YOUTH SOCCER Depleted Utd are hit for six

Hailsham United U14 Colts 0

A DEPLETED Hailsham took to the pitch with some trepidation as the league leaders, Rotherfield, came to town intent on revenge for their home defeat earlier in the season. The makeshift Hailsham defence was quickly under pressure and succumbed to an early Rotherfield attack, leaving keeper Ben Andrews exposed and unable to prevent the Colts going behind. With Hailsham’s top scorer, Jake Packham, catching the eye down the right wing, but unable to break free from the two defenders tasked to mark him out of the game, the Colt’s midfielders were unable to retain possession against the battling Rotherfield quartet. A tough game ensued; but it wasn’t Utd’s day, with the rare moments of form overshadowed by too many unforced errors, these punished by Rotherfield who racked up six goals at a canter.

Chailey & Newick Colts U10s 3

South Malling Wanderers U10s 5

THE game saw early chances at both ends, but South Malling were first to score, with Jay Pullen slotting the ball home after a crafty cross-pitch pass from Harrison Ovenden. Chailey were undaunted and the end-to-end football continued. SMW, though, took their chances, with Pullen getting his second on the rebound after Jake Tomsett hit the post. One minute later, Tomsett opened his own account. Chailey put a goal in just before half time, then scored another with a long-range shot from the second half kick-off. At 3-2 the game became frantic. SMW MoM Pullen grabbed his hat-trick after a solo run from the halfway line, then scored his fourth after Ovenden weaved through the defence to pass it across the box. Chailey pulled another goal back, but couldn’t close the gap.

Chailey & Newick Colts U10s 4

South Malling Wanderers U10s 1

SOUTH Malling paid the price for failing to convert their early chances. Josh Harris, Jake Tomsett and Tobie Goldstraw all forced spectacular saves from the Chailey keeper in the first 10 minutes, with little going on at the other end. Suddenly, though, the tide turned, and Ben Johnson, Lewis Finch and James Norris found themselves under pressure at the back. Chailey opened the scoring with a low drive into the bottom right hand corner, then followed it up with another just before half-time. The home side extended their lead to three early in the second half, but SMW came back straight away with Johnson running down the left flank and crossing the ball to a waiting Jay Pullen, who struck it firmly home. Despite a goal-line clearance from SMW’s man of the match Lewis Finch, and a missed penalty, Chailey still managed to force another goal home for them a well-deserved victory.

Lewes Bridge View U9s 7

Eastbourne Borough Black U9s 2

AFTER a sluggish start, View kicked into life through a goal from Sam Gilkes and two from Joe Sherbsy-Wignall, the second of which was a long rang rocket. Gilkes then added another before Junior Mutalama made it five at the break. A much-changed View side took the field for the second half but Felix Attfield-Davis soon added View’s sixth before Borough pulled one back. Alfie Dobres then made it seven before the visitors scored again with a great shot from distance.

Lewes Bridge View U9s 4

Eastbourne Borough Black U9s 0

A CAGEY first half saw View take the lead through Eli Harmer-Johnston’s well taken goal. That was all that divided the teams at the break but View slowly asserted themselves in the second half. Felix Attfield-Davis made it two as he capitalised on a spill from Louis Salmon’s drive. Salmon’s strong and determined running were then rewarded with a goal.

Before the final whistle Junior Mutalama wrapped up an impressive performance with a net bursting drive and goal from the edge of the area.