Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club round-up: Beazley's brilliance decisive in under-13 girls' 11-goal thriller
Gemma Beazley claimed a hat-trick as Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club's under-13 girls beat Bury Rangers 6-5.
Ella Schneider, Beazley and Anna Baros netted in the first half but the team trailed 4-3 at the break.
Lola Anderson's deflected strike made it all square before Beazley put them ahead from the penalty spot following a handball and then completed her treble.
Bury pulled one back with five minutes remaining but, despite some nervy moments, Stortford held on for the win.
Under-13 United tested themselves against strong Premier Division opponents when they went down 2-0 to Bocas Tigers.
They are preparing to join them next term following a second successive unbeaten campaign.
United goalkeeper Ciaran Long made some good early saves before Jude Xavier had a shot cleared off the line having been found by Milo Grieves. The first half ended goalless.
Bocas took the lead from a good attack down the left and, after United had created chances to equalise, confirmed their win from the penalty spot.
Under-15 Saints beat Chars Youth 1-0 to end their league season in mid-table.
Ethan Gaynor saw his shot from the edge of the area crash off the post and he was also denied by the crossbar from close range in a goalless first period.
The frame of the goal also thwarted Corey Williams after the restart, but it was third time lucky for Saints as Ollie Green was on hand to smash home the rebound.
Goalkeeper William Lumby was man of the match as he and his defence of Williams, George Hibbert, Jake Painter, Freddie Sperrin and Benjamin Stevens worked tirelessly for their clean sheet.
The under-15 Eastern Junior Alliance side are in pole position to win the league after a hard-fought 2-2 draw in their top-of-the-table clash at AFC Sudbury.
Sudbury really needed to win and were the better team in the opening exchanges, breaking the deadlock midway through the first half.
Stortford began to find their rhythm and drew level just before the interval when Harvey Haycock's 25-yard strike proved too good for the goalkeeper.
Sudbury regained their advantage against the run of play, but Stortford equalised again through Shaye Willet's near-post header from a corner.
Stortford then needed shot-stopper Oscar Kennedy to produce a brave save as Sudbury almost won it with the last kick of the game.
Under-14 Wanderers went down 7-3 in an end-to-end affair against Letchworth Eagles. Ross Shinnock, Ediz Turnalar and man-of-the-match Lewis Richards were on target.
The under-12 girls saw off Hitchin Belles 3-0 and now need only a point from their final game to win their league group.
Alexa Baker took advantage of some defensive confusion to put Stortford ahead before Tilly-Mae Maguire-White teed up Remi Hasty to double the lead.
They wrapped up the points after the break when Carolina Garcia netted on her return from a three-game absence with a knee injury.
Goalkeeper Ella Draper was named player of the match for two outstanding saves that prevented Hitchin getting back into the match.
Under-11 United fought hard in a 2-2 draw against a strong Cheshunt Youth Blacks side.
They built up a two-goal advantage as Thomas Appleby finished smartly from close range after his initial effort had been saved and Fergus Kirby brilliantly finished off a slick passing move.
Cheshunt fought back in the second half and, despite some resolute United defending, scored twice to force a draw that was probably a fair result.