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City Youth Match Reports - Tezza's Days Gone Bye - 1992


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more trivia from 1992.

Well done Terry Edwards.



Saints Squad: Stephan Chapman, Neil Dann, Mark Steel, Paul Taylor, Simon Gammon, Darren Goulden, Mark Seller, Craig Alderman, Ash Choudhury, Paul Mutlow, Ian Stapleton, Paul Christie, Andrew Port, Martin Cox, Daniel George, Chris Yeo.    Manager Jeff Lawrence. Coach Mark Clark.


In the Thomas Hardy Cup saw the Under lose 2-1 to Bushey Rangers at home with Trevor SMITH scoring the Saints only goal. In the second half an outstanding performance from Ross Bartup nearly turned the game but it was not to be and just to prove it was not their day when they turned up at St Peters School to play the match they found someone had broken the crossbar and also the posts so they had to quickly fine another pitch which they duly did. Squad: Warren, Goodhead, T. Smith, Black, P. Smith, Baker, Moore, Costello, Jackson, Bartup, Bell, King, Garland (all played).

The Under 11's put their recent run of poor results behind them to defeat Meriden away 4-2 in the Autumn Cup with two superb goals from Chris CUTMORE plus one each from Stuart MORGAN and Paul TAYLOR. Squad: Thompson, Watts, Edwards, Wasey, Whitlock, Hook, Jenkins, Crowne, Morgan, Taylor, Cutmore, Lacovone.

In the same competition the Under 11's A played well to defeat Chiltern United at home 10-0 and leading the goalscorers was Jack SABIN-YOUNG with a hat-trick plus two goals apiece from Mike RANCE, Chris JONES and John TAIT whilst Andrew RUSSELL popped up with one. Squad: Kerry, Schofield, Tait, R. Peck, Coles, Baker, Russell, Jones, Sabin-Young, Webster-Smith, Gaskin, Carlisle, Rance (all played).

The Under 13's South were away to Broadway in a league fixture and the young Saints eventually lost 6-2 with Phil McAulay and Georgie BLYTH striking the goals for St. Albans. Squad: Morgan, McCallum, Clark, Ford, Fenn, Blyth, Sibley, Carter, Taylor, Miles, McAulay, Cornish, Young (all played).

The Under 14's were 1-0 down at half time at home to London Colney but after a half time team chat saw them fight back to take all the points by winning the match 4-1 with goals from Stephen RAY, Nigel GETLEY, Andrew WRAY and Matthew BUTCHER.   

A great hat-trick from Tom LAWRENCE saw the Under 15's North draw 3-3 at home to Barnet B after they were at one stage 2-0 down early on into the match. Team: Milner, Baladi, Cooper, Clark, Daw, Lawrence, Rawle, Scorer, Shadbolt, Sissons, Mead. 

In the East Anglian Cup were the Under 16's South and they were away to Trumpington Tornadoes(near Cambridge) and the young Saints move on into the next round by winning the match 2-0 with a goal apiece from Danny DODDS and Ross ELLIOTT which was a real sizzler from the penalty spot from the Blonde Bomber himself. Team: Prowle, Elliott, Lawrence, Sankey, Pendred, Gibson, Dodds, Kowenberg, Ryan Thompson, Edwards.

The Under 16's North were away to Austen Arrowheads in a Herts County Cup replay and they won the match with two well struck penalties from Mark WARRINER to make the final score 2-1 to the Saints. The first penalty came about after Giovanni Russo was fouled inside the box whilst the second came when the Saints cleared the ball off their own goal line before sprinting away down the other end which then saw Tom Westcott being tripped from behind as he ran into the penalty area. Team: Varley, Hulks, Owen, Russo, Lacey, Veasey, Westcott, Pearman, Profit, Day, Warriner. Sub: Jordan (did not play).

After being 2-0 down at the break the Under 18's East finally conceded another six in the second period to lose 8-0 at home to Princes Park in the league. Squad: Bassill, Tucker, Flannery, Petrie, Thrussell, Bolding, Dudey, Edwards, Messer, Griffin, Stapleton, Banks (all played).

At home to Cockfosters saw Ash CHOUDHURY score a great hat-trick for the Under 18's West but this still was not enough for the Under 18's West as they eventually lost 6-4 with Mark SELLER scoring the West's fourth goal. The score was 2-2 at half time and it was not until the last five minutes that saw the visitors score two late goals to take all the points. Squad: Chapman, Lindsay, Taylor, Gammon, Lawrence, Mutlow, Bentley, Young, Yeo, Choudhury, Twigg, Seller (all played). 

On Wednesday the 28th of October saw the Under 12's play Harpenden Colts here at Clarence Park in the annual Paul McHugh Trophy and although in the last few seasons it has been the Saints who have won the trophy but it was not to be this year as it was Harpenden Colts who came out on top with a 3-0 victory. The scorers of the goals were David HORSLEN with the first one whilst Karl LEHANE hit the other two with a couple of low shots into the back of the net. St Albans Squad: Gavin Dawe, Dean Bartup, Robert Day, Derek Coughlan, Jamie Ellis, Lee Fellowes, John Gavin, Grant Hamilton, Steve Smallman, Andy Barker, James Harmsworth, Stuart Markham, Peter Morgan, Matthew Newland, Stephen Seeby, Steve Watts, Tom Woodley(all played).    Harpenden Squad: Berwyn Petrie, Jonathan Gibbs, Stewart French, Daniel Osborne, Daniel Mulvie, Jeremy Mercer-Dedman, Craig Tanner, Nathan Davies, David Horslen, Simon Andrews, Alistair Gordon, Karl Lehane, Philip Allen, Alex Johnston (all played).


City Youth Match Reports Reports from 2003 - Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more trivia from 17 years ago.

Well done Terry Edwards.




 The New Year saw the 3rd Annual Match between the St Albans Old Boys made up from the 1999-2000 squad and their opponents the current Midweek Youth Team. The entire 1999-2000 squad turned along with manager Geoff Watts along with coach Mark Clark plus Terry Edwards who used to make sure the lads paid up their subs and he was still doing it after the match. 

The midweek team found themselves a goal down early on when some fine play down the left-wing involving Chris Fairbairn and Tom Crowne which setup Jonathan JENKINS to fire home from ten yards. It was soon 2-0 when Arthur HOOK hit a long range shot from 25 yards that ended up in the bottom left hand corner of the net. Hook celebrated this fine goal by diving full length in the mud ''Klinsmann'' style.

Next up Chris ''Skip'' Fairbairn brook clear into the box from the left but his well struck shot was pushed around the far post for a corner by a good save from Russell Garland. Tom Crowne took the corner kick and he found Matt '' Fancy '' BESWICK who made it 3-0 with a brilliant diving header.

At the other end saw Jake Attwood go close but his low firm drive saw the Old Boys keeper Ricky Perks pull off a good save low down to his right whilst Nick Perchard nearly increased the lead but his effort crept just past the near upright. The Midweek Team hit back with two goals in the space of five minutes when firstly a poor clearance by Ricky Perks fell to Chris BERGIN who instantly hit struck a sweet low shot past Perks and then it became 3-2 when Chris BERGIN struck again when following a brilliant solo run saw him finish off in style with a well-placed shot into the far corner. 

Jason Coughlan at the other end saw Russell Garland tip over the crossbar his well struck effort whilst Ricky Perks the Old Boys custodian did the same following a Chris Seeby shot as play switched from end to end. Another fine individual solo run this time from Allister COLLINS whose cracking shot flew past Ricky Perks to make the scoreline now for the Midweek Team 3-3 for a fine equalising goal. Although Ollie Lowe and Jake Attwood went close for the Midweek Team it was the Old Boys who retook the lead a minute before half time when Jonathan ''Baby Face'' Wasey tried a hopeful long range shot which somehow spilled out of the arms of keeper Russell Garland and before you could blink Jack DAVIS was onto the loose ball in a flash and slotted it home from close range to give the Old Boys a 4-3 lead.

Early in the second half it should have been 5-3 but Chris Fairbairn put his effort wide when he was well placed in front of goal and then Tom Crowne took a quick throw-in which Jack Davis nodded on but both Nick Perchard and Henry Wilkinson inside the box just failed to get a touch. At the other end Ricky Perks made some fine saves from Chris Seeby and Allister Collins to keep the Old Boys in front. The Midweek team finally drew level when Chris Bergin crossed the ball in to the far post whereupon for Jake Attwood to hit the ball back into the goalmouth for Matt BESWICK who was trying to clear the ball instead though he slid home into is own net for an own goal and make it 4-4.

This goal started a goal spree with the Old Boys being the ones to strike another five more and the first was scored by Jack DAVIS as he swept the ball home at the far post following a good low cross in from the right wing from Skip Chris Fairbairn and then Henry Wilkinson crossed the ball from the left for Jack DAVIS to complete his hat-trick with a shot from the edge of the box to make it 6-4. Soon another goal was added when Fairbairn and Crowne setup Stuart Turkentine to race clear down the left hand side and his low cross into the box saw Nick PERCHARD with the faintest of touches just glide the ball past Russell Garland and into the back of the net. There was stopping the Old Boys now as they quickly made it 8-4 when a Perchard shot was blocked by Garland and then a follow up shot from Tom Crowne struck the foot of the post and rebounded out only to fall at the feet of Jonathan ''Sniffer'' JENKINS who made no mistake from close range, with about five minutes to goal the Old Boys scored again to make it 9-4 when Jonathan JENKINS chipped the ball over Russell Garland's head from just inside the box to complete his hat-trick, well done ''Sniffer''. 

The Midweek Team did score again though when Ricky Perks and Alvin ''Pele'' Nascimento got into a right old tangle at the back leaving Allister COLLINS the simple job of walking the ball in the empty net to make the final score 9-5. You cannot beat the Golden Oldies!

UNDER 15's:  15's WEST into the next round.

Playing at home to Harpenden Colts Eagles in the second round of the challenge cup saw the Under 15's West turn in a solid team performance which saw them finally win 3-2 after they had lead 2-0 at half time. This was a good result against a team two divisions higher than the Saints with the goals for the Under 15's West coming from Phil WOOLFORD with a neat brace whilst Ashley AIMAKHU scored the third goal.

UNDER 14's.       NORTH earn a point.

Twice silly defensive errors saw the Under 14's North trail at home to Riverside in a league match but both times they fought back to earn a point with a 2-2 draw. Ricky MILLER scored the Saints first goal with a delightful little chip shot whilst Adam POTTER scored the second goal with a long range shot that flew into the back of the net for a dramatic late equaliser.


The Under 14's South started off the new year in style when they took the lead after only 20 seconds play in their home league match against Garston Boys with Billy UNITE opening the scoring from close range following a low cross from Matt Sumpter after he made a fine run down the left wing. Five minutes later it was 2-0 when Billy UNITE scored again following yet another good run by Matt Sumpter and cross with Alex FRASER adding another goal  with a fine solo effort whilst Matt HILL also scored from close range after his initial shot had rebounded back off the post. The final score was 7-3 with Matt SUMPTER scoring a terrific hat-trick which included a fantastic 25 yard shot that flew in like a rocket.


Away to Sun Postal Blue were the Under 13's North and although the North went down 4-0 there was a excellent performance from goalkeeper James Fox with defenders Jack Gordon and James Crawley also having a good game.


The Under 11's South recorded a fine 2-0 victory over London Road on a freezing winter's Sunday morning and they were slow to get started with London Road taking the game to the Saints in the first 15 minutes of the match. Eventually the South's midfield started to dominate and dictate play and they were rewarded when Alex STEVENS expertly flicked the ball past the London Road keeper into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the Saints at half time. The second half was much the same as the first with London Road taking the initiative, but the South responded quickly with some great attacking runs by Darren Gower, George Culverhouse, and Ben Lazarus. The second goal finally came, and it was scored by David SHORE after London Road had failed to clear their lines whilst captain Glen Hall in the midfield and Kieran Ferdinand continue to thwart and opportunities London Road created. Ben Riddell standing in for Sean Hammon in goal did not have a notable save to make throughout the match whilst George Gill playing a central midfield role was awarded the man of the match title and he was also unlucky not to score when he saw his second half shot strike the foot of the post and out.

The Under 11's West lost very heavily at home to Boreham Wood 2000 with goalkeeper Samuel Crafts having a brilliant game between the sticks in that he kept the score line down otherwise there would have been quite a few more goals.


St Albans City Youth 10 East's returned home victorious to Greenwood Park with a 3-1 league win over Alexandra Park Youth. Kicking up the slope the Saints weathered the initial storm then opened the scoring with a superb team goal when Louis McNamara started the move with a timely interception in the midfield whereupon after combing with Aidan Fortune and then Jacob Wroe who calmly drew the keeper before he squared the ball across to Max O'SHEA to leave him with a simple tap-in in front of an empty goal. At the other end of the pitch George Figg had an assured display at full back whilst James Lowthian in goal made a brave save to deny Alexandra Park the equaliser just before half time. In the second half the East doubled the lead when Jacob Wroe waltzed through the defence but just as he was about to slide the ball past the advancing keeper he was scythed down from behind for a penalty. Up stepped Eddie GRAY who duly dispatched the resulting spot kick with an unstoppable drive into the bottom left hand corner. Five minutes later Alexandra Park pulled one goal back but some fine cover tackles from substitutes Scott Howlett and Ryan Maher prevented any further leaks in the defence. The 10 East completed the scoring three minutes from time with another well worked team goal which was just reward for man of the match Louis McNAMARA who side footed the ball into an unguarded net to make it 3-1. 



City Youth Match Reports Reports more from 1990/91 - Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more trivia from 30 years ago.

Well done Terry Edwards.


The Under 12's East were at home to Sellotape in the league and although they were 1-0 up through an own goal in the end, they had to be content with a point as the match finally ended in a 1-1 draw. Team: Butcher, G. Morgan, Beasant, Upjohn, Hull, Kerby, McKeown, Martin, Marriott, Hames, Phillips.     

Manager Phil Hallman was delighted with the Under 13's South performance as they defeated Boreham Wood JSC away 2-0 in the league with a goal apiece from Chris BLACK and Ben HALLMAN. Team: Lockwood, McManus, Parkin, King, Eve, Fitch, Pearman, Burr, Black, Hillman, Getley.       

There was a bit of a surprise for the Under 14's North when they went a goal down to Cockfosters in the first minute who had only eight players but they did turn up with nine but one got injured in the warm up before the match had kicked off.  After this set back the Saints took command and eventually ran out easy winners by seventeen goals to one, 17-1. Leading the way was Giovanni RUSSO with 8 goals and then came both Mark WARRINER and Robert DAY with a hat-trick each plus two from Tom WESTCOTT and a single from Craig CHAPMAN. Squad: Tucker, Owen, W. Page, Westcott, Veasey, Pearman, Redford, Clarke, Russo, Warriner, Day, Chapman, Mazzeo (all played).     

The Under 17's were at home to Boreham Wood and by half time they were 4-0 down but after a chat from acting manager Mike Attfield the second half was a completely different affair and the Saints hit back with three goals. Lee ATTFIELD scored of the goals whilst Andy BEALE hit the third and he even had another effort against the crossbar with other players having numerous efforts cleared off the line but they had to be content with just three despite a excellent second half performance. Squad: Elliott, Cannon, Taylor, Attfield, White, Irvine, Long, Andrews, Bailey, Beale, Guy, Brosnan Edwards (all played).       


In the afternoon there was a friendly match between the Under 15's and Under 16's with boys from the Under 14's and Under 17's  to add their names to the squads and so it turned into match with a right mixture of lads from four different age groups. The Under 16's won 2-0 with two goals from Chris YEO and it must be there were 4 sets of brothers playing on the pitch all at one time and they were John Clark, Paul Clark, Barry Edwards, Laurence Edwards, Derren Elliott, Ross Elliott, Matt Lawrence and Stewart Lawrence. Could that ever happen again. The rest of the players were James Varley, Phil Franklin, Chris Yeo, Gary Sippetts, Simon Gammon, Stephen Chapman, Tim Carter, Russell Twigg, Daniel Bowman, Jose Moreno, James Gill, Nick Shaw, Darren Kipling, Jesse McIntosh, Paul Taylor, Paul Bentley, and Matthew Miller.    


The Under 10's drew at home to Harpenden Colts 1-1 with Roland JAMES the Saints scorer. Squad: Dawe, Fellowes, Markham, Pallett, Seeby, Godfrey, Goom, Hamilton, James, Jenkins, Martin, Woodley, P. Morgan (all played).       

Away to Woodhall Wanderers saw the Under 11's B play very well as they ran out winners 5-3 with two goals from Philip TURNER (both penalties) and singles from Matthew SCAYSBROOK, Martin THOMPSON, and Piers CARRUTHERS. Team: Bonington, Watts, Scase, Jukes, Brazil, Turner, Thompson, Carruthers, Scaysbrook, Harvey.       

Lee MILES scored the only goal for the Under 11's A as they lost 4-1 away to Evergreen in the league. Squad: Cornish, M. Coughlan, J. Coughlan, Goodier, Black, Carter, Sibley, McCallum, Searle, Miles, Taylor, Meakins, Paiacchiola (all played). 

Playing Sellotape away in the league were the Under 12's West and their hosts really got stuck in to win 5-0. Team: Shadbolt, Cutmore, I. Morgan, Stephenson, Claxton, Skidmore, Burgess, Ashley, Griffiths, Howley, Fricker.     

A fine performance by the Under 12's East away to Garston Boys in the County Cup saw them 8-0 and they are now into the quarterfinals. Scorers were Stephen McKEOWN 4, Simon MARTIN 2, Matthew PHILLIPS, and David UPJOHN. Squad: Butcher, Kerby, Beasant, Hull, Wray, Timberlake, Hames, Upjohn, Martin, McKeown, Phillips, G. Morgan, Mummery (all played).         

The Under 13's South continue their good run in the league with a 1-0 home win over Peckwater Strikers with Chris BLACK scoring the only goal of the match. Squad; Lockwood, Hill, King, Parkin, McManus, Pearman, Fitch, Burr, Black, Hallman, Getley, Rosenthal, Eve (all played).   

Simon DEAN scored the only goal for the Under 13's North as they lost 8-1 to Gadeside Rangers in the Ron Sharp Trophy.  Squad: Milner, Mead, Scorer, Garrett, Lawrence, Shadbolt, Field, Sissons, Stevenson, Dean, Scase, Gentry (all played).     

The Under 14's South lost 2-0 away to Princes Park in a league match. Squad: Thompson, Lawrence, O'Sullivan, Mulkerrin, Sankey, Elliott, Prowle, Flitton, Bowman, Edwards, Godden, Denholm (all played).         

Continuing their great goalscoring run were the Under 14's North as they defeated London Colney away 6-1 in the league with the goals coming from Giovanni RUSSO 2, Mark REDFORD 2, Tom PEARMAN and Craig CHAPMAN. Squad: Tucker, Owen, W. Page, Wescott, Veasey, Mazzzeo, Russo, Newton, Warriner, Pearman, Day, Redford, Chapman (all played).         

Making his debut for the Under 15's was Jose MORENO and scored both of the Saints goals in their 2-1 win away at Sellotape in the Fawcett Trophy whilst Phil Franklin had a brilliant game in goal for the Under 15's. Team: Franklin, Edwards, Fletcher, Gill, Smith, Field, Twigg, Miller, Shaw, Carter, Moreno.       

Also, in the Fawcett Trophy saw the Under 16's East lose 7-2 at home to Princes Park with Philip HAYTON and Ian STAPLETON scoring the young Saints goals. Team: Bradbury, Bolding, Dudey, Tucker, Thrussell, Stapleton, Dunn, Snoad, Williams, Hayton, Day.       

In the Benevolent Shield were the Under 17's and despite a good display from the Saints they eventually went down 5-2 with Lee IRVINE and Jason BAILEY getting their names on the score sheet. Squad: Elliott, Cannon, Taylor, White, Attfield, Edwards, Irvine, Andrews, Bailey, Beale, Brosnan, Dunbar (all played).

FOOTNOTE:   Simon Martin, who was playing for the under 12's East in 1990 went on to play for the 1st team for St Albans City, making his debut off the bench and scoring within a minute in 1996 to earn a 1 – 0 victory, all this whilst still playing for the Youth team managed by Mervyn Morgan and David Wray. Simon had four spells with the first team scoring 90 goals (which puts him in the top ten goalscorers list for the club) and made over 300 appearances, which again puts him in the top twenty appearance of all time for St Albans City FC.


City Youth Match Reports Reports from 1988 - Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more trivia from 32 years ago.

Well done Terry Edwards.


After a poor display last week, the Under 13's found their scoring form this week when they played Lyndholm United away and they ran out winners by sixteen goals to one (16-1).

Chris FIELD scored the first goal with a low shot into the bottom right hand corner and then Merck POWELL hit number two close range whilst Phil FRANKLIN headed home the third after a corner with Jonathan RICE slipping home another goal to make it 4-0. Merck POWELL then made it 5-0 with his second goal of the match whilst Phil FRANKLIN also netted his second goal this time with a close range effort to make it 6-0 whilst just before half time Ashraf CHOUDHURY flicked home number seven following a great cross from Chris Field. A minute into the second half the young Saints won a penalty which was struck home by Ashraf CHOUDHURY and they then made it 9-0 with another goal from Ashraf CHOUDHURY with a great chip over the keeper to complete his hat-trick. Goal number ten was scored by Laurence EDWARDS(Mighty Mouse) with a low left foot shot after a fine run and pass from Choudhury with Merck POWELL then making it 11-0 with a close range effort which meant he had also scored a hat-trick of goals. Lyndholm then pulled a goal back but the young Saints quickly hit back and scored another goal when Laurence EDWARDS scored from six yards after a good low cross from Powell. Ashraf CHOUDHURY then scored two more goals to take his tally for the match to 5 with the first one coming from the penalty spot whilst his other was cracking strike into the top corner to make it  14-1. Stuart WRIGHT and Jonathan RICE then scored a goal apiece to wrap the scoreline up but it could have been more if it were not for Mark Richens the Lyndholm keeper who pulled off some tremendous saves to stop the Saints from scoring more. Squad: Varley, Smith Bradley, Thompson, Franklin, Carter, Field, Powell, Shaw, Rice, Choudhury, Edwards, Wright (all played). Christy (did not play).     Goalscorers; Ash Choudhury 5, Meryck Powell 3, Phil Franklin 2, Laurence Edwards 2, Jonathan Rice 2, Chris Field, Stuart Wright.   

FOOTNOTE: For the 1988-89 SEASON saw Ash Choudhury scored a total of 72 goals.           

Another team that scored double figures were the Under 16's who defeated Berkhamsted Dynamos away in the county cup by the scoreline 10-2 with Stephen HERBERT leading the way with a hat-trick of goals. The other goals were scored by Daniel MOORE 2, Adrian O'CONNOR 2, James TAYLOR, Robert MANN plus one own goal. Squad: Maton, Russo, Pini, Taylor, Moore, Wildman, Saunders, Booth, Herbert, Mann, O'Connor, Yeo, Collins (all played).         

The Under 11's were at home to Tigers in the Bushey League Cup and they also turned in a great performance with Tom Lawrence having an outstanding match to help the Saints to win by six goals to two. Scoring the goals were Tom LAWRENCE with a hat-trick with all of his goals being powerfully struck shots from outside the box. The other goals were scored Simon DEAN, Chris SCORER and James GARRETT. Squad: Hallman, Constable, Gentry, Mead, Daw, Burr, Scorer, Lawrence, Dean, Baladi, Scase, Garrett, Morris (all played.).   

The Under 14's West were away to Bovingdon in the county cup and two goals by Paul CLARK and one each from Paul LINDSAY and Keith DAWSON gave the young Saints 4-0 lead at half time. Bovingdon pulled two goals back before another from Paul CLARK to complete his hat-trick and also make the final score 5-2 plus it rounded off an exceptionally fine performance from the Under 14's West. Squad: Chapman, Jones, Hamer, Gammon, McIntosh, Young, Clark, Lindsay, Taylor, Dawson, Yeo, Chard, Smith (all played).

The first report I received of one of our teams losing this week was from the Under 10's who were away to Hobbs Hill Hornets in the county cup and although the Under 10's battled hard throughout the match they eventually lost by two goals to nil. Squad: Marriott, I. Morgan, Kerby, Erentrauts, G. Morgan, Hull, Jameson, Seeby, Timberlake, Wray, Hames, Plumley, Hawkins (all played)

The Under 12's South also could not find the back of the net in their county cup match and they went down by four goals to nil away to Tigers with William Denholm being named the Saints man of the match. Squad: Thompson, Lawrence, Chard, Godden, Maynard, O'Sullivan, Elliott, Denholm, Bowman, Flitton, Day, Edwards (all played).           

The Under 15's lost their first league match of the season when they lost 3-0 away to Boreham Wood JSC with goalkeeper Derren Elliott being named man of the match (so he says). Team; Elliott, Patel, Attfield, Burgess, Cannon, Guy, Dunbar, Andrews, Bennett, Long, Williams.         

Another team that lost their 100% record was the Under 18's who were away to Princes Park and by half time the Saints were 2-0 down and then early in the second period a bad decision by the match referee gave Princes Park a third goal. The Saints put all this behind them and fought back with a great goal from Neil YATES and then another from Stuart HEATHER for them to get back into the game at 3-2 but Princes Park scored a fourth and then the Saints were awarded a penalty which was tucked away by Dave ROSS so once again the Under 18's had closed the gap. In the final minutes of the game the home team struck again to win the match 5-3.  Squad: Wray, Gauthier, Stratford, Brewster, Taylor, Ross, Brownless, Yates, Atkinson, Heather, MacPherson, Shea, Turley (all played) Vickers (did not play).


City Youth Match Reports Reports from 1991 - Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more trivia from 19 years ago.

Well done Terry Edwards.


FOOTNOTE:  In the St. Albans City F.C. team on this day is Richard Evans and guess what I do thing he is helping to run a City Youth team in the this current season 2019-20 but he also his very late in texting in his results, come on Richard.

MIDWEEK YOUTH:   For the second week running the Saints Midweek Youth Team let a 3-1 lead slip to drop vital points in the Allied Counties East Division Championship away at Wembley. A spectacular overhead kick from Craig Mackail-SMITH, a drive from Greg DEACON and a close-range effort from Iaian TURKENTINE put the Saints 3-1 up and in command. Then a lack of concentration by the Saints defence let the home team Wembley to hit back with two late goals for the match to end up all square at 3-3 and so two vital points are dropped again.

The Under 18's South were at home to Headstone Manor in the challenge cup and although they were always in the lead throughout the match, they had to fight all the way in the end to secure a 5-3 victory. Jamie PARSONS scored the first 2 goals of which the second one was a beautiful curling shot from 20 yards. The other scorers were Ben GRAHAM, Ollie FRANKS and Kenny HULL who fired home the rebound after another great strike from Jamie Parsons had struck the foot of the post. Greg (the Cat) Deacon had a brilliant game in goal for the young Saints.

Away to Cassiobury Rangers saw the Under 17's asleep in the first half and after twice being a goal down they came back to gain at half time a 2-2 draw. The young Saints could have also been in-front just before the break but for a missed penalty when Allister Collins spot kick hit the outside of the post. A stern but inspirational half time team talk from Coach Mark Clark saw the young Saints turn in a far different performance in the second half. With the Under 17's really turning things on saw them run out winners by eight goals to two, 8-2. Scoring all the goals were Allister COLLINS 2, Chris BERGIN 2, Iaian TURKENTINE 2, Matt JONES and Chris SEEBY.

The Under 16's were away to Bengeo Tigers and they finally won 4-2 after early on they missed a penalty kick which was taken by Matt Hanson. James HARVEY scored the first goal whilst Jack WELSH the equaliser before Matt HANSON and Raonull MacKinnon struck late on with two more goals to take all the points with a 

4-2 victory.

Andrew Sharp was named man of the match for the Under 15's East as they fought out a hard 0-0 draw at home to Sun Postal.   

Under 15's West also earned a point in a 1-1 draw at home to EDRS Stonegrove with James COOK giving the Saints an early lead but only for the visitors to snatch a late equaliser.

Both the Under 14's sides lost with the East finally losing 3-1 away to Chiltern to two second half goals with Dominic HAYNES scoring the East's goal.

The West went down 6-1 away to Bradwell in the East Anglian Cup with Phil WOOLFORD scoring for the Saints with a cracking free kick.

The Under 13's North were away to Sun Postals and although the Saints battled hard, they eventually went down 4-2 with Chris HASLAM and Ricky MILLER scoring for the Saints.     

A late consolation goal from Alex FRASER for the Under 13's South as they went down 3-1 away to Palace Youth North.     

Playing Birchwood away in the league saw the Under 13's Mid Herts win easily by nine goals to nil (9-0) with Robert PULLMAN scoring 6 of the goals to lead the goalscorers. The other goals were scored by Chris JELL with a brace and Louis MacMILLAN with one.

The Under 12's North turned in a below par performance as they lost 4-0 away to Belmont United in the league.   

At home to Tring Tornadoes the Under 12's South played a great game to win the 3-0 with man of the match Robbie PHILLIPS opening the scoring and then came goals from Jack SMITH and Scott CORLEY to round up the scoring.

With the score at 1-1 at half time saw the Under 11's West turn in a stunning second half display of football to beat Aldenham Eagles away 4-1. Nick GLASGOW scored in the first half whilst man of the match Daniel BISSELL put the Saints in front early in the second period. The other goals came from Michael GAMBLE and Ethan GOGARTY.

The Under 10's North lost 3-0 at home to Whetstone whilst the Under 10's South lost by the odd goal in seven 4-3 away to Boreham Wood 2000 in the league. Gareth SMITH and James LAW hit the goals for the Saints with the latter hitting home a loose ball in the box after a Ethan Douglas free kick had hit the post. The other goal was an own goal.     

Away to Oakhill Cubs saw the Under 10's West win 1-0 when man of the match Elliott GOWARD scored the winner with only five minutes to go.

The Under 8's were 2-0 down at half time at home to Comets Red but on came super sub Tom REDDINGS playing his first game for the Saints and he went on to setup two goals for the Saints both of which were scored by Alex GOLDSTONE to earn the young Saints a 2-2.