YOUTH FOOTBALL: Hailstorm fails to deter Stratton U16s
11:15am Tuesday 25th March 2014 in Sport
STRATTON YOUTH ROUND-UP
Stratton Youth U16s 3
Wanborough Juniors U16s 1
A HAILSTORM just before kick-off created a slippery pitch but that was no excuse for the home side to be asleep when the visitors scored from a corner after two minutes.
Stratton weathered some more good attacking play before Ashley Organ finished a good team move with a low strike from just outside the box. It was an even first half, full of end-to-end action, but it finished 1-1 at half-time.
Stratton came out in the second half with renewed efforts. The lively Sam Grafton beat the offside trap to slot a close-range effort, an especially pleasing move as it had been worked on in training the previous week.
The match continued to be an even contest before MoM James Pitt fed a fantastic pass through for Organ to score again.
The even match was marred at the end by a Wanborough sending-off and also by the foul language and poor attitude of the Wanborough assistant coach.
Highworth U14s 2
Stratton Youth U14s (blue) 2
HIGHWORTH led 1-0 at half time, but a fine solo goal from Joe Speak put Stratton level and with two minutes remaining Michael Cook, who is in a rich scoring vein, put the visitors in front.
However, the home side won a corner and equalised to deny Stratton all three points.
Lydiard Youth U14s 2
Stratton Youth U14s (white) 0
A MUCH improved display from Stratton for whom Ryan Wardle was outstanding.
Charlie Martin and Craig Philpott scored the goals to grab the points.
Cricklade U11s 2
Stratton Youth U11s 0
ALTHOUGH both teams created chances throughout the game it was the home side Cricklade that took their opportunities with a goal in each half from Marshall Meacock and Max Bourne.
Special mention must go to Stratton's MoM George Tanner for keeping Stratton in the match.
THE U8s were at South Cerney where they had a brilliant game.
Ollie Potter (3) and Jayden Stratford (3) were the scorers. One of Jayden's goals came while he was supposed to be in goal. Collecting the ball in his area, he ran the length of the pitch before slotting home.
The game was stopped for five minutes due to a heavy hailstorm, but it didn't dampen the spirits of either side.
Three other Stratton teams were without fixtures, the U13s game being called off because Pewsey couldn't raise a side.