YOUTH FOOTBALL: Mini Cooper gets into fifth gear for Vale U8s

AVONVALE YOUTH ROUND-UP

Rodborough Youth 'Rangers' U8s 4

Avonvale United U8s 6

AN entertaining end-to-end match at Stratford Court saw the home side take the lead through a fine strike.

Vale's defence of Rex Preston, Daniel Rawle, Philip Monaghan and Zach Hitchcock-Smith had to work hard to soak up the pressure in the first period. However, Vale started to move forward and create chances on the introduction of Sacha Cooper, who scored a fine hat-trick.

Max Goodwin slotted another goal to put the away side in control at half-time.

But Rangers started the second half strongly and ten minutes into the second half they had pulled three goals back. But Vale kept working hard and finished the game on top after two more goals from MoM Cooper.

Avonvale Utd U11s 5

Malmesbury Youth U11s 2

AVONVALE captain Benjamin Cook inspired his team to victory with four goals to overcome Malmesbury 5-2.

He opened the scoring after 20 minutes, finishing an excellent through ball from Orlando Harding only for Malmesbury to equalise moments later. The first half finished level mainly thanks to Avonvale keeper Jack Ticehurst.

However, the deadlock was broken early in the second half after Benjamin scored a fortunate second as his clearance dipped in over the keeper and completed his hat-trick soon after. His fourth was the stand-out as he cut in from the left to curl a superb long-range effort into the top corner.

Avonvale threatened to pull away as Theo Harper went close after a brave solo run and Luca Pollet's strike was ruled offside. Malmesbury hit back once more but Harvey Ashenford, Flynn Walton, Elliot Kayani and Theo were solid in defence.

Lewis Rodgers completed the victory late on after good link-up play between himself and Ben Lemos. MoM: Benjamin Cook.

Avonvale United U14s 4

Eastcombe U14s 1

VALE continued their unbeaten run in the Stroud Youth League U14 cup, grinding out a result against a hard-working Eastcombe team. Jordan Newman opened the scoring for Vale with a fine strike in the first half. But this was cancelled out 10 minutes into the second half.

However, Vale rallied and soon restored the lead through Adam Gale. Two further goals from MoM Newman secured the win.

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