Banwell clinch league title

PUBLISHED: 09:28 13 January 2012

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Banwell Under-12s clinched the league title after beating Priory Pumas 2-1.

BANWELL Under-12s entertained Priory Pumas in what was their toughest league game of the season.

Priory made the breakthrough with a fine effort from the right-hand side of the box beating Ben Meakin in goal. The defence of Reames, Vernon, Burns and captain Jimmy Edwards did well to keep the score at 1-0, even though Priory did hit the post.

After the break it didn’t take long for Banwell to level the score and then take the lead with two fantastic goals by Harry Giles, both set up by Liam Smith.

Both teams were tiring, but the midfield of Hastewell and Partridge kept working hard as the game finished 2-1 to Banwell, which clinched the league with 10 wins.

Supporters’ man of the match went to Jimmy Edwards and the manager’s man of the match was Harry Giles.

The Under-15s won 3-2 away at Clevedon United. New signing Dan Fowler started up front with Ross Buller and they caused Clevedon problems.

Clevedon opened the scoring, but Banwell soon equalised after good work by Harry Walsh and Ben Clatworthy led to captain Joe Brett scoring. Banwell took control of the game and Buller’s effort was cleared off the line and Ollie Habgood hit the post with a header.

In midfield, Aron Staples and Mike Reames did well, and Lewis Cahill had a good game on his return.

In the second half, Banwell again put Clevedon under pressure, but the hosts scored a breakaway goal, but Dan Fowler soon equalised. The defence of Habgood, Sam Bond, Joe Lawrence, Ethan Johnson and keeper Jordan Sotiris gave Clevedon no more chances.

It was left to Fowler to score his second goal on his debut, giving a man of the match performance.

KEWSTOKE Under-14s recorded their 15th straight win in all competitions with a comfortable 5-1 victory against St George.

Harding set up the first with a cross to Eardley who powered his shot into the net. Eardley was then provider with an unselfish ball across goal to Hunt who tapped in. Eardley then made the game safe when he raced clear and claimed his second of the game.

The second half was scrappy, but Kewstoke claimed their fourth when Hunt calmly placed his shot into the net. Eardley then got a deserved hat-trick when he picked his spot past the keeper.

Burford pulled off some great saves towards the end of the game as St George pushed for a consolation, but the clean sheet fell when a St George netted.

WESTON Town Under-14s earned a hard-fought point away at second-placed Backwell to keep them 10 points clear at the top.

Weston’s defence looked solid with excellent performances from Kieran Knapp and Matt Attwater and the game was evenly balanced going into the break.

The second half played out in a similar manner with Weston failing to convert several good chances. They were made to pay when the home side caught them on the break.

Weston were in danger of losing their first game of the season, but with a few minutes left Dan Berry’s free kick was parried by the keeper and Jack Hockey levelled the scores.

Weston could have won the game in the final minute when a good run from Ben Sampson saw him take the ball around the keeper only to fire over the bar.

Manager Nigel Adams was pleased with the effort from all the players as they inched another point closer to the title.

The Mecedes Benz man of the match award went to Matt Attwater.

The Under-6s travelled to Backwell for their first away game and produced an entertaining seesaw match which Backwell won 4-3.

Weston took an early lead with a tap in by Josh Shepherd, who then doubled the lead after a scramble in the box. Decent saves by Jake Baker and solid defending by Fenton King kept Weston 2-0 up.

However, the hosts drew level with two decent finishes from the lively Louis Nancekivell. Shepherd completed his hat-trick with a fine individual effort to put Weston 3-2 up, only for Nancekivell to score twice to complete the scoring.

A RUSTY Priory Vikings Under-11s went 2-0 down in the first half, despite shots from Ronnie Allen.

There was great work by midfield dynamos Bradley Lucas and Nathan Langdon, accompanied by frantic defence by Ayden Chenoworth and Will Durston.

At the start of the second half, two more goals put Priory Vikings truly on the back foot, but suddenly they found their form and George Harris-Aucott found the back of the net at last.

Vikings kept up the pressure using the strong wind to their advantage and Ronnie Allen scored. Superb team football saw Aaron Mitchell score his first for the team. However, time prevented Vikings from turning the game around losing 3-4.

BANWELL Juniors will resume there training for the Under-5/6/7s in the first week in February.

The club are still looking for extra players, if interested contact club secretary Dan White on 07540 418057 or e-mail danwhite1929@yahoo.co.uk

All coaches are CRB checked and have the relevant coaching qualifications.

Banwell are also looking for new teams for next season to fill the gaps at Under-8s, 10s, 11s, 12s and 14s, these ages would be for next season.

The club has fantastic facilities with a recently refurbished clubhouse and their own pitch with two mini pitches. If interested, please contact details above.

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