The Week in Youth

THE weather once again played a significant role in the weekend schedule for United’s youth system but those who did play enjoyed some fine performances from the youngsters in Yellow.

A long trip to take on South Gloucester for our Under-11 Yellow squad resulted in a thrilling 2-2 draw and a performance that left coach Craig Hutcheson purring with pride.

“We fell behind in the first quarter and decided to change our shape to something we have been working on in training on a Monday,” said Craig. “We have focussing on crossing from wide areas and both our goals stemmed from crosses into the box.

“The work-rate was fantastic throughout and a great game to watch. Stevie Wright produced a man of the match performance in midfield and his commitment typified the nature of the day.

“The equaliser came from the left-boot of Adam Reda Khalf, cutting in from the wing to fire a terrific effort into the bottom corner. After going behind again, Robbie Wright scored our second leveller, finishing neatly from a Will Hughes cross.”

United’s Under-16s, meanwhile, suffered a rare defeat at Pompey in the Community, going down 3-2 despite goals from Kane Pook and Olaf Koszela.

The Under-9s played Kingsteignton in a friendly and there was an impressive victory for the Under-11s, also against Kingsteignton, with Reef Babb, Fergus Brennan-Osment and debutant Sam Hext all scoring doubles.