YOUTH FOOTBALL: Stratton U18s keep up the good work
Updated 12:59pm Tuesday 8th April 2014 in Sport
CLIFF THRUSSELL'S Stratton Youth U18s team continued their good form with a convincing win.
Stratton Youth Round-Up
Stratton Youth U18s 5
Old Town U18s 1
Leading scorer Archie Day struck a hat-trick and pre-deadline day signing Tom Cox hit two.
All at the club wish a speedy recovery to the recently-injured pair of Jacob Pudiffoot and Jacob Ashley.
Stratton Youth U16s 3
Avebury U16s 0
THE improving Avebury side came to Stratton buoyed by their first victory of the season the previous week at South Cerney.
Stratton put them under pressure from the start and were rewarded on 16 minutes when the lively Ashley Organ latched on to a great through ball and finished with a perfect lob.
The rest of the match was a pretty even affair with Stratton only showing glimpses of their passing prowess. Avebury rarely threatened but the Stratton defence were kept busy at times. Two goals courtesy of Alfie Smith within three second half minutes, secured the victory and calmed any nerves.
MoM: Harry Rogers for his tough tackling and non-stop enthusiasm.
Highworth U15s 3
Stratton Youth U15s 1
STRATTON, with a slim chance of finishing runners-up in the table, made the trip to champions elect Highworth.
The first half was well contested, but it was Highworth who took the lead with a goal from close range.
Stratton thought they had equalised just before half-time only for the ref to disallow the goal for a foul.
A mistake from keeper Jack Hollins midway through the second half allowed a home player to walk the ball over the line to increase the lead for Highworth.
Stratton kept working and were rewarded when Matt Pitts broke clear and placed the ball past the advancing keeper.
The game became more open and it was Highworth who scored again towards the end, effectively ending Stratton's attempt to finish as runners-up.
MoM: Dec Selby and Ben Kirby.
Highworth U14s 4
Stratton Youth U14s 3
GOALS from the home side's Ryan Blake (3) and Jack Stevens were just enough to determine the outcome of this enthralling match.
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