A LOOK at the latest round of junior football on our patch.
Duffield Dynamo Hawks 1
Ilkeston Town U11 6
Ilkeston continued their excellent run of form by comfortably disposing of Duffield Dynamo Hawks.
They took the lead early on when captain Brandon Quinney’s throw-in found Brandon Brough who in turn fed Jordan Shaw to score the opener.
Ilkeston didn’t let up the attack and Levi Hurst sent a perfectly placed ball on to Reco Richardson who flew down the wing before shooting just wide, but Duffield levelled after a fumble in front of goal.
Luke Chapman worked tirelessly alongside his defenders, while Ben Morris and Curtis Wickstead worked hard to stop the Duffield forwards.
Elliott Morledge’s new energy surged on to the pitch and he soon sent a ball forward to Shaw who increased the score, and just before the half-time break Ilkeston achieved a corner from which Taylor Mottram scored the third.
The Robins continued to pursue their hosts after the break with Joshua Jackson getting forward relentlessly, and a further three goals were added by Shaw and Richardson to cap the victory.
Man of the match sponsored by SPS Plumbing and Heating went to Levi Hurst for being calm on the ball, strong and reading the game beautifully.
Long Eaton Utd U9 4
Rolls Royce 1
Long Eaton progressed to the Young Elizabethan League Cup final with a fine win over Rolls Royce.
Apart from a loose ten minutes before half-time, Long Eaton controlled this game against Division Two opposition but a number of wasted chances limited the margin of victory.
United scored in the first minute when Joe Lacey was too quick for the defence as he latched onto a through ball from James Taylor.
Soon afterwards, Lacey put over a good cross and Brandon Jarvis drove just wide.
Lacey was through again but missed the target and a vicious shot from Jarvis just went over the bar, but Taylor’s corner was then met by a firm downward header by Jarvis for 2-0.
Royce pulled a goal back through some shoddy defending and Jack Burton brilliantly cleared off the line just before half-time.
United gave themselves some breathing space five minutes into the second-half when Taylor pulled the ball back from the byline and Josh Melville scored with a neat finish.
Man-of-the-match Burton, forced a great save from Royce’s keeper with a flashing drive from outside the box but near the end the goalie was deceived by a lob from Mason Deakin that bounced awkwardly over his head for a final score of 4-1.
Stanton Ilkeston U15 7
Heanor Staffs 2
The Ironmen went in to their home game against Heanor Staffs sitting pretty at the top of the league having secured at least runners-up spot but everything to play for in their penultimate game of the season.
Stanton started well and in only the second minute Ryan Edmonds attempted to lob the keeper but his shot went over the bar.
Edmonds then put over a great cross to find Sean Moran at the back post but he couldn’t quite direct the ball goalwards.
Stanton made the breakthrough with Fallon Padgett playing the ball through for Edmonds to run on and smash the ball past the keeper.
Danny Lee was then thwarted by a good save and John Langley also went close before Edmonds made it 2-0 following a quick throw.
Heanor had their first chance of the game after a mix up in the Stanton defence to make it 2-1, and the hosts nearly made it three straight away but Lee fired straight at the keeper.
Antony Rice then saved a penalty to keep Stanton ahead and before the break Redd Chadwick saw an effort kept out by Heanor’s keeper.
The third goal soon arrived early in the second-half when Moran’s corner was headed home by Padgett, before Langley added the next after being set up by Edmonds.
Edmonds himself notched the next two goals after being set up by Macaully and Luke Ashton, before creating the seventh himself for Lee.
Heanor were then given another penalty after a trip but once again Rice saved the spot-kick and pushed the rebound out for a corner from which the visitors scored a consolation.
Langley saw a 25-yard free-kick tipped over late on but a fine win had been sealed.
Man of the Match was Fallon Padgett.
West Hallam Villa U9 5
Stanton have endured a dreadful season and West Hallam could have scored many more than the five they eventually managed.
Stanton only threatened once when a free -kick in the first-half was tipped over the bar by Josh Dale.
Villa were already two up at that point after Josh Melville scored from an acute angle and Joe Lacey tapped in a corner that was fumbled by the goalie.
Amidst an avalanche of chances in the second-half there were three more goals.
Reece Widdowson was tripped and drilled the resulting penalty into the bottom corner, then man-of-the-match Melville was sent on a mazy run by James Taylor and Lacey finished off from close range.
Taylor sent over a testing corner and Widdowson skilfully directed a downward header into the far corner of the goal.
Villa now seem likely to finish a creditable third in a very tough division.
West Hallam Harriers U9 4
After an even first-half, Harriers pushed on to record another excellent victory.
Luke Cox, who was a handful throughout, opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a bustling run capped by an unstoppable finish.
Duffield showed some persistence and managed to equalise before half-time when a bobbling ball was deflected into the net by a Harriers defender.
It was a different story in the second-half.
Some lovely passing football in midfield involving Giorgi Horsley, Louis Hart and Chris Hodson eventually produced a chance for Cox who finished with his usually weaker right foot.
Hodson, a worthy man-of-the-match, made a strong run down the flank, pulled the ball back across goal and Hart made it 3-1, before Cox completed his hat-trick with another trademark run and left footed strike.
Stanton Ilkeston U12 2
Field Lane 7
Stanton hosted table-toppers Field Lane who marked their intentions with an early goal which flew off their striker’s knee and over goalie Cameron Roe.
But Stanton responded well and James Kibble’s long throw was flicked on by Daniel Body to John Mill who converted easily for the equaliser.
Tom Andrews struck a long range free-kick which tested the keeper and with skipper Jack Doughty bringing the ball out of defence and Jack Lee running strongly down the left it seemed like this might be an even contest.
But two clincial finishes by Field Lane soon saw them go 3-1 up and a fourth came from a corner before the break.
An unlucky early second-half goal for Field Lane killed the game as a contest despite Roe’s initial fine save, but the Ironmen never let their heads drop and a Lewis Carrier cross was tapped home by Mill for 5-2 and for a while it was all Stanton.
Frank Mavin had a good shot saved and Liam Attwood went close, while Dow Ward gave some impetus down the left hand side and Arron Sheppard was as committed as ever down the right.
Joe Parkin swept up well with some well timed clearances but Lane troubled the scorer again with a late seventh and despite a valiant effort the Ironmen have it all to do to maintain their promotion push.