REVIEW of youth football matches played over the weekend of October 8/9.
Derby Mini Soccer Under-9s Group 2
Codnor Boys 1
New Boulton Athletic 1
CODNOR met second-placed New Boulton last Sunday expecting a tough game and they were not disappointed.
After an even first ten minutes Codnor took the lead with a superb solo goal from James Smith who beat four opponents before finishing with a shot into the top corner.
Noah did well not to retaliate after a first half incident, and Codnor reached halt time 1-0 up.
In the second half New Boulton had most of the possession and scored after five minutes with a shot deflected past Colby by a Codnor defender.
New Boulton continued to put on pressure but were unable to create a clear cut chance. Codnor managed to hold on for a draw through determination and organisation.
This was a battling, backs to the wall performance, leaving Codnor in fourth place in the league after a good start to the season.
Little Eaton Diamonds U11s 1
Heanor Juniors U11s 4
Heanor extended their winning run to three as they outshone the Diamonds.
The visitors kicked off with the advantage of a substantial slope and were soon on the attack and this early pressure was rewarded when Sam Meakin burst clear and calmly slid the ball into the corner of the net.
The early dominance was short-lived though as Little Eaton battled back well and soon levelled the scores.
Kian Simpson produced a fine save after a mistake in defence had allowed the speedy Diamonds striker a clear run on goal.
For a ten minute spell Heanor were forced to hang on as The Diamonds created several chances but luckily they were unable to find the net and just before half time they were punished when Kyle Harris charged down a clearance from the keeper and the ball rebounded into the net.
It had been a hesitant first half performance but Heanor had taken advantage of their good fortune to lead 2-1.
From the start of the second period Heanor pressed forward and the Little Eaton penalty area came under intense pressure as the white shirts launched waves of attacks.
A solo run from Sam Meakin ended with his shot going just wide before Kyle Harris scored his second goal of the game with a fine header.
Heanor soon added a fourth when Alex Wright shot home following a corner.
At the other end the Heanor defence was solid with Daniel Holmes, George Timby and Tristan Carlin dealing effectively with the Little Eaton forwards.
All teams need a strong squad and there were fine contributions from Ethan Bell, Emily Seale and Harry Vallams.
The management team will be delighted to see the hard work put in during training being rewarded with a string of good performances which have not only produced wins but also some good passing football.
Derby City League Division 3 (Sunday)
Codnor Boys U13s 1
GAD Khalsa Sports U13s 1
Codnor were aware of GAD Khalsa’s good start to the season, and set up a formation to suit.
The majority of the chances were created by the visitors, although with the defence expertly marshalled by Cooke, Hubbard and Byrne, there was no way through
Codnor were happy to hit them on the break, and a couple of half-chances were snatched at by Atkin and Waldron and half-time arrived goalless.
The second half began with Codnor now the more likely to score, A chance fell to Atkin who shot narrowly over, before Clarke went close with a header from a corner.
With 20 minutes left, Codnor took the lead with a well-worked goal. Waldron played in Atkin with a defence splitting pass, Atkin cut inside his marker and expertly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper. Minutes later, Parr blazed over a good chance to increase the lead, and Waldron hit the bar with a free-kick.
Inside the last 10 minutes GAD Khalsa equalised when a winger cut inside Clarke and drove the ball in at the near post. The ball took a couple of deflections before going in at the near post.
Codnor held on under pressure for the last five minutes for a well earned draw which, on the balance of play, was a fair result on both sides.
Man of the match – Joseph Byrne for some brave defending.
Kickstart Youth League
Ripley Rangers U7s
Ripley looked the part in this game, both with a new kit and a brilliant performance.
With only one substitute available, it was a test of the players’ fitness levels. The lads rose to the challenge as they ran themselves into the ground.
Throughout the game communication was high, allowing them to work well as a team and within the unit there are signs of the start of a structure.
Each player held their position and didn’t just follow the ball!
The team also extend thanks to new kit sponsor Cast Fire Places of Ripley.
Kickstart League U9s Division One
Ripley Rangers 0, Derwent Rangers 8
It was a little daunting to be going up against the team at the top of league this week but first half saw the Ripley Rangers play an outstanding match that resulted in a half time score of just one goal down
It was good to see the basic elements of passing, marking and good communication come together in the first half and it was apparent that Derwent were rocked by Ripley’s team work.
The second half saw a slight lapse in concentration which was all Derwent needed to capitalise and add seven more goals.
Goalkeeper Ben was kept extremely busy and without his sterling effort the scoreline would have been much greater.
Ripley ended the game more in line with how the first half went with Elliot and Kyle nearly scoring second half goals.
It was a hard choice to reward the Ripley Rangers man of match trophy as all the players were outstanding however, Ben was under pressure throughout the game and deservedly won the accolade.
Four Seasons Knockout Cup
Ripley Rangers U10s 2
Quarrydale United Rangers U10s 2 (aet)
Ripley Rangers won 3-2 on penalties
Ripley Rangers U10s reached the next round of the cup after a dramatic penalty-shoot out success.
Up against a team from a higher division, Rangers showed that they were up for the test.
An evenly contested first half past without much incident, both sides having moves break down on the edge of the box.
The second half exploded into life when a corner swung in by Jack Hounslow resuled in Jo Bower crashing the ball into the back of the net having ghosted into the box unnoticed.
The game came to life with both keepers making good saves. Nathan Allsopp was a thorn in Quarrydale’s side with his constant chasing the ball down.
Just when Ripley thought they had won, a mix up in defence resulted in a Quarrydale equaliser.
The tie went into extra time and Ripley Rangers again took the lead. Good work by Ben Hawkes resulted in Jack Hounslow finding space and guiding the ball home from ten yards.
Quarrydale were not finished though and created havoc in Ripley’s defence and after Luke Goold could only parry the shot and Quarrydale netted the rebound.
On to penalties and Ripley netted two out of five, Jack Hounslow and Reece Askew the scorers. Quarrydale also scored two from five and it went to sudden death.
Luke Goold saved Quarrydale’s first sudden death kick before Regan McDonough scored to put Ripley into the next round.
This was a great game of football played in a great spirit by all concerned.
Rowsley League Division Two
Ripley Rangers U18s 9
Hasland Community FC U18s 0
Ripley carried on their fine form with a 9-0 thumping of Hasland.
In windy conditions both teams found it hard to keep the ball under control but it was Ripley whos oon took the lead with a sweet drive from the edge of the box by Josh Timmis.
Ripley started playing their passing football, putting the Hasland defence under constant pressure and it was know surprise to see Ripley take a 3-0 lead with further strikes from Timmis and Danny Howitt.
To their credit, Hasland kept trying to play football but Ripley’s defence held firm.
Rangers took a 6-0 half-time lead with further goals from RyanBond, Kyle Hazeldine and another Timmis goal to clinch his hat-trick.
Despite making changes at half-time, Ripley continued the onslaught and winger Dylan Gregory extended the lead to 7-0.
Two more classy strikes from Timmis made it 9-0 and a five-goal personal haul in a wonderful display from him.
The victory takes Ripley up to second in the table.
Man of the match: Ryan Bond.
Match sponsor: Compcon Compressors and pumps
Heanor juniors Rangers U9s 0
1 Ashbourne Aztecs U9s 1
HEANOR juniors lost their first game of the season to Ashbourne Aztecs. In the first half Ashbourne had all the ball and Heanor had to dig in, Reece Wilcoxson and Charlie Bilbey had to be on their game, they worked very hard to keep Ashbourne out.
The only goal of the game was a mix up in the box, Kyle Rowley and Thomas Smith both went for the ball and missed it, only for Ashbourne to put it in the net.
In the second half Heanor played very well Owen Randall, Kyle Rowley and Ewan Richardson all had chances to score but it was not Heanors day. The midfield worked hard to get the ball, Charlie Bloor and Kieran Harwood made tackle after tackle, along with George Bilbey who’s passing was super today. Michael Hollingworth came on in the second half and made two super tackles,
Man of the match was Thomas Smith.
Heanor Juniors under-15s 2
Chellaston Boys 3
Heanor lost their first home game of the season after a disappointing display at the Town ground.
Chellaston were on top early on but Heanor broke to score with great team move finished off by Charlie Ottowell.
Chellaston replies within five mins when Heanor failed to clear the ball and the Chellaston striker shot home.
Heanor had a few chances to score through Jack Sweet but failed to take them. Eventually a through ball was put away by Sweet to put Heanor ahead.
Chellaston were looking much stronger than Heanor and deservedly equalised gain before half time which arrived at 2-2.
In tha second half both teams had chances to score but poor finishing let Heanor down as Chellaston got on top. Heanors defence battled well but it was inevitable that Chellaston longs ball would find Heanor’s weak point as they again failed to clear as Chellaston went ahead.
Although not playing well Heanor had opportunities in front of goal, however they failed to take them and Chellaston held on to take the points.
Heanor must improve if they want to challenge for promotion. At the moment they are too easily brushed aside by stronger teams.
They have a chance to get back on track with a home game against Littleover this Sunday. 10. 0am kick off
Heanor Juniors U10’s
Belper Sports U10’s 5
fter last weeks encouraging display against Little Eaton, the under 10’s arrived at the Racecourse in good spirits and hope high.
They lined up against the early season pace setters in top of the league Belper Sports. And by half time, it was obvious why these two teams were at opposite ends of the table.
Heanor were again slow out of the blocks and were far too slow to react far to many times in a half in which they struggled to come to terms with Belpers slick passing, and their own inability to either pass the ball or to make tackles.
Stand in keeper Jake Stepney could do nothing about the opener, when a bouncing ball fell to the impressive Bacon who hit a beauty from 20 odd yards over Stepney’s head and just under the bar.
Stepney had very little in the way of protection, and as the half time whistle blew, Belper had raced into a 5-0 lead. The best that heanor could manage was a couple of corers and half shots from distance which didn’t trouble the keeper.
The coach’s half time team talk had a far too familiar ring to it, and the team were left in no doubt as to what was required to improve.
It seemed to work. Jordan Hyde took responsibility for making sure Bacon, who had scored 4 first half goals, didn’t have it all his own way, and he did a great job. The back two of Oliver Kerry and Jordan Price looked far more solid at the back, and the whole team gave Stepney far more protection.
Lewis Searson playing up front started to come more into the game, and seemed comfortable on the ball, and set up some nice moves for the boys in white.
Heanor should have scored when Hyde made a great run into the area, and was felled by a challenge. Before there was chance to appeal for a penalty the ball squirmed to Duncan Claxton on the edge of the area, who’s first time left foot shot went agonisingly wide of the right hand post.
yde was virtually running the game by now, and another great run into the box was again stopped by a desperate Belper lunge.
HThe referee had no hesitation this time in pointing at the spot. Hyde himself got up and dusted himself down, but unfortunately saw his kick go the wrong side of the left hand upright. It was cruel and a goal was just what he deserved.
An encouraging second half display should give the team hope for the coming weeks. Their first league win should not be far away - if they learn to pass the ball, and remember that the games last for 40 minutes, not just 20
This week’s game is against thirrd placed Melbourne Utd
Heanor Juniors Under 12’s 1
Hilton Harriers Under 12’s 7
Heanor, despite their win the previous week, knew they were in for a tough game against the early league pace setters, who came with a very impressive reputation.
he game kicked off on a fine playing surface which benefitted both teams style of football.
Unfortunately for Heanor they found themselves a goal down within three minutes after a fine strike by a Harriers player from 20 yards, which gave keeper Ludlam no chance.
It was soon 0-2 after some good football by the visitors.
However, Heanor seemed to settle and started taking the game to their opposition, with some good work by Spicer and Barker in the middle of the park. Heanor captain Cumberland drove his team on with some heroic defending, but a touch of class from the opposition number 9 led to the score line being 0-3. Heanor heads didn’t drop and they continued to push, with Mellors closing down the opposition defence at every opportunity and chasing every loose ball. This soon payed off after Mellors latched onto a ball from Robinson, and coolly slotted it past the Harriers keeper.
Heanor were now back in it and the contest was even, but a mistake in the Heanor midfield when an easy pass should of been made to Bilbey on the left let Harriers gain possession and they scored another.
Robinson was replaced by Taylor and at half time, even with the score at 1-4, Heanor still had a big part to play and the game was far from over. The second half started evenly with both sides creating chances. Full backs Parker and Varley were reading the game well to nullify any pressure from the pacey wide men of the opposition, also McKane and Cumberland in the centre of defence were dealing with any attack. Lewis used his skill to play some good passes to Mellors and Taylor up front for Heanor but the Harriers defence were also on top of their game.
Another impressive goal from Harriers made it 5-1, but as ever Heanor continued to play with their heads held high, with Spicer covering every blade of grass. Barker was replaced by Jordan, but in the closing stages Heanor tired and Harriers scored two further goals which gave a harsh reflection on the score line from a Heanor perspective.
Despite the defeat Heanor should be proud of their display, and the endeavour they produced to continue playing football “the right way” even against opposition of this calibre.
It is worth noting that Heanor have opened the season playing the top three sides in four games and if they continue to play the way they have for the most part, more wins should be just around the corner.
Man of the match – Ryan Cumberland.
Heanor Staffs U?? 3
Mansfield Hosiery Mills U?? 4
Despite only having ten players, Heanor took the lead when Oliver Naylor scored. Mansfield hit back for a 1-1 half-time scoreline.
The Staffs scored two more in the second half, one by Naylor and the other from Joshua Parry but they were unable to match the scoring of the visitors who edged the verdict by the odd-goal-of-seven in a game of several contentious refereeing decisions.
Seven Stars 4
Heanor Staffs Reserves 4
Under new management, Heanor Staffs Reserves got their first point of the season after a 4-4 draw at Darley Fields.
Heanor were 1-0 down at half-time but hit back to lead 3-1 at one stage before ending all-square.
Goalscorers for the Staffs were Ryan Sharp and Carl Robshaw.
Duffield Dynamos 0
Heanor Staffs U15s 4
A good start from Heanor Staffs saw them go two goals up in the first ten minutes.
There were no further goals before half time but in the second period, Oliver Naylor took his personal tally and Staffs’ total for the day to four goals.
Heanor Staffs U14s 2
Belper Sports U14s 0
This game saw a slow start by both teams.
A near miss by Tallen Hotchkiss for the Staffs saw his effort go along the goalline before Belper hit a post and half-time came at 0-0.
In the second half Jordan Bonser scored after playing in defence the first half.
Cameron Morley came on from the substitutes bench and scored Heanor Staffs’ second to wrap up victory.
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Derby City League
Ripley Rovers U14s 4
Opponents U14s 3