Luke Ellis hit a hat-trick as Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-15 Red came from behind to win 3-2 at Stanway Rovers
Luke Ellis hit a hat-trick as Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-15 Red came from behind to win 3-2 at Stanway Rovers.
With key players injured and some rested following The Bishop's Stortford High School's national schools' cup final win , the squad was stretched to its limits for the Eastern Junior Alliance League contest.
Both goalkeepers were tested before Stanway took the lead just before half time with a breakaway goal.
A tactical switch saw the unbeaten Reds play with three strikers in the second period and, after they conceded a second, they began to push their opponents back.
Ellis pulled a goal back from the penalty spot following a foul on Alfie Harris and made it all square by converting after Harris flicked on Shaye Willats' corner.
And the Reds won it five minutes from time when Harris was upended in the box again after a mazy dribble and Ellis completed his treble.
Spencer Earthy got the equaliser when under-17 Rovers drew 1-1 at Stevenage Borough under-18s in Mid-Herts Rural Minors League, Under-18 Division One.
Their best chance of the first half came when Adam Blair-Park, who was off balance, shot wide having been found by Bryn Henriques.
Stevenage went ahead just before the break, but Rovers came out fighting in the second period and they were soon level as Earthy beat the goalkeeper with a low free kick.
Man-of-the-match Luke Hale headed an effort off the line to keep Rovers on level terms and they dominated the closing stages.
But they had to settle for a point as Blair-Park twice went close and Earthy's wonderful strike rebounded back off the bar.
Under-14 Town remain top of the MHRML Premier Division after a 1-1 draw against Broxbourne Youth Royals. The league's top scorer Will Millar was on target for the hosts.
The inter-club bragging rights went to under-14 Wanderers when they registered a 2-1 win over under-14 United in Royston Crow League, Division Three.
In a close contest, Lewis Crowther and Josh Murphy were on the score sheet for Wanderers while Mitchell Leon got a consolation for United.
Under-13 Athletic earned an excellent 5-2 victory when they took on Knebworth in MHRML Division Seven. Nate Brand and Dominic Fiddler both bagged braces while David McCreary was also on target.
Jared Lolomari scored with just one minute left as under-13 Rangers turned things around to win 2-1 at Frontiers in MHRML Division Three and maintain their 100% record.
After their Harlow-based opponents went ahead, Rangers' pressure paid off as Josh Canning converted a penalty to restore parity.
And just as it was looking set to end all square, lively striker Lolomari broke through to notch a last-gasp winner.
Unbeaten under-13 United also showed their battling qualities to equalise twice in a 2-2 draw with Ware Clarets in Division One.
Ware opened the scoring with a looped effort before Callum Castle levelled things up with a deflected close-range shot.
The opposition started the second half well and were rewarded with their second goal when United failed to fully clear a corner.
Striker Freddie Higgs broke free and finished smartly to make it 2-2 and, as both teams pushed for a winner, United were indebted to their excellent goalkeeper Teddy Hancock, who pushed a good shot around the post.