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Well done Terry Edwards.
SAINTS YOUTH TEAMS SUNDAY MARCH 3RD 1991
FOOTBALL COACH MARK CLARK GETS A MENTION.
The Under 16's West were playing in the Fawcett Trophy and their match against Barnet B ended all square at 1-1 even after extra time so it went to a penalty shootout. Daniel GEORGE scored the West's goal in normal time whilst the penalty shootout was the best of five which the Saints won 4-2 with the penalty scorers being Steve CHAPMAN, Paul TAYLOR, Mark HAMER and Daniel GEORGE whilst the player who did not score his spot kick was Paul Clark whose effort was saved.(I told you Mark Clark I would get his name in the programme). Squad: Champan, Allen, Clark, Lawrence, Yeo, Taylor, Young, Hamer, Gammon, George, Kipling, McIntosh (all played), Smith (did not play).
The Under 16's East gave away two goals as they lost 2-1 at home to London Colney in the Benevolent Shield with Philip HAYTON scoring the Saints only goal. Squad: Helliot, Bolding, Dudey, Dunn, Tucker, Hayton, Stapleton, Griffin, Bradbury, Thrussell, Williams, Snoad (all played).
In the semi-final of the Challenge Cup saw the Under 17's take on Maxwell Park Under 18's at home and although Lee IRVINE scored an equaliser for the Saints they just could not score that second goal to take them through to the final for the second season running and so it was the visitors who snatched the winner late on to win the match 2-1. Squad: Elliott, Cannon, Taylor, White, Attfield, Edwards, Irvine, Andrews, Brosnan, Beale, Bennett, Bailey, Guy (all played).
The Under 15's were at home to Princes Park in the Fawcett Trophy and despite a better team performance than the previous week they unfortunately lost 2-0. Team: Varley, Gill, Edwards, Fletcher, Rostom, Carter, Field, Shaw, Miller, Moreno, Twigg.
In the Challenge Cup the Under 14's North were away to Boreham wood and it was a remarkably close game with the hosts just sneaking it by winning 5-3. Scoring the goals for the Saints were Mark WARRINER with a fine brace whilst the other goal was scored by Giovanni RUSSO. Squad: Tucker, Newton, W. Page, Westcott, Day, Veasey, Redford, Pearman, Warriner, Russo, Chapman, Owen, Gains (all played)
The Under 14's South also lost when they went down 2-0 after extra time to Enfield in the Benevolent Shield with the visitors scoring both goals in the second half. Squad: Thompson, Lawrence, Mulkerrin, O'Sullivan, Sankey, Prowle, Elliott, Godden Flitton, Pendred, Edwards, Dodd, Goodier (all played).
The Under 13's North were playing Boreham Wood B at home in the league and the match also counted as an Ace Awards Trophy game and the Saints also won easily by five goals to one. Scoring the goals for the North were Simon DEAN with a brace and then there was a goal apiece from Tom LAWRENCE, Neil STEVENSON and James GARRETT. Squad: Milner, Baladi, Constable, Dean, Shadbolt, Field, Garrett, Gentry, Lawrence, Mead, Sissons, Stevenson, Mortier (all played).
The Under 13's South were also playing in the same competitions as above and they also recorded success when they defeated Colney Heath at home 4-0 with goals from Ben HALLMAN 2, Chris BLACK and Nigel GETLEY. Squad: Lockwood, McManus, Parkin, King, Pike, Pearman, Fitch, Rosenthal, Black, Hall, Getley, Morris (all played).
Playing in a very exciting match were the Under 12's East and their opponents were Peckwater Strikers in the league at home and the final result was 6-5 to the Saints with an unfortunate Peckwater defender putting the ball into his own net for the winning goal with only two minutes to go. The other scorers for the Saints were Steve McKEOWN 3, Matthew PHILLIPS and David UPJOHN. Squad: Butcher, Kerby, Hames, Beaszant, Hull, Vincent, Upjohn, Martin, Mummery, McKeown, Phillips, Wray (all played).
Five goals by the Under 11's saw them defeat Comets 5-0 away in the league and leading the scorers was Philip TURNER with two well taken goals plus singles from Martin THOMPSON, Matthew SCAYSBROOK and Piers CARRUTHIERS. Squad: Bonington, Baladi, Scase, Booth, Brazil, Turner, Harvey, Thompson, Austin, Carruthers, Scaysbrook, Williams, Barber (all played).
The Under 11's A also won when they defeated Hemel Colts at home 3-2 in a close match with two goals from Paul GOODIER and a single from Robin GIBB (and no he is not one of the Bee Gees). Squad: Cornish, J. Coughlan, Carter, Black, Blyth, M. Coughlan, Sibley, McCallum, Taylor, Goodier, Hatch, Fenn, Gibb (all played).
The Under 10's were away to Tornadoes and despite the Saints putting in a fine battling performance they eventually went down 2-0. Squad: Dawe, Fellowes, Markham, Pallett, Seeby, Smallman, Hamilton, Godfrey, Deradour, Woodley, Goom, Martin, Jenkins (all played)
Wednesday March 20th Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League:
KINGSBURY TOWN YOUTH 0 ST. ALBANS CITY YOUTH 1.
The only goal of the match was scored in the 33rd minute when Robert Mann on the left wing hit a 30 yard pass to Robert Booth on the right hand side of the box who quickly it into the path of Matt BOWEN who after a neat turn and control just inside the box saw him drill the ball low into the bottom left hand corner of the net for a well taken goal following a neat flowing move. Squad: Merra, Booth, Mann, Gilder, Batour, Bowen, Pearson, Talbot, O'Connor, Taylor, Scott, Durrant (all played).
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Well done Terry Edwards.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25th, 1995 PAUL McHUGH MEMORIAL TROPHY.
IN AID OF THE NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR EPILEPSY
ST ALBANS CITY YOUTH UNDER 12's Squad. Peter Hanson, Greg Deacon, Matthew Hills, Stephen Chesters, Robert Featherstone, Kenny Hull, Tom Fairbairn, Oliver Franks, Dean Parsons, Ryan Hughes, Adam Wallace, Adam Schofield, David Cooper, Dominic Holliday, Oliver Pollard.
HARPENDEN COLTS YOUTH UNDER 12's Squad. Sam Harrison, Steven Cox, Ronnie Henry, Kevin Webb, Lee Crawley, Ben Hudson, Duncan Waller, Ben Graham, Jonathan Eames, Chris Newbery, Danny Stewart, Danny McSweeney, Craig Gibson, Mark Crowley.
Referee: Geoff Watts, Asst Referees: Steve Archibald, Keith Archibald.
CITY YOUTH MATCH REPORTS PART ONE. 1-10-95.
For the second week running Alistair COLLINS hit five goals for the Under 11's West as they defeated Oxhey Jets 12-0 at home in the quarterfinals of the Autumn Shield. The score was only 5-0 at half time but then Alistair Collins came on at half time and the goals really started to flow with the other scorers being Joe GREEN 2, Jake ATTWOOD, Tim AMOSS, Billy SMITH, Craig FINDLAY and Iaian TURKENTINE.
The Under 15's were at home to Finchley Athletic and the young Saints ran out easy winners by the scoreline 18-1 and there were ten different players on the scoresheet. Goalscorers were as follows John MARTIN 3, Chris SALE 3, John GAVIN 3, Shamir KHAN 2, Azir UDDIN 2, Matthew DAY, Jonathan BLISSETT, Lewis BOULTER, Lee FELLOWES and Steve SEEBY.
In a hard fought encounter with the Under 16's playing Harvesters at home and neither side were prepared to give up there 100% records but late on it was the Saints who took all the points with a goal from Phil TURNER in their 1-0 victory.
Away to Evergreen saw the Under 17's turn in a very sound performance to win 6-2 with goals from Nigel GETLEY, Andy WRAY, Simon MARTIN, Iain HAMBLEN Stephen RAY and Antonio PEPE.
Playing Princes Park at home were the Under 14's East and they went a goal down early into the match but the Saints battled away and were rewarded with a 3-1 victory with two fine goals from Henry WILKINSON and a brilliant solo effort from Tom CROWNE. Yet again through some fine goalkeeping from Ricky Perks and battling performances from defenders Paul Thompson and Nick Perchard kept the visitors out.
The Under 14's West away to Lyonsdown won 3-2 with two goals from Nathan WILLIAMS and Esmond BROWNE whilst the Under 18's South had taken a 2-0 lead at half time against Camden with both goals coming from David CONSTABLE. In the second it all changed when the Saints went down to ten players and Camden won 3-2 with a goal in the last minute.
For the third week running the Under 13's hit double figures when they defeated Harpenden Colts 11-0 at home with eight different players getting their names on the score sheet. Scoring the goals were Daniel TANSLEY 2, Ross BARTUP 2, Kevin COULSON 2, Chris DUNDON, Trevor SMITH, Paul SMITH, Andrew CLARKE and Chris GOODIER.
Away to Brantham & Staunton (near Ipswich) in the East Anglian Cup saw the 18's West go a goal down after only two minutes play but they fought back to make it 1-1 with a goal from Simon DEAN only to see the hosts snatch a late winner with only a couple of minutes to go.
The Under 11's East away to Herons away to Herons in the Autumn Cup 6-2 with goals from Ben HERD 2, Chris SEEBY 2, Sam BIBB plus one own goal.
At home to Hemel Aces saw the Under 10's win 4-1 with two goals from Matthew HANSON and one each from Danny BLYTH and Raonull McKINNON.
Away in the Red division of the Bushey Friendly League to Comets were the Under 12's and with two goals in the second half saw them win 4-2 with two goals coming from Adam WALLACE plus one each from Ryan HUGHES and Dean PARSONS.
MATCH REPORTS PART TWO. 8-10-95.
Playing at home to Hemel Aces in the Autumn Shield were the Under 11's West and by half time they found themselves 3-0 down but in the second half it was a different story as the young Saints really got going with some excellent football and by the final whistle they had run out winners by five goals to three. An own goal started the Under 11's West on the road back and then came three goals from Craig FINDLAY, all from free kicks with Ben NEARY adding the fifth for the West to go on and play in the final at the end of the season.
In the local derby match between the Under 18's West and the Under 18' South saw the South take the lead through Shad MORRISSEY before two goals one from Robbie McKANE and the other from Michael WHITTAKER put the West back in command. In the 37th minute though the match had to be abandoned when Simon Dean for the West saw his leg broken after a very clumsy tackle.
Back to some better news the Under 16's were away to William Morris in a league match which saw them win 12-0 with goals from Marc FARROW 3, Ross TAIT 3, Georgie BLYTH 3, Martin PRICKETT, Philip TURNER and Russell McCALLUM.
The Under 14's West at home to Boreham JSC drew 1-1 with a late equaliser from Philip GURNEY while the Under 14's East away to Enfield Rangers lost 1-0 after a remarkably close game with the young Saints defence having an outstanding game.
In the league cup saw the Under 12's at home to Hemel Albion which saw them win easily by ten goals to two (10-2). Leading the goalscorers was Dean PARSONS with four goals and then came Adam WALLACE with a hat-trick plus singles from Ryan HUGHES, Oliver FRANKS and the dynamic Greg DEACON.
The Under 17's were at home to Parkfield and at one stage they found themselves 1-0 down at one stage but they fought back to go on and win the match 4-2 with two goals from Antonio PEPE and one apiece from Simon MARTIN and Stephen RAY.
The Under 13's were away to Chiltern United in the 1st round of the Challenge Cup and by the final whistle they had scored ten goals to go on and win 10-0 after yet another fine performance. Scoring the goals were Kevin COULSON 2, Daniel TANSLEY 2, Andrew CLARKE 2, Chris GOODIER, Paul BREMNER, Chris DUNDON plus one from goalkeeper Peter CLARKE.
Away to Woodside Park the Under 15's also won by a high score when they put 21 goals past Woodside without reply. Three players hit 4 goals apiece and they were Lee FELLOWES, Jonathan MARTIN and Paul GOOM whilst the other scorers were Steve SEEBY 3, Azir UDDIN 3, James HARMSWORTH 2 plus one from Samir KHAN.
Matthew HANSON for the Under 10's hit five goals for them in their 9-0 away victory over Sun Postals in the Challenge Cup with Raonull McKINNON scoring a hat-trick whilst a Graham CHESTERS effort rounded up the scoreline.
Four goals from Ben HERD helped the Under 11's East defeat Sun Postals away 6-0 with the other goals coming from Chris SEEBY and David ADAMS in this fine team performance with the Saints defence being the kingpin of their success.
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Well done Terry Edwards.
4th NOVEMBER 1992 F. A. YOUTH CHALLENGE CUP 1st ROUND PROPER
ST ALBANS CITY YOUTH v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION YOUTH.
Saints Squad: Stephan Chapman, Neil Dann, Mark Steel, Paul Taylor, Simon Gammon, Darren Goulden, Mark Seller, Craig Alderman, Ash Choudhury, Paul Mutlow, Ian Stapleton, Paul Christie, Andrew Port, Martin Cox, Daniel George, Chris Yeo. Manager Jeff Lawrence. Coach Mark Clark.
SAINTS YOUTH TEAMS.SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER 1992.
In the Thomas Hardy Cup saw the Under lose 2-1 to Bushey Rangers at home with Trevor SMITH scoring the Saints only goal. In the second half an outstanding performance from Ross Bartup nearly turned the game but it was not to be and just to prove it was not their day when they turned up at St Peters School to play the match they found someone had broken the crossbar and also the posts so they had to quickly fine another pitch which they duly did. Squad: Warren, Goodhead, T. Smith, Black, P. Smith, Baker, Moore, Costello, Jackson, Bartup, Bell, King, Garland (all played).
The Under 11's put their recent run of poor results behind them to defeat Meriden away 4-2 in the Autumn Cup with two superb goals from Chris CUTMORE plus one each from Stuart MORGAN and Paul TAYLOR. Squad: Thompson, Watts, Edwards, Wasey, Whitlock, Hook, Jenkins, Crowne, Morgan, Taylor, Cutmore, Lacovone.
In the same competition the Under 11's A played well to defeat Chiltern United at home 10-0 and leading the goalscorers was Jack SABIN-YOUNG with a hat-trick plus two goals apiece from Mike RANCE, Chris JONES and John TAIT whilst Andrew RUSSELL popped up with one. Squad: Kerry, Schofield, Tait, R. Peck, Coles, Baker, Russell, Jones, Sabin-Young, Webster-Smith, Gaskin, Carlisle, Rance (all played).
The Under 13's South were away to Broadway in a league fixture and the young Saints eventually lost 6-2 with Phil McAulay and Georgie BLYTH striking the goals for St. Albans. Squad: Morgan, McCallum, Clark, Ford, Fenn, Blyth, Sibley, Carter, Taylor, Miles, McAulay, Cornish, Young (all played).
The Under 14's were 1-0 down at half time at home to London Colney but after a half time team chat saw them fight back to take all the points by winning the match 4-1 with goals from Stephen RAY, Nigel GETLEY, Andrew WRAY and Matthew BUTCHER.
A great hat-trick from Tom LAWRENCE saw the Under 15's North draw 3-3 at home to Barnet B after they were at one stage 2-0 down early on into the match. Team: Milner, Baladi, Cooper, Clark, Daw, Lawrence, Rawle, Scorer, Shadbolt, Sissons, Mead.
In the East Anglian Cup were the Under 16's South and they were away to Trumpington Tornadoes(near Cambridge) and the young Saints move on into the next round by winning the match 2-0 with a goal apiece from Danny DODDS and Ross ELLIOTT which was a real sizzler from the penalty spot from the Blonde Bomber himself. Team: Prowle, Elliott, Lawrence, Sankey, Pendred, Gibson, Dodds, Kowenberg, Ryan Thompson, Edwards.
The Under 16's North were away to Austen Arrowheads in a Herts County Cup replay and they won the match with two well struck penalties from Mark WARRINER to make the final score 2-1 to the Saints. The first penalty came about after Giovanni Russo was fouled inside the box whilst the second came when the Saints cleared the ball off their own goal line before sprinting away down the other end which then saw Tom Westcott being tripped from behind as he ran into the penalty area. Team: Varley, Hulks, Owen, Russo, Lacey, Veasey, Westcott, Pearman, Profit, Day, Warriner. Sub: Jordan (did not play).
After being 2-0 down at the break the Under 18's East finally conceded another six in the second period to lose 8-0 at home to Princes Park in the league. Squad: Bassill, Tucker, Flannery, Petrie, Thrussell, Bolding, Dudey, Edwards, Messer, Griffin, Stapleton, Banks (all played).
At home to Cockfosters saw Ash CHOUDHURY score a great hat-trick for the Under 18's West but this still was not enough for the Under 18's West as they eventually lost 6-4 with Mark SELLER scoring the West's fourth goal. The score was 2-2 at half time and it was not until the last five minutes that saw the visitors score two late goals to take all the points. Squad: Chapman, Lindsay, Taylor, Gammon, Lawrence, Mutlow, Bentley, Young, Yeo, Choudhury, Twigg, Seller (all played).
On Wednesday the 28th of October saw the Under 12's play Harpenden Colts here at Clarence Park in the annual Paul McHugh Trophy and although in the last few seasons it has been the Saints who have won the trophy but it was not to be this year as it was Harpenden Colts who came out on top with a 3-0 victory. The scorers of the goals were David HORSLEN with the first one whilst Karl LEHANE hit the other two with a couple of low shots into the back of the net. St Albans Squad: Gavin Dawe, Dean Bartup, Robert Day, Derek Coughlan, Jamie Ellis, Lee Fellowes, John Gavin, Grant Hamilton, Steve Smallman, Andy Barker, James Harmsworth, Stuart Markham, Peter Morgan, Matthew Newland, Stephen Seeby, Steve Watts, Tom Woodley(all played). Harpenden Squad: Berwyn Petrie, Jonathan Gibbs, Stewart French, Daniel Osborne, Daniel Mulvie, Jeremy Mercer-Dedman, Craig Tanner, Nathan Davies, David Horslen, Simon Andrews, Alistair Gordon, Karl Lehane, Philip Allen, Alex Johnston (all played).
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Well done Terry Edwards.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 26th, 1995. ST ALBANS CITY INVITATION CUP.
ST ALBANS CITY YOUTH UNDER 18's EAST V WELWYN GARDEN CITY YOUTH UNDER 18's
Saints Squad: James Varley, Toby Azzopardi, Tom Westcott, Robert Hill, Ben Lacey, Glenn Roberts, Gary Veasey, Mark Reynolds, Ben Graham, Mark Warriner, Danny Bowman, Liam Howley, Alton Profit.
MATCH REPORTS OF SUNDAY 23rd APRIL 1995.
It was like Roy of the Rovers the finish to this match between the Under 18's West and Enfield Rangers on Sunday to decide who might win the league title of the Boreham Wood Youth League Premier Division Section. The Saints only needed a point from this match to win the Championship whilst Enfield needed a win to keep their hopes high. The !8's West got off to a good start when John Cronin slipped the ball through for Neil DONALD to race onto and drive the ball low into the back of the net to make it 1-0 after 12 minutes.
Ten minutes later Enfield equalised after an error in the Saints defence and the match then seemed to be heading for a draw which the Saints needed to win the title. Then disaster struck when after soaking up lots of pressure Enfield broke clear against the run of play and scored again to give them a 2-1 lead. The Under 18's West slung everything at them to get that goal back but the ball just would not go in but with only seconds to go John Cronin gave it one more try and he slipped the ball through with neat pass which split the Enfield defence and Tom LAWRENCE was onto it in a flash and raced clear of the defenders and drove the ball low past the static Enfield keeper to make the score 2-2 and also give them the point they needed for the league title, Champions, Champions. They only had time to kick off before the referee blew his whistle to end and what proved to be an exciting match.
The Under 18's East also had a good day on Sunday when they defeated Princes Park at home by five goals to nil with goals from Mark WARRINER, Toby AZZOPARDI, Tom WESTCOTT, Danny BOWMAN and Ben GRAHAM.
Another team that had a good day at the office were the Under 16's who were away to Harpenden Rovers and they returned with a 7-2 victory and scoring the goals were Andy WRAY with two, Toby OKAPI with a brace as well whilst there were singles from Jack WINN, Stephen RAY and Ian HAMBLEDON.
Last Thursday the Under 13's East turned in a great performance to hold the league champions Boreham Wood JSC at Francis Bacon School to a 2-2 draw. The first goal was scored by Paul TAYLOR with a fine shot from ten yards whilst Tom CROWNE scored the second with a free kick which he drove home from 25 yards into bottom corner which left the Boreham Wood JSC keeper rooted to his line.
Also playing Boreham Wood JSC were the Under 13's West and they went down 3-0 at home and it might have been more if it were not for their keeper Michael Burr who pulled off some great saves throughout the match.
At home to Garston Boys in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup were the Under 12's who eventually ran out 9-1 winners with a tremendous second half display of football after they had only led 2-1 at half time. Scoring the goals were Andrew CLARKE with four well taken goals plus singles from Chris DUNDON, Mark MALLOY, Daniel TANSLEY, Trevor SMITH and Ryan Hughes with a beautiful cross-cum-shot from the right wing.
The Under 11's went down 2-1 at home to Harpenden Colts in the semi-final of their Challenge Cup match with the Saints only goal being scored by Greg DEACON whilst keeper Peter Hanson was named man of the match after pulling a string of fine saves throughout the game.
It has been a great week for the Under 10's East with firstly a 6-2 victory over S & K with goals from Nick MALHAM 2 plus singles from Ben HERD, Chris SEEBY, Nathan MAYCOCK and Lawrence ANSCOMB. On Sunday they defeated Brookside at home 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup with another two goals from Nick MALHAM plus two from Chris SEEBY and one each from Matthew Hanson and a cracking 25 yard shot from Nathan MAYCOCK. It was not only been great week for the Under 10's East it as been a great season for the them as well having won their league title in the Red Division of the Bushey Friendly League having remained unbeaten all the season and finishing 14 points clear of the team in the runners-up spot.
In the Challenge Plate saw the Under 10's West lose 2-1 away to Hemel Albion with the Saints goal being scored by Tom HERD whilst Peter REGAN scored the only goal for the Under 15's as they also lost 2-1 away in the Benevolent Shield against to Boreham Wood.
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SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY 2003
SPECIAL REPORT 3RD ANNUAL OLD BOYS MATCH
''SNIFFER'' JONATHAN JENKINS IS BACK
The New Year saw the 3rd Annual Match between the St Albans Old Boys made up from the 1999-2000 squad and their opponents the current Midweek Youth Team. The entire 1999-2000 squad turned along with manager Geoff Watts along with coach Mark Clark plus Terry Edwards who used to make sure the lads paid up their subs and he was still doing it after the match.
The midweek team found themselves a goal down early on when some fine play down the left-wing involving Chris Fairbairn and Tom Crowne which setup Jonathan JENKINS to fire home from ten yards. It was soon 2-0 when Arthur HOOK hit a long range shot from 25 yards that ended up in the bottom left hand corner of the net. Hook celebrated this fine goal by diving full length in the mud ''Klinsmann'' style.
Next up Chris ''Skip'' Fairbairn brook clear into the box from the left but his well struck shot was pushed around the far post for a corner by a good save from Russell Garland. Tom Crowne took the corner kick and he found Matt '' Fancy '' BESWICK who made it 3-0 with a brilliant diving header.
At the other end saw Jake Attwood go close but his low firm drive saw the Old Boys keeper Ricky Perks pull off a good save low down to his right whilst Nick Perchard nearly increased the lead but his effort crept just past the near upright. The Midweek Team hit back with two goals in the space of five minutes when firstly a poor clearance by Ricky Perks fell to Chris BERGIN who instantly hit struck a sweet low shot past Perks and then it became 3-2 when Chris BERGIN struck again when following a brilliant solo run saw him finish off in style with a well-placed shot into the far corner.
Jason Coughlan at the other end saw Russell Garland tip over the crossbar his well struck effort whilst Ricky Perks the Old Boys custodian did the same following a Chris Seeby shot as play switched from end to end. Another fine individual solo run this time from Allister COLLINS whose cracking shot flew past Ricky Perks to make the scoreline now for the Midweek Team 3-3 for a fine equalising goal. Although Ollie Lowe and Jake Attwood went close for the Midweek Team it was the Old Boys who retook the lead a minute before half time when Jonathan ''Baby Face'' Wasey tried a hopeful long range shot which somehow spilled out of the arms of keeper Russell Garland and before you could blink Jack DAVIS was onto the loose ball in a flash and slotted it home from close range to give the Old Boys a 4-3 lead.
Early in the second half it should have been 5-3 but Chris Fairbairn put his effort wide when he was well placed in front of goal and then Tom Crowne took a quick throw-in which Jack Davis nodded on but both Nick Perchard and Henry Wilkinson inside the box just failed to get a touch. At the other end Ricky Perks made some fine saves from Chris Seeby and Allister Collins to keep the Old Boys in front. The Midweek team finally drew level when Chris Bergin crossed the ball in to the far post whereupon for Jake Attwood to hit the ball back into the goalmouth for Matt BESWICK who was trying to clear the ball instead though he slid home into is own net for an own goal and make it 4-4.
This goal started a goal spree with the Old Boys being the ones to strike another five more and the first was scored by Jack DAVIS as he swept the ball home at the far post following a good low cross in from the right wing from Skip Chris Fairbairn and then Henry Wilkinson crossed the ball from the left for Jack DAVIS to complete his hat-trick with a shot from the edge of the box to make it 6-4. Soon another goal was added when Fairbairn and Crowne setup Stuart Turkentine to race clear down the left hand side and his low cross into the box saw Nick PERCHARD with the faintest of touches just glide the ball past Russell Garland and into the back of the net. There was stopping the Old Boys now as they quickly made it 8-4 when a Perchard shot was blocked by Garland and then a follow up shot from Tom Crowne struck the foot of the post and rebounded out only to fall at the feet of Jonathan ''Sniffer'' JENKINS who made no mistake from close range, with about five minutes to goal the Old Boys scored again to make it 9-4 when Jonathan JENKINS chipped the ball over Russell Garland's head from just inside the box to complete his hat-trick, well done ''Sniffer''.
The Midweek Team did score again though when Ricky Perks and Alvin ''Pele'' Nascimento got into a right old tangle at the back leaving Allister COLLINS the simple job of walking the ball in the empty net to make the final score 9-5. You cannot beat the Golden Oldies!
UNDER 15's: 15's WEST into the next round.
Playing at home to Harpenden Colts Eagles in the second round of the challenge cup saw the Under 15's West turn in a solid team performance which saw them finally win 3-2 after they had lead 2-0 at half time. This was a good result against a team two divisions higher than the Saints with the goals for the Under 15's West coming from Phil WOOLFORD with a neat brace whilst Ashley AIMAKHU scored the third goal.
UNDER 14's. NORTH earn a point.
Twice silly defensive errors saw the Under 14's North trail at home to Riverside in a league match but both times they fought back to earn a point with a 2-2 draw. Ricky MILLER scored the Saints first goal with a delightful little chip shot whilst Adam POTTER scored the second goal with a long range shot that flew into the back of the net for a dramatic late equaliser.
The Under 14's South started off the new year in style when they took the lead after only 20 seconds play in their home league match against Garston Boys with Billy UNITE opening the scoring from close range following a low cross from Matt Sumpter after he made a fine run down the left wing. Five minutes later it was 2-0 when Billy UNITE scored again following yet another good run by Matt Sumpter and cross with Alex FRASER adding another goal with a fine solo effort whilst Matt HILL also scored from close range after his initial shot had rebounded back off the post. The final score was 7-3 with Matt SUMPTER scoring a terrific hat-trick which included a fantastic 25 yard shot that flew in like a rocket.
UNDER 13's. FOX IS THE STAR.
Away to Sun Postal Blue were the Under 13's North and although the North went down 4-0 there was a excellent performance from goalkeeper James Fox with defenders Jack Gordon and James Crawley also having a good game.
UNDER 11's. VICTORY IN THE COLD.
The Under 11's South recorded a fine 2-0 victory over London Road on a freezing winter's Sunday morning and they were slow to get started with London Road taking the game to the Saints in the first 15 minutes of the match. Eventually the South's midfield started to dominate and dictate play and they were rewarded when Alex STEVENS expertly flicked the ball past the London Road keeper into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the Saints at half time. The second half was much the same as the first with London Road taking the initiative, but the South responded quickly with some great attacking runs by Darren Gower, George Culverhouse, and Ben Lazarus. The second goal finally came, and it was scored by David SHORE after London Road had failed to clear their lines whilst captain Glen Hall in the midfield and Kieran Ferdinand continue to thwart and opportunities London Road created. Ben Riddell standing in for Sean Hammon in goal did not have a notable save to make throughout the match whilst George Gill playing a central midfield role was awarded the man of the match title and he was also unlucky not to score when he saw his second half shot strike the foot of the post and out.
The Under 11's West lost very heavily at home to Boreham Wood 2000 with goalkeeper Samuel Crafts having a brilliant game between the sticks in that he kept the score line down otherwise there would have been quite a few more goals.
THE UNDER 10's. EAST GRAB THE POINTS.
St Albans City Youth 10 East's returned home victorious to Greenwood Park with a 3-1 league win over Alexandra Park Youth. Kicking up the slope the Saints weathered the initial storm then opened the scoring with a superb team goal when Louis McNamara started the move with a timely interception in the midfield whereupon after combing with Aidan Fortune and then Jacob Wroe who calmly drew the keeper before he squared the ball across to Max O'SHEA to leave him with a simple tap-in in front of an empty goal. At the other end of the pitch George Figg had an assured display at full back whilst James Lowthian in goal made a brave save to deny Alexandra Park the equaliser just before half time. In the second half the East doubled the lead when Jacob Wroe waltzed through the defence but just as he was about to slide the ball past the advancing keeper he was scythed down from behind for a penalty. Up stepped Eddie GRAY who duly dispatched the resulting spot kick with an unstoppable drive into the bottom left hand corner. Five minutes later Alexandra Park pulled one goal back but some fine cover tackles from substitutes Scott Howlett and Ryan Maher prevented any further leaks in the defence. The 10 East completed the scoring three minutes from time with another well worked team goal which was just reward for man of the match Louis McNAMARA who side footed the ball into an unguarded net to make it 3-1.
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