Toby Doble scores four goals as Thorley Manor under-11 Black defeat Sandy Reds 7-5
Toby Doble scored four goals as Thorley Manor under-11 Black won a highly entertaining match at Sandy Reds 7-5.
It was not just his goals but also the work he did off the ball and his quick thinking when taking a free kick with the opposition not ready that earned him the man-of-the-match prize.
The team, pictured above, looked to be cruising to victory, but Sandy never gave up and restored parity with 10 minutes remaining.
However, Thorley found the strength and desire to keep going and win by two goals despite having no substitutes to call upon.
The coaches were delighted with the team's passing game and how they fought hard for each other.
There was also a thrilling 4-3 success for the under-11s when they took on Melbourn Dynamo Tigers.
After going behind, they drew level thanks to Cameron's cracking effort and then took the lead with a goal from Seb.
Thomas also netted, but his goal was sandwiched between two from the Tigers and it was all square going into the last 15 minutes.
In the end Thorley had the chances to win by a big margin, but Will's fantastic late strike was enough to secure a close victory.
Under-nine Black produced another great performance in what was only their second match together.
The team, who are learning all the time and helping each other to construct passing moves, scored through Louis Bennett, Archie Blofeld and Sam Newman to prevail.
The under-eights played two matches at the weekend, with Orange hosting Biggleswade Town and Black travelling to Buntingford Cougars.
It was raining goals for the Oranges as Alex, Henry and Freddie found the back of the net as they carved out lots of chances while Bradley got on the score sheet for the Blacks in a hard-fought contest.
The under-10s and under-10 Whites took on the Stripes and the Whites respectively from Ashwell Academicals.
The newly-formed teams did brilliantly to support each other and gained valuable experience, but it wasn't enough on the day due to some great finishing by the opposition.
The under-12s have enjoyed a great start to the season with two positive results, but they received a wake-up call against Codicote Wildcats.
The team spirit was fantastic and everyone walked off with a smile on their face despite it being a heavy defeat.
An injury meant the under-13s had to play most of the second half with 10 men as they lost 9-2 to Manuden Junior Rangers.
Thorley worked hard and goalkeeper Louis Miles put in a display to be proud of, but their speedy opponents produced some great finishing.
Thorley Manor are looking for new Year 8 players to be part of the under-13 squad. If you want to get into football and play for an inclusive club, email Greg Sambridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.