Foxes hot on the heels of leaders after comeback

Asfordby Amateurs Girls Under 14s
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Leics Under 15s Division Two



Foxes stormed back up to second after a fourth successive league win, but had to work hard.

Melton started on the offensive with Cragg heading over and the keeper saving well at Kotarba’s feet. Westfield went ahead against the run of play when a hopeful shot found the top corner.

Westfield’s keeper was inspired, saving from Anderson and Gavin. Kotarba was felled by the keeper after bursting into the box, resulting in a bad injury but no penalty.

Thorn and Carroll joined the attack and Harry Hall moved into midfield to add bite, and when Howard’s quality corner hit the head of Cragg the ball fell to Hall who scored from close range.

Anderson’s 50-50 challenge put Carroll in to round the keeper, but the defender cleared off the line. Blunt shot narrowly wide and Bullimore headed just wide before Carroll put Melton 2-1 ahead after Lewis’ flying run down the wing.

With Westfield deflated, Cragg found Hall in space to slot the third, and a fine second half was capped by Cragg’s cool finish from Blunt’s pinpoint pass.

Foxes: Tarris, Hall, Lewis, Kotarba, Anderson, Gavin, Blunt, Davies, Cragg, Howard, Bullimore, Thorn, Carroll.

Leics Under 16s Division Four



Asfordby dominated throughout with a powerful display of fast attacking football which yielded numerous chances.

In central midfield, Brookes and Coy took control, Ablewight and Thompson were a constant threat up front, and the defence of Marchington, Stubbs, Read and Farnsworth snuffed out Thurlaston’s attack.

Route one brought the opening goal as Coy latched onto a long kick from Asfordby keeper Evison and calmly lobbed the Magpies stopper.

Magpies scored two quick goals against the run of play but Coy levelled before half-time with a superb free kick.

The second half saw Asfordby reap the rewards the first half display deserved. Coy sealed his hat-trick early in the half from the penalty spot after he was brought down only for Magpies to hit back with a speculative lob from a counter-attack.

Farnsworth scored the goal of the game, starting and finishing a superb length-of-the-pitch passing move from the edge of the Asfordby box.

Ward’s wing play tormented Thurlaston’s defence, while Coy capped a fine performance with a superb fourth goal, blasting into the corner of the net.

After a barrage of pressure from Asfordby’s midfield, Hyde beat his marker and crossed for Ward to slot the sixth.

Asfordby: M. Evison, H. Marchington (D. Homewood), T. Stubbs, C. Read, D. Farnsworth, L. Hyde (S. Greasley), E. Coy, A. Brookes, C. Ward, C. Ablewhite, C. Thompson (H. Marchington).

Leics Under 14s Girls’ League



Asfordby warmed up for their County Cup semi-final with a goal-laden performance on Sunday.

Charli Mellors was the star of the show, netting a hat-trick before half-time, and Sarah Brown wasn’t far behind with two goals, ensuring Asfordby were cruising at 5-0 up at half-time.

Positional changes saw defender Kira Hutton move to centre-forward and she was rewarded with a goal. Brown dropped back into midfield, but still completed her hat-trick.

Mellors couldn’t stop scoring with two more great finishes as the girls oozed confidence. Sarah Anderson brought the ball of defence and Amber Wiltshire had her best game of the season.

Mia Atherley found excellent positions in midfield, Megan Chipman worked hard all over the pitch, while defenders Bethen Saffhill and Harriet North were organised, giving keeper Izzy Harrison a quiet afternoon.

They host Oadby and Wigston in the semi-final on Sunday (kick-off 10.30am) at Hoby Road.

Amateurs: I. Harrison, K. Hutton, B. Saffhill, S. Anderson, M. Atherley (c), A. Wiltshire, C. Mellors, M. Chipman, S. Brown, H. North.

Leics Under 10s League



Foxes returned after a four-week lay-off and were good for the point.

The visitors went ahead from a corner after end-to-end play when Chakravorty netted from close range after a scramble. With confidence renewed, Foxes started to pass around the field and a well-placed pass put Taft through to fire in confidently.

Carlisle did well to defend a series of attacks, but the hosts hit back with a low strike just before half-time.

The second half started quicker and Glenfield levelled with a shot high into the top corner. Play remained even, but Glenfield went ahead with just minutes to go when the first shot was saved, but the rebound was slotted into an open goal.

But the Cubs were not downhearted and pushed on. Fox worked hard around the home area and after some good passing the ball found Taft who fired in left-footed for a well-earned draw.

Foxes: Wright, Chakravorty, Carlisle, Taft, Costello, Fox, Randall, Mee (c), Jackson.

Leics Under 7s League



After a series of victories, Foxes under 7s came unstuck against Groby, losing for the first time this season.

The game at Saxby Road was nip and tuck for the first two quarters with both sides defending well. For the Foxes, Caolan Dougherty, Cailin Nolan and Josh Carnell all had chances, but couldn’t find the net as the home side looked a little stronger.

In the third quarter, the chances kept coming and the Foxes took the lead with a goal by Nolan.

However in the final quarter Groby began to press forward much more. Despite some excellent saves by keeper Boyd Wilkinson, Groby found an equaliser and then a winner a few minutes later.

Melton battled to the end with Zak Roberts going close, but Groby saw out the victory.

The Foxes battled hard throughout with some hard work in defence by Tyler Hill, Tommy Hill and Josh Hunt.

Foxes: C. Nolan, B. Wilkinson, Tyler Hill, Tommy Hill, J. Carnell, C. Dougherty, J. Hunt.