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Franks report for Formby Junior Sports Club last weekend when half term saw reduced matches

Formby Junior Sports Club had a reduced number of matches last weekend due to the half term holiday break and for the first time since last February the Inter Club Section was cancelled due to early morning heavy rain.


FJSC Under 12 Blacks were in action onSunday against Southport FC Yellows at Deansgate Lane. Formby dominated possession straight from the kick off and an early chance came as Evan Hughes played a diagonal pass from the back to Patrick Fleming on the left wing whose shot was well saved, but the resultant corner was turned into their own goal by Southport to give the Blacks a 1-0 lead. FJSC then doubled their advantage shorty after as Southport conceded a second own goal following an angled shot from Josh Kearney that was deflected in.

Formby continued to put Southport under pressure as first Ollie Dean hit a long range shot that was well saved and then Henry Renton curled a long rage effort just wide. Southport threatened to pull a goal back but were thwarted by an excellent covering tackle from Charlie Knowles who then advanced forward and played a pinpoint pass in behind the Southport defence which found Abe Rice in space, but his low drive was well saved. The game started to open up and Southport created a couple of chances, the first of which was well saved by Riley Higgs but the second was cleverly converted with a well taken lob to make it 2-1. Formby reacted well to the set back and Ollie Dean attacked down the left wing and squared the ball to Abe Rice whose initial shot was blocked, but the ball fell to Aaron Pickard who was following up on the edge of the area and he calmly placed his shot past the goalkeeper to restore Formby’s two goal advantage and make it 3-1 just before half time.

The second half saw the autumn weather take a turn for the worse as rain and strong winds bore down on the pitch, but to both teams’ credit, they did not let it affect the quality of play. FJSC were able to extend their lead as Ethan Richmond made an immediate impact after coming on. First, his left-wing corner found Patrick Fleming in the six-yard box, and he coolly finished to make it 4-1. Ethan Richmond scored himself with a superb solo effort as he cleverly beat a defender on the edge of the penalty area and drove forward before finishing past the goalkeeper into the bottom corner for 5-1. Ethan then swung in another left-wing corner which found Tom Donnelly well positioned, and he connected with a sweet left foot volley that flew into the goal for 6-1. As the game headed into the final few minutes Abe Rice scored a well-deserved goal when he ran through the defence and struck a fierce shot into the top of the net to make it 7-1.

This was another strong team performance from the Blacks with several stand out performances but the man of the match was awarded to Aaron Pickard for his mature display, topped off with his first competitive goal. FJSC Under 12 Blacks are top of the Championship Division just one point ahead of Southport Athletic Reds. The two teams play against each other next Sunday.

FJSC Under 11 Whites played GreenloonsWhites. FJSC conceded two goals in the first half but a goal from Joby Varey just after half time gave the Under 11’s renewed confidence. Greenloons withstood FJSC’s attempts and went on to extend their lead before the end. It was clearly a much improved display by the new FJSC Under 11’s who have only played a handful of competitive matches to date.

FJSC Under 10 Whites played against Redgate Rovers Blacks. FJSC started well and pinnedRedgate back for much of the first fifteenminutes. The pressure finally told with a fine finish from man of the match Isaac Jones before Nate Daniels added a lovely goal following a mazy run. Redgate came back strongly and quickly made it 2-1 and then equalised just before half time with a free kick that was initially saved by keeper Matthew Crutchley but rebounded to a Redgate forward who put the ball into an empty net.

The second half was a bit scrappy with both teams cancelling out the other. The gameeventually swung in favour of Redgate who scored twice with two very well taken long range efforts. It was a disappointing result but it is good to see the boys beginning tocompete well against the stronger teams in the league.

FJSC Under 9 Reds opponents were FJSC Whites. It was a competitive first half derbymatch with both teams battling hard. FJSCWhites took the lead following an unlucky own goal. The Whites then doubled their lead soon after. The Reds remained positive and soon won a penalty which was driven low into the corner but was saved well by the FJSCWhites keeper. On the cusp of half time Tommy Collins composed himself well to score a half volley which flew into the net.

The second half saw a fabulous goalkeeping display from James Hannan which kept the Reds in the game. There were chances for Tom Murphy who was unlucky not to find the net. The Whites scored a third and despite a well taken shot from Mason Todd the Reds were unable to find the goal for the second time. The Whites sealed the victory with a fourth goal to finish the game. Players from both teams worked hard and showed resolve by playing on through the difficult conditions towards the end of the game. The Coaches man of the match was James Hannan.

FJSC Under 8 Whites and Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs the two in form teams met each other for the first time this season. Both teams hit the woodwork early on before Jack Haggart gave FJSC the lead with a left-footed rocket shot. A resilient Southport & Ainsdale quickly got on level terms from a corner. Jack Hansen and Seb Hodgson made their mark after coming on scoring with expertly taken strikes. Seb Hodgson scored two more goals to complete his hat trick. Jack Hansen and Jack Haggart added another goal each to extend the lead. There was a late rally from Southport & Ainsdale but FJSC held firm. Isaac Higgins put in a flawless performance in defence and was voted man of the match in another very impressive team display.

FJSC Under 7 Whites played Southport Trinity Whites and were once again involved in a high scoring thrilling encounter. This time sixteen goals were equally shared by the two teams. FJSC started the game well by taking a four goal lead. There were some outstanding displays of teamwork from both teams. Trinity managed to score their opening goal by breaking away from a quick throw In. With the two teams eager to score first FJSC added more goals and then Southport Trintydid the same which included a last minute equaliser. Charlie Ormesher scored a hat trick. Jack Brown, Charles Fazakerley and man of the match Harry Hughes were also goal scorers for FJSC. The two teams attacked with every opportunity which made it a great match.


The next session is on Saturday 5th November at Deansgate Lane Playing Fields.


Goalkeeper Coaching is from 9.00am - 9.30am.

Any budding young goalkeeper is welcome to come along and join in.

Years 5/6. 9.30 am - 10.45 am

Years 7/8. 9.45 am - 11.00 am

Four year olds 10.45 am - 11.45am

Years 1/2. 10.45 am -11.45 am

Years 3/4 . 11.15 am - 12.15pm

Each session has coaching and a friendly match as well.




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