YOUTH FOOTBALL: Cup woe for Saxons as they fall to Falcons


A stirring second-half fightback wasn’t enough for Daventry Saxons as they went out of the Under-11s cup after losing 2-1 to Falcons.

Scorer: Taylor Noel

Team: Decklyn Hartley, Charlie Trayford, Josh Adams, Dan Faulkner, Nayan Bryce, Joseph Pursey, Jonathon Fletcher, Taylor Noel, Hannah Ridgewell, Alex Smith, James Currivan, Luke Barker-Poole

Report: A magnificent second half fightback from Saxons was thwarted by a desperate rearguard action from Falcons Blue. Despite having much the better of the early exchanges, Saxons fell behind. A soft second goal from a weak clearance shortly afterwards put the away team firmly in the driving seat. Saxons created plenty of chances and pegged back their opponents, with Joe Pursey, Taylor Noel, Dan Faulkner and James Currivan all having chances.

With Saxons pushing forward in search of a goal, Decklyn Hartley remained alert to the counter attack. Saxons finally got their reward for their attacking thrust midway through the second half, when a moment of magic from Noel saw him chip the goalkeeper and give Saxons hope. Saxons strived for an equaliser, but it never came

Gunter does the trick

CHRISTOPHER GUNTER scored a hat-trick as Daventry Vikings Under-12s beat Wooldale 4-3 in a thiller.

Scorers: Christopher Gunter 3, Thomas Brentnall,

Team: Ryan Adams, Thomas Kempster, Thomas Brentnall, Joseph Bannister, Christopher Gunter, Thomas Fisher, Oliver Starling, William Bellis, Jordan Oliver, Alex Clift, Lewis Alford, Riley Marklew

Report: Woodale took an early lead but Daventry hit straight back with a 25-yard goal from Chris Gunter. Wooldale again took the lead, but again Gunter levelled on 23 minutes. Just before half-time Wooldale took the lead for the third time. In the second half Gunter completed his hat-trick to make it 3-3, and skipper Thomas Brentall then scored the winner.

Danes let lead slip

DAVENTRY Town Danes Under-10s were left kicking themselves as they let a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 with Flore Pirates.

Scorers: Jamie Ridley, Harvey Walker, Ciaran Allibone

Team: Daniel Ramsden, Morgan Bradshaw, Corbin Mazzone, Jamie Ridley, Harvey Walker, Oliver Edginton, Ciaran Allibone, Adam Morby

Report: A goalless first half was followed am exciting second half. Danes took the lead through Ollie and Harvey made it 2-0. Soon it was 3-0 through Jamie, and with 10 minutes left it looked like game over. But Flore picked themselves up and fought back brilliantly to level it at 3-3.