Leopards mauled by Gosling

PUBLISHED: 13:44 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

GOSLING Youth Under-13s gained a hard-fought victory over Lemsford Leopards on a sticky pitch in their Mid Herts Rural Minors League clash. The 3-1 win kept them firmly in touch with the league s front runners. Both teams with just 11 players available t

GOSLING Youth Under-13s gained a hard-fought victory over Lemsford Leopards on a sticky pitch in their Mid Herts Rural Minors League clash.

The 3-1 win kept them firmly in touch with the league's front runners.

Both teams with just 11 players available tried hard to master the conditions.

Gosling settled the better and could have been two goals up before striker Liam Catchpole showed great speed to break free and his finish was superb.

Fellow striker Josh Eckley tucked away a Ben Lanza cross just before the half-time interval and Gosling looked comfortable going into the break.

Gosling maintained the pressure after half-time.

Despite a first-half injury to right back Thomas Carter, who played on because of the lack of subs, Gosling were rewarded with their third goal when Martin Roberts crashed home an unstoppable volley from the edge of the box. This rounded off Roberts' excellent game and he was later named Gosling's man of the match.

Lemsford managed to claim a consolation goal from a free-kick but Gosling still pressed forward and could have scored more.

Gosling finished the match a player short as defender David Alcott was unable to continue and had the leave the field before the game reached its conclusion.

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