Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-11 Wanderers triumphed in their delayed Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Red Division Cup final against Risden Wood
Tom Foden struck 10 minutes from time as Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-11 Wanderers triumphed in their delayed Mid-Herts Rural Minors League (MHRML) Red Division Cup final.
His goal secured them a 1-0 win after they and opponents Risden Wood came together to 'unofficially' rearrange the game in Harlow following May's postponement.
There were chances at both ends in an action-packed contest, with Danny King hitting the bar for Wanderers midway through the first half.
At the other end, Foden and Samuel Crick defended resolutely while goalkeeper Freddie Barwise made a string of outstanding saves in what was arguably his best performance to date.
And Foden broke the deadlock towards the end as he combined with Jonathan Crick before burying a low shot from just inside the area.
Captain Frank Partridge and Donal O'Connor worked their socks off in the closing stages and Barwise made another point-blank save to ensure a memorable victory for Wanderers.
Zach Warner fired a five-goal salvo as under-11 Royals romped to a 10-0 win over Perry Street Blacks under-12s.
Playing up a year, Royals began the season with a bang as four-goal George Liggins and Daniel Evans added to the tally while Preston made two stunning saves to preserve the clean sheet.
Under-13 United kicked off with a comfortable 4-2 success at Royston Town in MHRML Division One.
Last season's top scorer Fin Fraser opened the scoring after beating the offside trap and finishing smartly, before Freddie Higgs also got through and finished with conviction.
Jude Xavier netted from close range soon after the restart for United, who were promoted last term, following good work by the impressive Finn Paxton.
Charlie Sacco got the fourth after nice play in midfield and two late consolation goals for Royston could not take the shine off the victory.
Newly-established under-15 Saints made the best possible start to life in MHRML Division Two with a 10-2 triumph over Ware Youth Clarets.
Man-of-the-match Robbie Hamilton, Ethan Gaynor and Harrison Walker all bagged braces and were joined on the score sheet by Tommy Glover, Trey Jarvis, Alastair Stewart and Zen Rapley.
Under-17 Rovers ran out 4-3 winners against Bury Rangers in MHRML Division One.
Spencer Earthy put them ahead when he created space for himself on the edge of the box and curled the ball past the goalkeeper.
Will Hall had a header cleared off the line before he nodded in his side's second from Charlie Fisher's corner.
Rovers' third goal came on the stroke of half time when Earthy and Jack Baros combined to set up Bryn Henriques.
Adam Blair-Park appeared to have settled the contest immediately after the restart with a 20-yard wonder strike.
Ethan Wildman went close on three occasions as Rovers looked for more goals. Man-of-the-match Luke Hale rampaged down the left while there were also strong displays from James Caldwell, Fergus Shinnick, Billy Martin and Cameron Street.
Stand-in goalkeeper Will Thacker made saves when he was called upon, but Rangers fought back to net three late goals and give the final scoreline a deceptively close appearance.