Sleaford Town Boys Under 13s 3
Mablethorpe Under 13s 1
Sleaford made a shaky start to this game and, despite a couple of good attempts at goal by David Walkington and Owen Park, they continued to look flustered for much of the half.
The Sleaford back line of James Hebden, Daniel Gee, Ethan Wright and Jack Broughton dug deep to fend off Mablethorpe’s attacks and a series of good saves by Lewis Brockington helped keep Sleaford in the game.
With only a few minutes to go in the first half Gee made a break down the left, releasing Walkington to work his way into the area. After neat interplay with Harry Dean and Park, Walkington struck a shot goalwards which the visitors’ keeper could only parry and Zac Willmont confidently stroked the ball into the back of the net for the opening score
Mablethorpe again capitalised on more loose passes at the start of the second half to come back at Sleaford. The key turning point of the game came when Brockington saved a penalty, giving Sleaford the lift and confidence they needed to really attack the game.
Within a few minutes a second goal resulted from Walkington hustling in the box. Then Park neatly tucked away a third after intelligent play from Walkington, Roland Nye and Dean.
With Bradley Hennessy-Thompson, Elliot Hoy and Daniel Monterio continuing to thwart Mablethorpe’s attacks with timely interceptions, Wright and Dean were able to open the play and create more goal scoring opportunities. Mablethorpe did finally catch the home defence off guard to claim a late consolation goal.
Man of the match: Lewis Brockington.
Sleaford U13: Lewis Brockington, James Hebden, James Whitaker, Harry Dean, Owen Park, David Walkington, Zac Willmont, Daniel Gee, Roland Nye, Ethan Wright (cap), Jack Broughton.
Woodhall Spa Under 12s 1
Sleaford Under 12s 4
Sleaford Under 12s travelled to Woodhall Spa for a cup game, with a quarter final place awaiting the victors.
The visitors dominated the early possession and passed the ball well.
Cameron Cataleugh opened the scoring for Sleaford and this was soon followed by a fine second goal from Patrick Campling.
At half time Sleaford led 2-1 but they were faced with a much more physical encounter in the second half.
That did not unduly worry Sleaford and, although Woodhall pressed hard to get back into the game, the Sleaford defence more than held its own and keeper Joe Fletcher pulled off a number of good saves to keep his side in the lead.
A goal apiece for Cataleugh and Campling to add to their first half strikes saw Sleaford book their quarter final place with a 4-1 victory.
Man of the match: Ben Harwood, who produced a typically strong, battling performance.