Stanton Ilkeston Hoops U11 1, Ashbourne Aztecs U11 4
LUKE Zona scored a hat-trick as Ashbourne Aztecs Under-11s picked up a second victory over Stanton Ilkeston Hoop Sox in the space of a month after building on their cup quarter-final success with this league victory.
Stanton had the first shot on goal from an excellent cross in from the right wing, but thankfully for Aztecs the ball passed wide of the net.
Luke Zona had a couple of good runs, but Stanton’s keeper was one step ahead in collecting the ball on the edge of his box on the first attempt before Ben Holloway was unable to get on the end of the through ball on the second run.
Jack Green was working well in defence but also taking shots from distance, the second of which thundered into the net to give Aztecs the lead.
Tyler Burton threatened with a couple of corners but Stanton stepped in and cleared the ball on both occasions.
Early in the second half, a penalty was awarded to Stanton for what the referee saw as a deliberate handball from Aztecs and although keeper Ben Johnson went the right way and got his fingers to the shot, Stanton scored, bringing the goals level at 1-1.
Aztecs were then awarded a free kick at the other end and although Lee was on target and shot with power, Stanton’s keeper held the ball well.
Bailey then took on the busy custodian in a one-on-one, and after both fell to the floor, Zona was there to pick up the stray ball and place it into the back of the net, making it 2-1 to the Aztecs.
Zona’s second goal followed in quick succession, as he took on three defenders, powering through and coolly finishing to bring the scores to 3-1.
Aztecs were then awarded a penalty and Zona, after being brought down in the box, completed his hat-trick from the spot.
Belper U11 3, Ash Aztecs Leopards U11 1
Ashbourne Aztecs Leopards start well against high-flying Belper, but eventually fell to a 3-1 defeat.
After a poor performance two weeks ago, the Leopards started this game much better and soon began to put Belper under pressure.
However, Belper who quickly got into a 2-0 lead with two well-taken goals.
Aztecs soon got hold of the game and put Belper to the test with some great attacking football.
Just before half-time, Leopards started a flowing move from midfield and the ball was crossed in from the right wing and emphatically swept into the net by Thomas Harris.
The Leopards continued to play well at the start of the second period, and keeper Brad was growing in confidence – commanding his penalty area well.
The midfield quartet of Tom Brandrick, Leo Cooper, Taylor Platt and Alex Cheetham were playing very attractive passing football, attacking at every opportunity, while defenders Evan Hope, Joe Mee and Tommy Cokayne were halting every Belper attack.
Ashbourne had half a dozen good chances to increase their goal tally, but they were denied by great saves from the Belper keeper and one effort hitting the foot of the post.
Belper had only one good attack in this half and managed to score a third goal.