Rocester Wasps U11 1, Hilton Tornadoes U11 1
MAX Hunt snaffled a last-minute equaliser to earn Rocester Wasps a share of the spoils against Hilton Harriers Tornadoes.
The hosts trailed to their opponents’ 12th-minute opener going into the final throes of the match, when Hunt capitalised on an error from the goalkeeper and slotted home.
The Tornaodoes took control of the opening period, with their midfield looking very dangerous but wide men Archie Hill and Henry Wallace worked hard to keep their lively opponents at bay.
Defenders Magnus Brown and George Walker protected Jenson Bosworth in goal well, but the Tornadoes took the lead when their left winger played a one two with his centre forward and drilled the ball past Bosworth despite a strong hand from the keeper.
The Wasps huffed and puffed up front with Max Hunt and Kieran Swinson looking lively but failing to produce any real chances.
Rocester rode their luck at times in the remainder of the half as their opposition had a number of good chances to add to their lead, but these went wide, were blocked or well saved by Bosworth.
In the second half, Rocester used the elements to their advantage, with Ethan Archer and Ben Simon beginning to get the better of their opposite numbers.
The first real chance of the second half fell to Archer just outside the edge of the box and he drilled a rasping shot just over the bar.
The turning point came when Jenson Bosworth got a brilliant hand to a shot and deflected it onto the post.
This inspired the Wasps, who then produced a handful of really good chances in the final 10 minutes.
Charlie Cope was released by Archer and raced through but was thwarted by a very brave onrushing keeper.
A similar chance fell Max Hunt’s way but his chance was blocked by the keeper.
Rocester were piling on the pressure and in the last minute Hunt seized upon a poor kick from the keeper, muscled his way past the his marker and poked the ball home.
Doveridge U11 13, Hilton Flyers U11 3
DOVERIDGE celebrated finishing second in Division Two with an emphatic win against mid-table Hilton.
William Jones opened the scoring early in the game with a calm left foot finish, but Hilton took advantage of one of their few chances to equalise.
Shaken out of any complacency, Doveridge battled harder and one such encounter in the mid-field released Jacob Dussroth, who calmly rounded the keeper to slot home the first of his four goals.
Doveridge took full control when a corner from Frankie Bussell fell to Jones, who skilfully chipped the keeper from the edge of the box.
The fourth was set up by Harvey Belcher, who rounded the keeper to lay on a simple finish for Dussroth.
Although Hilton managed to pulled one back before the break, Doveridge looked in total control and the second half started well when Adam Leigh’s accurate -kick found Ben Pattinson, who controlled well and scored.
The next goal resulted from an initial break by on the right by Freeborough, whose cross found Snow, and he exchanged passes with Bussell to release Belcher, and he smashed home.
After Belcher was kept out by the post, Dussroth put away the rebound and then scored a great solo effort.
Bussell’s corner then reached Freeborough who scored from the far post.
The next three goals came in close succession with a long range shot from Belcher, an unstoppable left foot, top-corner finish by Bussell after running on to a lay off by Snow and a good low shot form Thornton, in his final game for Doveridge.
Doveridge’s final goal received the largest cheer of the day as Jed Holden unselfishly took over in goal to allow keeper Henry Elliot outfield and when Dussroth’s shot was beaten away, the on-rushing Elliot buried his first of the season.