Battling Leopards hit the spot

PUBLISHED: 14:16 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

Battling Leopards hit the spot

Battling Leopards hit the spot

LEMSFORD Leopards Under-9s were 1-0 victors against Ware Youth Whites in a top-of-the league clash held at Holy Family School. The two teams have been inseparable at the top all season, giving the match special importance. The Leopards made a great start

LEMSFORD Leopards Under-9s were 1-0 victors against Ware Youth Whites in a top-of-the league clash held at Holy Family School.

The two teams have been inseparable at the top all season, giving the match special importance.

The Leopards made a great start and dominated the first 10 minutes. Their possession was rewarded after 12 minutes when striker Ellis Mcdermott laid the ball back in the penalty box for

James Lawrence.

The midfielder thundered home from 13 yards through a crowd of players into the top left corner of the Ware goal.

Predictably, the game was very competitive and close, but the great battling spirit of Lawrence, Matthew Goodall and Jordi Bartlett-Pitch gave the Leopards the slight edge.

Strikers Mcdermott and William Campion had a handful of chances to double the lead.

Whites forced a couple of corners in the second half but the good deliveries were matched by keeper Sammy Maynard with some superb aerial ball handling and great kicks up the pitch.

The Whites' number seven was a constant thorn down the right of midfield and it took some tenacious defending from Reef Hillary to contain the threat. He also used his long throws down the left touchline to launch counter attacks.

On 45 minutes, Luke Burton produced some lovely football on the right edge of the Whites' box.

However, his shot sizzled across the goal, narrowly missing the left post to leave the final scoreline at 1-0.

The Leopards take on Bury Rangers Spitfires in their next league match, then John Warner Reds in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

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