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Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-15 Eastern Junior Alliance side triumph at Cambridge United Elite Scholarship Tournament




George Lane sealed the deal as Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club's under-15 Eastern Junior Alliance side beat Soham United to claim the Cambridge United Elite Scholarship Tournament honours.

His volley secured a 3-1 victory over the favourites in the final as Joe Nardelli, who scored from the penalty spot, and Alfie Harris also netted.

In the group stage, Stortford began with a 0-0 draw against Soham before Lane and George Collins secured a 2-0 win over Haverhill.

BSCFC under-15 EJA (45871282)
BSCFC under-15 EJA (45871282)

Another 2-0 victory came against Godmanchester as Collins and Lane struck again before the successful rematch with Soham.

Lewie Beales hit his first hat-trick for under-13 Athletic as they launched their Mid-Herts Rural Minors League mini-league campaign with a 12-1 victory over Buntingford Cougars Blues.

His development has been excellent since joining the club and he achieved the feat on his 12th appearance as the side got revenge for a defeat earlier in the season.

Dominic Fiddler also bagged a treble while Will Johnson opened his account for the club. The other Athletic scorers were David McCreary, Nate Brand, who scored two apiece, and Will Monkhouse.

Another hat-trick hero was Ethan Gaynor as he helped under-15 Saints see off Manuden 7-0.

Saints were two goals to the good at half time as debutant Seth Sheldrake forced an own goal before netting himself.

Gaynor then stepped up with three goals after the break and was joined on the score sheet by Zen Rapley and Fenton Connolly.

Goalkeeper William Lumby and his defenders worked hard to keep a clean sheet while midfielder Tommy Glover was man of the match.

Adam Blair-Park landed the decisive blow as under-17 Rovers returned from the four-month break with a 1-0 success at Wodson Park under-18s.

Spencer Earthy's long-range shot was well kept out by the goalkeeper and Blair-Park saw an effort go wide.

A Rovers goal seemed inevitable and it came 10 minutes before the break when the defence failed to fully clear Earthy's free kick and Blair-Park swept a fine shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The second half followed the same period as the first until the lack of matches, combined with Wodson bringing on a host of substitutes, saw them lose the initiative.

Fortunately the defence, led by man-of-the-match James Caldwell, held firm while goalkeeper Monty Lawrence produced the goods when called upon. But they did need a brave block from Will Thacker near the end to keep out a shot with Lawrence stranded.

Under-13 United dominated their contest with Stevenage Borough Cobras but had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Milo Grieves and Ed Bennett excelled in midfield for United, but they somehow trailed at the break as Cobras scored from their only notable attack of the first half.

United continued to pour forward after the restart and they equalised when the outstanding Finn Paxton's cross was turned into his own net by a defender.

Rocco Girolami was on target as under-11 United gave an excellent account of themselves in a narrow 2-1 loss at Cheshunt Blues.

Reggie Barker and Toby Ricketts were particularly strong at the back but, after a goalless first period, they were unlucky to concede from a deflected strike.

Cheshunt netted again with a well-worked move before Girolami pulled a goal back.

It was end-to-end stuff after that and Harry Barnes produced two good saves before an offside flag denied United a leveller.



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