YOUTH FOOTBALL: Seven-up Taylor on fire as Saxons destroy Drayton

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Daventry Town Saxons Under-12s coasted into the next round of the NFA County Cup with an 8-1 win over Drayton Grange.

And the star man for Saxons was Taylor Noel, who scored an incredible seven times.

Team: Decklyn Hartley, James Currivan, Jonny Fletcher, Alex Smith, Nathan Hales, Ryan Gaskell, Josh Adams, Dylan Overton, Luke Barker Poole. Keegan McNally, Taylor Noel

Report: Saxons recorded their best win of the season against local rivals Drayton Grange to march on into the quarter finals. Saxons on the day were unstoppable. They attacked with pace, energy and purpose.

In the early exchanges, Deck saved brilliantly with his knees when Drayton broke free, and that proved vital, as Saxons then took control, and Taylor had a day in front of goal, he will not forget, with a seven-goal haul.

He was quite simply lethal. Neat work from Alex and Keegan played Taylor through for number one, Luke created an opening for Taylor for number two, before Joe got on the score sheet.

Taylor made it 4-0 following a perfectly weighted through ball from Alex, before Taylor burst through once again to make it a perfect first half performance and 5-0 interval lead.

Johnny’s defence splitting pass enabled Taylor to carry on where he’d left off to make it 6-0 just after the break, swiftly followed by another goal for Saxons when Joe fed Taylor for 7-0.

Another fine save from Deck, this time with his feet, preserved Saxons clean-sheet, with defence turning again to attack when Taylor completed his scoring for the day with his seventh and number eight for Saxons.

Drayton grabbed a late consolation goal near the end and Luke was unfortunate not to score when his shot struck a post.

Taylor and Deck were awarded joint men of the match.

Falcons prove too strong for Vikings

DAVENTRY Town Vikings Under-12s were on the wrong end of a 7-0 scoreline as they took on leaders Northampton Falcons in the John Henry League.

Team: Isaac Parkinson, Megan Critchley, Keenan French, Khiri Brannan, Finn Hourigan, Ben Kaye, Max Adams, Ben Sefton, Lee Smith, Kian Humpage, Reagan Gibson

Report: Vikings took on leaders Falcons Blue who have only dropped two points all season.

From the off Falcons moved the ball well, however the Vikings battled and were carving out a few chances, then the game turned, when Falcons broke away and scored with a deflected shot.

They then pressed up the park and although Vikings puffed, huffed and pressurised them they scored three more before half time.

The second half was played in the same manor and although Vikings had chances they lacked a killer’s touch, and the Falcons put three more in for a 7-0 victory.

Overall the Vikings fought like lions and left back Kian kept a tricky winger quiet but were beaten by a better side.