Ashbourne Aztecs U10 2, Spondon Rovers Flames 1
ASHBOURNE Aztecs Under-10s won the league with four games to spare after beating Spondon Rovers Flames 2-1 at the weekend.
Six minutes in, a big kick up the pitch by Aztecs keeper Luke Griffiths found Kian Walwyn, who turned well only to miss the target by inches.
After 12 minutes, Max Williams gained a free kick after being badly fouled by a Spondon midfielder, and fired the dead ball into the net from 20 yards.
The second half started with pressure on the Ashbourne defence, but the cool confidence of Alfie Alcock was proving solid.
With eight minutes left, a quick break by Spondon on the left found their strike, whose shot from close range could only be parried by Griffiths, and the follow-up was converted.
With two minutes left, the pressure was all on the Aztecs defence and the Spondon right winger burst through to smash a shot that was heading in, only for a flying Griffiths to tip the ball around the left hand post.
Directly from the cleared corner, a break on the right was created by Sam Keeling, who found Walwyn and then Dylan Hinde running in and with an instant strike he buried the ball in to the bottom left corner from 10 yards out and earned his side the championship.
Winshill Gold U12 1, Mayfield Panthers U12 3
MAYFIELD Panthers Under-12s bounced back from the disappointment of a couple of narrow defeats with a win that lifts them into second place in BJFL Division One.
The victory was hard earned, with the Panthers having to dig deep before a last minute goal clinched the result in their favour.
Panthers had a stiff wind behind them in the first half, and made this advantage count when Jack Edge’s corner kick found Harry Breeze, who drove home the opening goal.
Mayfield continued to attack, and doubled their lead when the Winshill goalkeeper came out but failed to gather, and Edge centred for Kieran Richardson to tap into an empty net.
In the second half, with the wind now in Winshill’s favour, the Panthers’ defensive unit of goalkeeper Olly Greatrex and colleagues Matt Wallis, Louis Birch, and Sam White were at full stretch to hold the opposition out.
The midfield of Matt Moody, Ben Robson, Ryan Pickering and Charlie Land were also on hand to share the defensive duties.
Winshill’s pressure eventually told when they scored from a corner to throw the game into the balance.
But Mayfield ensured the win in the last minute when they played ball from the back and though Breeze’s initial shot was saved, Mason Smith showed great opportunism to follow up and net the loose ball.