Under 14s clinch title against rivals

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Ilkeston FC U14 2

Sinfin Sharks 3

the under 14s clinched the Division Two title on Sunday when they won 2-1 against their closest rivals, second-placed Sinfin Sharks with goals from Joel Stevenson and Conor Davis.

Another brilliant team performance from all 15 players in the squad means they are still unbeaten with three games left. Manager Phil Smith said he was proud of all the boys and their parents for what they have achieved

Man of the match was Josh Bullock.

Meanwhile, the club and team would like to offer its congratulations to Thomas Marshall, who has just signed a two-year contract with Derby County’s academy after being with the club since he was seven years old. He will be sadly missed and all at the under 14s wish him all the best.

West Hallam Villa U10 1

Field Lane 3

VILLA slipped off the top of the table when their one-goal advantage over Allestree was turned into a one-goal deficit by third-placed Field Lane.

Villa were the first to create an opening. Some swift passing in midfield set Louis Hart free and his shot was narrowly wide. The only goal of the first half was a long ball that bounced awkwardly but the chance was well taken by the Field Lane forward.

Field Lane’s muscular, direct approach was causing considerable problems and they deservedly increased their lead in the second half.

A free-kick was directed to the far post and the unmarked attacker nodded the ball home.

This setback seemed to jolt Villa into action and they dominated the play thereafter. Josh Melville sent a splendid pass to Giorgi Horsley and his neat finish pulled the score back to 2-1.

Ellis Hacking shot just wide from a half cleared corner and some lovely passing by Melville and Horsley shuttled the ball out to Dylan Boulter on the right. He hit the ball well but agonisingly wide. With Villa streaming forward for the equaliser, they were exposed in the last minute, Field Lane scored again and the referee blew for time as Villa kicked off.

West Hallam Villa 3

Duffield 0

VILLA gave a nervy, disjointed but ultimately successful performance that allowed them to reclaim top-spot as Allestree drew with Spondon Dynamos.

The first half was a messy battle. Giorgi Horsley put the ball in the net but it was disallowed for pushing and Louis Hart hit the side netting when he was put through by Joe Lacey.

Duffield pressed harder in the second half and the clock began to tick away. With less than ten minutes to play, a long punt by Josh Dale in goal was controlled by Hart whose shot was saved by the goalkeeper. Lacey followed in quickly and smashed the ball into the net from close range.

Villa immediately rediscovered their early season swagger and Josh Melville’s low driven cross was excellently finished by Connor Graham-Sharpe. The final goal was glanced in by Melville’s head from a long throw on the right by Hart.

Stanton Ilkeston U16 3

Pride Park Juniors 2

The Ironmen went into their final league fixture of the season still sitting at the top of the league.

Whether they finish up there will all be down to Repton, currently in second and with three games to play.

Stanton had played Pride Park just two weeks previously and were held to a 0-0 draw.

The game started in a typical end-of-season atmosphere.

The first real chance fell to Luke Ashton, on 20 minutes, who volleyed his shot wide. In the very next minute, Ashton had another shot blocked after Ryan Edmonds had played him in. John Langley had a good shot well saved after turning the Pride Park defender. Pride Park then had a rare shot that went well wide.

In the 33rd minute, Edmonds turned provider, crossing to the back post where Langley slotted the ball past the keeper to put The Ironmen into the lead. On the stroke of half time, Seam Moran found himself running on to a ball and smashed the ball into the net.

Jared Place had a shot blocked and from the resulting Luke Ashton corner Joel Bradford had a volley blocked and Stanton were awarded a free kick. Luke Ashton put the free kick over the keeper, to the far post, and Bradford made it 3-0.

Stanton failed to clear the ball and Pride Park pulled one back.

Pride Park were then awarded a penalty, in the final minute of the game, which their goal keeper smashed home e.

Stanton Ilkeston’s Man of the Match was Sean Moran for a solid performance at right back and a 20-yard screamer.

So, the end of another great season for the Under 16s, where they are guaranteed at least runners-up position.

Thanks must go to all adoring fans; family, friends and sponsors, Atlas Composites Ltd

We have all completed a fantastic journey from the days of the Under 9s.

Well done lads, you should all feel very proud.