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Report by Andy Hornsey

  Sunday 14th October 2007

Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League - Trent Trophies Division One.

Stretton Eagles Sports 4 Rocester Elkes Eagles 3

Rocester Elkes Eagles U13’s played Stretton Eagles U13’s in the BJFL U13’s Division 1 on Sunday in what was always going to be a tough game against a Stretton side who won the cup and the league last season.

The Rocester team were told to take the game to Stretton from the off and didn’t disappoint when after continually hounding their defence Rocester's Bradley Erasmus managed to pick up the ball inside the 18-yard box to give Rocester the lead with only 3 minutes gone.

However, Rocester quickly conceded a goal and allowed Stretton to equalise inside a minute and shortly afterwards conceded another goal when a poor clearance gifted Stretton the ball and allowed them to take the lead.

The game continued with little between the teams and whilst Stretton did have the odd chance, Rocester looked the more dangerous of the two sides and after 20 minutes a ball fed through to George Pauley was swiftly put away to allow Rocester to equalise.

Just before half time, Rocesters Olly George mad a lighting quick run towards the Stretton goal and managed to win the ball from the Stretton centre back and shoot, however, unfortunately the shot didn’t quite find the goal and the first half ended level at 2-2.

Rocester made a slow start to the second half and allowed Stretton to apply more pressure which very quickly lead to a Stretton shot that beat Rocester's keeper. Fortunately the ball hit the goalpost, but it was then mistakenly knocked into the back of the Rocester net by Jon Lee just as it was about to be cleared away from goal by another defender.

Despite Stretton taking the lead, Rocester looked the better team and continued to pressurise and create chances for themselves. Unfortunately chances were not taken until Rocester managed to equalise when Bradley Erasmus picked up a rebound from a corner to equalise halfway through the second half.

In the remaining 15 minutes, the game became very frustrating as poor decisions by the referee went against Rocester time and again. Eventually Stretton, who had just committed a foul that was missed by the referee, regained possession and a shot just under the Rocester crossbar gave them the lead.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, Rocester once again dug deep and looked the more promising of the two sides. However, it wasn’t to be and as the final whistle blew in what seemed to be 4 minutes early, Rocester had suffered their first defeat of the season.

Notwithstanding the result, Rocester Elkes Eagles U13’s had certainly been unlucky to walk away from a game that they at least deserved a point from, and whilst the team benefited from the goals of Erasmus and Pauley, Olly George once again demonstrated what a key player for the team he is. This, combined with the contributions of new boy Callum Liebsch and the Rocester back four of Jon Lee, Jack Wain, James Hornsey and Gavin Hall / Alex Symonds, who all had a great game, Rocester could walk away with their heads held high knowing that they had put in a great performance.