St Albans Rangers U18s Whites reclaim top spot

Youth football: HARPENDEN Colts Rovers U13s suffered their first defeat of the season going down 3-2 against Bengeo Tigers in the League Cup. Man of the Match Will Chisholm put Rovers ahead before Bengeo scored twice before half time. More good passing

Youth football: HARPENDEN Colts Rovers U13s suffered their first defeat of the season going down 3-2 against Bengeo Tigers in the League Cup.

Man of the Match Will Chisholm put Rovers ahead before Bengeo scored twice before half time.

More good passing led to Josh King scoring the equaliser, only for Bengeo to snatch a winner in the dying minutes.

With only 10 men Harvesters U14s South bravely lost 8-3 to Whetstone Wanderers. Dom Baldwin scored two and Sam Crawshaw one.

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The U11s North beat Acorn Raiders 9-0 in a very wet Third Round of the County Cup. Harvesters' goalscorers were Tom Goodall, Nathan Davies, Amit Wangoo, Liam Walters and James Parker-Mendez.

The U9s North maintained their 100 per cent record in the Red Division with a 4-0 victory over Sun Postal. Two early goals from Ross Weaver and William Brothwood gave the North's a 2-0 half-time lead and, although they were made to battle hard in the second half, two further strikes in the last five minutes from Louie Roberts and Alexander Banathy enabled the North's to run out comfortable winners.

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The U10s Girls played some sparkling, passing football against brilliant opposition in a wonderfully open game of football where Maya Yapp was in superb form to earn Player of the Match. Lisa Milliken scored from long range for Harvesters in amongst some ruthless QPR finishing.

London Road U18s Hatters' County Cup run ended against Bishop's Stortford after they were edged out 3-2. The goals came from Ashraf Bounyafe and Robbie Dumbrell.

St Albans Rangers U18s Whites reclaimed the division's top spot with an emphatic 7-3 win at Berkhamsted Raiders. Rangers quickly opened up a two goal lead through an own goal and a Sam Carrington shot, but Berkhamsted rallied with a couple of soft goals to level the tie before half time.

Another defensive lapse briefly gave Berkhamsted the lead after the restart, but Rangers then took control. Carrington was the Man of the Match as he grabbed two more goals followed by a wonderful shot from an acute angle from Matt Lawrence and finishes from Jack Faulder and Matt Chapman.

Joe Caunce made a welcome return to the squad after a couple of months out through injury, and only some desperate defending prevented him from scoring from close range.

The U12s Rangers Belles dominated their game in the second half hitting the post and were very unlucky not to come away with a draw but conceded 1-0 to Hemel Town Youth girls at the final whistle.

Wheathampstead Wanderers U9s Sharks recorded a convincing 4-1 victory over St Albans City Youth North. The goals came from Callum Oriel, Thomas Owen and two from Man of the Match Lee Birch.

In a dominant performance 18th Douthwaite ran out 4-0 winners against 5/13th St Albans. Billy Cresswell started the scoring, James Jarman added two more and the fourth was scored by Alex Lees. Man of the Match for Douthwaite was Matthew Ellis who was a rock in defence, and for 5/13th Matthew Hook took the honours.

A tough match for the 1st saw them lose 3-1 to the current league champions, the 2nd. Despite battling hard, the 1st were 2-1 down at half-time. The 2nd dominated the second half but only managed one more goal. Goal scorers for the 2nd were Billy Lawrence (two) and Jamie Brown (one), their man of the match was Mattie Doherty. Goal scorer and man of the match for the 1st was Cameron Clark.

In a tense game, the 4th powered their way to a 3-2 victory over 18th Homewood.

A dominant 4th were 2-1 up at half time, but the 18th took control at the start of the second half and levelled the scores.

The 18th pressed hard for a third but the 4th always looked dangerous on the break and a second goal from Alfie Seeby proved decisive.

Resolute defending, along with powerful breaks gave the spectators a tense last ten minutes but superb goalkeeping at both ends prevented more goals.

Scorers for the 18th were Craig Reece and Lorenzo Federici and their Man of the Match was Owen Ladbrook. Adam Skinner also scored for the 4th and their Man of the Match was Harold Deacon.

A strong team from the 9th visited the 16th and were soon three goals to the good, including a spectacular volley from Euan Wattley.

The 16th regrouped and held out to half time. In the second half, the 9th continued to attack but the 16th defended with great commitment, in particular Chris Clifford and their Man of the Match, keeper Mike Townsend. However, the 9th came away 5-0 winners as Man of the Match Wattley completed his hat trick and Finlay Auld and Joe Regan also scored.

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