YOUTH FOOTBALL: Hancock the hero as Saxons progress

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Daventry TownSaxons battled from a goal down to beat Kingsthorpe Jets Typhoons in the cup.

Scorers: Jack Hancock, Taylor Noel

Team: Decklyn Hartley, Nayan Bryce, Dylan Overton, Joseph Purcey, Alex Smith, Luke Barker-Poole, Joshua Adams, Charlie Trayford, Taylor Noel, Hannah Ridgewell, Dan Faulkner, Jack Hancock

Report: Saxons came from behind to progress to the next round of the cup with a hard-earned victory at Kingsthorpe. Saxons controlled the game throughout but were pushed all the way. Saxons had plenty of possession, closed down their opponents well, but played too narrow for too long. Attempts on goal in the first half were mainly restricted to shots from range with Charlie Trayford twice going close, although Josh Adams headed just wide after neat link up play with Hannah Ridgewell and Alex Smith. Adams also deserved credit for tracking back the length of the pitch to break up a Kingsthorpe attack. Goalless at half-time, Saxons continued to press with Nayon Bryce excellent throughout. However, Saxons increasingly left themselves exposed to the counter attack, and they were punished when Kingsthorpe broke free to score against the

run of play. Saxons stayed calm and battled back immediately and Taylor Noel weaved his magic to score before setting up Jack Hancock to grab the winning goal following a quick throw-in from Luke Barker-Poole. Kingsthorpe pressed to the end and Joe Pursey made a couple of important interceptions, but it was a magnificent goal line clearance from Dylan Overton on the final whistle that meant that Saxons go through and into the hat for the next round of the Cup.

Man of the match was awarded to Jack Hancock.

Edgington strike secures draw for Dav

Daventry Town Danes Under-10s shared the spoils in their opening match of 2014, drawing 1-1 with Billing United in the John Henry B League.

Scorer: Oliver Edginton

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

Report: Danes settled early with good shape and held firm. Moving the ball freely, Harvey Walker (MOM) was a constant threat on the left wing, playing the ball through to Jamie and Ollie. With great movement through the midfield it was not long before Corbin found Ollie in space to get his shot away into the Billing net. Danes had many more chances and the run of play, another goal in this half would have finished the game. However Billing were very resilient and didn’t give up the fight. a melee in the box gave them a very well deserved equaliser. 1-1 at half time. The second half started in the same fashion as the first , with both teams testing each other , Dan and Morgan solid at the back and Ciaran putting in a great shift in goal. Billing having four subs constantly on and off the pitch had greater resilience as the Danes seven tired. Despite this the team held together and kept their shape, keeping the score at 1-1. A fantastic team performance and inspiring individual play from everyone. Well done to both teams for superb game of football.

Spectacular Mehay strike sets up Danes

Daventry Town Danes Under-15s scored an emphatic 4-0 win over Kingsthorpe Hornets.

Daventry put in their best performance of the season to earn a well-deserved win.

Olivio Mehay scored a spectacular 20 yard volley to open the scoring.

Kian Daniels, Sam Flockhart, and Charles Gilling added to the score in the second half to give Daventry a comprehensive win.

MOM: Olivio Mehay.