Crusaders beat rivals to reach the cup final

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Junior soccer Milton Normadsv Weston Crusaders.under 12s. - Credit: Archant

Weston Crusaders Under-12s defeated close neighbours Milton Nomads to reach the cup final.

WESTON Crusaders Under-12s defeated close neighbours Milton Nomads 3-1 in the semi-final of the cup.

Crusaders took the lead when Patch headed home a corner taken by Sam. Nomads replied two minutes later with a fine equaliser, but Crusaders hit back immediately when Patch slotted home his second from Ty’s cross.

Five minutes in to the second half, a long ball by Sonny over their defence found Oggy, who chipped the keeper from 20 yards making the score 3-1. Patch had a chance to complete his hat-trick, but his penalty kick went just wide, but Crusaders reached the final of the league cup for the third year running.

Clark played well in goal and the defence of Thomas, Nathan, Reece, Sonny and Fergie were solid. Midfielders Ty, Patch, Oggy, Brandon and Stocker also played their part in supporting the defence and forwards.

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The Under-13s produced a good away performance against a determined Cheddar side.

The back five of Burgess, Bonner, Buxton, Ford and Rac were steady, Ellis-Barker, Camper, Santoro and Denyer in midfield worked hard, while up front, Havard and Thomas were a constant threat.

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Crusaders created all the chances in the first-half, but were denied by some good goalkeeping and defending. Havard had a goal ruled out to leave the score 0-0 at half-time.

Crusaders brought on Thomas-Barker, Redding, Morteo and Jones and again Crusaders controlled the game. Fifteen minutes in and Crusaders took the lead when Thomas played the ball wide to Morteo, he crossed to Jones who planted the ball past the home keeper.

Cheddar equalised five minutes from the end when long free kick came back off the keeper’s chest and Cheddar’s striker nodded the ball home to make the final score 1-1.

Weston Crusaders man of the match went to James Jones.

MILTON Nomads Under-12s played Weston Crusaders in the semi-final of the cup and went down 3-1 in a hard-fought game.

Nomads conceded an early goal from a corner, but equalised with a superb goal from George Darch. Nomads’ defence of Lewis Barber, Tyler Pooley, Harry Little, Jack Rickwood, George Fulcher and Charlie Woodards in goal came under pressure and conceded a second goal.

A great run by Dean Chrisostomou ended with him being brought down and Nomads hit the crossbar in a goalmouth scramble, but went in at half-time 2-1 down.

Nomads came out in the second half with renewed enthusiasm, but it was Crusaders got the break to make it 3-1. George Harris-Aucott and Jacob Flavell up front and the midfield of Harry Spencer, Lewis Milkins, Olly Cunningham and Dean Chrisostomou worked hard to try to get Nomads back into the game, but Crusaders held firm and ran out 3-1 winners.

Trilec Comms Services man of the match was Lewis Milkins.

The Under-10s came up against the combative style of rivals Nailsea United in the quarter-final of the Woodspring Junior Cup.

In a game of few chances, the Nomads midfield of Salmon and Maskell worked hard to create chances for Gauci, but they came up against the organised Nailsea defence snuffing out any opportunity.

At the back for Nomads, Smith was joined by the outstanding man of the match Williams and together they ensured that Tasker’s goal was protected.

Following a goal-less first-half, the stalemate was broken when Pearce slotted a through ball for Santoro to put Nomads one up. Nailsea broke quickly and drew level with a scrambled late goal, plunging the game into extra time.

As the game moved into extra-time, Nomads coach Salmon brought on Haycock in the hope that he could continue his fine goal scoring form. Nomads pushed again to find the winner, but were denied, resulting in a penalty shoot-out.

Nailsea scored with their first kick and Smith replied for Nomads. Nailsea missed their second spot kick, Tasker became the hero when he scored Nomads second and saved Nailsea’s final penalty.

HUTTON Under-9s started the game in majestic fashion passing the ball beautifully around the pitch with goals coming at regular intervals.

Scott Hammond-Lumber provided the through ball for Jacob Dwyer to score the first. Dwyer turned provider with a cross into the danger area for Sidd Sheppard-Sugg to slide in and score the second.

Nailsea hit back with good attacks, but Jack Buckingham in goal pulled off three important saves, before Hammond-Lumber netted three goals in quick succession to make it 5-0 at half-time.

After the break, the defence of Oli Luscombe, Jude Hankinson, Bailey Hughes and Alex Cremer were kept busy. Numerous changes were made, with Max Harris featuring in midfield with Tommy Carter battling on the right wing.

BURNHAM United Under-15s went through to the semi-finals of the league cup after a comfortable 5-0 away victory over local rivals Burnbridge.

In a low-key affair, both teams found the boggy pitch difficult to play decent football. Burnham had the cutting edge in front of goal with Charlie Hughes scoring twice and Dan Rosser scoring once to make the score at half time 3-0.

Burnham had most of the possession for the second half, but Burnbridge were dangerous on the break with the Burnham back three defenders of Durrant, White, Costello and goalie Manlow doing well to keep them out.

Burnham had to wait until the last 10 minutes with a long-distance shot from Darren Partridge and a fine strike from Elliott Nix to complete the scoring.

KEWSTOKE Under-12s dominated possession against Wedmore from the off, passing the ball around comfortably despite the boggy surface.

However, Wedmore countered well and despite his best efforts, stand-in keeper Carrick Flint was unable to prevent Wedmore taking the lead. Wedmore added a second before a killer ball from Sam Ford sent Matty Frost through to make it 2-1 at the break.

The second half saw more of the same, with Ashley Hastewell and Jack Howard putting in solid performances in midfield and the defensive pairing of Tom Perry and Joe Morrish both working tirelessly.

Frost left the Wedmore defence floundering and netted a fine goal. Wedmore scored immediately and added a fourth, before Frost completed his hat-trick after a perfect through ball from Howard.

Despite their best efforts and the post, Kewstoke could not quite find an equaliser. At the other end, second half keeper Jake Dunn made a fantastic one-handed save.

Man of the match went to Matty Frost.

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