A review of local youth football matches throughout the area from the weekend of October 15/16.
Melbourne United Blue Sox 5
Heanor Juniors U10s 1
THE search goes on for the first ever league win for Heanor Juniors Under-10s after another defeat, this time against high-flying Melbourne at the Racecourse.
After the game, Heanor came away again thinking that the result once again didn’t reflect the game, but in reality, perhaps it did, especially considering two open goals missed by Melbourne and the saves made by Heanor goalkeeper Ben Jones.
It was not all bad news though and there were spells in the match when the boys in white played some good football. However, mistakes, especially in defence, meant that chances for the hosts came along with some alarming regularity.
When half-time came with Heanor only 1-0 down there was some optimism, and this grew when, after only 30 seconds into the half, Liam Noon showed good skill down the left and slipped the ball into the path of George Hallam who took a touch and showed great composure to score his first goal for Heanor.
The optimism didn’t last long however, and Heanor were again guilty of lack of concentration, thinking that one goal was going to be enough, and two minutes later found themselves 3-1 down.
Jordan Hyde again showed great determination and desire and never stopped running. Noon demonstrated what had been missing in a number of players this season when he tracked back nearly the length of the pitch and put in a great saving tackle in his own area.
The fourth goal was frustrating for the coach to say the least. Melbourne were awarded a free kick just inside the Heanor half, and for some reason, three Heanor players decided to form a wall. Before the wall could be ‘knocked down’ the kick was played into the box, to one of three unmarked players who calmly netted.
A fifth quality goal ended the scoring when the centre forward chipped the blal over Jones and into the net. Jones made some great saves during the match, the best being a double save, but when he could only parry a good shot into the path of a Melbourne player, but dived to his left and stopped and held the shot.
There is no game for the next two weeks, time to hopefully find a winning formula.
Heanor Juniors U9s 2
Sinfin Sharks U9s 0
Both teams had been doing well in the league prior to this game but it was Heanor who came out on top after a very good display.
The first half was stop-start with lots of free kicks and there was only one save to make for Heanor’s keeper Thomas Smith.
At half time the coaches gave the boys a lift and Heanor were much improved in the second half, pushing hard for the first goal.
When it came it was a super shot from Kieran Harwood.
Sinfin tried hard to get back into the game but Reece Wilcoxson and Charlie Bilbey were fantastic in defence.
The midfield worked hard and the front two, Ewan Richardson and Owen Randall ran tirelessly.
The second goal came from Harwood, his shot at goal seeing the keeper miss the ball.
The man of the match award went to the whole team.
Codnor Boys U9s 5
Belper Sports 1
CODNOR thrashed a Belper team one point and one place behind them in the league.
After an even start, Codnor took the lead when Noah curled a chip into the top corner.
It was soon three, first Braldey scored a great solo goal then James got his customary goal.
Belper pulled one back from a free kick but Codnor went straight up the other end with James scoringdirect from a free kick.
With the score 4-1 at half-time Colby was given a run out of goal with Ewan and then Liam taking over.
Codnor got their fifth when James put Ben R through and he finished with ease.
It was another good team performance with Lewis H and Ben G both having good games.
Heanor Staffs U15s 4
Duffield Dynamos 1
Heanor Staffs scored straight from the kick off with a goal from Jack Sweet and in 15 minutes they were 2-0 up with a free kick from Oliver Naylor which connected with Kadey Stevenson-Steeples’ head.
Duffield scored just before half time with the rebdound from a penalty which had been saved by Farren Packard.
After a good talk from the manager, Staffs came out raring to go and after winning a corner, Stevenson-Steele added his second goal of the match for 3-1.
With a few minutes left, Oliver Naylor scored with a left-footed shot.
Shepshed Ingles 1
Heanor Staffs U14s 2
After a slow start, Shepshed scored 15 minutes into the game which then opened out in end to end fashion.
Just before half time Tallen Hotchkiss equalised for Heanor Staffs.
Shortly into the second half Adam Baldwin got the Staffs’ second goal for what proved to be the winner.
Somersall Rangers Blue 1
Heanor Staffs U15s 3
Heanor Staffs U15s won through to the next round of the cup from a game in which all the goals were in the second half.
Two minutes into the second half Oliver Naylor crossed the ball and the home keeper put through his own net.
Kadey Stevenson-Steele added the second with a header before Naylor got Heanor’s third.
Heanor Staffs Reserves 5
Pride Park 1
Heanor Staffs Reserves recorded their first win with a 5-1 success built chiefly on the back of a first-half hat-trick from Ryan Sharp which put Staffs 3-0 up at the interval.
In the second half Staffs added two more goals from Jay West and Joshua Saunders.
Kickstart Youth League
Ripley Rangers U7s 2
Underwood Villa 2
Ripley Rangers produced the best performance of the season so far in a very enjoyable 2-2 draw.
Both teams played well and the Ripley squad showed how hard they have been working in training with a very good all around display.
All through the game the team held a good shape, showing clearly how they are learning their positions.
The passing between defence, midfield and attack has dramatically improved with neat passing leading to both the Ripley Rangers goals.
At the end of the game, the boys were quite rightly delighted with their performance and had clearly enjoyed their morning, as had all the parents and supporters.
A big thanks also goes to the team’s new kit sponsor, Caast Fire Places of Ripley.
Kickstart League Division One
Ripley Rangers U9s 1
Tibshelf Tigers 3
Ripley got off to a slow start but defended well against Tibshelf with goal keeper Ben Shirley making some crucial saves.
A sudden change of play saw Ripley’s Alex Buxton impressively dribble round three players on the left wing and cross into the box. This was blocked by a pair of hands which did not belong to Tibshelf’s goal keeper and a penalty was awarded.
Elliot Wright coolly stepped up and with pin-point accuracy placed the ball to the keeper’s bottom right hand corner.
The second half was up and down for the Rangers with moments of great passing moves which created more opportunities on goal however Tibshelf were equally determined to push forward and were rewarded by three winning goals after stretching Ripley’s defence and making the most of their opportunities.
Both Luke Richards and Thomas Lunt played well in defence with some strong and timely tackles good enough to present Thomas with the Ripley man of the match.
Kickstart Youth Division 2
Ripley Rangers U10s 1
Woodhouse Colts U10s 4
After the previous week’s cup exploits Rangers went down 4-1 at home to in-form and top of the table Woodhouse Colts.
Woodhouse started strongly with two great efforts on goal which Luke Goold did well to save. Woodhouse were particually strong in midfield but Jake Brandrick and Jack Wood stood firm in the middle of the park.
Woodhouse had a good move which resulted in them taking the lead a through ball from midfield was neatly finished by the Woodhouse forward to make it 0-1 to Woodhouse.
Ripley Rangers came straight back at them and good work by Jack Hounslow in the corner resulted in Jack Wood crossing the ball and Sam Long sidefooting the ball home from six yards.
The second half had much the same theme with Luke Goold and Ripley Rangers defence having to do more work to keep out Woodhouse.
With less than ten minutes left injuries to Jack Wood and Jack Hounslow respectivley resulted in both players having to be withdrawn which meant a reshuffle in Ripley Rangers formation.
Woodhouse then threw everything at Ripley Rangers and unfortunatley for Rangers two deflected shots and a cracking strike finished them off.
The final scoreline did not reflect the effort the Ripley Rangers squad put in and they can be proud of their performance.
Match sponsors: Protec and Emmas Barbers (Ripley).
Ripley Rangers U12s 3
Stanton Ilkeston 1
Ripley Rangers Under 12’s progressed in the Challenge Cup with a 3-1 win over Stanton Ilkeston.
It was an even first half with both goalkeepers doing well to deny each time.
Rangers keeper Sam Linford was in top form again to pull off two great saves midway through the first half when it looked like Stanton might open the scoring.
There was also some great defending by George O’Neill and Chester Norman in the heart of the Rangers defence which was important as the two Stanton strikers were both causing problems with their pace.
However half time came with the score at 0-0.
The second half started with Rangers taking an almost immediate lead. It came from some good passing between Josh Lomas and Kyle Gregory. Gregory then moved the ball forward to Joe Martin who beat a defender and fired a shot into the top corner from just inside the box.
The goal lifted Rangers and they were soon 2-0 up. The goal came from some great pressure where Dan Bain and Jack Bowler worked well with some good passing, to create panic in the Stanton penalty area.
A shot from Max Didcock was blocked but the ball fell to Matty Rice on the edge of the box where he took one touch and then smashed the ball into the far bottom corner with a magnificent strike.
Stanton continued to push forward, looking to get back into the game but Linford made another great save, diving full length to his right to finger tip the ball round the post.
The resulting corner got cleared and Sam Clifton and Luke Jaques moved the ball well to Gregory who then got fouled midway inside the Stanton half. Luke Jaques took the free kick and put a great ball into the box where an unmarked Joe Martin flicked it past the keeper for his second of the game.
Stanton were running out of time but finally got a goal in the last minute with a good move down the right.
One of their strikers hammered a great shot from the edge of the box but Linford made perhaps his best save of the game, diving full length to his right but a Stanton striker was first to react and he slotted it into the corner of the net to make it 3-1.
Match sponsors: Stringfellows Trade Outlet, Ripley
Heanor Juniors U12s 5
Ashbourne Aztecs Lions U12s 3
Heanor kicked off their first cup game of the season at home against Ashbourne.
After suffering defeat the previous week, their was a sense of determination in the dressing room from the players prior to kick off, to put things right.
Heanor looked nervous at the back, and the hard work from the forward line the previous week had deserted them.
This soon cost them as a ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and allowed an Ashbourne player to fire the ball past Ludlam. The match continued to be scrappy, but thankfully for Heanor some sheer hard work, grit and determination from Barker got Heanor back on level terms as he powered through the opposition defence and rifled the ball into the net.
Another high ball into Heanor’s penalty area led to Ashbourne regaining their lead, leaving the Heanor players realising they had a real battle on their hands.
Some more hard work by Barker gave Heanor some momentum late into the first half and some nice passing through the middle gave Mellors the chance to make it 2-2 as he slotted the ball past the Lions goalkeeper.
Lewis replaced Bilbey at half time, with Jake Taylor moving out to the left side of midfield, allowing Robinson to take his position up front with Mellors.
This seemed to give Heanor a little more balance in the second half and it wasn’t long before Heanor finally took the lead for the first time in the game.
Some good skilful football by Adam Lewis played in Robinson whose shot from the right beat the keeper but Taylor made sure of the goal by tapping it in at the far post. However any thoughts that Heanor could now kill the game off were dashed as Ashbourne soon made it 3-3.
The Heanor players finally seemed to realise there was a real chance they could lose this game and moved their performance up a gear with the majority of play coming in the Lions half of the pitch. Notably Lewis, Barker and Taylor were working hard for Heanor, each posing a threat, and it wasn’t long before Lewis made it 4-3 after some dazzling skill to beat the opposition defenders.
Taylor then hit the side netting and the crossbar with two glorious chances, but the threat from the Lions was not over either as a close range shot went just over the cross bar. Taylor soon made it 5-3 to seal the win for Heanor, who progress to the next round.
Man of the match: Alex Barker.