After last weekends postponement due to a waterlogged pitch, newly formed AFC Tickton Eagles under 7s travelled the short journey to local rivals Beverley Whitestar Lions to play their re-arranged fixture to complete their excellent season before the winter break.
From the outset it was Beverley Whitestar who gained momentum pushing forwards with purpose and within the first minute they took an early lead against AFC Tickton with a well taken strike at the Beverley Leisure Centre.
Two minutes later AFC Tickton were level courtesy of an superb interception by Sam Johnson who sent Dylan Jacobsen clean through on goal to equalise. Alex Goldberg then nudged the Eagles into the lead with a precise finish from just inside the box.
Finlay Addinall was reading the game so intelligently midway through the half and it was his pass which sent Jacobsen one on one with the Whitestar keeper as he coolly slotted the ball into the corner of the net.
Just before the break a great save from captain Ashton Cook-Hill in the Tickton goal prevented Whitestar from pulling a goal back and within seconds the outstanding Goldberg increased Ticktons lead to take the half 4-1.
The second half saw both teams make changes and Max Serbans neat finish followed by an impressive Dylan Large strike put the Eagles out of site. Whitestars Dominic Freeman was battling hard in the midfield and it was his persistence which was rewarded as Whitestar pulled a goal back. Seth Hamson then pulled off a fine save in the Tickton goal, coupled with brave defending from Cook-Hill and Ben Fletcher thwarted any Whitestar advances. Just before the final whistle Serban bagged his second goal to make the final score 7-2.
From the first whistle in the second game the classy Eagles were in dominant mood as Goldberg scored to give the Tickton outfit an early advantage. Cook-Hill was now dominating the tackles and won the ball finding Serban down the right flank, and his deft pass was collected by Hamson who raced through on goal and dispatched his strike into the bottom corner of the net for goal of the day.
Johnson, now in goal exquisitely found Goldberg down the left and hiss cross was met by Serban who duly converted his shot to take the half 4-0.
The second half started as the first ended as Jacobsen rushed onto a pass by Fletcher and smashed the ball into the net at the second attempt after a brilliant save from the Whitestar keeper. Impeccable passing throughout the game was again rewarded as Addinall sprinted through on goal after superb play by Large and netted his first goal for the Eagles.
Large himself then scored an unstoppable goal from just inside the area after great work from Hamson. Jacobsen rounded off the scoring after a delightful move and increased his goal tally for the season to 20 goals.
Final score 8-0. Credit went to both teams on an extremely hard playing surface. Man of the match went to Alex Goldberg for an outstanding display of strength and agility.
Reported by Karl Jacobsen
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