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Real Stortford under-16 Saracens beat Wheathampstead Wanderers on penalties in County Cup tie




Connor Woods scored three times - including once in a penalty shootout - as Real Stortford under-16 Saracens won a nail-biting County Cup tie against Wheathampstead Wanderers.

The match finished 2-2 at the end of normal time, with James Baird and Woods scoring for Saracens.

The teams could still not be separated after extra time as Woods and an opponent were both successful from the spot to make it 3-3.

Real Stortford under-16 Saracens (21375710)
Real Stortford under-16 Saracens (21375710)

Saracens then held their nerve to triumph 5-4 in the shootout as Woods, Thomas Kavanagh, Joshua Chinn, Ted Russell and Finlay Heywood-Law all found the net and goalkeeper Matthew Clarke saved Wheathampstead's third attempt.

Saracens will now take on Royston Town in the third round.

Under-15 Falcons also progressed in a knockout competition as they came from behind to see off Panshanger Lions 3-2 at home in the League Shield.

Real Stortford under-15 Falcons (21375708)
Real Stortford under-15 Falcons (21375708)

Birthday boy Lucas Gribble's fine strike put Falcons ahead early on before chances came and went to extend their lead.

And they were twice undone by balls over the top as they conceded a couple of goals to trail 2-1 at the interval.

Falcons were more patient after the restart and could have levelled matters on a number of occasions as Tom Gleeson picked out Luca Chandler at will, but each time the Panshanger goalkeeper was up to the task.

However, with forward players Shay Carey and Seb Smith seeing more of the ball, Falcons began to dominate and Daniel Alaezi claimed a well-taken brace to end their opponents' brave resistance.

Real Stortford under-14 Bulls (21375705)
Real Stortford under-14 Bulls (21375705)

Special praise must also go to Falcons' Sean Ovolen, who performed admirably after stepping in between the sticks.

Afonso Pacheco's stout defending earned him the man-of-the-match plaudits as under-14 Bulls earned a deserved 1-1 draw against high-flying Hoddesdon.

It was goalless at the break despite Bulls outplaying their opponents thanks to an energetic team display.

They continued to take the game to their opponents after the interval and broke the deadlock through Vincent Doyle. He finished expertly past the onrushing goalkeeper having been found by the creative Hayden Say.

Some excellent defending then kept the lead intact, but Hoddesdon did eventually equalise after some pinball in the Bulls penalty area.

Meanwhile, Real Stortford Men were on the end of some robust challenges as they lost a bruising encounter at Wormley 4-2.

Brad Taylor superbly picked out Charlie Kettle and he coolly lobbed the goalkeeper from the edge of the box to put Real ahead.

Debutant shot-stopper Euan Lynskey produced an excellent one-handed save to thwart Wormley, but they did equalise before half time.

Wormley then took the lead after the restart as Real struggled to get their passing game going on a heavy pitch, before Lynskey saved a penalty.

Pat Lawrence levelled matters with a nice lob, but their opponents won it with two efforts after Jack Stewart had created further Real chances.


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