Cooper Morris was the hat-trick hero as Thorley Manor under-12s battled to a 3-3 draw against Biggleswade Town
Cooper Morris was the hat-trick hero as Thorley Manor under-12s battled to a 3-3 draw against Biggleswade Town.
His excellent treble ensured a hard-working performance was rewarded with a share of the spoils.
The coaches tested the players with some new tactics and they showed real resilience to cope with the changes as well as getting a positive result.
The under-11s also drew 2-2 with a side from Biggleswade and were unlucky not to take all three points.
Thorley found themselves two goals down against the run of play with 15 minutes on the clock, but they continued to attack and Oliver Bryant cut the deficit with his first goal of the season just before half time.
They kept pressing after the interval – the Biggleswade goalkeeper made 19 saves over the course of the contest – and drew level when Seb converted a penalty following a handball.
The under-10s were heavily defeated when they took on an energetic Shephall United side.
There was better fortune for the under-10 Whites as they came out on top against Wymondley Park in a great match full of goals.
The team gained good experience in a physical encounter as they battled hard and supported each other.
Under-10 Blacks were involved in a high-quality affair against Broadhall, with wing play being the main focus.
Thorley Manor goalkeeper Nathan Tidman had the game of his life as he stopped long shots and headers as well as dealing well with one-on-ones.
Noah Sambridge also put in a great shift and produced some tough tackles to be the engine of the team.
The newly-formed under-nines suffered their first defeat of the season against Manuden, but they will learn from being outmuscled and are sure to continue their progression.
At under-eights level, the Oranges had only five players and showed excellent fitness to comfortably beat Melbourn Dynamos as Henry, Kieran and Freddie got among the goals, while the Blacks saw off Stevenage Borough late on with goals coming from Bradley, Aiden and Toby.
There was another excellent matchday experience for the under-sevens when they took on Buntingford Cougars.
Sebastian Hancock scored a brilliant individual goal when he ran from his own half past three opponents before slotting the ball between the goalkeeper's legs, and there were some fine saves from brave shot-stopper George Cox.