Wins for Predators, Chi Colts, Felpham Colts and Barnham Trojans Blue feature in our latest youth football round-up. Get involved by sending your reports and team pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Predators Youth 4 Worthing Minors 1
Mid-table Predators faced bottom side Worthing in their first home game since November.
Predators started well and soon had the majority of possession. A quick corner saw the ball whipped across the goalmouth and new Predators player Mouse headed home his first goal.
Then some great passing by Predators and a super cross from Mouse saw Irish volley home.
Worthing were unable to pick up any loose balls and Predators keeper Williams was rarely tested. A poor clearance by Minors saw the ball rebound off the thigh of Irish to give him his second.
A free-kick to Minors saw Predators picking the ball out of he back of the net.
In the second half Predators were awarded a penalty with Josling stepping up to convert it. Man of the match Oliver pulled off a fantastic tackle to stop Minors closing the gap.
PREDATORS: Irish, Josling, Oliver, Davies, Furlong, Hillier, Cook, Farndell, Mouse, Birch, Willams, Bosco-Brown, Rodway.
Chi Colts 4 Bourne Sports 1
Colts came out on top in a hard-fought, scrappy and sometimes bad-tempered encounter.
Oliver Doran had the first chance, his shot well-saved by Bourne keeper Hancock.
Colts squandered the chance to take the lead from the spot - Joseph Roman was tripped inside the area, but Glenn Johnson fired his penalty wide of the right post. Johnson soon made amends, controlling the ball from a Roman corner and laying it off to Dylan Smith, who smartly finished after 31 minutes.
Colts doubled their lead early in the second half, Smith smashing the ball in from Roman’s cross.
Bourne pulled one back with a goal from Stead after hesitancy between the Colts keeper Brandon Baxter and the back line.
Colts responded with a goal from Roman, who carried the ball from midfield and planted a right-foot finish across the keeper. Colts missed a good opportunity to increase their lead further, Hancock pulling off a good save after James Davies had been played clear.
But the winger was not to be denied and finished from close range a few minutes later, converting a Roman cross for his fifth.
MoM was Smith.
COLTS: Baxter, Hewitt, Johnson, Reading, Mead, Davies, Chambers, Carter, Smith, Roman, Doran, Adams, Poole.
Lancing Youth Green 2 Chichester City Colts 2
In a top-of-the-table clash, Chichester started brightly and were rewarded with a candidate for goal of the season from Ryan Johnson before Lancing levelled with a well-placed shot.
The Colts battled hard and when Ryan Johnson was tripped just outside the box, he dusted himself off and scored the resulting free-kick, which made it 2-1 at half time.
Lancing made it 2-2 via a deflection.
Both teams had chances to win it, the Colts hitting the bar late on through Taylor Scott.
Man of the match was Johnson.
COLTS: Briant, Moore, Wilson, McGreal, Scott, Rawlings, Davy, Durmush, Wells, Johnson.
Worthing Minors Youth 1 Felpham Colts 2
Felpham Colts earned a hard-fought away win with a fine defensive display.
A thunderbolt from Sam Blunt and a fine solo run and finish from Luke Hubbard gave the Colts a 2-0 half-time lead.
The Minors came back in the second half and scored late on but Partridge, Searle and man of the match Daniel Kearns were in fine defensive form.
Kai Williams won every tackle in midfield alongside Hubbard, Blunt and Dent. Great displays up front from Innes and Nicholas paved the way for the win.
FELPHAM: Cogger, Searle, Partridge, Blunt, Dent, Hubbard, Williams, Kearns, Innes, Nicholas.
Barnham Trojans Blue 3 Rustington Otters White 3
Rustington scored first after poor defending by Barnham. Luke Savoury equalised goal with a long-distance shot. Rustington then scored two more goals before half-time through poor defending from Barnham.
Barnham came out with a different attitude and formation for the second half. Danny Gogu took the game to
Rustington and scored two great individual goals to earn a draw in an entertaining game.
BARNHAM: J Carruthers, F Johnson, H Terry, J Norris, J Gibbs, L Savoury, D Gogu, L DaSilva, J Lye.
Avisford Youth 0 Pulborough Pythons 1
A close contest resulted in a narrow defeat for Avisford at Rose Green.
The home defence of Alfie Green and Jake Longley had to be at their best as the Pythons dominated.
Ten minutes in, Pulborough took the lead. Avisford failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Kameron Everitt, who found the net from close range.
Avisford’s best chance of the half went to man of the match Jordan Wawrzewski, who fired agonisingly wide.
Led by the inspirational Wawrzewski, Avisford couldn’t make second-half superiority count.
Avisford’s promotion hopes are now dangling by a thread.
AVISFORD: Cummings, Longley, Green, Copeland, Jones, McGinley, Francis. Subs: Brian, Kill, Wawrzewski