High-riding Hunts back down to earth

Midland Counties U16 Youth Championship West Riding 2 Huntingdonshire 0 HUNTS arrived at Leeds in a confident mood, leading the division and with victories in each of their last three matches. The home side were smarting from a home defeat seven days earl

Midland Counties U16 Youth Championship

West Riding 2 Huntingdonshire 0

HUNTS arrived at Leeds in a confident mood, leading the division and with victories in each of their last three matches.

The home side were smarting from a home defeat seven days earlier by Oxfordshire and they produced a significantly improved performance from the first whistle.


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Huntingdonshire looked disjointed and unable to string more than two passes together and apart from isolated breakaway attacks they seldom pressurised the home defence.

The home side were quickly into their stride and an early shot was deflected for a corner. The pressure continued and after 10 minutes West Riding took the lead as Anthony Booth rose above the defence to head a Leo Driscoll free-kick into the top corner of the net.

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Hunts' first real attack saw leading scorer Simon Isaac driven wide of goal and his low shot was blocked by the home goalkeepers legs, and shortly afterwards on the break Nathan Woodward had a shot well parried by the keeper.

Those two efforts were the total of Hunts' efforts in the first half while the home side had a half-a-dozen chances to extend their lead, with Jordan Magee spurning their best chance as he fired over the bar when clear of the defence.

Sam Palmer replaced Adam Michelin in goal for Hunts after the break and they created two early chances, with Carl Piergianni heading wide and Wayne Childerley delaying his chance and seeing James Hamer save at his feet.

Hunts introduced three further substitutes but after Hamer had produced the best save of the match from Woodward, the home side sealed their victory with a second goal. Dominic Boulton set up the chance with a strong run along the line and his cross found Luke Hodgkin unmarked at the far post.

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