News and Results for Saturday 3rd November.

Tiger 5 – 2 Bridge Eagles.

MOTM Alfie.

 

Spartans 2 Radcliffe 1

Good close game MOTM Louis Turner and Ryan Phillips

Lions lost to mc 
Out of the cup in the last 8 for the lions. Played a team from the prem and the best we have seen so far. We was chasing shadows at times and it was hard running for the boy’s today. We went 1 up after 5 minutes pressing from the front with dj finding the net after their keeper made a mistake. We didn’t make anymore chances in the first half and had to defend for most of it. They hit the bar and post and Sam made 2 ,1 on 1 saves but we got to the break in front. Second half and they hit us straight away and got back level after a good finish giving Sam no chance in net. We tried to keep playing but they kept pushing us back and moving the ball around so fast we looked tired. They then scored 2 good team goals in the last 10 minutes to kill us off as we tried to push up the pitch. We got beat off a better a team today but we did great getting to the last 8 out of 110 teams in our first season in a new league on Astro. Motm was Sam as he kept the score down with 4 top saves and shouting at the defender’s when needed.
Kestrels Beat Chadderton Park Cobras
Goals from seven different scorers epitomised a superb team performance against a tough Cobras team.
Chadderton started strongly – Joe R clearing off the line after a couple of minutes as both teams shared the ball in the middle of the pitch. Nathan was kept busy tracking across the back and intervening on both sides.
Callum was called upon early on and did a great job rushing out and snuffing out danger.
Dan and Wilson connected brilliantly for the first two goals, with some excellent one touch play creating openings.
For the third, Joe B gathered the ball from a Cobras corner, ran the length of the pitch with two players on his tail and slotted calmly past the keeper.
Kestrels continued their high intensity game in the second half. Haris, composed at the back, was an attacking threat, with Keane and Myles in front making tackles in key areas. Ali provided plenty of cover to allow the boys to freely advance forward.
Duke and Joe R controlled the wings – Joe R’s outstanding deliveries and cutting through balls, capped by Kestrels’ fourth goal earned him a well deserved man of the match award.
Duke and Raquami capitalised on relentless Kestrels pressure to grab goals from close range; Nathan rounded off a brilliant display with the final goal, dropping a shoulder to leave his man and slotting left footed into the corner. Even at seven goals to the good, the boys continued to search for more with Raquami and Myles shooting over at the death.
The best I’ve seen us play today. A very complete performance!
Chadderton Park Cobras lost to PUMAS
Impressive from Pumas today against a good side, and back to back clean sheets testament to a team very hard to break down and increasingly effective going forward. A fairly even opening quarter, half chances at both ends before Pumas started to take a hold of this one, and only an excellent display of keeping between the sticks by the Chaddy No.1 keeping things down to a single goal lead at half time – and even that took 3 attempts from a persistent Rasan to finally poke one home. More of the same second half, Pumas playing lovely flowing football and creating regular chances, any counter offences met with the usual force of Arian, Eesa, James, in fact all the boys showing good strength and desire to win the ball back. The second a class act, more pressure forced a corner, Rasan whipping in a great delivery and Alex arriving to volley home a neat finish with the outside of his right boot. Chadderton didn’t give up but could only really find any threat with long balls played over the top. Pumas played nearly all of the football today, and their game management was excellent. Motm Dayne came close to making it three when he thundered one against the cross bar, and it took a signature strike by Alex from distance to beat the Chaddy keeper for a third time and secure the win. Excellent performance from a side brimming with confidence.
Elton Wildcats lost to RAIDERS
No surprise to see Raiders easing through this first round Cup fixture against weaker opposition, but a test all the same with two key players unavailable. William and Josiah doing an excellent job deputising at the back, with Kian dropping just a little deeper than usual to lend a hand. Always looking to play through the channels, it was no surprise to see the Raiders getting in behind and creating numerous first half chances, but some incredible goalkeeping meant just a slender one goal lead at the break, courtesy of Kian. A little more concentration was asked of the boys for the second half, and they delivered. Harrison and Izu both real handfuls in wide positions, and Ollie using his wonderful vision to pick out some class passes kept the chances coming, and with a little more composure in front of the sticks saw goals from five different players, including a well earned brace for Izu and a very neat finish from Ethan, lifting the ball into the net after a lovely passing sequence from right to left. Special mention for Luca who has taken the reigns of team keeper this year, and doing an excellent job by all accounts, coming out onto pitch for the last 15 minutes, showing some lovely skills, looking to play the ball and topping off a smashing performance with a tidy finish late on. Well done Raiders, on we go…
Well done girls,
a good 4-2 win over determined opposition today.  Due to lack of numbers for Darwen, the game was made up of 3 thirds and played 7 a side. The Sapphires, looking the part in their belting new kit, started the game brightly and played some nice football, and it was good to see and hear the girls talking to each other more on the pitch. There was some nice passing and moving and we went close with a couple of chances. Issy and Kinyemi were solid at the back, with Nyeleti showing great confidence coming for the ball and her distribution put us on the front foot with Keira and Tiah pushing forward at every opportunity, supported by Libby and Grace. The breakthrough finally came after a neat move carved through the Darwen defence, ending with Tiah smashing a great finish past the goalkeeper.
The second half saw some changes in personnel, and the Sapphires moved into a 2-0 lead with Ophelia on hand to follow up on a loose ball in the area and score with a tidy finish. Darwen then rallied a bit and had the better of the opportunities for the rest of the half, pulling one back. Pam, Scarlet, Sofia and India all put in great effort and did really well to keep the game in Sapphires favour.
The third third started with a bang as the Sapphires scored a rapid fire brace thanks to some excellent football and 2 good finishes by Grace. The girls were 4-1 up and playing with confidence, and can count themselves extremely unlucky not to have scored another 3 or 4 goals which the football they played fully deserved.
Darwen snatched a late consolation with a screamer from 20 yards out into the top corner to make it 4-2, but the win was very well deserved. A great performance all round from all the girls, they were all excellent.