Little Eaton Diamonds 1, Ashbourne Aztecs U16 3
NICK Partridge scored twice as Ashbourne Aztecs Under-16s saw off Little Eaton Diamonds at the weekend.
The visitors scored from the kick-off as a pass through the defence was latched onto and smacked in by Eddy Donnely, playing up front for the first time.
Partridge was next to go close, again sprinting clear of the defence but the keeper saving the shot.
Diamonds saw a shot hit the post and Owen Ryan was quick off his line to save at the feet of an on-running striker.
Kyle Bond had to come off with an ankle injury but Ashbourne maintained their lead at the break.
In the second half, Aztecs pushed forward and Partridge again powered through the defence and this time smacked it past the keeper.
Bailey Mitchell then ran onto a lovely through ball only to see his shot cannon off the bar, and then turned provider as his cross found Partridge unmarked in the middle, but he put his header wide.
These two were terrorising the defence as Mitchell ran through the defence but the keeper saved the shot, but minutes later Partridge smashed a shot into the top of the net to put Aztecs three up.
Deep into injury-time, Diamonds got a consolation goal with a quick break.
AZTECS: Ryan, Bond, Berrisford, Wainwright, Leason, Partridge, Mitchell, Lourie, Sadler, Frazer-Smith, Eddy, Jones, Coats, McHugh, Smith.
Ashbourne Aztecs U12 2, Pride Park U12 1
ASHBOURNE Aztecs Under-12s moved second in the league with a 2-1 win over Pride Park.
In the first half, a tactical switch saw Kye Gordon pushed up alongside Ben Wainwright which gave them the freedom to cause Pride Park problems, and Gordon opened the scoring after a brilliant run and cross by Wainwright.
Soon after, another great move saw Aztecs double their advantage, with Joe Reed finishing clinically.
Aztecs had many more chances with Jamie Graham, Tim Lueer and Gordon all going close.
The defence of Jack Bill, Liam Warner and captain Jake Ridley kept their shape, as did Adam Wildgoose and Luis Zambrano.
The half time break gave Pride Park the chance to regroup, and to their credit they did push Aztecs back and pull a goal back, but Gordon and Lueer dropped into holding midfield roles, enabling them to see out the game.