Rangers come out on top in goal-fest

PUBLISHED: 13:21 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

SHERRARDSWOOD and Birchwood Rangers Stripes beat Herts Rangers Yellows Under-10s 8-4 at the weekend. A potent mix of clinical finishing and sloppy defending contributed to a high-scoring match, won at a canter by Stripes team that attacked from the first

SHERRARDSWOOD and Birchwood Rangers Stripes beat Herts Rangers Yellows Under-10s 8-4 at the weekend.

A potent mix of clinical finishing and sloppy defending contributed to a high-scoring match, won at a canter by Stripes team that attacked from the first whistle.

Leading after just three minutes courtesy of the first of five Ryan Clayton-Mawn goals, Stripes were never in any real danger of missing out on maximum points as they overrun a defensively naive Herts Rangers team..

Played in first by a delightful 20- yard cross-field ball from Darren Owen and then moments later by an excellent pass from Callum Burtenshaw, Clayton-Mawn's first two goals were almost identical.

Despite the early setback, Herts fought back and forced a couple of fine saves from Thomas Mallindine and a headed goal-line clearance from Billy Newby.

They did get a first-half consolation goal, but two more from Clayton-Mawn and a solo effort from Darren Owen put the match beyond the visitors.

Clayton-Mawn notched his fifth goal of the game after the break.

Hertford pulled two back as Stripes collectively drew breath.

Matt Evans then made it seven by finishing off a fine passing move with a powerful shot into the roof of the net.

Owen ended Birchwood's goal spree from the penalty spot after being felled just inside the area by a challenge.

Herts broke away and scored the last goal of the game to make it 8-4 to Stripes.

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