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Report by Andy Hornsey
Sunday 23rd March 2008
Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League
Trent Trophies Division One.
Rocester Elkes Eagles 4 David Hunt Soccer School 2
The Eagles U13’s were aiming to continue their quest for league honours when they played David Hunt Soccer School U13’s at the weekend.
A victory would guarantee at least the runners-up spot, but this was always going to be a tough game against a team who had beaten the league leaders Stretton Eagles in the league cup semi-final a week earlier.
From the kick-off Rocester were playing uphill but they secured an important early goal when a ball fed through to Steve Whitehall was passed back to Olly George, and he scored to give Rocester a 2nd minute lead.
Rocester continued to apply pressure and create chances, however the talented DHSS goalkeeper managed to keep them in the game with some good saves.
Reece Brown fell awkwardly and twisted his ankle after 11 minutes and he was replaced by Alex Symonds who continued to create chances for Rocester down the right wing.
After 21 minutes a pass from Jon Lee via George Pauley to Steve Whitehall saw Steve run at goal and score to give Rocester a 2-0 lead, which was almost added to minutes later when the unmarked George Pauley headed the ball over the cross bar.
Things were looking good at this stage but with only a minute of the first half remaining a Rocester defender was caught out of position and DHSS broke through to claim their first goal of the game.
In the second half Rocester maximised the advantage of kicking down the slope and after only seven minutes a good move between Callum Liebsch and Steve Whitehall lead to a third Rocester goal scored by Steve Whitehall.
Whitehall completed his hat-trick ten minutes later to give Rocester a 4-1 lead.
With fifteen minutes or so still remaining Rocester found themselves under increasing pressure, and were punished after making the mistake of trying to dribble the ball inside their own 18 yard box when DHSS scored a second goal.
Rocester almost grabbed a fifth goal late on when Joe Ring broke through from defence, but although his shot beat the DHSS keeper it came back off the crossbar.
At full-time, Rocester secured an important 4-2 victory against a team who they will face in the league cup final, and the win guaranteed they will at least finish in the runners up spot in the U13’s Division 1 league.