Stripes beat Tigers in crunch clash

PUBLISHED: 16:21 13 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 26 October 2009

SHERRARDSWOOD and Birchwood Rangers Stripes Under-10s came out on top in their battle for third place with Wheathampstead Tigers. SBR Stripes took their chances and rode their luck en route to a 5-3 victory in the Mid Herts Rural Minors League Purple Divi

SHERRARDSWOOD and Birchwood Rangers Stripes Under-10s came out on top in their battle for third place with Wheathampstead Tigers.

SBR Stripes took their chances and rode their luck en route to a 5-3 victory in the Mid Herts Rural Minors League Purple Division clash.

Despite a poor start, Stripes took an early lead and built on it, establishing a stranglehold on the match during a scruffy first half.

Struggling to find their rhythm, Sebastian Melendez snatched the initiative for the visitors.

Exploiting space on the left, the defender went on a surging run that finished with him firing a low shot under the advancing Tigers keeper.

Fired up, Melendez grabbed Stripes' second when his volley from the edge of the D found the back of the net courtesy of a headed deflection in the crowded box.

When Ryan Clayton-Mawn scored a third, lifting an audacious lob over the stranded Tigers keeper, Stripes looked to have the points wrapped up.

However, two goals either side of half-time gave Wheathampstead a lifeline and but for a superb save from Thomas Mallindine they would have levelled the match.

Stripes reasserted control and Matt Evans volleyed home at the end of a fine passing move involving Callum Burtenshaw and Peter Wood.

Evans then made it five, this time tapping home after the home keeper failed to hold a goal-bound shot from Clayton-Mawn.

Tigers pulled one back in the closing stages, but it was too little, too late and Stripes held on to secure the win.


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