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Lila Mahoney hat-trick helps Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club beat Garston Pumas

By Michael Vaughton

Lila Mahoney was the hat-trick hero as Bishop’s Stortford Community Football Club under-14 girls won 5-1 at Garston Pumas in the Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League.

Both teams produced some good football in tricky conditions, but the visitors ran out convincing winners as Mahoney was joined on the score sheet by Alice Ashman and Carys Rees.

In the Mid-Herts League, under-14 Athletic came from behind to register a 2-1 home success over Risden Wood Colts.

Athletic started brightly but fell behind to a breakaway goal, before testing the goalkeeper on numerous occasions as they dominated possession.

The pressure eventually told before half time as Wisdom Amen equalised with a 35-yard free-kick.

Athletic continued to harry their opponents in the second period and they got the winner two minutes from time as Wisdom dropped his shoulder and found the bottom corner with a low shot.

A couple of second-half strikes earned under-12 Wanderers a 2-0 away victory over Standon & Puckeridge Hares in the Royston Crow Damson League.

Both goalkeepers made important saves in the first period, before Wanderers win it in the second half with goals from Callanish Hall and man of the match Toby Barnes.

And taking maximum points from the close contest took the Stortford team up to third in the table.

BSCFC under-12 Wanderers (6049987)
BSCFC under-12 Wanderers (6049987)

Under-13 Wanderers fought out a spectacular 5-5 draw with Letchworth Garden City Eagles Whites in Mid-Herts League, Division Two.

Stortford were pegged back twice in the first half after goals from debutant Robbie Hamilton and it was 2-2 at the break.

Wanderers then built up a 5-2 advantage as they tore into their high-flying opponents, with Ethan Gaynor adding a brace – one of his goals was a stunning volley into the top corner – and Harrison Walker also netting.

Letchworth fought back to ensure it finished honours even, however, with Ollie Green’s tenacious display earning him the man-of-the-match plaudits.

Underdogs under-15 Rovers produced a display they could be proud of as they narrowly lost 2-1 at home to Stevenage Borough Juniors in the Herts County League Cup.

It was 0-0 at the interval after full-backs Billy Martin and Luke Hale produced some excellent defensive moments, while Adam Blair-Park always caused a threat at the other end.

It took Blair-Park just two minutes of the second period to give his side the lead as he showed excellent control before steering an accurate drive past the despairing goalkeeper.

Deputy shot-stopper Will Thacker, who was man of the match, then pulled off a series of outstanding saves to thwart Stevenage, and he was also helped by new signing Ethan Wildman and captain Fergus Shinnick.

As tiredness set in, a lapse in concentration was punished by Stevenage, who play in the division above, as they levelled matters, but Rovers continued to launch attacks through the likes of Jack Baros, Ben Jones, Cameron Street and Spencer Earthy.

Stevenage had a full quota of substitutes, however, and they were able to ring the changes before breaking Stortford hearts with their second goal 10 minutes from time.

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