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.