Stretton Eagles U12 8
Uttoxeter Juniors Black U12 3
HIGH-FLYING Uttoxeter Black suffered their first defeat of the season against Stretton Eagles.
Blacks, who started the day top of Burton Junior League Under-12 Division One, slipped to third spot, with the Eagles replacing them at the top.
Blacks began the game brightly and took the lead in the first minute with Hayden Hatton taking a long throw into the box were Bradley Cope was quickest to react, smashing the ball past the Eagles keeper.
With both teams playing the game like a cup match it was not long till Eagles levelled after Blacks gave the ball away in their half, Eagles breaking with pace and scoring from the edge of the box.
Eagles then took the lead, again on the break with fast flowing football, crossing for an easy tap-in.
Sophie Howe then showed a bit of lovely skill, beating two players before unleashing an unstoppable shot from just outside the box, leaving the keeper flat footed as it flew into the top right hand corner.
Stretton took the lead again just before the break with a simple tap-in from a corner after Blacks failed to clear.
The goal, at the end first half, seem to knock the stuffing out of Blacks, with Eagles dominating the start of the second.
Blacks keeper Ethan Mawer made a couple of superb saves to keep them in the match.
Mawer, though, could do nothing as Eagles scored three quick goals to give them a commanding 6-2 lead.
Blacks finally woke up with Harry Evans winning the ball deep in their half and releasing Howe, who set up Josh Weare to pull a goal back from a tight angle.
Howe nearly pulled another back but was denied by a superb save from the Eagles keeper.
Eagles then scored a couple of late goals to rub salt into Blacks wounds as they went top.
DOVERIDGE U11 4
BELVEDERE PARK RED 2
DOVERIDGE retained top spot and their 100 per cent record in Burton Junior League Under-11 Division Two after a hard-fought 4-2 win over Belvedere Park Red.
Belvedere took the lead after 10 minutes before Billy Freeborough levelled on 23 minutes
Doveridge then fell behind again but the lead did not last long as Callum Wood scored a second equaliser for Doveridge.
Belvedere kept the score level until Harvey Belcher beat a defender on the edge of the box before lashing the ball past the keeper.
Doveridge had to work hard to maintain their slender lead and the battling Billy Snow and Henry Elliott repeatedly won the ball.
Adam Leigh sealed it for Doveridge, knocking home Will Jones’ free kick from close range.