Page scores twice as Gawcott Tigers tame Rangers

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YOUTH FOOTBALL: Preston Gawcott Tigers U12s won 3-1 at home against Heelands Rangers in a fast paced match fuelled further by the high winds.

Working together under the captaincy of Ashley Carter, Tigers jumped straight into the action and Theo Caldwell-Dunn was set up for a great goal within the first five minutes, shooting into the wind.

Luke Page scored the first of two goals shortly before half time but Heelands found a gap and scored in response. The second half proved a battle to hold on to the lead with Heelands’ determination evident but Tigers sealed victory with Page’s second goal. Man of the match went to Joe Wilmshurst for his best performance to date.

>>Preston Gawcott Tigers U13s maintained their push for the top of the league with a battling 6-2 win at home to MK Wanderers. Despite dominating in the first half, poor finishing saw a lead of just 1-0 as half time approached. A breakaway by the visitors saw Tigers level at half time, which was no reward for their overall play.

The second half opened with two quick Will North goals but Tigers could not relax as a penalty reduced the lead to 3-2.

The tension was maintained until the closing stages of the match when another quick double, this time from Charlie Attwell, made the game safe, followed by Kieran Cozens who had opened the scoring taking his personal tally to two for the match. Tigers’ man of the match was Charlie West.

>>In an exciting, end-to-end game Preston Gawcott U11s were unlucky to lose 3-1 to Silverstone Flyers.

Gawcott took a deserved lead after great interplay between Theo Grundy and James Brady set up Tom Davis who shot home into the top corner.

Despite more pressure with man of the match Henry Butler and Edward Penfold working hard in midfield Gawcott missed a series of chances and were made to pay when they conceded to a fine individual goal,just before half time. In an evenly contested second half both teams mounted attacks but Tom Bridge, Albert Johnson and Matthew Stephenson were strong in defence until Silverstone went ahead with a well worked goal. Gawcott stormed back looking for the equaliser with Angus Briggs and Sam Parsons especially unfortunate not to score.

Silverstone sealed the match with a header from a deflected shot going in off the post with a few minutes left.

>>Preston Gawcott Swans U12s are through to the semi-final of the Bucks Girls league cup after beating Marlow 4-2.

They produced their best football of the season, some great team play and some fantastic individual performances. Rhiannon King and Abigail Wilmshurst made it 1-0 and 2-0 after two fantastic runs.

Gawcott kept the play in Marlow’s half and had several chances. Lara Ericsson moved in on goal and won the ball passing it on to Wilmhurst for another great goal.

Isobel Suttill and Emma Walker kept a very tight defence. Rosalie Pratt and Jennifer Penman-Saint worked hard and relentless in midfield. Amie Birch had a great game and scored a super goal at the start of second half. Marlow now had the wind with them and kept on coming, They pulled back two goals but then Holly Brown tightened up and the whole team worked hard defending. Player of the match was Isobel Suttill.