Crusaders reach the county cup semi-finals

Worlev Burnbridge.

Worlev Burnbridge. - Credit: Archant

Weston Crusaders Under-13s defeated Galmington Dragons in the quarter-final of the Somerset Cup.

WESTON Crusaders Under-13s entertained Galmington Dragons in the quarter-final of the Somerset Cup.

They progressed into the semi-finals with a workmanlike performance. Crusaders began strongly and created several chances in the opening exchanges. The midfield of Cox, Redding, Thomas-Barker and Morteo worked hard in midfield along with the back five of Ellis-Barker, Buxton, Bonner, Denyer and Burgess in goal rarely in action.

Crusaders fell behind when a mix-up in defence allowed Galmington to take an unlikely lead. Jones and Thomas up front caused problems, but could not quite punish Galmington.

Santoro came on for Morteo in midfield and Rac for Ellis-Barker in defence. It was Santoro’s battling, along with Thomas’s cross that saw Cox score the equaliser.

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After the break, Crusaders took control of the game as they scored two goals in five minutes. First Thomas was rewarded when he chased a back pass and flicked the ball past the advancing goalkeeper and then Havard, who was on for Jones, scored with a free kick from outside the box.

Crusaders had several more chances to score, but Galmington held out and the game ended 3-1. Crusaders look forward to a home semi-final tie against Cheddar Dynamos in early March.

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Man of the match went to Lorenzo Santoro.

WESTON Town Under-11s enjoyed a good win against a determined Berrow side.

The game started with some decent passing from Weston, with the interplay between Reece Large and Josh Swires causing Berrow problems, while Swires and Max Sharp were once again solid at the back.

Callum Manaton scored with a great long-range effort to break the deadlock and then quickly added another to make it 2-0 at the break.

Weston struggled to find the same rhythm in the second half and Berrow pulled a goal back after a defensive mix-up. Berrow could have drawn level but for some solid defending by Joseph Murphy and Tyler Mogg.

Weston scored the decisive fourth goal after a breakaway from Nathan Pratt and Large combined well to allow Dominic Marshall to score. David Grimes replaced Adam Maidment and he provided added cover for Brooklyn Chaimberlain, who had another outsanding game in goal.

Weston sealed the win with a goal from Large to make it 4-1. Man of the match went to Callum Manaton.

MILTON Nomads Under-12s won at home against Kewstoke Athletic 5-1 on a difficult playing surface.

Nomads started well with strong attacks resulting in some good saves by the Kewstoke keeper before George Harris-Aucott opened the scoring with a close-range shot.

Good work by Nomads midfield of Cai Williams, Lewis Milkins, Olly Cunningham, George Fulcher and Dean Chrisostomou kept pushing Nomads forward, but could not add to their lead of 1-0 at half-time.

Nomads kept a strong defensive line with Charlie Woodards in goal and the defence of Lewis Barber, Tyler Pooley, Harry Little, Jack Rickwood and Harry Spencer holding firm.

Jacob Flavell added Nomads’ second when he headed in a corner from Rickwood and then Cunningham added two further goals with some fantastic shots from distance. Chrisostomou added a fifth with a good shot which went in off the post.

Good work by George Darch up front could not get Nomads a sixth, but a goal from Kewstoke finished the scoring, giving Nomads a 5-1 win.

Trilec Comms Services man of the match was Lewis Barber.

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