JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Super Sawtry scare Crows

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SUPER-TALENTED Sawtry showed why they are simply the best by breezing past their biggest title rivals.

SUPER-TALENTED Sawtry showed why they are simply the best by breezing past their biggest title rivals.CROWLAND U9 0, SAWTRY U9 4

(Under 9 Zone Three)

Boss Terry Bream has always been a firm believer that his boys are better than all the rest and they're proving him right – and the professional scouts are getting pretty interested as well.

Terry's son, the team's ace goalscorer Hayden Bream, has already gone on to play for Cambridge and several other members of the squad are attending Adavanced Centres being run for the Division Three club by Marc 'Ginge' Tracy.

They showed exactly why they are attracting so much attention as not even awful conditions and tough opponents could knock the homegrown Sawtry and Stilton villagers out of their stride in 20 smooth, slick and successful minutes at Snowden's Field on Saturday morning.

Chris Lawrence set them on their way with a stunning opener and Bream believes a further three second half goals confirmed what he already knew...on their day there's no-one that can even come close to matching them.

"And we're not even playing to anywhere near our potential," said Bream. "The lads have got a little bit complacent and it's very hard to get them out of a rut.

"I really do fear for the opposition when everyone clicks and plays to their best levels because the scoreline could really be high.

"On our day we're the best side around here and it is quite refreshing in junior football that we have always stuck with the same players.

"All the boys come from Sawtry and Stilton, they have always been my team and they always will be.

"We had a little blip out at Spalding last week when we were short of a few players but it was more like normal service on Saturday morning.

"Winning the zone is all we can do - it is something we should manage - and then I'd like to win a few tournaments in the summer."

Ryan Smith blasted Sawtry's second from the left-hand side and Ryan Conneely slotted in the third soon after from close range before Connor Gracey completed the scoring with another fine strike.

And just as pleasing for Bream was the way goalkeeper Josh Bennis made three top-notch saves and defenders Robert Graham and Jack Darke performed superbly to shut-out ace Crowland striker Charlie Sanders, a phenomenal young forward who has already scored more than 40 goals this season.

UNDER 10 - Former Brentford star helps Panthers

HE played over 100 games in the Second Division during a successful professional career and now Terry Rowe is passing on all his expertise to P & T Panthers Under 10s.

The budding bunch are really going places this season under the watchful eye of former Brentford star Rowe who possesses an immaculate CV after also playing in America and coaching Ryman Premier Division side Chertsey Town.

Rowe's son Ryan is one of the players that have lifted P & T to joint top spot in Zone Two and he had no qualms about guiding the stars of tomorrow as the aim to follow in his footsteps.

"It is strange now watching these young lads learning all the time and developing after playing the game myself," said Terry. "My son plays for the team and one or two of the other parents asked if I'd mind helping out with coaching.

"It's hard to find the time with work commitments but, being from a football background, I didn't mind and I've agreed to do it for this season as well.

"They are a great bunch and it is nice to see them take in everything I tell them at training on a Wednesday night and then put it into action on the Saturday morning."

After enduring a tough first season last year, P & T are really going strong this time around. A couple of Thomas Machin goals - including one absolute cracker when he fired into the roof of the net after a fluent build-up - and others from Ryan Rowe, Sam Coker and Phillip Butler earned their latest success 5-0 away at ICA Juventus White.

Terry added: "We did well to play at all because the conditions were horrendous but once we made the breakthrough it was quite comfortable. The lads have been together for a while now and are well organised and I'm sure they're as good as anyone in the league.

"Just watch this space."

UNDER 8 - Deaconians dominate

DEACONIANS are doing their best to make the Zone One championship a one-horse race - and they are already looking like thoroughbreds.

Goalscorer extraordinaire Matthew Carter added another couple to his tally as the Netherton Vultures became their prey in a top-of-the-table clash.

Deaconians ran out 4-1 winners to stretch their faultless record to eight matches and that allowed the Woodston Dynamos to pinch second place from the Vultures on goal difference.

Joe Burgess (3), Daniel Miller (2), Ryan Warren (2) and Callum Foster were the scorers in an 8-1 win over Stanground Strikers.

UNDER 12 - Chief Steward takes charge

YAXLEY's quest for Division One football is gathering pace.

A solitary goal from in-form marksman Barratt Steward over at Wisbech St Mary purple gave them a sixth win from seven matches and manager Steve Elsom is expecting a three-way promotion battle to develop.

He said: "The leaders Glinton are a good side and I wouldn't be surprised to see Baston get in the mix, they're playing well and have matches in hand. But Division One is definitely the place to be."

Callum Croson's treble kept Glinton on track in a 5-2 win at Netherton Harriers while Brocklesby's brace made sure Baston overcame Coates 2-1, Jake Gale striking for the narrow losers.

An early Robert Doyle strike settled another titanic tussle between Peterborough City and Whittlesey Wolves.

Doyle struck with a fizzing left-footed drive around the 20-minute mark to send City through into the last four of the League Cup.


THIS week's leading scorers:

Leckie (Yaxley Under 14) 7

Spurr (Stamford Under 13) 6

Senior (Rippingale Under 9) 5

Burton (Fleet Under 14) 4

McClarnon (Ryhall Under 11) 4

Colangelo (PSV Under 16) 3

French (Stamford B Under 14) 3

Adams (Crowland Under 14) 3

Escorcio (March Under 13) 3

Simons (Yaxley Under 13) 3

Leaton (Stamford Under 13) 3

Harbour (Bushfield Under 13) 3

Biggs (Bushfield Under 13) 3

Sampson (Thorpe Wood Under 12) 3

Gauder (Thorpe Wod Under 12) 3

Croson (Glinton Under 12) 3

Smiths (Crowland Under 11) 3

Flanz (ICA Under 11) 3

Jacobs (Newborough Under 11) 3

Robinson (Yaxley Black Under 10) 3

Brown (Deeping Under 9) 3

Burgess (Woodston Under 8) 3


Under 16 Northants Cup

First Round

Netherton (Dudhill, Flanders, Calvin) 3

Weekley Rovers 1

Newborough (Brown 2, Horne, Brennan, Gibbs, Cowling) 6

Drayton Grange 1

PSV (Colangelo 3, Merrygold 2, Auckland, Cotton, Laughton) 8

Rothwell Aztec 0

P & T Panthers (Buxton 2) 2

Corby Ravens 3


Under 7 League

Results: Whittlesey Red 3, Coates 6; Bridgecroft 0, Wisbech SM Purple 5.

Under 11 League

Results: Long Sutton 0, March Soccer School 4; Holbeach 3, Wisbech SM 2; Whittlesey White 0, Whittlesey Royals 8; Bridgecroft 5, Three Holes 1.

Under 11 Girls League

Result: Wisbech SM 2, Clenchwarton 3