Burnham reach county cup final with 10 men


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Burnham Under-16s reached the county cup final after defeating Bath Arsenal with just 10 men.

AGAINST the odds and playing the match with only 10 players, Burnham Under-16s reached the final of the Somerset County Shield against a strong Bath Arsenal side.

The game was won through hard work by the whole team with various players having to play out of their normal positions. Burnham started the stronger and after a near miss by Rosser, went 1-0 up via an edge of the box shot by Harding.

Bath pushed forward, with the back three of White, Durrant and Costello playing superbly and James in goal making two stunning reaction saves.

Although Bath had most of the play in the second half, Burnham through Nix, Podbury, Jefferies, Harding and Rosser were always a threat on the break.

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United held out for the win and although the whole team deserve great credit, joint Barrington & Sons man of the match went to Chaz White and Nathan James.

WORLE Under-10s managed something no other team has done this season, they beat Hutton in the league.

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Hutton are runaway winners of the league and had previously beaten all who came before them. However, Worle produced a fantastic match winning performance.

The resolute and determined Worle defenders Jack, Tyler and Matthew were brilliant, with goalkeeper Benjamin pulling off some great saves.

Midway through the first-half, the goal was scored that proved to be the winner, scored by Owen with a neat turn and shot from the edge of the box. More chances were created by Worle with excellent wing play from Joe and Blake and Ashley.

Worle midfielder Brandon put in an excellent performance with some great attacking and defensive work.

UPHILL Castle Under-15s defeated Priory Rangers 7-1.

James Bromley put in a great performance as he bagged a hat-trick against his old team, working well with Lucas Elliman as they shared assists and goals with Lucas also bagging two goals.

Owen had earlier opened the scoring with a fantastic team goal involving Lucas, Nathan Bradbury and Tom Stephens, with Owen applying the finishing touch. Tom also grabbed a goal before Rangers grabbed a consolation goal past keeper Sam Walkley.

Granny George man of the match went to the whole team.

The Under-16s made it 12 out of 12 wins in the league with a 4-2 victory over a battling Cheddar side.

Uphill defenders Sam Calvert, Jamie Borrett, Harry Askins and Josh Thorne had to work hard to keep the scores level, before they took the lead when Jack Edwards crossed for Cam Milkins to volley the ball past the Cheddar keeper.

The lead did not last long as keeper Josh Skuse made a good save, but the rebound fell to a striker who made no mistake. Minutes later Skuse made an excellent save and Cheddar were unlucky to see a free-kick hit the bar.

The second half was a different story as Uphill found their form. With Cam Frost and Milkins leading the way, they took the lead again when Edwards netted.

Alex Loveridge, Jordan Shepherd, Brad Hassells, Will Hillman and Sam Andrews were all playing well and the score soon became 3-1 when Thorne headed home a Milkins corner.

Milkins scored the fourth following an Edwards free kick. Cheddar never gave up and scored near the end.

The Old Thatched Cottage player of the match was Jack Edwards.

CHAMPIONS-elect Hutton Under-10s suffered their first-ever league defeat at the hands of an impressive Worle Juniors.

Hutton were missing their keeper and midfielder through illness, but this should take nothing away from Worle, who were excellent throughout.

After a 17-month winning streak, Hutton started in confident fashion but seemed to lack their normal fight for the ball. Scott Hammond-Lumber set up countless chances and put at least 10 shots over the bar.

Tommy Carter’s runs were effectively dealt with by the defence and Sid Sheppard-Sugg, Lewis Sloan and Owen Janes shots were well saved by the Worle keeper.

Worle scored first with a well-taken shot putting Hutton into unknown territory. Worle continued to attack throughout forcing a fine save from stand-in keeper Jude Hankinson.

Bailey Hughes steadied the defence with Ethan Franklin working in midfield and Alex Cremer was also unable to make an impression.

WESTON Crusaders Under-12s entertained Hutton in a tense and closely-fought contest at Baytree Rec.

Crusaders started the liveliest with Joel and Churchill having good chances early on. Hutton started to take hold in the second half, hitting the post and with Lewis making some fine saves. James, Joel, Blondie and Ben all defended stubbornly to keep Hutton out.

Ethan then jinked his way through to poke the ball just wide and Lewis made a fine double save near the end to earn a well-deserved point.

Man of the match sponsored by Wayne Coombes Decorating went to Joel Bowden.

ENTRIES are invited for the Wendron/Sharon Wood mini soccer tournament on July 20.

Age groups are from Under-7 to 13 years. Further details and entry forms can be obtained from Alan Watson on 01326 561430 or visit the clubs website - www.wendronfc.com

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