Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club youth soccer round-up
BSCFC U11 Wanderers made it 15 games unbeaten with an exciting 2-2 home draw against Chase Side U11 Youth.
Luca Livermore latched onto a great pass from Beck Cordery to open the scoring with a clinical right-foot finish.
Wanderers dominated the first half, with Ethan Pillenger a constant threat with his pace and energy, and the home side deservedly led at the break.
The second half was a different story, however, as the visitors from Enfield equalised with a stunning 25-yard strike.
Against the run of play, Oliver Bannister regained the lead for the home side with an excellent left-foot free kick after he was fouled. But again Chase Side struck back, with a deserved equaliser.
Wanderers ultimately had Danny King and Donal O’Connor especially to thank for outstanding defending to ensure their long unbeaten run continued.
BSCFC U12 Girls avenged a controversial 2-1 defeat by Hemel Girls Reds the weekend before – when they were undone by an unfortunate own goal and a disputed late winner – by beating the same side 2-0 in another close contest on Saturday.
Kiera Hider opened the scoring in the first half, assisted by Lily Fach. Poppy Dwyer crossed for Alexa Baker to secure the points in the second half. Stortford kept opposition chances to a minimum with a hard-working midfield and some great defending.
BSCFC U13 United took on a strong Cheshunt U13 Blues side on a chilly morning and recorded a 3-0 win despite not playing at their usual standard.
With Cheshunt passing the ball around well, United needed to work hard to get a foothold on the game but eventually started to increase the pressure and a great corner from Callum Castle was headed in at close range by Fin Fraser.
United started strongly in the second half and, after good work by Charlie Sacco, Fraser turned quickly and picked out the bottom corner to put United 2-0 up.
With five minutes to go Castle picked off a loose ball in the Cheshunt defence to seal the win.
Wanderers beat United 5-2 in a BSCFC U14s derby with a brace by Thomas Wildman King and goals from Luke Rosier, Joshua Smith and Toby Barnes, who curled in a free kick from 30 yards. Man of the match was Joseph Newman.
A fine all-round team performance saw BSCFC U15 Saints beat Mid Herts Rural Minors League division 1 rivals Stevenage Borough U15 Santos 4-2.
Ethan Gaynor got in behind the Stevenage defence to open the scoring for Saints early on, applying the finish Zen Rapley’s excellent cross deserved.
But the Stortford side were pegged back when they conceded a scruffy goal from a corner and then allowed Stevenage a free header from a free kick to go in 2-1 down at half time.
Tommy Glover then put Saints ahead, first through a shot from the edge of the box that found the far corner and then with a powerfully struck free kick that the Stevenage keeper could only parry into the net.
Tireless team defending, particularly by Ollie Green, Corey Williams and man-of-the-match Benjamin Stevens, preserved the lead until Fenton Connolly’s late goal sealed a great win for the Saints.