Ledbury Swifts U12’s 9 Vs Wellington U 12’s 0
Ledbury Swifts continued their winning run with a dominant victory over league strugglers Wellington. From the kick off Swifts showed their superiority with a classy move up the right wing with Critchard’s pinpoint cross for Powell to open the scoring in under 20 seconds with a crisp finish. Swifts were camped in the Wellington half, with sustained pressure the opposing defence gave way and Savidge made it two with a fine shot from the edge of the penalty area. The game was marshalled from midfield with quality passing from the ever present Adam Davies and Elliot Parsons, Ndluvdv causing problems as well linking with Peplow on the left who found Powell with a great cross to score his second and Swifts third. Crichard was next to add to the score sheet with a good finish to an individual run down the right flank. Unrelenting pressure could only lead to one thing and within minutes Powell completed his hat-trick and Swifts fifth following a goalmouth scramble. Swifts defence dealt easily with anything that was put their way Perry linking well with the midfield. Shots flew in from all angles and Wellington battled well to keep Ledbury from scoring, but minutes before half time the ball came loose in the penalty area for Peplow to hammer the ball home with his right foot. Half time came which gave Wellington time to re-group and came out with for the second half determined to play better. Two substitutions were made for Swifts with Hilling replacing Powell and Gregory coming on for Ndluvdv. Ledbury again had most of the play but the Wellington defence held firm, with Bubb-Sacklyn a tower of strength in the Swifts back line, Reynolds in the Ledbury goal was left with nothing to do but kick the mud from his boots. Ashley Nelder Swifts skipper provided support to the left side and was unlucky to see a shot go wide. Shortly after, another good passing move down the left provided Gregory with the chance to slot the ball home from close range. Wellingtons well worked offside trap worked time after time frustrating the Swifts attack. With Wellington’s keeper making fine saves from first Peplow and then Crichard. A fabulous passing move on the right starting with Perry, Davies linking well with Parsons who put Crichard through to score his well deserved second and Swifts eighth. All players started to tire on a heavy pitch but the game came to light when goalkeeper Reynolds swapped shirts with Perry and entered the midfield with vigour, with his first touch of the ball he was through on the keeper but bought down just outside the box. The free kick being cleared close to the goal line halted Reynolds’ dream. It was only a matter of minutes and following five Ledbury corners Hilling scored the ninth from close range. With a weekend off this week Swifts travel to Kington on 08.02.04 kick off 2pm.