City U14s see off local rivals but others lose out
NOTTINGHAM U14s recorded an excellent 3-0 victory over Mansfield at Highfield Sports Ground in an ESFA Area D league fixture.
The City team was 1-0 up after 12 minutes when a shot from Rae Noon-Brandy rebounded to Harry Wakefield (Nottingham Academy), who fired the ball home.
Mitchell Woodward (Ellis Guilford) increased the lead in the second half with a well-placed penalty, before a header by Jayden Jones-Robinson (Djanogly) completed the scoring. Mansfield fought back in the last 15 minutes, but were denied by City keeper George Sansom (Nottingham Emmanuel).
Four more City teams were in action at Highfield Sports Ground, but they all lost.
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Nottingham U15s went 1-0 behind after only 20 seconds of their Area D league game against Mansfield.
When Nottingham hit back, two great efforts by new boy Clayton Turner (Ellis Guilford) were saved by the keeper.
After 20 minutes Mansfield went 2-0 ahead, before Turner headed in a cross from Reece Peacock (Farnborough). Mansfield then scored twice and Reece Peacock made it 4-2 at half-time.
In a very even second half, Mansfield scored again to record a 5-2 victory.
Although they only lost 1-0 in a friendly against their Mansfield counterparts, the performance of the Nottingham U13 side can only be described as poor.
The City U12s and U11s were playing Hull for the second time this season and were hoping to avenge their two narrow defeats.
However, Hull got off to a lively start in the U12 Junior Star league fixture, hitting dangerous crosses into the Nottingham penalty area.
The city team was playing its usual attractive passing game and created several goal-scoring chances.
However it was the visitors who broke the deadlock. Two minutes later Ben Upton (Fernwood) levelled the score with a 30-yard screamer, but just before the break the Hull team was awarded one, which they converted.
In the second period, Nottingham had two shots cleared of the goal line, but the visitors scored twice more for a 4-1 win and three league points.
The City U11s found themselves up against a very strong Hull outfit in a West Yorkshire League game.
Although the visitors stormed into a 2-0 lead, the Nottingham boys never gave up and drew level by half-time.
The first goal came from a long-range effort by Rasharn Altaf (Whitemoor) and the second was knocked in by Ace Sharp (Whitegate). However the Hull boys dominated the second half and ran out 5-2 winners.