Real Stortford under-16 Falcons returned to action after lockdown with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Wormley Rovers in Mid-Herts Rural Minors League
Real Stortford under-16 Falcons gave everything in difficult circumstances as they returned to action with a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Wormley Rovers in Mid-Herts Rural Minors League, Supplementary Division Three.
It would have been easy for the side not to fulfil the fixture, away to the side who were unbeaten when the league was suspended due to the pandemic, as they had only 11 players available due to injuries and family commitments.
But manager Gary Bright, his son and team captain Joe Bright and other parents and players were determined to play the game, which they almost won against a strong squad of 16.
Falcons conceded just before the break as both sets of players eased their way back into competitive action.
Stan Hoyle rounded off an excellent move to level matters before skipper Joe Bright put Falcons ahead with a free kick from the edge of the box.
They were denied a win their excellent performance merited when Rovers equalised with a goal Falcons thought might have been offside.
James Baird bagged a brace as under-17 Saracens came from behind to win 4-2 at Cuffley Jets under-18s in Under-18 Supplementary Division Four.
Also on target were Thomas Kavanagh and Thomas Edwards, with the latter also being named man of the match.
Darragh Flood took the man-of-the-match plaudits when under-15 Bulls went down 2-0 at home to Cuffley Scorpions in Supplementary Division Three.
He worked hard in midfield and created plenty of opportunities for his team-mates in a match in which they could have easily scored double figures.
Meanwhile, Real Stortford Men made a winning return as they triumphed 4-0 at derby rivals Stortford Saints in East Herts Corinthian Sunday League, Division Five.
An early brace from man-of-the-match Henry Becerra along with Kai Campbell's nice finish from the edge of the box put them in command at half time.
Real wrapped up the points when Charlie Kettle, who had earlier seen a goal chalked off for offside, slotted home after unselfish work by Aaron Cameron-Prior.