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Spalding U15 0 Ketton U15 5

KETTON U15s made the trip to Spalding with several players missing but those whose did play put in a superb shift to win 5-0.

After an even first half, Ketton took the lead soon after the break with the prolific Tom Mann on target after good approach play from Dan Carr.

Very soon after, Mann scored again, slotting home smartly after a mesmeric run down the left wing by Rudi Jurkschat.

Within minutes a gift from the home side’s keeper allowed Mann to easily complete his hat-trick.

The Ketton midfield were now dominant with Carr running the show, well supported by Joe Morley, Alex Birch and Ben Musson. But it was left to Mann to grab the glory, finishing twice more to round off an excellent team performance.

Jack Parker pulled off a great, late penalty save Charlie Mitchell, Rory Gibson and Reece Chandler in defence put in a tidy performance.

The win lifts Ketton to fifth in the Peterborough Youth Division One.

Ketton: Jack Parker, Rory Gibson, Charlie Mitchell, Reece Chandler, Ben Musson, Alex Birch, Joe Morley, Rudi Jurkschat, Dan Carr, Tom Mann.

Stamford U10 3

Thurlby Tigers U10 1

STAMFORD only squeezed past Thurlby 3-2 earlier in the season and a post-Christmas three game losing streak suggested a mauling from Tigers was a distinct possibility.

But the weather-enforced break seemed to have blunted their claws and they were prevented from getting into their stride by a positive Stamford team, who tamed the Tigers’ tenacity with an impressive first half display.

Early on, Eddie Wurr’s pinpoint ball from defence found Sam Jordan who fired wide but gave an indication of what was to follow. Quick, incisive interplay involving Jack Darby, Ethan Burgess and Jordan had Tigers anxiously on the back foot with Luke Toomey and Aaron Altham pushing up to augment the attacks.

From a throw on the left, Darby skilfully moved the ball along the goalline, cleverly beating a defender, before smashing a stunning, acute angled shot into the far corner for a 1-0 lead.

An Altham belter sailed just over and Jordan had more chances before Burgess shaved the post. And Stamford rued their missed chances when an excellent Tigers move was rounded off by Jacob Westley, who earned his stripes, thumping home for his side to claw their way back to 1-1 with a shot that left goalkeeper James Tyers with no chance.

But Stamford’s lead was soon restored when Jordan’s shot went in off a defender before the break.

The second half saw the arrival of outfield players Dan Kettleborough and Caius Headley with Alex Brompton taking over in goal. The ever dynamic Kettleborough made an instant impact winning and taking a corner which found Altham who hammered his shot narrowly wide.

Tigers gained some momentum, making worrying inroads into Stamfords’ box and looked like they could snatch an equaliser. But the indomitable Luke Toomey, Altham and Wurr held them off to withstand their threats with Headley always available in front of his defence.

Kettleborough and Jordan combined for Kettleborough to fire wide before the same combination sealed Tigers’ fate. Racing from half way, Kettleborough used his speed down the left flank, leaving four defenders in his wake with a brilliant solo run before cutting in to deliver a perfect pass to Jordan who took a touch, sidestepped his marker before smashing in number three and his 15th goal of the season.

Stamford’s first win of 2012 completed the double over Tigers but having had the Lions’ share of possession, it could have been an even more convincing result against an under par Tigers side.

M-o-M: Eddie Wurr.

Ketton U16 7 Ryhall U16 0

TOP of the table, Ketton would always prove a tough challenge for local rivals Ryhall and so it proved.

Ketton started the match with some excellent football and within 15 minutes were four goals up thanks to Lewis Morley (with a brace), Jonny Weaver and Jack Wright.

Ketton then took their foot off the gas and the second half was much the same with another 15 minute period that killed the game off.

Brad Freeman claimed a quick hat-trick with some well-taken goals.

Ketton: Winters, Sculthorpe, Cole, Weaver, Townsend, Wright, Miles, Mainstone, Breakell, Morley, Freeman, Chamberlain, Sewell.

Crowland U9 0 Bourne U9 Reds 2

BOURNE U9 Reds returned to action following the recent bad weather with a comfortable victory at Crowland.

Playing on a very uneven surface, the Reds played neat passing football that opened up the Crowland defence on numerous occasions.

Luke Edwards, Nathan Bills and Bobby Clark all released Casey Machin through on goal only to be frustrated by good goalkeeping and last ditch defending.

At the other end, Crowland were restricted to ocassional attacks which Omar Hinks, in defence, and Jacob Crosby in the Reds goal confidently handled.

In the second half, Machin made way for Joe Couzens and he played a superb through ball for Edwards to despatch for the opening goal.

The Reds then stepped up a gear, and a superb ball from Bills put Edwards through who fired narrowly wide. Further opportunities went begging until, with three minutes to go, a Bills corner, assisted by the wind, secured a well-deserved victory for the Reds.

Reds: Jacob Crosby, Nathan Bills, Omar Hassine-Hinks, Luke Edwards, Bobby Clark, Casey Machin, Joseph Couzens, Isla Edwards, Alfie Bennett, Adam James, Isaac Bates, Oakley Needham.

Mkt Deeping U9 1

Bourne U9 Blues 0

BOURNE Blues went down by a single goal in a game that was dominated by near gale force winds.

The Blues disappointed in the first half and failed to test the home goalkeeper sufficiently.

Deeping played intelligently, seeking to pass the ball along the floor and midway through the first half they were rewarded with a goal which came about as a result of a collective lack of concentration in the Bourne team.

A rare sortie into Bourne territory seemed to come to nothing when a speculative shot appeared well wide of goal. But the wind prevented the ball from going out of play. As the Bourne players switched off, Alessandro Pizzo chased it and was rewarded for his effort when he found the net from a narrow angle.

In the second half, with the wind in their faces, Bourne were magnificent in every aspect except putting the ball in the net.

Every team member defended well and they broke clear on half a dozen occasions. But a combination of narrow misses and good saves from Ben Aspin denied Bourne an equaliser.

Deeping: Ben Aspin, Connor Gosnell, Oli Lord, Max Meli, Luke Phillips, Alessandro Pizzo.

Bourne: Kyle Evans, Ethan Hunt, Louis Jones, Finn McCullogh, Tom Middleton, George Purdy, Joseph Revill, Dylan Snoeck, Dylan Taylor, Lewis Thorley.

Deeping Blue U11 6 Corby U11 0

LUCAS Kimpton grabbed a hat-trick as Deeping Blue cruised into the final of the PFA Cup with a 6-0 win against Corby.

Will Robinson, Jack Banham and Harrison Dee were also on target as the brilliant Blues made it 17 wins from 17 games in all competitions so far this season.

That form has seen John Carver’s side open up an eight-point lead at the top of Division Two, secure a place in the last eight of the league cup and a place in the first-ever Under 11 PFA Cup final.

Manager Carver said: “Corby are a decent side and we are the only team to have beaten them this season so we knew it would not be a formality. But we played really well on the day and obviously we are now really looking forward to our third final in as many years.”

Deeping will face Glinton Red in the final after they beat Peterborough NS Blue 3-2 in the other semi-final. Reds squeaked into the final thanks to goals from Matthew Sedgwick, Adam Mayman and Josh Gibbons.

Rippingale U14 1 Fishtoft U14 3

RIPPINGALE and Folkingham’s adventures in the Lincolnshire Cup come to an end in the quarter finals when they went down 3-1 at Fishtoft.