Wolves prove too hot for the battling Colts
Bishops Cleeve Colts U-12s 1 Shurdington Rovers Wolves U-12s 5
BISHOP'S Cleeve Colts welcomed table-topping Shurdington Rovers Wolves on a warm afternoon.
Both teams were unbeaten going into the game but it was Wolves who took the lead from a Toby Holland quality left foot drive, leaving Colts keeper Jack Nurden with no chance.
The first half was end-to-end attacking football. Colts player Williams was denied by the outstanding Matt Tilley who made a superb save with an outstretched left arm. Williams was then denied by the crossbar as he beat the Wolves defence with a rasping right foot drive.
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Wolves struggled to contain Colts' attacking football and Williams finally found the net, calmly slotting the ball to the left of keeper Tilley.
The second half started badly for Colts as they conceded an early goal and Colts heads dropped midway through the second half and Wolves strength in midfield saw them score another three goals in five minutes.
The stand-in Ambassador Evesham League referee commented that the football in the Cheltenham Youth League was of a high standard and that it had been a pleasure to referee such a quality game.
Charlton Rovers Blues U-13 1 FC Lakeside Blues U-13 5
LAKESIDE got off to a winning start in their first Cheltenham Youth League game of the new season, albeit after a shaky start.
It was all looking good for the away side when they found themselves ahead after the first couple of minutes through Jack Kilpatrick.
But scrappy play and a high bouncing ball led to confusion in Lakeside's defence and allowed Rovers to level the scores almost immediately.
Both sides found it hard to get any consistency, with only little pockets of good play being shown.
So it wasn't much of a surprise when Alex Peters-Smith's cross went straight in to the goal with no one else getting a touch to send Lakeside into a 2-1 lead at half time.
The second half was much brighter with both teams determined to stamp their authority, but when Harrison Blakeley and Jamie Tsang came on for Lakeside and the formation switched to 4-3-3, a gutsy Charlton Rovers never recovered.
Blakeley coolly finished, fed neatly by Tsang, to make it 3-1, then Kilpatrick scored the goal of the game with a marvellous solo effort for his second and Lakeside's fourth.
Tsang was unlucky not to score, as he came up against an inspired performance by the Rovers keeper, who kept the score down to reasonable level.
However, he was powerless to prevent the outstanding Joe Hocking adding a fifth, aided by Tsang, to finish off the move of the game.
Cheltenham CS Youth U-11s 4 Leckhampton Rovers Predators U-11s 1
CIVIL Service settled well and created the first chance when Cole Hallam's shot was easily saved by the Archie Long.
Finn Reese looked solid at the back while at the other end Liam Poppleton went on a good run and his cross found Cam Thornton who shot wide.
Keane Mazowic was causing Leckhampton lots of problems and he was brought down for a free- kick which Kyle Dricoll fired into a corner from 30 yards.
Another free-kick, this time by Reese found Fred Griffin who lifted it over the keeper for 2-0.
The third soon followed Reese linked up with Mazowic who found Thornton.
He laid it wide to Poppleton and the ball eventually fell to Mazowic to tap in.
Fred Griffin added a fourth after good work by Hallam.
Griffin was voted supporters' player of the match.
FC Lakeside Blues U-13 4 Leckhampton Rovers Sharks U-13 3
LAKESIDE Blues got their league campaign back on track against resilient opponents.
The Blues went ahead when Josh Capaldi cut in from the left and just as he looked to square the ball, squeezed the ball under the keeper for 1-0.
Rovers equalised a few minutes later and then went ahead when a couple of speculative shots from distance went straight over keeper Kyle Nelson's head.
The second half saw the Blues rejuvenated and Capaldi combined with Jack Kilpatrick to pull Lakeside level and after a superb individual effort by Jamie Tsang the confidence started to flow through the team.
So it was a bit of a shock when the big Sharks midfielder was allowed to have a free run at the defence and saw another powerful shot thump into the Blues net.
This only seemed to spur Lakeside on and, determined to take the game to the Sharks, saw a corner taken by Tsang and Joe Hocking slid the ball under the keeper to make it 4-3.