In The Spotlight
Minehead U10s football teams played four matches against Bridgwater Wolves on Saturday 1st December. Minehead started the morning slowly and even solid defence from Riley Wild and several long range shots by Tyler Hetherington couldn't prevent Bridgwater Wolves scoring an early goal. The second half saw Bridgwater Wolves continue to attack with Will “The Cat” Sealby making several saves, before Bridgwater managed to make their pressure count, sending them on to a first game win 5-0.
South West Cerebral Palsy United Football Club hosted a fundraising an awareness day on Saturday at the fantastic facilities of Elmwood School /1610 in Bridgwater with £275 being raised on the day.
Minehead F.C. were pleased to support the event and sent two teams to take part, the under 15s and under 10s. Under 15s coach Adrian Shopland who has two of his sons Jake and Theo both playing for the South West Cerebral Palsy United F.C. with Jake also playing for Minehead under 10s would like to thank all the parents and boys for their help and support in helping to make the event a special day for all.
Minehead took the game to their higher placed hosts, and for the first 60 minutes it was the visitors who looked by far the most likely to score, their counter attacking frequently turning the home defence. After ten minutes Guy Burns was put through by Mike Graddon, but having outstripped the defence his’ shot was a foot high.
Congratulations to Minehead u18's who won the cup on Sunday.
Minehead under 15s were away to Staplegrove Saints on Sunday and after being 3-1 down they produced a great fight back to share points in an exciting 3-3 draw.
Staplegrove had started well with some good possession and Minehead’s back four Charlie Disney, Riley Merrick, Lewis Leach and Ajay Shopland held strong as the home side pushed forward. Minehead’s first attack came from a long ball by Ajay Shopland that Russell Lindley played in Olly Prescott whose shot curled just over. Staplegrove had a long range effort stopped by Ben Bloys in the Minehead goal but they went ahead soon after following a corner that was met at the near post and guided in for 1-0. Staplegrove doubled their advantage when Minehead failed to clear a long forward ball and with just the keeper to beat who managed to get a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out. Riley Merrick was forced out with an injury so Finley Foreman made his debut in the middle of the park and was soon seeing plenty of the ball and linking up well with Tom Barber on the right wing. Archie Dascombe and Issac Sweetland linked up and played in Henry Murrell who made a great run down the left wing crossing into the box where Russell Lindley was there to head in from the 6 yard line. Minehead had a good spell of possession up until half time as they pushed for an equaliser, Olly Prescott, Tom Barber and Issac Sweetland combined well to force a corner which was cleared, Ajay Shopland played a long ball forward for Henry Murrell to chase but his shot was over the bar, Olly Prescott had his effort stopped at the near post when he got on the end of another Henry Murrell cross, Tom Barbers free kick was saved and Lewis Leach intercepted a counter attack just before the break. Minehead had barely settled and found themselves 3-1 down following a free kick that was initially headed clear by Archie Dascombe but a fierce shot from outside the box crashed against the bar, back down off the keeper and in. Finley Foreman had to take over the gloves as Ben Bloys was taken off injured. Minehead dug deep and fought for every ball, Tom Barber played a through ball for Ben Summersgill to chase but the keeper was quickly out to gather, Olly Prescott played in Henry Murrell but his shot was just wide, then Prescott made a great run crossing in for Ben Summersgill who managed to get a touch on it but saw the ball roll agonisingly past the post. Henry Murrell tried his luck with a free kick outside the box but it curled over, then a long throw into the box by Henry Murrell saw Ben Summersgill shot deflected out for a corner which Olly Prescott whipped in and a fine header by Henry Murrell made it 3-2. Minehead had their sights set on an equaliser and kept Staplegrove pinned back in their own half, they won another corner but this time it was well cleared and a quick counter ended with a good strike which was well held by Finley Foreman. The equaliser came through a superb long range effort by Henry Murrell which left the keeper no chance and it was all square at 3-3. Tom Barber came close but his shot was wide of the post, another long throw into the box from a Henry Murrell caused the home side more problems but they managed to clear. Russell Lindley played a good through ball for Ben Summersgill and the keeper made a fine save tipping the ball onto the bar and out for another corner, Man of the Match Olly Prescott put another ball into the box but this time Henry Murrells header was just over and they had to settle for a point.
Minehead B Bloys, A Shopland, L Leach, R Merrick, C Disney, A Dascombe, T Barber, O Prescott, H Murrell, I Sweetland, F Foreman, R Lindley, B Summersgill.
Minehead under 14s were away to Staplegrove Sinners on Sunday and after a closely fought game the home side secured a 3-2 win.
Minehead U12 winners
Moors youth 6 a-side tournament 2018
Wednesday night saw Minehead U12s play their final league match of the season, 4 months after their last. Two Hatricks and a convincing performance saw the U12's win 10-1 against Wellington Lions, finishing the Season as Division 1 Runner's up.
Match fitness, warm conditions and long grass were always going to make this a difficult game. Minehead started well, a throw in to Freddie Haden saw him slot the ball bottom left corner of the net putting Minehead in the lead within the first 2 minutes.
5 minutes later a quick one-two between Ollie Searle and Haden saw him score his second. Wellington tried to get themselves back into the match launching a powerful shot long range but this was stopped with a fine save by Freddy Fox.
Moments later Luke Hill touched, turned and took a shot just outside the box but the ball was pushed away by the visiting keeper into the path of Fin Haran who placed the ball into the left corner of the net increasing the score to 3-0 after 12 mins.
Minehead started to take control of the game , continuing to pass in and around the box this paid off when Hill on the edge of the box lobbed the keeper, 4-0.
Zac Milett made a nuisance of himself holding up the Wellington forward but they still managed to get a shot off forcing Fox to make a fine save.
With 1 minutes left on the clock Minehead finished the first half with two more goals. A Fox goal kick fell to Searle, Searle knocked the ball onto Haden who went one on one with the keeper, slotting the ball passed him giving Haden the first hattrick of the match. Moments later Searle on the edge of the box with his left foot curled the ball into the top left of the goal making the halftime score 6-0.
Changes were made at halftime and Minehead started the second half strongly . 4 minutes in Haden back heeled the ball to Hill who placed the ball into the right corner. Pressure by Minehead in the box and a mistake by the Wellington keeper gave Haden the opportunity to walk the ball around him and gave Haden his 4th goal of the game increasing the score to 8-0.
Wellington managed to gain a consolation goal when a goal kick fell straight to there forward who buried it into the corner of the net. A minute later with an assist from Jacob Howells , Hill scored giving him the second hatrick of the game. One minute into added time , Hill increased the lead by scoring his 4th with another fine lob over the keeper. Final score 10-1
Player Of The Match Fin Haran
Under 12's:- Freddy Fox, Ollie Searle, Zac Millett, Armanie Hopwood, Taylor Jordan, Louis Burge, Fin Haran, Luke Hill, Freddie Haden, Josh Payton, Matthew Hole, Jacob Howells
Minehead hosted watchet on a very hot sunny midweek league game at the Rec. With Minehead kicking off it was the blues that went on the attack with a great low cross in the box from Dylan, Owen was there to finish from close range with his first league goal for Minehead.
Watchet picked themselves up and had a few chances with Jake pulling off a fantastic save to push the ball on to the bar. With George working hard up front putting in some great balls minehead found a second goal from Hayden. Watchet continued knocking on the door but Erin and Dylan where defending well and on the cuff of half time Minehead made it 3 with a great counter attack that saw Jake aka snake bang his first league goal for Minehead on his u9s doubt.
Second half saw a much better profomance from the blues with lots of attacking play and some brilliant cross field balls Lucy was putting in some great little tackles and got the ball down the middle which saw Bryn take a shot that the keeper just couldn’t keep hold of and Isaac slotted the ball home to make it 4.
Watchet did not give up and were rewarded with a goal when their player went one on one with Jake who was unlikely not to keep it out.
Team Jake S Erin Dylan Owen Isaac Hayden George Bryn Jake.W Jake.A Lucy
Man of the match Jake S
Second game of the evening saw Minehead field a whole new team and they started really well with Emily saving a long range shot that looked to be going in. The game was end to end with Will looking sharp up front with the support of Jake.W bossing the middle of the park for minehead. Harry played in a great ball but Jake was unlucky not to score from a header. Watchet got a free kick from the left side that saw a really good ball in to find a watchet head to make it 0-1 to Watchet.
With the half coming to a close Jake.W tore through the watchet midfield to go one on one with the keeper but was unable to get the ball round him. With minehead trailing at half time Dylan and Hayden come on and right from the K.O Dylan smashed a shot through the Watchet keepers hands to make it 1-1. With the blues now playing down hill they started to pass the ball more freely and with a perfect cross from George, Hayden headed the ball home to see Minehead go in front. Watchet started to press hard and was court out with a long ball that saw Dylan get his second of the game with a hard drive in to the side of the net.
Watchet pulled a goal back and was really unlucky not to make it 3-3 with there player dragging his shot wide great win for the blues
Team Emily Jake a Jake w bryn harry Luke will George Lucy Hayden Dylan Erin
Man of the match harry
This was our first games in over 7 weeks and the players where fantastic seeing things we had been doing in training coming off and on a really hot evening it was nice to see them playing again also a huge well done to harry nice to see him back