Asfordby FC pip Sileby; Melton Foxes shade Mowbray Rangers

Mowbray Rangers and Epworth Forest Under 14s honour the First World war truce football match EMN-141216-123311002
Mowbray Rangers and Epworth Forest Under 14s honour the First World war truce football match EMN-141216-123311002
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Asfordby will look to take their tempo into the new year after another great performance in a nine-goal thriller took them up the table.

Looking to build on their good run of form, Asfordby started strongly in cold conditions, and drove forward from kick-off, but Sileby had the first attempt on goal.

Mowbray Rangers and Knighton Rangers Under 11s honour the First World War truce football match EMN-141216-123321002

Mowbray Rangers and Knighton Rangers Under 11s honour the First World War truce football match EMN-141216-123321002

Hill and Price soon got going and combined well for Hill to put the home side in front.

Sileby responded immediately, forcing Thompson to save with his feet, but a one-two between Hill and Price set up a second goal for Hill.

With half-time approaching Asfordby were forced to make a substitution when Herod left the field with a nose bleed, to be replaced by Elliott.

After the break Asfordby carried on where they left off. Cook intercepted the ball and fed it through to Hill who went on to complete his hat-trick.

Asfordby’s defence of Saffhill, Wallis and Azhashemi stood strong and kept Sileby at bay, and when Saffhill launched a long ball, Hill chased it down and shot past the on-coming keeper.

A commanding performance from Joliffe in midfield put Hill through for his fifth goal of the day.

A lapse in concentration allowed Sileby to score and set up 20 minutes of intense pressure in which the visitors scored three more goals.

With time running out, Edgson came on to shore up midfield and had a shot saved. With the final whistle blown and victory secured, Edgson discovered he had played with a broken toe.

Leics Under 11s Division Three

MOWBRAY RANGERS 1

MELTON FOXES 2

Foxes travelled across town for the return derby on Sunday and produced their best display of the season to completed the double over Mowbray.

Melton were on the front foot from the start with fantastic passing from the midfield trio of Nathan Boivin, Sam Chipman and Max McCarthy. Foxes’ first chance fell to Toby Lumb who was already causing problems for Mowbray’s defence.

Max Kyte found Lumb again with a neat pass and the ball crept past the post.

Long clearances were met by Melton’s solid defence of Tom Fairbrother, Joey Smith and Freddie Welch who pushed the visitors forward. Boivin and McCarthy enjoyed plenty of possession out wide and forced several corners.

Rangers threatened with a quick break and a near miss, but keeper Connor Gill was a spectator for most of the half.

Foxes went ahead when Smith found Chipman who spun and opened up Mowbray with a pinpoint pass for Lumb to run on and round the keeper. Melton resumed the second half on top with Chipman controlling midfield, and Boivin almost doubled the lead with a thunderbolt shot which was denied by an amazing save.

Kyte’s cross found Lumb, but he was denied by another fine save, and Mowbray had a chance to level from the penalty spot, but missed the target.

But Mowbray were level late on when Sercombe went on a mazy run and beat Gill.

Melton pushed the hosts back from the restart and several probing throw-ins forced another corner. Fairbrother’s delivery dropped to Lumb whose effort was blocked. McCarthy was closed down, but the ball fell to Chipman whose left foot drive hit the roof of the net.

Foxes: C. Gill, J. Smith, F. Welch, T. Lumb, S. Chipman (c), M. McCarthy, N. Boivin, T. Fairbrother, M. Kyte.