City Youth Match Reports Reports from 1988 - Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more trivia from 32 years ago.

Well done Terry Edwards.


After a poor display last week, the Under 13's found their scoring form this week when they played Lyndholm United away and they ran out winners by sixteen goals to one (16-1).

Chris FIELD scored the first goal with a low shot into the bottom right hand corner and then Merck POWELL hit number two close range whilst Phil FRANKLIN headed home the third after a corner with Jonathan RICE slipping home another goal to make it 4-0. Merck POWELL then made it 5-0 with his second goal of the match whilst Phil FRANKLIN also netted his second goal this time with a close range effort to make it 6-0 whilst just before half time Ashraf CHOUDHURY flicked home number seven following a great cross from Chris Field. A minute into the second half the young Saints won a penalty which was struck home by Ashraf CHOUDHURY and they then made it 9-0 with another goal from Ashraf CHOUDHURY with a great chip over the keeper to complete his hat-trick. Goal number ten was scored by Laurence EDWARDS(Mighty Mouse) with a low left foot shot after a fine run and pass from Choudhury with Merck POWELL then making it 11-0 with a close range effort which meant he had also scored a hat-trick of goals. Lyndholm then pulled a goal back but the young Saints quickly hit back and scored another goal when Laurence EDWARDS scored from six yards after a good low cross from Powell. Ashraf CHOUDHURY then scored two more goals to take his tally for the match to 5 with the first one coming from the penalty spot whilst his other was cracking strike into the top corner to make it  14-1. Stuart WRIGHT and Jonathan RICE then scored a goal apiece to wrap the scoreline up but it could have been more if it were not for Mark Richens the Lyndholm keeper who pulled off some tremendous saves to stop the Saints from scoring more. Squad: Varley, Smith Bradley, Thompson, Franklin, Carter, Field, Powell, Shaw, Rice, Choudhury, Edwards, Wright (all played). Christy (did not play).     Goalscorers; Ash Choudhury 5, Meryck Powell 3, Phil Franklin 2, Laurence Edwards 2, Jonathan Rice 2, Chris Field, Stuart Wright.   

FOOTNOTE: For the 1988-89 SEASON saw Ash Choudhury scored a total of 72 goals.           

Another team that scored double figures were the Under 16's who defeated Berkhamsted Dynamos away in the county cup by the scoreline 10-2 with Stephen HERBERT leading the way with a hat-trick of goals. The other goals were scored by Daniel MOORE 2, Adrian O'CONNOR 2, James TAYLOR, Robert MANN plus one own goal. Squad: Maton, Russo, Pini, Taylor, Moore, Wildman, Saunders, Booth, Herbert, Mann, O'Connor, Yeo, Collins (all played).         

The Under 11's were at home to Tigers in the Bushey League Cup and they also turned in a great performance with Tom Lawrence having an outstanding match to help the Saints to win by six goals to two. Scoring the goals were Tom LAWRENCE with a hat-trick with all of his goals being powerfully struck shots from outside the box. The other goals were scored Simon DEAN, Chris SCORER and James GARRETT. Squad: Hallman, Constable, Gentry, Mead, Daw, Burr, Scorer, Lawrence, Dean, Baladi, Scase, Garrett, Morris (all played.).   

The Under 14's West were away to Bovingdon in the county cup and two goals by Paul CLARK and one each from Paul LINDSAY and Keith DAWSON gave the young Saints 4-0 lead at half time. Bovingdon pulled two goals back before another from Paul CLARK to complete his hat-trick and also make the final score 5-2 plus it rounded off an exceptionally fine performance from the Under 14's West. Squad: Chapman, Jones, Hamer, Gammon, McIntosh, Young, Clark, Lindsay, Taylor, Dawson, Yeo, Chard, Smith (all played).

The first report I received of one of our teams losing this week was from the Under 10's who were away to Hobbs Hill Hornets in the county cup and although the Under 10's battled hard throughout the match they eventually lost by two goals to nil. Squad: Marriott, I. Morgan, Kerby, Erentrauts, G. Morgan, Hull, Jameson, Seeby, Timberlake, Wray, Hames, Plumley, Hawkins (all played)

The Under 12's South also could not find the back of the net in their county cup match and they went down by four goals to nil away to Tigers with William Denholm being named the Saints man of the match. Squad: Thompson, Lawrence, Chard, Godden, Maynard, O'Sullivan, Elliott, Denholm, Bowman, Flitton, Day, Edwards (all played).           

The Under 15's lost their first league match of the season when they lost 3-0 away to Boreham Wood JSC with goalkeeper Derren Elliott being named man of the match (so he says). Team; Elliott, Patel, Attfield, Burgess, Cannon, Guy, Dunbar, Andrews, Bennett, Long, Williams.         

Another team that lost their 100% record was the Under 18's who were away to Princes Park and by half time the Saints were 2-0 down and then early in the second period a bad decision by the match referee gave Princes Park a third goal. The Saints put all this behind them and fought back with a great goal from Neil YATES and then another from Stuart HEATHER for them to get back into the game at 3-2 but Princes Park scored a fourth and then the Saints were awarded a penalty which was tucked away by Dave ROSS so once again the Under 18's had closed the gap. In the final minutes of the game the home team struck again to win the match 5-3.  Squad: Wray, Gauthier, Stratford, Brewster, Taylor, Ross, Brownless, Yates, Atkinson, Heather, MacPherson, Shea, Turley (all played) Vickers (did not play).