Youth football: Predators happy to take second spot

The last few youth football games of the season are being played. We’ve news of some of them here - plus details of a summer six-a-side tournament that’s open to sides across Sussex.

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Barnham Trojans 2 Predators Youth 3

Champions Barnham were soon creating chances, forcing keeper Connor Fellows to make a succession of saves, and it was no surprise when they took the lead.

Jordan Smith equalised from long range but Barnham regained the lead shortly before half-time.

In the second half Predators pushed forward as man of the match Jake Evans dominated midfield.

Alex Burford and Jacob Hanslip went close before Ashley Butler equalised with a shot from the edge of the box. Brandon Williams gave Predators the lead surging through the Barnham defence before coolly slotting home.

Predators held on to their lead to secure the league runners-up spot.

PREDATORS: Fellows, Burford, Butler, Daniels, Donner, Elliot, Evans, Hamilton, Hanslip, Koszkalo, McCabe, Sanctuary, Smith, Stanton, Williams.

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Pagham Youth 1 Pagham Colts 1

This was the last game of the season for Pagham’s two under-16 sides and both sets of players were under scrutiny from the club’s senior management in preparation for next season’s under-18 county campaign.

The first half was end to end but it was Pagham Youth who took the lead when prolific scorer Jack Barnes headed in Conor Game’s right-wing corner.

Pagham Youth keeper Ryan Carter prevented Colts from equalising with a string of fine stops while Colts’ keeper Lewis Tribe pulled off a great save from Game’s free-kick. A Joe Hurford header hit Colts’ post.

In the second half Tribe kept Colts in it with excellent saves from Hurford and Game.

The game boiled over towards the end, resulting in the sending-off of a player from each side.

Colts benefitted from the one-a-side reduction as they equalised in the final minute of injury-time through their tricky left-winger.

In the award presentations, Curtis Poole picked up player of the season, Jack Barnes was named players’ player of the season and Will and Charlie Richardson won the prizes for most improved players of the season.

Pagham Youth U16 2011-12: Ryan Carter, Rob Strachan, Jonny Gosbee, Joe Hurford, Curtis Poole, Conor Game, Rory Wood, Will Richardson, Charlie Richardson, Jack Barnes, Matt Taunton, Luke Vincent, Charlie Chalaye, Joel Lane.

SUMMER TOURNAMENTS

Young teams from across the Observer area are invited to enter the Furngate Youth boys six-a-side tournament on the other side of Sussex.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, at Oakwood School in Horley. Under-sevens, nines, 11s, 13s and 15s will play on Saturday while under-eights, tens, 12s, 14s and 16s take centre stage on Sunday. For more, contact Anne Truett on 07855 061676 or at anne1960@aol.com

Is your club running a summer six-a-side tournament? Send us all the details and we’ll publicise it and cover it. Email sport@chiobserver.co.uk.