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Josh Chinn claimed a brace as Real Stortford under-18 Saracens beat Letchworth Garden City Eagles Whites 4-0 in the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Division Five Cup



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Josh Chinn claimed a well-taken brace as Real Stortford under-18 Saracens beat Letchworth Garden City Eagles Whites 4-0 in the last eight of the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Division Five Cup.

Ted Russell and man-of-the-match Finn Aylott joined him on the score sheet as the hosts booked their place in the semi-finals with a professional performance.

Jake Lacey headed in the equaliser as under-strength under-16 Bulls battled to a 1-1 home draw with in-form Hitchin Town Galaxy in MHRML Division Three.

Bulls created a number of first-half opportunities as Ashley Elgar was denied by a superb save and Jola Olawoyin was thwarted by a last-ditch tackle.

At the other end, the ever-improving Gavin Gardner made a couple of great stops while the defence of Jake Foster, Tom Brierly, Harry Pettipher and Cameron Scott remained organised and robust.

Hitchin took the lead midway through the second period, but Bulls soon levelled matters as the hard-working Lacey nodded in Diogo Camara's free kick.

The visitors were able to freshen things up by rotating players using their four substitutes, but Bulls dug deep and held on for a well-earned point as man-of-the-match Gardner made another couple of important saves.

Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-13 girls were hugely unlucky to lose their opening Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League Cup contest at Harvesters 5-3.

The St Albans-based hosts took the lead in the Group A tie before Poppy Dwyer equalised with a powerful strike from Bonnie Kirby's cross.

Stortford went ahead after Kirby was teed up by Remi Hasty, but Harvesters found the net to make it 2-2 at the break.

Elizabeth Dawes excelled in midfield and Stortford regained their advantage through Keira Hider, but the hosts drew level again five minutes later.

The away side had chances to secure the victory as Hider twice went close while Dwyer hit the post during a period of sustained pressure.

But a brave challenge by goalkeeper Ella Draper left her injured on the floor and gave an opponent a simple finish before Harvesters added a fifth just before the end.



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