Hippisley, Pinto and Crewe strike to see off St Aldhelms' challenge
By The Bristol Post | Thursday, February 28, 2013, 05:00
BITTON Under-16s moved to the top of Division One with a fine 3-0 victory at St Aldhelms.
In a fiercely-contested match, they opened the scoring midway into the first half through Sam Hippisley before doubling their lead in the second period with a fine individual effort from Vini Pinto.
Liam Crewe's looping header completed the scoring for Bitton.
Keynsham Town Under-14s won a tight and entertaining Division Two game with Coalpit Heath 3-1. Callum Atwill's 20th-minute penalty for Coalpit separated the sides at the break.
Seven minutes into the second period, Keynsham were awarded a penalty of their own which was calmly slotted home by Owen Cocking.
Town then took control of the game with two goals in quick succession from Olly Townsend, and there could easily have been more goals for his team as the hosts finished up well on top.
Hallen Under-13s proved too strong for Downend Saints in the first division and raced into an early lead when star man Ben Alexander found Joe Hodson in space to slot home.
It was soon 2-0 when Luke Henderson's flick-on found Alexander to fire home, and they quickly added a third through Alexander again, who smashed home Jacob Dumble's free-kick.
Downend pulled one back, but Hallen netted further two further goals through Henderson to give them a big 5-1 advantage at the break.
The home team weren't finished, though, and they pulled two goals back to make it 5-3, only for the outstanding Alexander to race clear to slot home from a pinpoint pass from his keeper Tyler Edmunds, before Henderson wrapped up a 6-3 success with a cool finish after beating several defenders.
Elliot Gardener notched a 'perfect' hat-trick as Ashton Boys Under-13s maintained their own perfect record for the season in Division One with a comfortable 7-0 victory over visitors Stoke Lane.
Ashton opened the scoring early on when Gardener, who went on to score four times, ran on to a Newman Ball through pass and coolly rounded the keeper to slot home.
Stoke Lane battled hard and gave Ashton no time on the ball, resulting in the champions being unable to find their usual rhythm and no further score was added in the first half.
Ashton pushed Sam Hilton into midfield in the second half and he was instrumental in a return to the neat passing football which eventually ground down the visitors, and goals by Dominic Barassi, Gardener (3), Alfie Clark and Dan Payne blew gallant Stoke Lane away.
Warmley Rangers Colts Under-13s remain unbeaten after a scintillating 4-1 home win over Bradley Stoke Youth in Division Four.
Rangers produced their finest team performance to date with continuous pressure, neat triangular passing and attacks down both wings. Left-winger Zac Cheetham opened the scoring with a move that Samba Mballow started in Rangers' own 18-yard box, striker Morgan Coles eventually threading a ball to Cheetham to net from a tight angle.
The second goal came when Owen Comley's shot was parried to the left and striker Nathan Wilkes won the race to tap the ball over the line.
Bradley Stoke got a goal back via a good counter-attacking move, but with the Rangers back four of Louis Lacy, Mason Lewis, Joe Vincent and Mballow dominant, and Vincent putting in numerous attacking runs down the right wing while linking up well with Charlie Shail, Wilkes scored his second with a close-range finish from a Rangers corner and an unfortunate own goal wrapped up an emphatic win.
Stoke Lane Under-12s maintained the pressure on first division leaders Thornbury Town with a 4-0 win over in-form Deerswood.
Lane got off to the best possible start with Harry Goldspink converting on five minutes after George Huke had carved open the opposition defence.
Deerswood's main threat came from long range, but their efforts were speculative and off target and instead Stoke went two up as the impressive Huke dug out a cross from the right and Harry Cole tucked home with a smart near-post finish.
After the break, Joe Naish made a point-blank save to deny the visitors at a crucial time and disaster struck soon after for Deerswood as a handling offence from a corner led to Stoke's Theo Cox making no mistake from the spot.
Matt Binding's box-to-box carry and unselfish lay-off saw Liam Harvie grab the fourth from close in to end Deerswood's resistance in an entertaining encounter.
Broadwalk Under-12s bounced back from their first defeat of the season in style to beat Coalpit Heath 6-1 in a proverbial six-pointer.
Heath had begun the game in third spot and were seeking a victory that would have moved them into joint second position with Broadwalk.
It took some solid defending early on to restrict a determined Heath team to long-range efforts and it wasn't until the 17th minute that Broadwalk carved their first opening when a defence-splitting pass put Lewis Neale in, but the Coalpit keeper produced a fantastic save. Almost immediately a superb cross from Mitchell Sully found Keegan Thorne in space at the back post to somehow head wide as the hosts turned up the heat.
However, two minutes before half-time Sully finally fired Broadwalk ahead with a sublime curling finish from what looked an impossible angle.
That opened the floodgates and Sully again, Cody Vile, Neale and Thorne, with a fabulous brace, saw Broadwalk 6-0 in the ascendancy before their keeper Taylor Williams was beaten late on by a lobbed finish.
Mangotsfield United Under-12s produced a terrific team performance to beat Downend Saints 2-1 in the Division One.
Mangos attacked from the off and their flowing football produced two fine goals in the first half. Euan Baker scored the first with a fine strike and Edward Croucher got the second via a great finish.
The second half was a closer affair and Downend pulled one back with 15 minutes to go.
Mangos stayed strong, however, with Ethan Stevens marshalling his defence with aplomb and keeper and star man Jaiden Catley pulling off a great save, tipping the ball over the crossbar five minutes from time.
In Division Five, Stoke Lane Under-12s eventually overcame a physical Lockleaze & Horfield team to win 2-0 thanks to captain Harry Collett's two clinical finishes.
Lockleaze were the better team in the first half, but they couldn't take their chances, something they were made to regret as Lane dominated the second period, taking the lead when a great cross from Tom Rollings led to Collett side-footing the ball into the corner of the net, sending the Lockleaze keeper the wrong way in the throes.
Lane's second goal came after more good work from Rollings, who teed-up Collett to take one touch before blasting the ball into the top left corner of the net from just outside the area.