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Report by Andy Hornsey
Sunday 2nd March 2008
Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League
Trent Trophies Division One Knockout Cup Quarter Final.
Repton Casuals 0 Rocester Elkes Eagles 5
Rocester Elkes Eagles U13’s met Repton Casuals in their long awaited quarter final clash of the U13’s BJFL Knockout cup after the two previous fixtures had been cancelled due to weather.
Playing away at Newton Solney, with a gusting wind and overlong grass on the pitch the playing conditions were far from ideal, however Rocester held the upper hand from kick off and almost scored a goal within seconds when George Pauley broke through the Repton midfield only to miss the target.
As the game settled down Rocester continued to enjoy the larger share of possession and the majority of the action was being played in Repton's half of the pitch, but Repton still had a number of chances on the break when Rocester lost possession and goalkeeper Adam Smith had to make some very important saves.
With 19 minutes played Rocester finally made a breakthrough when a pass from Olly George through to George Pauley lead to a tap-in goal by Callum Liebsch - giving him his first goal fro the club.
The remainder of the first half did not lead to many more chances, but Rocester moved a few players around after the break to take advantage of playing with the wind and within minutes a pass from Joe Ring was fired into the back of the net by James Hornsey to give Rocester a 2-0 lead.
This was soon followed by a third Rocester goal that was scored by George Pauley.
The game settled down again and Repton seemed to be tiring, however Rocester did not seem to be creating many chances.
With 15 minutes remaining, Alex Symonds took a lofted shot at goal from the right wing to score his first goal of the season and lift the teams spirits further, and that was followed shortly afterwards by a second goal from James Hornsey.
In the closing stages some confusion in the Repton box led to Rocester just failing to add to their total when the lads somehow managed to miss a virtually open goal.
This important win sees Rocester progress through to the U13’s Knockout Cup Semi-Final where they will face Rolleston.
Man of the Match was Jack Wain who was always positioned well to cover the full-backs and won every single header he went for.