Ryan holds his nerve to win penalty shoot-out

Pointon U10. back row, from left, Joshua Newman, Harry Gutsell, Colby Hickling, Sam Wells, Tim Schoutsen, Charlie Bunker, Oliver Marshall, Micheal Ward, Alfie Brown, front, Ryan Caven, Charlie Lowe, Carl Fraser, Tom Wells and Ben Dudley
Pointon U10. back row, from left, Joshua Newman, Harry Gutsell, Colby Hickling, Sam Wells, Tim Schoutsen, Charlie Bunker, Oliver Marshall, Micheal Ward, Alfie Brown, front, Ryan Caven, Charlie Lowe, Carl Fraser, Tom Wells and Ben Dudley
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Juniors from Pointon won a dramatic semi-final on penalties to reach the final of the Grantham Youth League’s U10s Cup.

Pointon played a superb, containing first half against Navenby to go in level at half time.

They went two ahead thanks to a headers from Charlie Bunker and a fine individual goal from Oliver Marshall but in the final quarter Navenby piled on the pressure.

They reduced the deficit and with just 30 second remaining their star player, Oliver Eagles, scored from a free kick on the edge of the box.

Despite this, Pointon kept their heads up and with penalties looming everybody was eager to take one.

After five penalties for each side the score was 3-3. Navenby were first to take a kick in sudden death which went over the bar and Ryan Caven stepped up for Pointon and scorched a hole in the net to win 4-3 on penalties.

The Final will be a tough affair against top of the league Gonerby.

Arsenal Academy 4

Bourne U10 Blue 1

The final margin did scant justice to the Blues who battled bravely against the Spalding-based Arsenal side.

Arsenal were the better team in the first half exerted great pressure on their visitors.

In a strong cross wind Bourne’s attacks, though promising, were sporadic and Molly Bull did well to limit the damage to two goals. Both goals resulted from a failure to make an effective tackle Scott Davsey and the influential Connor Clare.

Finn McCullogh, Ben Sparkes and Lewis Thorley worked hard to deny the Arsenal attackers, David Turner and Louis Jones working selflessly in midfield and Joseph Revell was a formidable one man strike force and Bourne began to match their highly-rated rivals.

Dylan Taylor showed superb spirit and determination in midfield, forcing goalkeeper Darryl Reid to scramble a couple of long range shots to safety.

It was his slide-rule pass which put Revell clear to slot the ball neatly past the advancing keeper.

Bourne pressed but in the final few minutes the home side broke twice to fire past Bull who had been virtually redundant in the second period.

Bourne: Molly Bull, Louis Jones, Finn McCullogh, Joseph Revell, Ben Sparkes, Dylan Taylor, Lewis Thorley, David Turner.

Bourne U10 Red 4 Netherton U10 3

A boggy pitch made playing conditions difficult in the Reds’ penultimate league game of the season, which they ultimately won 4-3.

The Reds started the liveliest with Luke Edwards and Bobby Clark providing Henry Warren with an early opportunity that went narrowly wide.

After 10 minutes a Nathan Bills throw found Casey Machin who superbly turned and fired passed the Netherton goalkeeper to give the Reds an early lead.

Despite the early lead, the Reds did not have things all their own way. Emmauel Ochube was lively for Netherton and caused the Reds defence problems with his strength and pace. It was from a powerful Ochube run that Netherton got back on equal terms, superbly firing past Bennett in the Reds goal.

Two further strikes from Ochube put Netherton in command but on the stroke of half-term Bills pulled one back with an excellent strike from a free kick.

The Bourne side levelled when a Warren cross caused confusion in the Netherton box leading to an own goal.

Back on level terms, the Reds began to dominate and Machin poked home the winner from a goalmouth scramble.

Coach Steve Bills said: “At 3-1 we were out of the match but huge credit to the lads, their team spirit pulled through in a fantastic second half performance.”

Bourne U10 Red: Alfie Bennett, Nathan Bills, Omar Hinks, Henry Warren, Luke Edwards, Bobby Clark, Casey Machin, Joe Couzens, Adam James, Taylor Dean, Isaac Bates, Ethan Hunt

A week earlier, Bourne U10 Reds beat league leaders Oundle U10s 1-0.

For the second time this season the Reds beat Oundle with an outstanding team display.

In the early stages both defences stood firm with Omar Hicks and Nathan Bills making some excellent interceptions.

Gradually the Reds started to take control in the middle of the park with tenacious tackles from Luke Edwards and excellent wing play from Henry Warren and Bobby Clark.

Tom Cameron and Edwards came close to breaking the deadlock but game remained goalless at half time.

Bourne began to stretch Oundle further in the second half and were finally rewarded with the only goal of the game when Cameron headed home a Bills corner.

Bourne: Alfie Bennett, Nathan Bills, Omar Hinks, Henry Warren, Tom Cameron, Bobby Clark, Luke Edwards, Casey Machin, Joe Couzens, Adam James, Taylor Dean, Isaac Bates, Charlie Wheeler.

HBW Bees U13 2 Pointon U13 1

A heavy pitch made intricate football an impossibility but both teams still continbuted to an exciting game.

After a scrappy first 10 minutes, George Beech seized upon a loose ball to fire Pointon into the lead.

The home team generally had the better of the first half but Pointon’s defence held firm with Callum Boyfield, in particular, proving immense.

The pressure on Pointon intensified towards half time, and Boyfield cleared a goalbound shot off the line.

HBW equalised just before the break and they pulled in front in the first minute of the second half.

Jamie Cross came closest to levelling for Pointon with a shot that whistled past the right post and the hosts had a strong penalty claim denied.

HBW should have wrapped things up with five minutes remaining but Jed Humphries in the Pointon goal made a superb save.

Pointon: Jed Humphries, Luke Dudley, Ben Halifax, Connor Nelms, Ben Shilling, George Beech, Connor Lindley, Ed Brady, Max Graham, Callum Boyfield, Jamie Cross.