Youth Soccer Reports

LEWES Bridge View U13s made a bright start to the season with an emphatic 3-0 win against Hastings Rangers.

Hastings started well but went one down when Henry Rousham fired into the net for Lewes. A few minutes later, Sam Bentley outwitted his defenders to make it 2-0. Hastings had several chances but Lewes goalkeeper Harrison Hinks proved a safe pair of hands. Oscar Healey and Cosmo Robertson-Charlton were both in excellent form for Lewes, using the space well and passing effectively.

A beautifully weighted cross by Bailey Carter led to a great volley by Sam Bentley to make it 3-0. Lewes almost made it four when another excellent Bailey Carter cross was slotted home by Oscar Hilton-but the goal was ruled offside. Still, it was a great start for Lewes against a decent Hastings side.

Hailsham United JFC (U14s) Colts 9

Broad Oak & Horam Trojan 3

THE Trojans started with a following wind and took the attack to Hailsham, surprising the Colts defence with their persistent attacks and were rewarded with the first goal after 16 minutes. The Colts quickly drew level with a pacey counter attack. With end-to-end exchanges due to the attacking approach taken by both teams, the game could have gone either way and at the break it was honours even at three apiece.

The second half gave the Colts the tail wind and, with fresh legs up front, they piled on the pressure. The Colts wingers Sam Collins and Jake Packham supplied ball after ball into the Trojans box, allowing the Colts to rack up a further six goals and the Trojan’s 10 lads had no answer. Goals: Ollie Payne (3), Sam Collins (2), Robin Garnet, Jake Packham, Perry Ford and Ellis Nuttal (1 each).

Hailsham United U14s Juniors 2

Ridgewaye Ravens 1

HAILSHAM pace front meant chances were created but sloppy finishing didn’t give the breathing space the Juniors possession deserved. A goal did come courtesy of the Ravens when a mis-hit clearance let striker James Hunt in for a simple finish. In the second half the game became more balanced, but Hailsham perseverance saw Alex Lockyer score having pressured the Ridgewaye goalie into a mistake.

Ridgewaye lifted themselves following this disappointment and took the attack to Hailsham, who responded by retreating into their own half. Just rewards came late on when a looping Ravens effort nestled into the Hailsham net. With two minutes to go another contentious refereeing decision gave a penalty to Ridgewaye for handball. Standing big in his bright orange jersey, Hailsham keeper Stuart Carlton threw himself away to his left, magnificently pushing a well hit penalty to safety and giving a happy Hailsham all three points on the opening day of the season.

DaSH U11s 0 Lewes Bridge View U11s 3

LEWES Bridge View U11s started off the new season with a well-earned win over Denton & South Heighton. Both teams made the progression to 11-a-side teams well but it was Bridge View who made the stronger start to the game, keeping DASH in their own half for large parts of the first half. After a busy 30 minutes both teams left the field at half time without a goal. DASH started brighter in the second half but it was Tom Cooklin who opened up the scoring for View early into the half after good work by Toby Potter-Drake. This was followed 10 minutes later by a thunderous shot which flew high into the net by debutant Jake Cooper.

The game moved from end to end with both teams going close but it was View striker Alfie Haggar who ran on to a good through ball and was able to poke the ball underneath the keeper in the final minutes.

Hastings U13s 2 DaSH U13s 6

DENTON & South Heighton’s Wolves side kicked off the new season with a tough away trip to last season’s division one runners up, Hastings. DaSH started brightly but found themselves a goal down when Hastings broke the offside trap, but they were only behind for a minute as a quick break led to a free kick being awarded, which Kyle Woolven promptly drilled in. Jake Baker then struck from just inside the area to give DaSH the lead, but Hastings pulled a goal back to once again level the scores. Just before the break Lewis Spragg was on hand to fire in a rebound to give DaSH a 3-2 lead at half time.

The second half saw DaSH take control of the game and from the moment an unfortunate Hastings defender turned a corner into his own net, there only really looked like being one winner. Harry Docherty made it 5-2 when he raced onto Woolven’s through ball and slotted past the keeper. And Docherty then rounded off the scoring when he smashed the ball over the advancing keeper from Baker’s long ball.

n ON the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 bombings, DaSH Wolves remembered the man behind their kit sponsor. The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund was started when Robert, of Ditchling, died in the Twin Towers bombings in New York. Avid Brighton & Hove Albion fan Robert was a keen sportsman in his youth and the fund has helped support many teams both at home and abroad, including a recent massive £30,000 donation to the Seagulls Specials team which will be used to fund a brand new specialised minibus for BHA’s disability project.

Ringmer Rovers U15s 3

Willingdon Warriors U15s 1

WILLINGDON Warriors can take heart from an encouraging performance in this their first league outing of the season. Both teams were evenly matched in the first half with no goals to show for their efforts.

In the second half Warriors had some good early possession, with Robbie Callingham and debutant Brendon Field going close. However, Rovers took the lead with a pin-point free kick, and two goals soon followed as Willingdon pressed forward in search of a goal. Warriors first half goalkeeper, Sam Marchant, came on the pitch late on to score a well-taken consolation for the visitors. Dan Bartlett playing his first game for Willingdon made a brave clearance off the line to deny a Rovers fourth late on; also Nathan Bramble had a faultless game at centre back for Warriors.