Under 10 Blues

Season 2006/07

11 March – 7 aside Friendly – Woodston 1 Deeping Blue 5

A bare bones Deeping side travelled to Woodston for a friendly match on a lovely winters morning and came away with an excellent victory after a superb 7 aside performance. Fountain and Smith were unavailable, so there was a shuffle around in team positions and a chance for players to show their versatility. Alex Blades, who was forced into goalkeeping duties after an unfortunate pre-match warm-up injury, coped well with the little he had to do and distributed the ball well to his own players. Ward-Jones, Baxter and Jones defended solidly, allowing Woodston very few chances and frequently turning defence into attack with intelligent passes. James Morten produced a hard working, combative, midfield performance, continuously snapping at the Woodston players heels and never allowing them to settle on the ball. Wright, Gale and Allen took their turns as attackers, worked hard and intelligently, putting pressure on the home side defenders, but unfortunately all three didn’t get the goal they deserved. The 1st half finished 3-0. Ward-Jones opened the scoring minutes into the game, striking a low, long range, pinpoint accurate shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Baxter blasted in a long range thunderbolt, soon after, for the second and the third came courtesy of an own goal after an excellent corner and good Deeping pressure. The 2nd half continued pretty much the same as the 1st with Deeping carrying on their good work. Woodston eventually managed to create a couple of good chances but Deeping midfielder, Morten secured the victory with a deserved goal after being quickest to a loose ball from another well placed corner. Woodston managed a consolation goal but it was Deeping central defender, Baxter, who had the last word with a spectactular, long range, curling, free kick that hit the top corner, leaving the Woodston players stunned and the referee plus all the spectators applauding. The Deeping players players were applauded off the pitch by the away fans who had witnessed a fantastic performance. Well done boys.

Deeping Team – Blades, Jones, Baxter, Ward-Jones, Morten, Wright, Gale and Allen

TEAM  P  W  D  L  F  A  PTS
 RIPPINGALE ROVERS  14  12  2  0  40  11  38
 NORTHBOROUGH BLUE  14  11  2  1  65  9  35
 DEEPING RANGERS BLUE  14  8  3  3  33  14  27
 SPALDING ATHLETIC  14  5  3  6  23  21  18
 WOODSTON DYNAMO  14  3  3  8  17  33  12
 BOURNE TOWN BLUE  14  3  1  10  12  35  10
 GLINTON UNITED BLUE  14  3  1  10  12  46  10
 CROWLAND JUNIORS  14  2  3  9  14  47  9

4 March – Spalding Athletic U9s 3 – Deeping Rangers Blue U9s 0

This result marked a disappointing end to a fine league season for Deeping Blue. Both teams contributed to a physical but entertaining, end to end first half that could have gone either way. Before the break, Gale, Morten and Smith, as well as goalkeeper, Ward-Jones produced an excellent display to keep Spalding out, while Baxter and Fountain came extremley close to giving Deeping the first half advantage. The pivatol point came early in the second half, when Spalding scored and two Deeping players, Fountain and Smith, both left the field with injuries. Deeping worked hard but found themselves a mountain to climb once Spalding scored their second. Spaldings third goal effectively killed off the game, leaving Deeping wishing the full time whistle would quickly blow.

The friendly game, played afterwards, ended 3-0 to Deeping and proved that Deeping will be very competitive next season at 7 aside. 2 excellent goals from Fountain and a poachers goal from Wright was just reward for the excellent passing football and hard work that the whole Deeping side produced. Deeping Blue have had an excellent 1st season together and finished third in the Peterborough Junior Alliance U9 Blue league. Congratulations to champions Rippingale.

Deeping team – Ward-Jones, Smith, Blades, Morten, Allen, Gale, Fountain, Wright and Baxter

4 February – Glinton Blues U9s 0 – Deeping Blues U9s 5

Deeping kept up their chase of the leading two teams in the Blue Zone with a fine win against a spirited Glinton side. This week, Deeping managed to convert their superior possession and domination into goals. Deeping finished the 1st half with a 2-0 lead after excellent unstoppable strikes from Baxter and Fountain. James “Jimmy” Morten, Alex Blades and Tom Smith were instumental in the dominant 1st half display, working hard and tackling like demons. Four changes were made to the Deeping team at half time and the good work from the 1st half was carried on into the 2nd. Baxter struck for Deeping straight after the break, when his driven corner fortuitously deflected in off a defender. He then went on to get his hat-trick with a powerful run from his own half, down the left wing, cutting inside and blasting into the top right corner. William Wright made it five, when he turned the ball into net from close range after good work between Ethan Gale and new boy, Zac Allen. Glinton had some good moments of their own during a pulsating 2nd half but Deeping goalkeeper, Callum Ward-Jones, produced some fine saves and Alistair Jones made a brave goal line clearance to keep a deserved Deeping, clean sheet.

Deeping Squad – Ward-Jones, Smith, Blades, Morten, Baxter, Fountain, Gale, Jones, Allen and Wright

27 January – Woodston U9s 1 – Deeping Blue U9s 1

Even with the loss, due to illness, of influencial player, Tom Smith, Deeping Blue were disappointed to leave Woodston with only a draw. This was a game that Deeping totally dominated but could easily have lost, due to a combination of some solid Woodston defending and excellent goalkeeping. On the sloping Woodston pitch, Deeping were literally and metaphorically facing a second half uphill battle, after they failed to capitalise on an excellent footballing, 1st half performance. Deeping continued the second half in dominant style, but, as can happen in football, they were hit by a sucker punch. Woodston scored with their only attempt on goal after hitting Deeping on the break, with most of the Deeping players committed forward. The uphill battle had become steeper and full credit to Deeping they never let their heads drop. Fountain, Morten and Baxter worked their socks off to find the equaliser that Deeping deserved and eventually it came. The ball was passed to Baxter on the half way line and he powered off down the left wing, leaving Woodston defenders in his wake before cutting inside and unleashing an unstoppable shot over the keepers head and into the far corner. Deeping looked for the winner in the final minutes, but despite good pressure, they were unable to find it. James “Jimmy” Morten had an huge game in midfield, winning loads of challenges, as well as skillfully beating much bigger opponents. The performance was definately more important than the result and a lesson was learnt that somedays it does’nt matter how well you play you are not always going to win.

Deeping Rangers – Jones, Ward-Jones, Blades, Baxter, Wright, Fountain, Allen, Morten and Gale

20 January – League Cup (Quarter Finals) – Deeping Blues U9s 1 – Rippingale U9s 4

Deeping Blues bowed out of the U9s League cup at the quarter final stage, after losing 4-1 against Blue Zone leaders, Rippingale. The game was played in extremely difficult conditions, with the usual Outgang Road force 5 gale feeling more like a force 10, so it was with credit to the players from both sides for an entertaining game. Deeping started off brightly, against the wind, but an excellent set piece from a corner allowed Rippingale midfielder, Hampson, to rocket in an unstoppable shot from long range. Deeping were really under the cosh after this goal and a second wasn’t long coming. Munton pounced on a horrible defensive error and made no mistake from close range. No more goals followed in the 1st half, and the half-time whistle couldnt come soon enough for the tired Deeping players. Deeping heads needed to be lifted and a reminder was made to the Deeping players that the wind was now in their favour, and they were more than capable of overturning the current scoreline. The only problem was that Rippingale came out even stronger, and even the wind seemed to move direction to compound Deepings uphill task. Deeping eventually sprang into life, with both Baxter and Fountain going extremely close, but it was Rippingale who added to the scoreline with some skillful play and an excellent finish from Jon Jo Roberts. Deeping then went on to score within seconds of the kick-off, with Baxter making a stong run down the left and pulling it back for Fountain to finish coolly from close range. It was then Rippingales turn to score from the kick-off, when a slick move through Deepings tired defence allowed Durrant to slip the ball past the Deeping custodian, Ward-Jones. Game over. Well done Rippingale and best of luck for the rest of the tournament. Deeping need to put this performance out of their minds and get back to playing the excellent football previous to this match.

13 January 2007 – Deeping Blue U9s 3 – Crowland U9s 0

Deeping went 11 games undefeated with a hard earned win in difficult, breezy conditions against a much improved Crowland side. It was certainly a game of 2 halves, with both teams struggling to get forward when faced with the strong wind. Deeping started the match strongly and went 1-0 within a minute. James “Jimmy” Morten showed real determination and bravery when bundling in the ball after some good work from defender, Lewis Fountain. With the wind behind them, Deeping created numerous chances and the second goal wasn’t long coming. Morten crossed from the right and the ball was coolly despatched into the corner of the net by the hard working and ever busy, Tom Smith. Deeping dominated the 1st half but no more goals came. Crowland came out in the 2nd half with a real passion and desire to get back into the game but strong defending from Baxter and Fountain and a man of the match performance from Goalkeeper Ward-Jones prevented Crowland from scoring a deserved goal. Deeping scored a 3rd against the run of play, when their only attack of the 2nd half produced a corner. Smith pounced on the perfectly placed corner, that was straight from the training ground, for his 2nd and an unassailable lead for Deeping. Deeping Blue have a very tough quarter-final cup match next week at home against Rippingale and will need to show the same determination, as today, to progress to the semis. Best of luck to James Roberts who has again started his trials with Peterborough Utd and will be really missed.

Deeping Team – Ward-Jones, Baxter, Fountain, Blades, Morten, Jones, Smith, Wright and Gale

6 January 2007 – Deeping Rangers Blue U9s 4 – Glinton Blues U9s 1

Deeping continued a fine run of form and results with a battling win in this rearranged fixture against Glinton Blues. Glinton, who are surprisingly bottom of the Blue league, took a deserved lead early in the 1st half, when Deeping old boy, Jamie Skinner, raced past the Deeping defence and powered in an unstoppable shot. This was the wake-up call some of the Deeping players needed and their response was exactly what their manager was looking for. A mixture of hard work and neat passing provided Deeping with the platform needed to dominate the game and this domination soon provided the equaliser. Deeping defender, Alistar Jones, pounced on a loose ball down the right, and hit a screamer past the Glinton custodian. This was Alistars first league goal and a memorable moment for him. Deeping made it 2-1 just before half-time when striker, Lewis Fountain, desevedly fired in a goal. Deeping came out for the 2nd half determined to start this half better then they did the 1st. It wasnt long before Deeping striker, Jack Baxter, added 2 more goals to the Deeping total. Again this was a combination of good passing and determination from the Deeping players. William Wright and Ethan Gale replaced Baxter and Fountain midway through the second half, both played well and were unfortunate not to add to the Deeping scoreline, while a changed formation in defence stopped Glinton from getting back into the game. Another excellent defensive performance from Tom Smith.

Deeping Blue Squad – Ward-Jones, Smith, Roberts, Jones, Blades, Baxter, Fountain, Wright, Gale and Morten

16 December 2006 – Rippingale Rovers U9s 1 – Deeping Blues U9s 1

It was honours even in this keenly contested and entertaining match between two in-form teams. Both teams battled hard on a heavy, energy sapping pitch, without creating too many clear-cut chances and a draw was the right result. League leaders, Rippingale, broke the deadlock at the end of the 1st half when an innocuous shot from their striker squirmmed through the hands and between the legs of the Deeping goalkeeper. Deeping went into the 2nd half still positive of getting back on level terms and again a lucky break, this time for Deeping, produced the parity they deserved. Deeping committed players forward for a corner from Baxter, that just sneaked between the Rippingale custodian and the near post. Both teams went out in search of the winner but both sets of defences stayed solid. This was Rippingales first dropped points of the season and Deeping have now gone seven games without defeat.

Deeping team – Jones, Smith, Roberts, Morten, Fountain, Baxter, Blades, Ward-Jones, Wright and Gale

9 December – Deeping Blues U9s 2 – Bourne Blues U9s 0

Both teams entered into the match with their confidence high after good recent results, so a good, tough game ensued with Deeping having to work hard for their victory. Deeping had the lions share of the possession, but unlike previous weeks, were unable, as well as being stubbornly prevented from turning this possesssion into goals. Deeping defender, Tom Smith had a superb game against his home town, repelling the Bourne attacks as well as driving Deeping forward. Deeping took the lead just before half-time when James Roberts blasted in a free kick from the edge of the area. A couple of changes were made at half-time to the Deeping team and it was one of these substitutes, William Wright, who finished off a excellent passing move between Smith, Roberts and Fountain. This was Williams debut for Deeping and his first ever league match, so all at Deeping Blues were delighted for him. Deeping never really looked like losing a goal from then on but unfortunately didnt really create too much either. Deeping will need to get back into the groove of previous weeks to get a good result next week against league leaders Rippingale and the return of Baxter from illness should hopefully give them some extra pace up front.

Deeping Team – Ward-Jones, Smith, Blades, Jones, Roberts, Gale, Fountain, Morten and Wright

2 December – Abbey Athletic U9s 2 – Deeping Blues U9s 8

Deeping Blues romped to a fantastic win in this 2nd round of the KO cup. The 1st half saw Deeping produce some wonderful flowing football that Abbey found impossible to deal with. The passing and movement from defence, midfield to the strikers was of the highest quality that the half-time scoreline of 5-0 could have easily been more. Lewis Fountain scored a 1st half hat-trick as well as bedazzling the opponents defenders with his superb ball skills and then James Roberts struck twice before the interval while producing his usual combative midfield display. Striker, James Morten, was involved in most of the 1st half goals but didnt get his own that he thoroughly deserved. Deeping Blue made 3 changes at half-time and it seemed as though the goal fest would continue when a fine outside of foot pass from Baxter allowed Gale through on goal and he made no mistake slipping past the Abbey keeper. Abbey came back strongly after this goal and with the help of some rare sloppy Deeping mistakes the scoreline soon became 6-2. Unfortunately for Abbey the comeback was not to be as Deeping defender, Tom Smith, bravely bundled home a corner and then finally Baxter made it eight by firing his shot into an open net. Many thanks to Will Gale from IFS who kindly donated new rain jackets to the Deeping Blue team

25 Nov – Spalding U9s v Deeping Blues U9s – MATCH ABANDONED

A thunderstorm with heavy hail and rain brought a premature end to a highly entertaining game. Proceedings were brought to an unfortunate halt at half-time with Deeping leading 1-0. Deeping had produced some of their best passing football of the season to create numerous problems for the Spalding defence and it wasnt long before the goal came. A huge challenge in the middle of the pitch, by Deeping striker, Fountain, allowed him to thread a wonderfully timed pass to Baxter, who was powering into space, and thundered the ball past the helpless Spalding keeper. The Deeping defenders, Roberts and Smith along with goalkeeper Ward-Jones, did extremely well when called upon and along with all the other Deeping players contibuted immensly to this top quality display in such adverse conditions. James Roberts is now back with the Deeping side till early next year when he will then return to Peterborough Utd to continue his trial

18 Nov – Deeping Blue U9s 1 – Northborough Blues 1

Deeping went into this match on the back of a excellent cup victory against high fliers Sawtry,so were feeling confident of getting a decent result against an equally tough Northborough side. Deeping flew straight out of the blocks creating numerous chances through strikers, Morten and Fountain, and midfielder, Baxter, pegging Northborough back into their own half. The pressure finally told when one of the numerous Deeping corners finally eluded the Northborough defenders leaving Fountain free to fire in from close range to giving Deeping a deserved lead. After the goal, Deeping were probably guilty of over confidence by allowing too many of their players to move forward leaving themselves exposed at the back but Deeping goalkeeper, Ward-Jones, produced two excellent one on one saves to deny Northborough a 1st half equaliser. Northborough came out for the 2nd half strong and determined to equalise but some brave, heroic defending from Baxter, Smith and Blades allowed this game to go to the wire. The dying minutes saw Northborough striker, Laughton, punish the tired Deeping defenders who gave him too much space, with a powerful long range effort that brought the scores level. Deeping made one more effort to win the game and nearly did when Baxter played a through ball to Fountain who forced a fantastic save from the Northborough goalkeeper. Well done Deeping Blues on a gritty, determined, hard working display, that squad member, James Roberts(currently on trial with Peterborough Utd U9s), would be proud of. Best of luck to James.

Deeping Blues Squad – Ward-Jones, Smith, Jones, Blades, Baxter, Gale, Fountain and Morten

4 Nov – KO Cup – Sawtry Colts U9s 1 – Deeping Blues U9s 2

This was a well deserved cup victory for Deeping Blues against the runaway leaders of the U9s White Zone. The game started badly for Deeping after Howe, for Sawtry, headed in from a long throw leaving the Deeping players stunned. Instead of letting their heads drop, the Deeping players responded well by piling pressure on the Sawtry defence and it wasnt long before Jack Baxter fired in a poweful long range effort that poduced the parity that Deeping deserved. Deeping forwards, Baxter, Fountain and Morten, with their pace and power, were now causing lots of problems for the Sawtry defence, while the Deeping defenders, Roberts and Smith as well as goalkeeper Jones were now dealing well with the clever Sawtry set pieces. Deeping scored their 2nd just before half time when Lewis Fountain bravely bundled in a James Roberts corner. The 2nd half was frenetic end to end with Deeping pushing for a third and Sawtry looking for the equaliser but the Deeping defence repelled the Sawtry attack comfortably while Baxter and Fountain looked the more likely to extend their lead. Even after Deepings dominance the full time whistle still came as a relief.

Deeping Blues Squad – Jones, Smith, Roberts, Morten, Fountain, Baxter, Gale, Blades and Ward Jones

28 Oct – Deeping Blues U9s 2 – Woodston Dynamos 0

This was an excellent battling performance against a well organized Woodston side. Both teams produced some exciting, end to end football which should have, but didnt, produce a 1st half goal. This was mainly down to some top quality goalkeeping from both the Woodston goalie and also Alistair Jones, the Deeping goalkeeper. Deeping came out strong for the 2nd half and the pressure finally told when James “Jimmy” Morten ghosted in to score 2 predatory goals that has now become his trademark. Morten, who only a few hours earlier had just flown in from Spain, popped up for the 1st after an excellent control and pass from Roberts while the 2nd came from close range after good work and a cross from Smith. Callum Ward-Jones, Alex Blades and Tom Smith defended stubbornly to keep a clean sheet while Baxter ran himself into the ground without getting the goal he deserved.

14 Oct – Crowland U9s1 – Deeping Rangers Blues U9s 5

Deeping bounced back from the defeat of the previous week with an emphatic victory against Crowland. Deeping were on the attack from the start but were unable to capitalise, until mid way through the 1st half, from the pressure they had piled onto the battling Crowland defenders. Deepings 1st goal eventually came after Lewis Fountain played in a neat ball to an unmarked Jack Baxter who slipped it home from close range. This should have been the opening of the flood gates but it was Crowland who struck back just before half time, when McNabs shot deflected off a Deeping defender and over the keepers head. The start of the 2nd half saw Deeping straight onto the attack after Fountain robbed the Crowland kick-off and fed Baxter down the right, he powered past the defenders and blasted in an unstoppable shot. This did then open the floodgates and it was again Baxter, with his power and pace who was causing the problems. The 3rd Deeping goal was a copy of their second but this time it required the “fox in the box”, Fountain, to turn in the rebound after the Crowland keeper had saved well from Baxter. The fourth goal came from a long clearance from Roberts that eluded the Crowland goalkeeper allowing Fountain to stab home his 2nd from close range. Baxter finally claimed his hat-trick after the ball was fed from Fountain on the edge of the area for Baxter to strike home powerfully. Alex Blades, James Roberts and Tom Smith played superbly in defence to thwart any chances that Crowland had to get back into the game, while Deeping goalkeeper, Alistair Jones, showed fantastic bravery by diving at the feet of the Crowland attackers.

7 Oct – Deeping Blues U9s 1 – Rippingale U9s 3

This was a disappointing result for a Deeping team that had in previous weeks produced some excellent performances. Rippingale scored within seconds of the Deeping kick-off after Deeping gave away possesion far too easily allowing an umarked Munton to slot the ball past the stranded Deeping goalkeeper. The second goal for Rippingale was vitually a carbon-copy of the 1st, with Munton classily placing the ball in the same corner as before. Deeping then threw themselves a lifeline after Baxter followed up on a rebound from Fountains shot. This then spurred Deeping into life, but the half-time whistle came at a time when an equaliser looked increasingly likely. The second half saw Deeping seeking parity but a costly kicking mistake from their usually solid goalkeeper saw Munton steal in to score his and Rippingales 3rd. The Deeping players tried their hardest but unfortunately never looked liked getting back into the game.

Deeping Squad – Ward-Jones, Roberts, Baxter, Fountain, Gale, Jones, Blades and Morten

23 Sept – Bourne Blues U9s 0 – Deeping Blues 5

Deeping came into this match full of confidence after their win the previous week and this confidence was justified with a dominant performance that saw the away goalkeeper, Alistair Jones, barely troubled. During the 1st half Deeping produced a hatfull of chances but a combination of poor finishing and excellent goakeeping kept the score down to 2-0. The 1st goal came eventually after Roberts turned and volleyed in from a tight angle and the 2nd wasnt long following. Baxter floated a lovely long ball over the top of the Bourne defence for the ever alert Fountain to run onto and produce a quality finish. Deeping made 3 changes at half-time and one of these, James Morten, stole in to score two close range goals, after good work from Baxter down the left hand side. Baxter then helped himself to a goal, after his free-kick skidded off the slippery surface and squirmed under the Bourne goalkeeper . James Roberts put in a phenomenal midfield perfomance and won every tackle and header as well as covering every blade of grass on the pitch. Well done to James Morten on scoring his 1st ever league goals and Im sure they wont be the last.

Deeping Squad – Jones, Smith, Baxter, Morten, Blades, Gale, Fountain, Ward-Jones and Roberts

16 Sept – Deeping Rangers Blue U9s 2 – Spalding Athletic U9s 1

Deeping Blues emerged bruised and desevedly victorious from a pulsating physical game that was won in the final minute. Once Deeping had woken up after a shakey start the home side began to dominate and mounted a series of attacks. Spalding looked dangerous from corners with Plants height advantage, but defenders, Smith and Roberts, as well as goalkeeper Ward-Jones, kept solid and coped well. Deeping then opened the scoring from a set piece after Baxter floated a quick pinpoint free kick for Fountain to flick on past the despairing Spalding keeper. The 2nd half saw Spalding determined to address the balance but Deepings players stayed strong and tackled well. Spaldings equaliser, 3 minutes from time, came from Bell, after a clearance from a Deeping corner reached him on the half way line, he then powered his way towards the home goal with the Deeping defenders in hot pursuit, and then coolly slotted home. the grandstand finish followed with both teams desperate to find a winner, but it was Deeping substitute Ethan Gale who became the hero. In the final minute, Gale popped up to head in a rebound, after a fierce shot from the superb Roberts was parried by the goalie into Ethans path.

9 September Match Report Under 9’s Northborough Blue U9s 2 – Deeping Blues U9s 1

This was a real battle between 2 strong sides and the match could easily have gone either way. Deeping, who included 3 league debutants, struck 1st, with Jack Baxter finishing well after a superb attacking run from sweeper, James Roberts. Deeping went into the interval 1-0 up and happy with their all round performance. “More of the same” was the call from Deeping Coach, Dean Baxter and the Deeping players didnt disappoint until, midway through the 2nd half, when an attempted headed clearance looped over the keepers head and dropped agonizingly into the net. Not long after the equalizer, Northborough forced home the winner after Deeping struggled to clear from defence. Deeping mounted numerous attacks after that to create an exciting finale, but couldnt find their way through the home defence. This was a good, solid Deeping performance against a side who are favourites to win the league and both managers left the field agreeing that a draw would have been the right result.

Deeping Squad – Alistair Jones, Callum Ward Jones, James Roberts, James Morten, Alex Blades, Ethan Gale, Jack Baxter and Lewis Fountain

Season 2005/06

12 March – Deeping Rangers U8’s 2 Northborough U8’s 0

Champions Deeping played their final league match against Northborough Black on a bitterly cold morning. Again the Deeping players seemed to have left their shooting boots at home after spurning a hatful of chances against a spirited Northborough side. The first half ended 2 – 0 to Deeping with a well taken first time shot from Andrews finding ther back of the net as well as Baxter bundling the ball in off a defender. Amazingly, no more goals came in the second half despite Deeping palying some lovely passing football, leaving Northborough chasing shadows. George Hick, as in many matches, was involved in nearly all of the flowing football and showed his awareness of his team mates positions with some simple but effective passing, creating numerous chances for the other Deeping players.

22 January 2006: Powerleague U8’s 0 Deeping Rangers U8’s 7

This match was top against bottom and the gulf between the two teams was not reflected by the scoreline. The score could quite easily have been double figures with many shots going agonisingly close and some good scoring opportunities squandered after many of the Deeping players were guilty of holding onto the ball a bit too long, when a simple pass to a team mate would have been a better option. Against better opposition Deeping will find it difficult to score if they don’t play as a team. This moan alone, all the Deeping players produced solid performances and Powerleague never reallty got a sniff at goal. The writing was on the wall for Powerleague after Lewis Fountain scored within seconds of the kick off. He then completed a great hat-trick and James Roberts scored Deeping’s fourth before their departures at half time. Jack Baxter and Jamie Skinner replaced the first half goalscorers and soon added three more goals between them. Baxter scored from one of his trademark power shots and Skinner scored his two goals after showing excellent skill and composure. Both Tom Smith and Callum Ward-Jones were unlucky not to be on the score sheet but both played extremely well. Rhys Young produced another solid performance in defence by quickly snuffing out any attacks Powerleague made. This was Deeping’s third successive clean sheet which is as pleasing as the amount of goals Deeping have scored and hopefully this will continue until the end of the season.

Deeping: Young, Smith, Ward-Jones, Fountain, Baxter, Roberts and Skinner.

4 January: At the turn of the year the team are 1st in their league with 11 wins and a draw out of 12 games and an average of 6-1

22 October:Deeping U8s 11 Glinton Blues U8s 0

Another fine footballing display from Deeping with goals coming from a variety of players. In the 1st half Jamie Skinner was outstanding, providing killer passes to set up Andrews and Fountain for the two opening goals and then helped himself to one with a powerful shot against his old team mates. Defender Dorward made it 4-0 with his trademark strong run and shot, while Fountain then finished the half with a hat-trick with 2 more of his skillfull solo goals. The second half continued much the same as the 1st with Jack Baxter whacking the ball in straight from the kick-off to make it 7-0. The impressive Rhys Young tapped in for his 1st and Deepings 8th and then scored the goal of the match with a thunderbolt to make it 9-0. Baxter continued the rout, reaching his hat-trick with a long range goal, and an impressive finish after good work from James Roberts. Mention must be made of Tom Smith who passed and tackled superbly in the middle of the field and deserved to score himself. Deepings keeper, Callum Ward -Jones had a quiet game but did extermely well when needed.

14 October: Yaxley B U8s 2 – Deeping Rangers U8s 5

This was a hard fought but deserved win against a well organised and resiliant Yaxley side. Deeping gained the upper hand with the 1st goal, a thunderous shot from Jack Baxter. George Hick scored the 2nd for Deeping but then Yaxley hit back before the half time interval to make it 2-1. After the break the outstanding Hick restored Deepings 2 goal lead with his second but it wasnt to last long as Yaxley brought the score back to 3-2. Deeping then battled hard and this produced a goal each for Fountain and Dorward. Deeping coach Dean Baxter commented afterwards ” This performance showed the the quality in depth the Deeping team has. Even with our 2 main strikers struggling, due to Asthmatic problems, those who stepped into their shoes did a fantastic job.” Deeping Scorers – Hick(2), Baxter, Fountain, Dorward Deeping Team – Andrews, Ward-Jones, Smith, Skinner, Hick, Baxter, Fountain, Dorward and Young

1 October 2005: SPALDING ATHLETIC U8s 1 – DEEPING U8s 4

This was a high quality game between two very good sides. In the early stages of the game both sides were equally matched but once Deeping scored the 1st goal they then took control of the game. Quality finishing from the forwards, solid defending and brave, alert goalkeeping made sure that this contest was beyond Spalding. Particularily pleasing again was Deepings passing and space awareness, as well as the ability to work hard against tough opponents. Deepings goals were scored by – Fountain(2), Baxter(1) and Skinner(1). Spaldings goal was scored by – Cooper Deeping Rangers team were; Ward-Jones, Roberts, Smith, Fountain, Dorward, Baxter, Young, Skinner and Hick.

17 September 2005: Deeping Rangers U8s produced a great allround display of football in their 15 – 0 defeat of Coates Crusaders B U8s. Deeping Rangers passed the ball around superbly from defence, midfield to attack creating numerous chances that were impressively finished. Dorward and Ward-Jones were solid in defence, Roberts and Smith created and scored chances from midfield while Baxter, Fountain and Hick showed how lethal they are up front. Mention must be made of Andrews who showed excellent concentration in goal while having little to do. Goalscorers were Baxter (6), Fountain (3), Hick (3), Roberts (2) and Smith (1). Deeping team were – Andrews, Dorward, Ward-Jones, Roberts, Smith, Hick, Fountain and Baxter

10 September 2005: Deeping Rangers U8s 7 – Wittering U8s 1

Deeping Rangers Under 8s made a great start in their 1st year of league football. Despite playing in torrential rain, Deeping turned in an excellent performance against Wittering Under 8s. Credit must be given to both sides for playing in such difficult conditions. Goals were scored by Fountain(4), Baxter(2) and Hicks(1). Deeping U8s team – Andrews, Roberts, Smith, Dorward, Ward-Jones, Young, Skinner, Hicks, Baxter and Fountain