomas Gee, Lewis Miller and Kai Mcknight, the winner came with five minutes left on the clock.
Dynamos pressed for the equaliser, Angus Mills setting up Harvey Clare, who went close, but it was a last ditch challenge from Johnny Ogle that prevented a Clacton third.
Cornard Dynamos Reds 2
FC Clacton 1
A PENALTY saved by Cornard’s Jake Palmer helped seal an opening-day win for the home side.
A small tactical change from Cornard gained more possession and they were rewarded with a great opening goal from Callum Scott.
Maxi Webster-Coles then slotted home a well-taken goal to make it 2-0 to the home side at half-time.
Clacton battled hard in the second half but saw Palmer save a spot kick before he was later beaten by their number nine Chloe O’Brien, though Cornard were able to hang on.
Honington Foxes 1
Clare Town Lions 4
CLARE came away from Honington with a convincing 4-1 victory.
A clever run down the left by Morgan Waldock helped set up the first for Woody Marshall to score.
Tom Palmer and Marshall played a neat one-two for Palmer to make it 2-0 at the break.
Waldock made it three with a shot on the edge of their box but the foxes pulled one back with five minutes left.
A good passing move saw Palmer add Clare’s fourth though, driving into the bottom corner.
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