Youth Football: Wotton Rovers clinch the title

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First published in Gloucestershire Sport

Wotton Rovers U12s 8 Slimbridge U12s 0

WARM March sunshine saw Wotton with a spring in their step as they won the league title with two games to go.

Korbin Walker scored after three minutes, then got a second before Harrison Brain slotted in from a tight angle.

Ewan Hadfield got a fourth after the break.

Tight midfield passing from Toby Harris, Johnny Hayward, Joe Dicker and Mathew Welch built up successive attacks, before Tom Cranwell netted the fifth. Reliable defensive work from Denny Philips, Sam Morris, Haydon Brewer, Harry Powell and Sam Backx contained Slimbridge’s regular counter attacks before Hadfield, then Kieren Davies scored in rapid succession and Walker completed his hat-trick.

Cheltenham Youth League Division One U15s

Wotton Rovers 3 Quedgeley 3

WOTTON took on the league leaders and showed just how much they have improved from the start of the season, displaying confidence in possession and excellent passing.

Matt Jenkins and Henry Momber scored midway through the first half, which shocked Quedgeley, but was no less than Wotton deserved.

On the stroke of half-time Quedgeley got a goal back.

Quedgeley had more of the ball in the second half and scored two goals but Wotton knew there was something in the game for them and continued to press for an equaliser, which came from a goal mouth scramble which Luke Messer managed to put away.

MOM: Jacob McNally

St Marks 1 Wotton Rovers 2

WOTTON took the game to St Marks and created numerous chances but couldn't find the net and were punished when St Marks scored from a corner.

Wotton responded quickly when Harry Fitzjohn tapped in from a few yards out.

Adam King, Jack Cullum, Ollie Simm and Jago Cropper were outstanding in defence.

With injuries taking their toll Wotton kept things tight and in the second half managed to score when Jacob McNally skilfully lifted the ball over the keeper.

St Marks were reduced to 10 men following a straight red shown to a defender for punching Matt Jenkins.

MOM Adam King.

Golden Hill Booms U11s 2 Cam Everside Titans U11s 1

IN ONLY their second game since December, Cam Titans started the game brightly, keeping the Golden Hill defence busy with some great work by Harvey Mockett and Joe Gray in midfield.

The Titans continued to apply the greater pressure and were rewarded when Dominic Small side-footed the ball into the back of the net.

Everside had their chances to increase their lead with Dane Hall shooting just wide but it was Golden Hill who made it 1-1 against the run of play.

A thrilling last ten minutes saw opportunities at both end with some great defending from Mitchell Corbett only to see Golden Hill score in the last minute to make it 2-1.

MOM: Mitchell Corbett.

Severnside U11s 2 Cam Everside Titans U11s 2

IN A scrappy first half, Cam found themselves a goal up after the ball deflected off an Severnside player into the back of his own net.

Severnside equalised after Cam failed to clear the ball out of the box and a minute later Titans found themsleves 2-1 down.

Some strong words at half-time by Titans manager Brad Thomas saw Cam start the second half much more lively and they were rewarded when a Zac Fernandes pinpoint cross from the left saw Ben Dolbear slot the ball in from close range.

MOM : Joe Gray.

Stroud Youth League U14s

Hawkesbury 2 Cam Everside 5

CAM Everside came out on top in this competitive league match.

Callum Eldridge opened the scoring for Cam with a well struck shot from the edge of the box.

Hawkesbury were awarded a penalty and levelled the game just before half-time.

Everside came out firing for the second half and were soon back in front when Callum Eldridge fired in.

Josh Taylor then put Cam further in front, firing in his first from 18 yards.

Jonathon Rawlings was rewarded for his hard work, poking home from close range to make it 1-4.

The home side caught Everside sleeping and pulled a goal back but the points were wrapped up when Taylor was put through on goal from a Rory Delap type throw-in and smashed the ball past the keeper.

MOM: Ralph Smee.

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