February youth football round-up
CHIPPING Sodbury Under-18s continued their fine unbeaten run in Division 2 north of the Bristol and Gloucestershire League with a 2-1 away win at Keynsham.
Sodbury sit in second place, just three points behind leaders Wickwar but with a game in hand.
On a day when a strong cross-wind stifled creativity, putting paid to any chance of Sodbury playing their usual attacking brand of football, both teams spent much of the first half chasing lost causes.
Sodbury looked the more dangerous but 5 minutes before half-time Keynsham took a surprise lead with what amounted to their first shot of any note.
But a 1-0 lead never felt like it would be enough for the home side to record their first league victory of the season, and so it proved. Sodbury overturned the deficit with goals from Stephen Hobbs and Ross Womack, who has scored in every league fixture this season, amassing 16 goals – and is now the league’s top marksman.
St Nicholas Youth under 14s recorded their second win of the season when they overcame fellow league strugglers Ashton Youth. Having lost the corresponding away fixture earlier in the season, St. Nicks were determined to reverse their fortunes at the Ridings.
After a goalless first-half, St Nicks hit their opponents with two goals in quick succession. Dan Evans struck first, with his 13thgoal of the season and when the Ashton keeper was only able to parry another fine effort from Dan, Bradley Hathway was on hand to slot home the rebound to put his side 2-0 up.
Although Ashton pulled a goal back with 7 minutes left to play, St Nicks players worked together to block any further attempts and secured all three points.