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Report by Andy Hornsey
Sunday 6th January 2008
Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League
Trent Trophies Division One.
Winshill 'A' 1 Rocester Elkes Eagles 3
Rocester Elkes Eagles U13’s played Winshill A U13’s in their first fixture of the New Year away at Winshill on Sunday.
The game promised to be a difficult one for Rocester following a close game when the two sides met earlier in the season, but the Eagles didn’t disappoint and they looked the better team from the start.
The Eagles took just four minutes to open the scoring when a pass through the Winshill defence by Joe Ring was picked up by Steve Whitehall, and he buried the ball into the back of the Winshill net.
Rocester continued to create chances for themselves but unfortunately the majority of shots were off target and those that were on target were saved by the Winshill Keeper.
With less than 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Rocester scored their second when Bradley Erasmus fed a ball from the left wing through to Steve Whitehall who calmly ran towards goal and shot to the far side of the keeper to claim his second goal of the game.
In the second half Winshill defended well, and the movement from their attacking players made things difficult for the Rocester defence who were beaten on a couple of occasions only for Adam Smith to make a fantastic save and a couple of solid clearances.
Despite not creating many chances with fifteen minutes of the second half gone, Rocester managed to step up a gear and Steve Whitehall scored his third goal of the game to give him a fantastic record of three hat-tricks from three starts for Rocester.
Rocester kept things reasonably tight for the remainder of the game, however a momentary lapse of concentration saw possession lost up front which led to Winshill catching the Rocester full back out of position. A free run at goal by a Winshill forward ended with a shot towards the far post which rolled under the keeper to give Winshill a late consolation.
The well deserved win consolidates Rocesters second place in the league. Adam Smith put in another fantastic performance in goal and was Man of the Match.