Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-13 Town beat Stevenage Borough while youngsters impress at West Ham United training ground
Bishop’s Stortford Community Football Club under-13 Town are dreaming of silverware after reaching the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Cup final.
They won on penalties after a hard-fought semi-final against Stevenage Borough Juniors had ended 1-1 after extra time.
James Lee got the goal for his team before they held their nerve to triumph 3-2 in the shootout.
Under-16 Rovers put the disappointment of the previous week’s cup exit behind them when they registered an emphatic 4-0 home win over Wodson Park in MHRML Division One.
Rovers pressed from the off at Grange Paddocks and forced their opponents into a series of mistakes, with Cameron Street putting an early header wide from a corner.
The hosts did not have to wait long to make the breakthrough as good work down the right by Billy Martin and Jack Baros enabled Will Hall to slot home from out wide in the 15th minute.
They doubled their lead 10 minutes later and never looked like relinquishing their stranglehold. Adam Blair-Park and Hall combined and the ball fell to Bryn Henriques who scored with an acrobatic hooked volley over his shoulder.
Hall was unlucky not to make it 3-0 when his powerful shot rebounded off the post following nice build-up play involving Street, Martin and Baros in midfield.
Before the break, Ethan Wildman had to make a superb block tackle to prevent a Wodson goal and, at the other end, Hall was denied by the tightest of offside decisions.
Martin was able to score Rovers’ third goal of the game after the restart. Hall and Charlie Fisher fashioned the chance for Martin to deftly finish at the near post.
Goalkeeper Nathan Luckin then came out bravely to save with his legs as Wodson looked set to claim a consolation.
Rovers, for whom the influential Baros was man of the match thanks to his constant creativity, got a fourth late on when Henriques flicked on Hall’s free kick and Street converted.
In Division Three, under-16 United recorded a 4-1 home success against Letchworth Aquas.
Good wing play by Charlie Evans gave Andrew Bamba a tap-in at the back post before Marcin Matys found the net with a left-foot strike.
Callum Phelps then bagged a brace with a Letchworth consolation being sandwiched between his two efforts.
Meanwhile, teams from BSCFC’s under-sixes, under-sevens and under-eights caught the eye when they were invited to West Ham United’s training ground.
The boys produced some outstanding performances at the Premier League club’s complex in Chadwell Heath as they took on teams including Hammers academy sides.
The Stortford lads dealt well with some physical opponents as their talent and dedication was noted by the watching West Ham coaches and scouts.
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