There’s action involving Selsey Seals, Avisford Youth, Felpham Colts, Chi Colts, Chi City Youth and Predators in our latest youth football round-up.
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Selsey Seals 4 Worthing Reds 4
Worthing had a chance to gain revenge on the Seals for a defeat the previous week.
Worthing started well and were two up in ten minutes. A foul five yards outside the box saw Montague pull one back for the Seals.
Good defending from Trumper and Darby-Ryan and a couple of fine saves from Jones couldn’t stop a further goal from Worthing, which saw the first half finish 3-1 - with Seals looking beaten.
Early in the second half, fine work from Kidwell, Lennox, Hains, Ayling and Grocott allowed Montague to get his second and start the Selsey revival. Grocott’s time on the pitch was shortlived as a tackle left him with an injured Achilles.
This seemed to spur on Selsey and goals from Kidwell and a thunderbolt from 30 yards into the top corner for Montague’s hat-trick saw Selsey take the lead.
Almost immediately from the restart, Worthing went down the left and a clever shot went under Jones to sneak in the far post to make it a deserved point for both teams.
MoM for Seals was Montague.
Avisford Youth 1 Felpham Colts Athletic 2
An enthralling end-to-end game at Rose Green saw Athletic run out narrow winners.
With both sides near the foot of the table, three points were vital and straight from the off, the two teams tore into each other.
Felpham started the stronger, and six minutes in a handball in the area earned them a penalty. Barnaby Griffiths stepped up and sent Layton Cummings the wrong way.
Avisford responded well and began to create chances of their own, with Tommy McGinley and Matt Kill linking well. This combination on 12 minutes got the home side level. McGinley’s through-ball released Kill, whose cool finish past Oliver Thompson gave him his second goal of the season.
But just as Avisford were celebrating, they were hit with a Felpham sucker-punch when Mitchell Smith danced his way through three tackles and fired home from the edge of the area.
As the rain worsened for the second half, the challenges came in thick and fast with man of the match Jake Longley leading the Avisford defence with authority.
Felpham nearly had a third when Lennox Long’s shot struck a post, while at the other end Kill and substitute Finlay Brian had chances to equalise, but found Thompson in fine form.
Avisford just couldn’t find a way through so Steve Kill’s team go into the Christmas break with plenty of work to do if they are to convert narrow defeats into points on the board.
Avisford man of the match was Jake Longley.
AVISFORD: Cummings, Longley, Nowak, Copeland, Jones, McGinley, Kill. Subs: Brian, Greene
Chi Colts 4 Chi City Youth 0
This derby was a real old-fashioned mudbath.
Both teams found themselves defending muddy goal mouths. but Colts soon found the net through Harry Angell. Great runs by Max Hopp and good skills and determination from the Colts brought a fine hat-trick for Joe Middleton.
Chi City Youth never stopped trying.
Selsey Seals 1 Predators Youth 0
Unbeaten Predators went confidently into this match having scored nine goals against this opposition earlier this season, but they never came to terms with the strength and power of this Selsey team on the heavy pitch.
They had to reorganise their defence just before the start as Tommy Sanctuary limped off during the warm-up with a damaged knee.
Despite the efforts of emergency centre-back Josh Simmonds, Selsey created the better chances in the first half and keeper Connor Fellows had to make several good saves to keep the scores level at half-time.
Predators had the better chances in the second half with Alex Burford and Dom Humphries going close.
With time running out, the deadlock was broken when a bad mistake by the Predators keeper gifted the hosts the lead which they held on to comfortably to give Selsey a deserved victory.
PREDATORS: Fellows, Brayfield, Burford, Clarke, Daniels, Donner, Hanslip, Humphries, Lauder, Simmonds, Smith.