Convincing win takes St Nick’s unbeaten run to seven

March 28 2016

A superb footballing performance on a glorious spring morning extended St Nicholas U12’s winning run in the Avon Youth League. A 5-1 win over Ashton Boys Juniors consolidated second place in the table.



A superb footballing performance on a glorious spring morning extended St Nicholas U12’s winning run in the Avon Youth League. A 5-1 win over Ashton Boys Juniors consolidated second place in the table.
Illness and injury prevented St Nicks from having any substitutes available and this dictated their game plan to keep possession with accurate and quick passing. The plan almost paid dividends straight from the kick off and it was only a fine save from the opposition goalkeeper that stopped a slick move ending in a goal.  
With only seven minutes played, midfielder Harry Winter cut inside before moving the ball onto his right foot and placing his shot neatly into the bottom corner of the goal. Their second goal soon followed as St Nicholas dominated possession and striker Guy McEwen used his pace to beat the defence.
Ashton’s attack were thwarted by the St Nicholas defensive trio of Cameron Ward, William Hedges and Leon Westcott. A cool finish from Jacob Pope who placed the ball through the keeper’s legs gave St Nicks a three nil cushion at the break.
The second half continued in much the same vein with St Nicholas dominating possession and territory. The midfield of Owen Lewis and Dylan Venn were quick to win the ball back with some committed tackling when the St Nicks did lose possession.  A combination of last ditch defending by Ashton and missed chances from the Saints kept the half goalless until fifteen minutes from the end when Guy McEwen got his second and the team’s fourth goal.
A penalty was awarded in favour of St Nicholas soon afterwards when a shot from Dylan Venn was handled in the area. Dylan himself stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty into the corner of the net for 5-0.  Ashton boys managed a well-deserved consolation goal two minutes from time when their striker took advantage of an errant pass. Spencer Webb managed a fine save to stop the initial strike but the Ashton striker was able to score from the rebound.
The man of the match performance was awarded to right midfielder Jacob Pope for his commitment and hard work.