Juniors get their kicks out of popular Moreton Hall festival

CELEBRATION TIME: Bury Town Colts' players embrace in celebration
CELEBRATION TIME: Bury Town Colts' players embrace in celebration
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It was goals galore at Moreton Hall Community Centre on Sunday as Moreton Hall Under-8s hosted a junior football festival.

More than 30 players from five teams, including Bury Town Colts, AFC Sudbury Reds and Blues, Hardwick Youth and hosts Moreton Hall, converged on the community centre to take part in the Football Association five-aside, 12-minute match initiative, which is aimed at improving young players’ ability from an early age in a friendly environment.

Festival organiser Matt Skinner spoke of the success of the event and positives of the new format.

“The festival was a brilliant event and everybody went home having enjoyed themselves,” he said.

“Personally I think the new format has been brilliant for the kids. The pitches are smaller and every player has to get involved.

“You can definitely see already that they are becoming better players, while still enjoying themselves, which is important.”

Elsewhere, in the Cambridge Colts League A Division, Wickhambrook Under-17s eased to a comfortable 6-2 victory over visiting Ramsey Colts.

It was, however, the visitors who struck first, but Jack Whiting levelled immediately, firing home with a stunning strike.

Ramsey regained the lead, but again Wickhambrook responded, James Percy making it all square, before Jack Wheeler put his side ahead for the first time.

Tom Warnock extended the lead, which was followed by further goals from Tom Pinker and Harry Willett, to round off proceedings.

There was also cause for celebration for Brandon Lasses Under-14s, who travelled back from Horsford with maximum points following a 6-2 win.

After Georgia Dargan had opened the scoring, Horsford rallied to take the lead with two goals, before Sam Cole levelled before the break.

And that momentum continued after the interval as Brandon came out all guns blazing, adding four goals without reply with braces from Leah Zawiasa and Chloe Slater, to complete the turnaround.

Another team that hit the goal trail were Bury Town Youth Under-13s, who cruised to a 9-2 rout over Moreton Hall Youth Blue.

Tom Manning was the star of the show, netting an impressive four times either side of half-time, with Jake Paxton, Brett Spearman, Lucas Balista, Ethan Radford and an own goal, completing the goal-fest.

In the Ipswich and Suffolk Youth League, Moreton Hall Black Under-13s maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive 10-0 victory over Honnington Foxes.

Aiden Sturgeon struck a deserved hat-trick, while Jack Stone (2), Will Stobbart (2), Sam Cornish, Thomas Chandler and Lewis Tebbit all netted.

Impressively, Brandon Lads Under-9s went one better in their League Cup first round first leg encounter against Mattishall, scoring 11 without reply.

A five goal haulfrom Ayden Hutchingson was added to with four goals from Jack Townsend and further strikes from Kian Tilbrook and Tom Corke, to put Brandon firmly in control of the tie ahead of the second leg.