Victories for Chichester City Youth, Bognor Allstars, Predators Youth, Chi City Colts and Barnham Trojans feature in our first youth football digest of the new season.
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Chichester Colts 0 Chichester City Youth 6
Chichester City Youth started the defence of their A division title with a comprehensive win over their local rivals.
New signing Jimmy Ruston opened the scoring with the first of his two goals. Zac Moy and Sam Culver added to the scoreline before the break.
City looked solid at the back and man of the match Alfie Shaw worked tirelessly in midfield. Two more goals from Collins Alfred and Pat Turner wrapped things up for city.
CITY YOUTH: Carter, Yeo, Blackman, Amos, Scutt, Ruston, Shaw, East, Culver, Alfred, Moy, Turner, Hutchings, Macdonald.
Worthing Minors 2 Bognor Allstars 6
Allstars had been beaten twice by these opponents last season and the Minors went on to win the league title - and were unbeaten.
Allstars created four chances in the first ten minutes, but opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Liam Morley outpaced a defender and slotted home.
They increased their lead when a scramble in defence ended with George Bingham nodding home from six yards.
Superb defending by Scott Bingham, Taylor Hudson, Mathew Morris and Arron Smith kept Minors at bay and with Taylor Floyd in outstanding form in goal, Minors were frustrated.
Just before half-time, Joe Jones latched on to a loose ball to make it 3-0.
The second half saw Minors create a few more chances and they scored ten minutes into the second half, but Allstars restored the three-goal advantage when Morley fired home.
Minors got their second from the penalty spot before Morley completed his hat-trick with some outstanding individual work to curle the ball with the outside of his foot into the top corner from the byline 5-2
Allstars’ sixth - and probably the goal of the game - came when excellent one-touch football by Luca Smith, Brandon Williams, Jordan Martin and Morley set up Charlie Osborne, who crossed the ball to the far post for Jones to score his second.
Regis Rebels 1 Predators Youth 6
Dom Humphries gave Predators the lead following a defensive mistake. Regis Rebels came back into it with a fantastic free-kick into the top corner which gave keeper Connor Fellows no chance.
With Predators unable to spring the high offside trap, the game meandered to half-time with few chances for either team.
In the second half, Josh Simmonds joined Tommy Sanctuary at centre-back for Predators. This rock-solid pairing in defence gave Predators the confidence to push forward as they camped in the opposition half and created several good chances.
Eventually the pressure told as Jordan Smith scored a hat-trick before Alex Burford and Toby Lauder completed what was, in the end, a comfortable victory as the Rebels flagged in the closing minutes.
PREDATORS: Fellows, Burford, Clarke, Daniels, Donner, Hanslip, Humphries, Lauder, Sanctuary, Simmonds, Smith, Waldron.
Littlehampton 1 Chi City Colts 3
Colts found themselves a goal down after a neat volleyed finish at the back post from a Littlehampton breakaway.
Keeper Baxter produced a wonderful save from an angled shot to keep them in the game.
Colts started to create pressure on the attack. Roman’s cross rolled along the goal-line without anyone there to tap home and Chambers was just unable to put a head on Roman’s cross.
Reward for the attacking enterprise came through a penalty awarded when Roman was tripped. Mead stepped up to plant the spot-kick into the left corner.
Debutant Jupp became prominent and Colts took the lead when Adams slotted in from a tight angle after a Roman-led attack.
The keeper denied Chambers, Roman and Poole but Roman slotted in a rebound after his initial shot had been cleared. Colts MoM was Jupp.
COLTS: Baxter, Hewitt, Johnson, Reading, Mead, Chambers, Carter, Turner-Kilburn, Poole, Smith, Roman, Jupp, Adams.
n Chi Colts under-15s are looking for an enthusiastic goalkeeper - if interested please contact them via the Chi City Colts website.
Barnham Trojans 9 Worthing Utd 0
Liam Brady put Trojans aheas after Toby Evans put him through. A mis-hit Worthing goal kick led to Seamus Griffin-Tilley scoring number two.
Joe Allan laid off a ball for Tommy Nicholls to make it 3-0 before half-time.
The second half began with Worthing seeing more of the ball.
But Toby Evans beat the keeper in a chase for the ball to make it four and Nicholls got the fifth.
Goals six and seven followed from Jack Ratcliffe and Dylan Jelley.
Keeper Jamie Boniface sent a great kick down-field which found Brady to score a great eighth goal. A few minutes later Evans’ cross found Brady to make the final score 9-0.
TROJANS: Allan, Barton, Boniface, Brady, Brundle, Chapman, Evans, Griffin-Tilley, Harrison, Jacob-Dicks, Jelley, Nicholls, Ratcliffe, Trodd, Westerdijk, Whiteman.
Chichester City Colts White 1 Worthing Town Red 1
The Colts battled hard in the first half and had numerous chances, but couldn’t quite find the back of the net.
The second half saw Worthing have the better of it but in the final minutes, Chichester scored through Ryan Johnson after a lovely through ball from Rhys Rawlings.
The final chance fell to Worthing who were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, which somehow managed to squeeze into the Colts goal, in fairness it was a good game and the draw was the right result.
Man of the match was Jack Tilbury
COLTS: Briant, Breeze, McGreal, O’Brennan, Wells, Scott, Johnson, Rawlings, Moore, Tilbury, Stone.
Avisford Youth 1 Worthing Minors Athletic 2
The first game of the season produced heartbreak for Avisford as two late goals denied them a deserved victory.
After a restructuring of the league, Avisford have been promoted to C division. It took them ten minutes to find their feet against last season’s D division champions.
Worthing’s Callum Featherstone fired wide of Layton Cumming’s post early on but the home side fought back into the game as Tommy McGinley saw a volley from close range go over the bar.
Avisford’s pressure was rewarded a minute from half-time. A scramble in the Worthing area saw the ball fall to Sammy Copeland, whose shot trickled over the line to give the black and whites the lead.
Manager Steve Kill made three changes, including giving a debut to Josh Parker. Avisford continued to press, with Parker shooting wide from the edge of the area and hitting a post.
But on the stroke of full-time, Worthing’s Brennan Saunders-Hall saw his long-range free kick rocket into the top corner for the equaliser. And in added time, a corner led to Carrick Howard’s close-range header give Athletic a real smash-and-grab win.
Avisford man of the match was Finlay Brian.
AVISFORD: Cummings, Jones, Nowak, Greene, Brian, Copeland, McGinley. Subs: Kill, Longley, Parker.
Predators Youth under-eights started the new season in a new kit, playing Highdown Saints.
Prior scored four goals while Van Biene and Short got one each. Prior got the MoM award.
PREDATORS: Fulcher, Prowse, Yianni, Van Biene, Edwards, Short, Prior, Baker.
PETERSFIELD Town are still looking for players to join their youth team for the coming season.
The team will be playing in the top division of the Hampshire Youth League and in the FA Youth Cup.
For more details, contact Andy Field-Millard on 07580 105573 or Ian Saunders on 07500 705486, or email firstname.lastname@example.org