JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Heslerton Hawks swoop to stun high-flying Seamer
Heslerton Hawks Under-14s stunned table-topping FC Seamer, dumping them out of the League Cup with a battling 3-1 victory.
Man of the match Ben Robinson set the tone with three last-ditch clearances in a first half where Seamer put the visitors under pressure.
Despite the waves of attacking intent, centre-halves Tom Owen and Josh Robertson stood firm, allowing the Hawks to cling on for a goalless first half.
After the break Heslerton struck early, with captain Ben Flinton meeting a corner to take the lead.
As Heslerton threatened to hang on for the win, midfielders Josh Dolan and Tom Sellars-Horsley battled superbly for the Hawks, before heartbreak came in the form of a late equaliser.
However, this only spurred the young Hawks on. With Sam Owen starting to beat defenders, he played a ball through for Tom Allan, who produced a magnificent lob over the advancing Seamer goalkeeper.
It proved to be the decisive goal and despite a late onslaught, the Hawks managed to hold out, adding a final goal from Jayden Isaac at the end.
Heslerton Juniors Under-14s were in League Cup action for the second week running against Whitby Fishermen.
Although they put up a more than spirited effort for the most part of the tie, matching their opposition toe-to-toe, they, unlike Fishermen could not finish off a host of chances.
Roman Butterfield, Tyler Green and Jaden Jefferson came closest for the home side, while Will Gilbank back in the Heslerton goal made a host of fine saves.
Man of the match was the Blues’ captain Ollie Stanton for his work-rate.
Heslerton Pirates Under-Nines visited Scalby Otters and put in another solid team performance.
Alfie Bradbury gave the visitors the lead, but the teams were level at half-time.
Jack Smith scored with a free-kick before Scalby again equalised.
Robbie Maynard was Pirates man of the match.
Game two was end-to-end but neither side took their chances, Kai Wilson was man of match for the Pirates.
In the first Under-Eights derby, Heslerton Hedgehogs came out on top, despite some excellent passing and moving from Heslerton Jaguars.
There were excellent displays from goalkeepers Eli Howden, Luke Allardice, Joey Palmer and Kody Oldroyd.
Defenders Oscar Young, Alfie Rouph, Owen Ellis, Alfie and Sam Lahiff battled hard and there was excellent work up front from Noah Johnson, Dylan Oxendale, Freddie Lunn, Aaron Walton and Jack McDougall, while Harley Bott was powerful in midfield.