Wins for Predators, Barnham Trojans and Midhurst and Easebourne feature in our latest youth football round-up.
Predators Youth 5 Worthing Rebels Youth 0
Predators maintained their unbeaten league record with a comfortable win over Worthing Rebels.
The pattern of the game was established from the start with Predators pressing hard, enabling full-backs Alfie Daniels and Jacob Hanslip to make surging runs down the flanks unsettling the Worthing defence.
Chances went begging until Sean Donner cut in from the right wing and cleverly lobbed the keeper.
This settled Predators and they quickly added three more before half-time. Alex Burford outpaced the defence before clinically sliding the ball past the keeper, Toby Lauder curled a left-foot shot into the top corner from the edge of the area and Jordan Smith fired home a loose ball from close range.
After the break, Predators lost their fluency but with Tommy Sanctuary in commanding form in the centre of defence, Worthing were never seriously able to threaten Connor Fellows’ goal.
With the game meandering to a close, Alfie Daniels crashed home the final goal to round off a good performance.
PREDATORS: Fellows, Burford, Clarke, Daniels, Donner, Hamilton, Hanslip, Humphries, Lauder, Sanctuary, Simmonds, Smith, Waldron.
Barnham Trojans 5 Whyke United 1
IN A highly-competitive match, the Trojans were relaxed and they let the ball do the work.
Barnham took the lead inside a minute with a great solo effort by Eliot Millman. Whyke soon responded with a great individual effort.
Trojans stepped up a level, pressing high, denying space and starting to pass with great confidence.
This led to some great team goals from Luke Kemsley, Josh Whittington and Jakob Hutton.
In the second half, the manager and coach wanted more of the same and Barnham continued to play excellent football and could have scored more if not for some great saves from the Whyke goalkeeper.
Barnham made it five with not long to play with a goal from William Mortlock.
Hutton was named MoM for an inspired performance.
TROJANS: Ben Eames, William Mortlock, Matt Hammond, Luke Kemsley, Jakob Hutton, Ben Lawrance, Eliot Millman, Alfie Robinson, Josh Whittington, Sonny House, Spence Jenkins, Bryn Jenkins.
Lancing United Youth 3 Avisford Youth 1
Avisford’s luckless and winless run continued at a windswept Crabtree Lane.
Lancing were quicker out of the blocks as Blake Lewis had a shot tipped over the bar by Layton Cummings. But Avisford grew in confidence and Finlay Brian had a good chance to open the scoring but dragged his shot wide.
Brian and striker Tommy McGinley linked up well and this combination, 14 minutes in, gave the away side a deserved lead. Brian’s surging run down the right ended in a low cross that was flicked home from close range by McGinley.
Avisford sensed a first win of the season, but United came out for the second half determined to get themselves back into the game, with Lewis again going close.
Lancing pressure was building and eight minutes from time they got a somewhat fortunate equaliser. A corner from the right bounced off the shin of Samuel Andrews and found its way in.
Avisford had several great chances to regain the lead with Brian, McGinley, Matt Kill and Sammy Copeland all denied. And they were made to pay as a long-range shot by Alex Shaw and a second goal for Andrews made sure Lancing took home the three points.
Avisford rather unluckily find themselves at the foot of C division, but will be keen to rectify that as they next host Rustington Otters in what has now become a vital game.
Avisford man of the match was Brian.
AVISFORD: Cummings, Nowak, Greene, Jones, Brian, Wasowski, McGinley. Subs: Copeland, Kill, Longley.
Midhurst & Easebourne 5 Chichester City Colts 2
Chichester got off to a good start and carried on their fine form of the previous weekend, with a fine set-piece goal from midfielder Joseph Middleton.
Midhurst soon hit back to equalise and pressure brought the home team another goal.
Good defending by Harry Dobinson, Ben Roberts and Teddy Phillippo couldn’t stop Midhurst scoring again. But then Chi seemed to perk up and raised their sprits with another goal by Middleton.
All in all Midhurst were just too strong, but it was a thoroughly-enjoyable game and lots of character was shown by all.