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A review of local youth football match reports submitted from the weekend of December 10/11.

Derby City League, Division 3 Sunday

Sandiacre Town Reds 1

Codnor Boys U13s 3

AFTER the previous week’s 9-2 defeat at the hands of Sandiacre, Codnor avenged the result in style, running out 3-1 winners against the league leaders.

Sandiacre started the brighter of the two teams, creating a couple of early half-chances, with Castle and Nolan snuffing them out.

Codnor then settled into the game, with Atkin and Heappey spurning great chances.

On 24 minutes, Parr played a lovely through pass which Atkin raced onto, before planting a sweet volley into the bottom corner. On the stroke of half-time, a Sandiacre forward picked up a loose clearance some 22yds out and drove in a fierce dipping volley, which Hubbard clawed out of the far corner to keep the advantage with Codnor at the break.

With five substitutions made at the break, it was imperative that they matched their replacements work-rate, and they did just that.

On 55 minutes, Sandiacre caught the defence napping, and a through-ball was neatly converted past the keeper for 1-1.

At this point Codnor could have folded, but showing terrific character the equaliser only seemed to drive them on to win.

Webster smashed the bar with a strike from the edge of the box, before Heappey also hit the inside of the post after weaving past two defenders.

With 11 minutes left, Carlin jinked his way through four challenges and drove in a shot, the keeper saved well but Carlin was on hand to smash in the rebound to regain the lead for Codnor.

With five minutes left, Codnor extended their lead. After good work from Bradley and Heappey, Atkin turned the resultant low cross in at the back post.

As the final whistle blew, there was great scenes of jubilation from both players and parents, as to turn a 9-2 defeat into a 3-1 victory within a week deserves great credit to all.

Man of the match: Joel Hubbard - a fantastic improvement.

Derby Mini Soccer U9 Group 2

Codnor Boys 1, Belper Sports 2

THE team from Belper had simply not read the script as they stole the points.

Codnor started off in high tempo mode with Ben Richards and James Dean firing several shots.

The central midfield of Tanaka Mucheseshi and Lewis Walker played their part in breaking down any threatening moves, and the support on the flanks from David O’Hagan and Ben Greaves increased the pressure.

At no time (up until the first goal) did Ewan McCracken or Liam Shelton look anything but rock solid.

In perhaps the first of their three forays over the half way line, Belper were awarded a penalty. It was converted, but Colby O’Hare dived and was unlucky to turn it onto the post and in.

Normal service was resumed when the next attack resulted in a goal for Codnor’s Ben Richards.

The second half was the same as the first as corner after corner, and shot after shot reigned in on the Belper Sports’ goal.

And then, from nowhere, a Belper player picked up the ball in his own half and outran everyone from Codnor to narrowly put the ball wide.

That was worrying, and a glimpse into the future as five minutes later he did the same thing and scored.

Codnor continued to dominate but the ball simply would not go in and Belper emerged with the points.

Codnor Boys 4

Mackworth St Francis 0

The previous week had seen Codnor keep up their winning ways with a comfortable victory, a third of the season, over Mackworth.

James Dean’s powerful shot put Codnor ahead, Ben Richards saw his crisp shot beat the keeper before Dean added a third just before half time.

Noah Wright and Lewis Hartshorne both took turns in goal in the second half. Lewis producing the best save of the match on a rare Mackworth attack.

Lewis Walker added the fourth goal with a cross-shot that deceived the keeper.

Kickstart U10s Division 2

Mansfield Blades U10s 0

Ripley Rangers U10s 1

Rangers got back to winning ways against a strong Mansfield team.

After an end to end first half, Ripley created a host of chances in the second period and finally secured victory when Jack Wood smashed a shot from 20 yards which flew in past an unsighted home keeper.

Mansfield responsed strongly but the Rangers defence stood firm to gain the win.

Man of the match: Jack Wood, a great goal and good engine.

Ripley Rangers U??s 4

Belper Sports 2

Rangers took maximum points against a spirited Belper Sports where both teams played the game in the right manner on a difficult pitch.

Rangers began well and took an early lead when a brilliant corner by Luke Jaques was met perfectly by the brave Dan Bain who rose to head home.

Five minutes later Chester Norman volleyed against a post.

Belper equalised after a mix up in the home box and Jack Riley nipped in to slide the equaliser home.

Rangers were fired up for the second half and soon regained the lead, Joe Martin running onto a Bain pass to smash the ball into the far top corner.

The lead was extended further when Joe Martin held his nerve from the penalty spot for 3-1.

Luke Jaques netted a brilliant first time strike into the far top corner for 4-1.

Belper heads didn’t drop and they reduced the deficit with five minutes left.

Man of the match: Ben Rose.

Kickstart Youth League U7s

Beaufort United v

Ripley Rangers

On a cold, damp morning, Ripley had only seven players. The keeper was absent and key players felt under the weather.

However, despite the challenges, the team put in a hard working, committed and enthusiastic performance.

The weather did not put anyone off and even in harsh playing conditions it was great to see the team trying to play football.Beaufort are a good passing side and certainly had the ede in the game but Ripley can be proud of the determination, teamwork and friendship, attributes which will take the lads far.

Heanor Juniors U14s 7

Duffield Dynamo Tigers 3

This was a definite case of a game of two halves as Duffield began the better and Heanor went 2-0 down in the first ten minutes as they struggled to get any sort of hold on the game.

Heanor pulled one back through Bradley Sharp who slotted home but Duffield replied with another goal but a goal from Cole Fell-Meakin brought a half-time score of 2-3.

A half-time chat did the trick and Heanor looked a different team. They pushed on and Seale powered a left-footed equaliser.

The home side looked dangerous with every attack and after Sharp had been brought down, Fell-Meakin saw his penalty saved by the Duffield keeper. He followed up well though and after a couple of scuffed clearances, he drilled his shot in to put Heanor in front.

Heanor grew in confidence and James Pounder got the best goal of the game with some intricate passing from midfield and skill and composure to pick his spot from the edge of the 18 yard box.

Heanor won another penalty which Charlton buried into the roof of the net with cracking power before Fell-Meakin made it seven in seven with great determination.

Man of the match: James Pounder for his relentless work in midfield.

Heanor Juniors 2, Sinfin Sharks 3

This was yet another good performance from which Heanor did not get what they deserved.

Sinfin would have been confident having recorded a 6-1 win on the opening day, but at the end they must have realised how lucky they had been this time round.

Heanor started well and were unlucky to go behind when the Sharks won a corner which was played into the box, Duncan Claxton stuck out a leg and watched in horror as the ball flew into the net.

A great free kick gave Stepney no chance and it was 2-0 to Sinfin who added the third in the second half after a mistake in the home defence.

Heanor didn’t give up andJake Ellis found the corner of the net for 1-3. Antcliffe made it 3-2 with a half-volley into the top corner but try as they might, they just could not find an equaliser.

This weekend’s last game before Christmas is against top of the league Belper.

Belper Town U15s 3

Heanor Juniors U15s 2

Heanor were unlucky to lose to a Belper team who are still undefeated this season.

Playing on a sloping pitch and with the wind behind them, Heanor attacked from the start and the Belper keeper made two great saves to deny Charlie Ottowell and Alex March.

Heanor’s play was rewarded on 22 minutes when a great run and cross from Callum Shelbourn led to George White flicking the ball in at the near post and the Juniors carried the 1-0 lead to half-time.

Belper used the wind to their advantage in the second half with constant long balls behind the Heanor defence. This paid off on 55 minutes when the wind caught hold of the ball to carry it through to a home striker who netted.

Heanor defended as a team with some great performances and it took a large stroke of luck to put them behind when a Heanor defender’s clearance hit a Belper player and bounced beyond Liam Foster in the Heanor goal.

Heanor equalised when George White again beat the defence to poke the ball home after Shelbourn’s shot was parried by the keeper.

Both sides took it in turn to attack but it was Belper who won the game as a corner again caught in the wind to sail over the defence and into the net.

Heanor deserved at least a draw but will be happy with the performance as they were the better team and played all the football.

Man of the match: Kyle Shelton.

This Sunday Heanor are away to Chellaston, meet 9.15am at Tesco.

Heanor Juniors U11s 2, Ashbourne Aztecs U11s 0

The Juniors were hoping to be back at full strength for this game but they were dashed when defender George Timby suffered a serious leg injury playing for his school team during the week.

Both sides struggled to create any chances and it was just before half time when Jared Smith shot just over the bar.

As the half time whistle blew, there had been little for the supporters of either team to cheer in whad been a very scrappy 25 minutes of football.

Following a half-time team talk and some positional changes in the team, Heanor began the second half in much brighter fashion and they looked much more likely to open the scoring.

The first chance fell to Sam Meakin who shot just wide after a fine turn in a packed penalty area.

Heanor missed a golden opportunity to go ahead when a huge goal kick was totally misjudged by the Aztec defenders, allowing top scorer Sam Meakin to race clear. Unfortunately he had left his shooting boots at home and with the goal at his mercy he blazed the ball wide.

It looked as though Heanor had taken the lead with ten minutes to go when Ethan Bell had the ball in the net but an assistant decided the ball had gone out of play before being crossed into the box.

Just as the game appeared to be drifting to a draw, Heanor clinched the three points with two goals in the last few minutes.

The first arrived when a superb pass from Cameron Knowles was turned home by Jared Smith to the delight of the Heanor supporters.

Kyle Harris then fired home the second after Meakin had chased a long ball and robbed a defender.

Duffield Dynamos U10s 3

Heanor Juniors U10s 0

Another good performance from the U10s proved n ot quite enough to build on the point gained the previous week.

However, there were a number of positives to take from the game.

Starting against the wind, the boys more than held their own against a determined Duffield.

Unfortunately Ben Jones went off injured after ten minutes.

Duffield attacked in numbers but came up against a determined River Fowkes who made a number of goal saving tackles.

He was really unfortunate a minute from half time when he appeared to be fouled twice when he appeared to be fouled twice, but when the referee blew his whistle, he pointed for a Duffield kick just outside the box.

The resultant kick was hit like a rocket and smashed against the Heanor bar, and luck was against the boys in white again when the rebound hit an attacker and trickled over the line past an otherwise impressive Jake Stepney.

Playing with the wind didn’t seem to help Heanor in the second half and it was Duffield who created the best chances. A mistake in defence left the home side with three bearing down on Stepney, but he came out, blocked the shot and saw the loose ball evade the onrushing forward and the danger was cleared.

The defence came under increasing pressure and two more goals in a few minutes killed Heanor off.

Riverside Real U14s 1

Heanor Juniors U14s 1

Heanor halted a run of two defeats with a good result against an in-form Riverside team.

The Juniors had beaten Riverside 2-0 earlier in the season but due to injuries they only had 11 men.

Heanor attacked well down both flanks but the defence did well with Liam Whysall marking the Real danger man and league’s top scorer out of the game.

Riverside gained several free kicks close to goal but Heanor defended well and with Nathan Stone in goal catching everything, half-time arrived with the score goalless.

The home side took the lead from the penalty spot. A home attacker was running towards goal and Charlton used his strength and speed to force the attacker away but the match official saw it as a foul and the ball was despatched into the bottom right corner just out of the reach of Stone’s outstretched left hand.

Heanor regrouped and pushed on with even more determination and they got an equaliser. Miles was fouled by the Riverside keeper and Sharp drilled the resultant penalty high and fast. It hit the bar, bounced down and back into play. Sharp tried to get to the rebound but it was cleared away, unknowing to all the players, the linesman had pointed to the centre spot, the ball had crossed the line and it was 1-1.

Heanor pressed for a winner but were kept out by some good Real defending.

Man of the match: Declan Brown for some superb defending under pressure and the ability and determination to push forward.