There was a Christmas cracker of a match at Beaumont Way on Sunday as the Junior Alliance League’s top two Under 13 sides battled it out in a PFA Cup quarter-final.
Hampton and Wasps Blue both went into the game unbeaten and at the end of an eight-goal thriller it was Hampton who emerged with their record still intact.
They won 5-3 but were made to fight hard all the way. There were flashes of brilliance and plenty of robust tackles with a player from each side - Hampton’s George Warrington and Wasps’ Jazleigh Fife - shown straight red cards.
Hampton stormed into an early 3-0 lead courtesy of super strikes from Sam Jordan and Zach Findley (2) but then the Wasps started buzzing and stung Hampton before the break with goals by Fife and Connor Bell.
And they struck again early in the second half through Tychique Muendo to level at 3-3.
But then the strength and determination of reigning champions Hampton shone through. They beefed it up and hit back with two great strikes by in-form Brad Gilbert.
In the same competition Glinton and Northborough Amber, who have still to win a league game, ousted Division One rivals Leverington 4-2 with Joe Burborough scoring all four of their goals.
There were also some eye-catching individual goalscoring exploits in league matches at Under 13 level.
Leading the way with an eight-goal haul was Stamford’s Mason Howarth in his side’s 14-1 thrashing of Colsterworth in Division Three. Milosz Pilarski also claimed a hat-trick.
In the 9v9 Division, Deeping Claret made it nine wins out of nine with an 8-1 success over Crowland and Ewan McCracken helped himself to five goals with George Cushen netting the other three.
And Thurlby had a six-goal star in the shape of Jacob Westley in a 9-2 win over Rippingale and Folkingham.
There was a first win of the season for Parkside in Under 12 Division Five. They won a nine-goal thriller against Tydd St Mary 5-4 with Micah Warne their four-goal hero.
In the same division, Spalding and Holbeach Black both had five-goal heroes.
Tommy Frogley went nap for Spalding in a 7-1 win against Stanground, while Kieran Twitchen bagged all five for Holbeach Black in a 5-2 victory over Phoenix.
Deeping Blue Under 11s hit the perfect 10 as they maintained their winning ways in the Under 11 PFA Cup.
Bob Horne led the way with a treble as they beat Bourne Town 10-0. Also on target were Shane Bointon (2), Finlay Henderson (2), Harry Barsby, Henry Rook and Samuel Browning.
There was also a big win for Division One pacesetters One Touch. They beat Gunthorpe 8-1 with goals by Adam Blackbird (2), Joseph Cox (2), Joshua Ford (2), Ethan Young and Oliver Tooth.