Junior soccer - Banwell take SCI title

WESTON Crusaders Under-10s came away from Kewstoke with two well earned victories.

WESTON Crusaders Under-10s came away from Kewstoke with two well earned victories.

In the opening game Kewstoke attacked early on, then Crusaders' Luke Fowler had a shot saved before a corner from Louis Harper was met with a header from Nathaniel Groom for the opening goal.

Groom shot wide after being sent clear by Harper, who hit a post after Groom headed into his path. Fowler shot wide when well placed, while on the stroke of half-time Jordan Humphris fired just over.

At the start of the second half Kewstoke attacked but found defenders David Warden and Lewis Davidson in top form and keeper George Andrews made two great saves.

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With Toby Herbert, Adam Elkins and Humphris working tirelessly Crusaders regained midfield. Harper found the side netting before scoring from a free kick.Fowler was felled in the box but Davidson had his penalty well saved. Man of the match went to David Warden.

The B team started positively with Ben Eades dominating midfield. Twice he sent Taryn Joseph racing clear for shots on goal, the first sailing wide and the second striking the bar. The opening goal came when a corner from Will Corderoy was bundled home by Oliver Coombes.

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Shortly afterwards Joseph was sent clear again and he made no mistake for the second. Kewstoke hit back but found defenders Macauley Priestley, Alex Francis and Nathan Bradbury in top form, ably supported by George Howard.

In the second half Kewstoke piled on pressure but could not find the breakthrough as keeper Callum Abraham pulled off several fine saves. Kewstoke finally pulled a goal back to set up a tense finale, but with man of the match Alex Francis marshalling the defence Crusaders showed great resolve to hold on for a battling victory.

BANWELL Juniors and Banwell United attended the SCI football tournament at Berrow, with teams from Birmingham, Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. Banwell played in the Under-9s category.

Banwell Juniors started with a fixture against Banwell United and drew 0-0. They then went on to play Kewstoke, winning 3-0. This was followed by Dorchester Town, where they had to work hard to get a 2-0 win.

Banwell then faced Kingshurst Sporting Club from Birmingham, and they won 1-0, ending the day joint first with Milton Nomads on 10 points.

On day 2 their first match was against Shaw FC from Wiltshire who were in third place. Banwell went behind early on, but this seemed to kick-start them and they equalised at 1-1.

Banwell then faced Milton Nomads A and again ended 1-1. Banwell faced Milton Nomads B in their final pool match needing to win to progress through to the final. Banwell were just to hot to handle as they beat Milton 2-0 to set up a final match with Milton Nomads A.

Milton took the game to Banwell and had a number of shots but Jack Partridge was denied Milton with some stunning saves. A free kick was headed off the line by Billy Berry and the match ended 0-0 which meant penalties.

Banwell converted all five with Milton Nomads scoring three, making Banwell Juniors the SCI Under-9s champions.

The awards ceremony was held at Pontins at Brean with special guest Neil Razor Ruddock from Liverpool on hand out the trophies.

Banwell Junior team and scorers were Jack Partridge, Ben Tucker, Ben Vernon, Connor Burns, Charlie Camper (1), Billy Berry, Luke Edwards (4) and Sam White (4). Players of the tournament were keeper Jack Partridge and Billy Berry.

Banwell United finished a credible fourth, having won one, drawn five and lost two, a fantastic achievement for the team.

Banwell United team and scorers were Ben Meakin, James Hart, Thomas Galliers, Steven Baker, Ryan Hastewell (2), Kaan Berk (1), Matthew Gilmore, Jamie Jenkins and Max Bretherton. Players of the tournament were Ryan Hastewell and Jamie Jenkins.

Banwell Juniors will play Nailsea United in the Under-9s League Cup final on April 25 at Clevedon Town, Hazell Close, 10.30am kick-off.

KEWSTOKE Juniors Under-15s enjoyed an Easter Day revival in an 11-aside SCI tournament at Berrow.

Despite a depleted team, they battled through a no-score draw against Abbottskerswell. Captain James Harvey was lost to an ankle injury, which required the rest to dig deep against tough London side Pinner United. Ash Brewer scored a cracking opener and Toby Yeates was everywhere but Pinner levelled with an over-head kick for a 1-1 draw.

The third match saw Kewstoke lose 3-0 against Holy Souls. Joe Newbury pulled off two applauded saves but the team was blighted by injuries.

Starting on Easter Day on two points, a full Kewstoke squad won their remaining two games. A comprehensive 4-1 victory over Pensnelt Panthers was largely founded on the return of Harvey and Jake Fisher's availability. Fisher scored and set up Alex White.

Ash Brewer's switch play was also exceptional and Alex Griffith's composure allowed for some neat keep-ball in defence. Next up, Kewstoke won 3-0 against Ashton Boys. Fisher, Harry Lewis and White netted, with Brewer twice hitting the post.

A tally of eight points was joint second but frustratingly two goals shy of a full squad final against Abbottskerswell.

THE new kids 6aside league scheduled to start in April is already proving to be a big hit, with the leagues nearly full with still three weeks left before the start of the season. There are only two spaces left for new teams.

It was announced last week that the first form of 6aside for kids was being introduced by a company called www.kidsleagues.co.uk and since then the sign ups have been massive with loads of kids being keen to play 6aside.

KidsLeagues is being supported by Manchester United legend Lee Sharpe.

The new league will be held at Wyvern Sports Centre and will be on Friday, April 24, 5.30 to 7.30pm and the league will take place weekly.

The league is being affiliated to the FA and will be operated by CRB checked qualified referees.

Kids Leagues manager Rob Brannan commented: "The leagues are for fun and loads of kids have already signed up. We are running leagues for 8-9 year olds and 10-11 year olds to start off with. Our director has been in talks this week with the FA in London to ensure they are happy with our set-up and systems for operating the leagues. All kids at the end of the season will receive a taking part medal and winning teams and runners-up will receive individual players trophies. The league is set to be a big hit."

Kids leagues will provide all equipment for the league, so teams and players once registered just turn up.

Any teams or players interested in taking part in the new kidsleagues can contact the organisers on 0845 017 8835 or register online at www.kidsleagues.co.uk

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