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Crosby Stuart U13s 5 Northfield U13s 3

THIS was another match in which Crosby Stuart had to show strength of character.

Northfield started strongly and took a deserved lead early on. Luke Wilson-Jones equalised after a long throw from Sam Hepworth was nodded on by Tom Cain.

Man-of-the-match James Walsh then converted Crosby's second goal when Christian Murphy unselfishly passed the ball across the face of the target for a gentle pass into the net.

The second-half started much as the first and Crosby soon found themselves 3-2 down.

Crosby raised their game and were rewarded when Verdell Nza pulled it back to 3-3.

Nza scored his second and Crosby started to play some great football.

Cain scored Crosby's fifth to get three much-needed points to keep the team’s title chances alive.

A good start for debutant Luke Hemmings while there were solid performances from Luke Williamson and Jack Copeland.

Town Green U11s 1Crosby Stuart U11s 1

IN WHAT was an evenly contested game of football in heavy and in difficult conditions, Crosby started very brightly and dominated possession in large parts of the opening half resulting in several goalscoring chances.

Eventually the persistence paid and from a resulting corner delivered by Lacey which evaded all the Town Green defence and keeper, Lacey was there to pounce and coolly slot home, much to the delight of Crosby Stuart girls.

The second-half continued in very much the same pattern again with several chances falling to Crosby Stuart girls.

However, some fine saves from the Town Green keeper kept the scoreline at 1-0.

In the final five minutes of the game the Stuart girls began to tire due to their sheer work-rate on a heavy pitch.

Substitutions were made but it could not stop an equaliser from Town Green as a result of a poor clearance due to tiredness.

The game finished 1-1 in what was a very entertaining and contested match

Crosby Stuart U15s 0 Burscough 1

CROSBY were excellent in this match, but went behind just one minute into the contest.

They then piled on the pressure for the rest of the half and were rewarded with a penalty, which was missed.

In the second-half Crosby continued to play some great football but just could not get an equaliser.

The girls will play worse and win on another day.

Southport Trinity U8s Crosby Stuart U8s

WITH just the bare seven players, all played very well.

On another day Stuart could have had a few goals but it just wasn’t Crosby’s day on this occasion.

A special mention for Ethan Grainger and James Birtles who had their best game of the season.

Crosby Stuart U12s 0 Liverpool North U12s 3

Crosby Stuart U12s 0Liverpool North U12s 2

AGREEING to play two 30-minute matches to clear a fixture backlog turned into a real disappointment as the boys were beaten by a side who adapted better to the muddy conditions.

Crosby Stuart went behind to a great volley from the edge of the box despite a good clearing header from Elliot Halpin.

North were winning the battles in the midfield quagmire as the boys struggled to exploit pace and better ground out wide.

When they did find space, as Jacob Johnston combined with Josh Charnock, they were unable to trouble North’s keeper.

Instead it was a poor goal kick that allowed North to double their lead.

Charnock’s corner was eventually hacked clear as the boys finally responded but late on North exploited space on the Crosby left to wrap up the win with a third goal.

The second match followed the same pattern – another expertly executed lob gave North the lead after nine minutes, although Charnock’s energy had given North’s defence far more to deal with, playing off Johnston to good effect.

Once again, it was a second North goal that woke the boys up and Charnock won a penalty after 21 minutes. Caleb Willis’s kick was good but the save was its equal and, when the unmarked Tom Farley’s precise header went just over the bar, Stuart knew it wasn’t their day.

They had been outfought on a leveller of a pitch but it was Connor Wolfenden on his debut, slipping back into defence for the last 15 minutes, who took the man-of-the-match award for a series of tackles that finally took the battle to North.

Crosby Stuart U7sRedgate

THE early goals conceded led to an uphill battle for the under-7s.

The rain and cold weather felt even worse as heads dropped.

However, after a half-time gee-up. the players fought hard in the second period. Despite a heavy defeat they came off proud of their effort with smiles.

Daniel McNally was named player-of-the-match.

Crosby Stuart U16s 1 Town Green U16s 4

A LACKLUSTRE performance saw Town Green progress in the cup at the expense of Crosby.

Town Green created a number of chances in the opening half but only managed one goal thanks mainly to a great show by Stuart goalkeeper Matty Corris.

Two early strikes in the second period gave Town the tie.

A late push by Crosby was too little too late the consolation goal a penalty from Dean.

Man-of-the-match honours went to keeper Corris.

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