Lowly United spring a shock on Pinhoe
PUBLISHED: 16:59 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010
Brixington United U16s 2, Pinhoe Spartans Ath 2 Juventus League This result will go down as one of the shocks of the season in the division.
Brixington United U16s 2, Pinhoe Spartans Ath 2 Juventus League
This result will go down as one of the shocks of the season in the division.
Mighty Pinhoe, second in the league with just one defeat, were held to a draw by lowly Brixington United, currently fourth from bottom with just five wins and a draw.
Pinhoe opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes. The question then was how United would respond, particularly bearing in mind the continuous rain at Withycombe Raleigh Common.
In previous matches, Pinhoe have gone on to cause serious damage to United's goal difference. This time, United had other ideas.
Midway through the half, the match was evenly poised and United had drawn level with an emphatic close-range finish from the in-form Robert Adey-Titley.
United were matching Pinhoe in every department and almost took the lead shortly before half-time when Laurie Ward's effort was pushed around the post by the Pinhoe keeper.
United continued playing with skill, power and passion in the second half. They missed two glorious chances before Pinhoe broke away and made it 2-1.
In the first half Luke Smith had run the Pinhoe defence ragged.
In the second half it was Ali Mahmood's turn - he was inspired! Relishing the wet conditions, Mahmood was unstoppable. At speed he dribbled through the centre of the Pinhoe defence and the ball broke to Adey-Titley, who slotted the equaliser.
The expected response from championship chasing Pinhoe did not happen and United comfortably played out the remaining minutes.
Everyone in the team had been at the top of their ability, resulting in their best performance this season and probably their best ever.
l The Brixington United lads wish to thank Scottish and Southern Electricity for recently providing them with new tracksuits.
Stoke Hill Celtic 3,
Brixington Blues U15s 4
Juventus Youth League
A 'Jekyll-and-Hyde' performance from Brixington Blues saw them take all three points from a match played in atrocious conditions.
Blues started well with some good passing and went close early on when Alex Humphrey took the ball well and fed Jake Preece, whose shot hit a post.
It wasn't long before a goal was scored. A fierce shot cannoned off a Stoke Hill defender into the path of Ben Walker, who struck the ball beautifully from outside the box into the back of the net.
The next Blues goal came from some slick movement. A quickly taken long throw by Matt Sharpe found Liam West, who took the ball around his man and shot low into the net, giving Blues a deserved 2-0 lead.
Blues kept the pressure on and the wingers were finding lots of space - some great work by Preece on the left saw the ball come to Walker who notched his second of the match. At 3-0 Blues were coasting.
In the second half Stoke Hill started to get back into the game. A well-taken free-kick was floated in high and Blues' keeper Alex Sprake made a fantastic save to tip the ball over the crossbar.
A shot from similar distance beat Sprake the next time. Blues kept going and scored a fourth goal through some good work from West on the left, whose cross was turned in by Luke Moody to restore the three goal lead.
Now at 4-1 and the weather getting much worse, woeful Blues defending allowed Stoke Hill to score two goals in two minutes and get back into the game.
In the end they hung on for the win.