Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Rebels secure Berkshire League cup final spot

ROTHERFIELD UNITED REBELS U12s made it through to their second Berkshire Youth Development League cup final in three years as they defeated Division 1 WESTWOOD GREENS U12s last Saturday

ROTHERFIELD UNITED REBELS U12s made it through to their second Berkshire Youth Development League cup final in three years as they defeated Division 1 WESTWOOD GREENS U12s last Saturday.

Going into the match Westwood had a 100 per cent record in all competitions and led the table ahead of second placed United.

Westwood started the game with the upper hand but United repelled any of their attacks as the first half ended goalless.

The second half started with Rotherfield dominating. However, a strong Westwood breakaway attack down the centre caught the Rotherfield defence offguard, with a strong shot to the top left of the goal, but Hanshaw managed to get a hand to it to tip it over the bar.

After 42 minutes Prince took the ball down the right, cut into the centre to put a cross into the far post, which hit a divot and bounced over the Westwood keeper's head and through his hands to put Rotherfield ahead.

Westwood's passing became sloppy, allowing Rotherfield to intercept and keep driving forward, to maintain their lead and secure their place in the final.

After the game Rotherfield dedicated their win to supporter Doreen White who sadly passed away the night before the match.

The final will be played in early May against Maidenhead Magpies, who knocked Rotherfield out of the Cup in the semi-finals last year.

ROTHERFIELD RENEGADES U12s put in an impressive display as they thrashed HEXHAM STRIKERS U12s 8-0 in Division 3 of the Berkshire Youth Development League.

With single goals from Max Miller, Charlie Hancock, Dominic Baum, an own goal, and a brace each from Geno Green and Alex Lynskey, coupled with a valiant clean sheet performance from goalkeeper Billy Bradley meant that the Renegades went home eight goals to the good with all three points.

ROTHERFIELD UNITED COLTS U11s continued their unbeaten record this year with a 6-2 home East Berkshire Alliance victory against PINEWOOD PANTHERS U11s on Saturday.

Colts looked sharp from the start with good team passing moves stretching the Panthers defence.

The opening goal came when George Piggott cut down the right wing to set up his twin brother William to score.

George Piggott then doubled the Colts' lead, driving home a clinical shot from just inside the box.

As the first half drew to a close a mazy run drew a foul from the Colts defence 20 yards out from goal and a well-struck free kick rebounded in off the far post with Tom Branch helpless in goal.

On the brink of half-time Jack Morgan restored Colts two-goal lead with a well taken shot.

In the second half the Colts were solid in defence with Josh Day marshalling the game from the centre and Nicola Lee causing mayhem down the right wing.

With Colts in control Harry Miller made it 4-1 after a fine passing move set him up to drive across the goalkeeper.

Panthers once more fought back, piling forward in attack to score and reduce the deficit to 4-2.

With 15 minutes remaining Colts won a free kick on the edge of the box. Cameron Smith drove the ball in, only for the keeper to parry the shot straight to the feet of Jack Morgan who placed the ball home.

With time running out Cameron Smith played a defence splitting pass for Nicola Lee to run on to. Lee sprinted towards the goalkeeper before chipping him to score the Colts' sixth of the game.

ROTHERFIELD UNITED DOMINATORS U11s picked up three valuable Berkshire Youth Development League Division 4 points as they defeated WOODLEY HAMMERS TORNADOES U11s 2-1 on Saturday.

On a boggy pitch both teams set out with determination with Felix Wall pulling off several good saves in the United goal. Rotherfield hit back with several shots on goal of their own as the half ended goalless.

The second half saw the majority of play taking place in the Woodley half. However, despite their dominance, the Dominators conceded a goal. The Dominators kept pressing with Jude Kaye having a shot saved and the rebound tucked away for the equaliser by James Irons.

The Dominators continued to dominate the game with some strong runs by Ethan Spiers and Phoenix Buchan. The Dominators took the lead through Zac Skinner.

Woodley kept pressing for an equaliser but the Rotherfield defence of Jack Wright, Josh Copping and Luke Absolom kept them at bay.

ROTHERFIELD MUSTANGS U11s and CAVERSHAM AFC COLTS U11s drew 0-0 in a hard fought match in difficult conditions.

Both teams were keen to make an good impression from the start but passing and running were hampered by a muddy pitch.

Just before half-time, a slippery defensive tackle brought down a Colts' striker in the box for a penalty. Rotherfield keeper Matthew Rylance dived the right way to see the ball strike the post just inches from his fingertips before it was cleared.

The second half saw more end-to-end action but, despite a number of opportunities, Rotherfield's defence remained water-tight and neither team were able to find the back of the net. Lachie McGowan was named man-of-the-match.

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