Under 18 Juniors (Midland Floodlit Youth League)

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Manager: Rob Farrar

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Assistant Manager: Danny Gill

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Oadby Owls Under 18 (MFYL) Vs Alvis Sporting

16 December 2014 19:45

Half Time Score 2 - 1
Full Time Score 3 - 2


HO! HO! Hobart Christmas Cracker

Poachers welcomed Alvis Sporting to Freeway Park looking to get back to winning ways and keep up pressure on the top two. Poachers were out of the blocks like a greyhound – Danny Page knocked a line ball to Sam Grouse, his perfectly weighted through ball picked out Mason Stacey just inside the 18 yard box a flashing drive inside the near post gave the Alvis keeper no chance and Poachers were in front inside the first minute.

Alvis rallied producing some decent moves and were eventually rewarded scoring an excellent goal of their own. A flowing move down the right wing put the winger free, am almost perfect cross found the centre forward unmarked and his headed finish gave Elliot Tylor in the Poachers goal absolutely no chance. Once again Poachers engaged their goal scoring gear – Sam Grouse collected a midfield throw from Christian Farrar, Grouse spun away from the fullback before driving a perfect far post cross finding Joe Lee who side footed home to give Poachers a 2 – 1 lead at half time.

The heavens opened at half time making playing conditions get steadily worse as the half went on despite this both sides continued to try to play expansive football which made for very entertaining second period. Alvis got back on terms fashioning an opening on their left side well finished by the winger. Poachers then survived a period of Alvis pressure as the pitch conditions continued to deteriorate under the heavy rain the match became very open as both sides pressed for the winner.

Poachers in the end prevailed when an inspired substitution saw Alex Hobart add to his already impressive total only minutes after his introduction. Carter Gill, also on as a second half sub trapped a long Elliot Taylor clearance and played in Alex down the Poachers right, Alex opened his stride to take him past the fullback before unleashing a stunning drive which nestled just inside the far post.

Alvis should take an enormous amount of credit for their part in an entertaining game played in less than perfect conditions, in the end, as is often the case a little piece of individual class turned a draw into a win to put Poachers temporarily in top spot.

Goal Scorers

Mason Stacey, Joe Lee and Alex Hobart

Player of the Day


Reporter:Julian Burke

Oadby Owls Under 18 (MFYL) Vs Leamington

10 December 2014 19:45

Half Time Score 0 - 1
Full Time Score 1 - 3


Lacklustre Poachers Beat Themselves

Fresh from two fantastic results against Rugby and Coventry Poachers entertained fourth place Leamington hoping to strengthen their place amongst the front runners. From the start Poachers lacked rhythm allowing Leamington to dictate the early pace and have the lions’ share of possession which they used to great effect sweeping forward at every opportunity. Poachers rode the early storm and started to at least take their share of possession a good move down the left wing forced a corner and from the resultant kick Richard Black headed narrowly wide.

Another flowing move this time down the right saw Christian Farrar combine well with Danny page before crossing dangerously, Leamington cleared to the edge of the box and Tom Davies drove wide. Leamington then broke down the left side forcing a fine save from Josh Hallam and the resulting corner was well cleared. Poachers then had the chance of the half so far and should have taken the lead – Danny Page once again made progress down the right before crossing for James Parker his goal bound effort was blocked by the Leamington defence but only into the path of Sam Grouse, for once his usual clinical finishing deserted him as he put a close range half volley over the bar. Poachers then paid the price just before half time when they failed to properly clear a Leamington corner and from the resulting scramble they found themselves 0 – 1 down at the break. To be honest this was no more than Leamington deserved as they had looked the more likely to score.

Poachers started the second period with a much higher tempo pushing Leamington back and dominating possession for the first 15 minutes, despite this they were unable to capitalise on any of the half chances created and paid the price once more gifting a goal to Leamington following a defensive mistake. Now two behind all looked bleak but Poachers would not concede victory without a fight. A long clearance kick by Josh Hallam was cleverly trapped by Sam Grouse; he spun away from his marker before sliding an inch perfect pass through to Alfie Halford, after taking a good first touch Alfie sprinted past the last defender before crashing a splendid drive into the roof of the Leamington net.

Now with a chance of retrieving a result Poachers pressed forward with increased vigour, the midfield chased and harried for every scrap of possession and the forwards chased every lost cause. The push for an equaliser inevitably gave Leamington chances on the break – from one such break Josh Hallam failed to clear cleanly and the Leamington Centre forward chipped in to put the game beyond Poachers reach. One of those games that got away lads let’s look forward to getting back on track next week! Full Time: Poachers 1 Leamington 3 Scorers: Alfie Halford (1)

Goal Scorers

Lewis Halford

Player of the Day


Reporter:Julian Burke

Ashby Ivanhoe Vs Oadby Owls Under 18 (MFYL)

3 December 2014 19:00

Half Time Score 1 - 1
Full Time Score 1 - 3

County Cup

Oadby secure win with Triple Grouse

Poachers travelled to Ashby hopeful of gaining a place in the last four of the floodlit cup. Fresh from two outstanding league results in the last two weeks’ confidence was high. Poachers started well, looking sharp and focussed despite this Elliot Taylor was called upon to make an early save from the Ashby centre forward.

From an early attack poachers gained a dangerous free kick when the Ashby centre back passed back to the keeper. Jordie Burke collected a short free kick and crossed for Carter Gill, the resulting header went only narrowly wide with the Ashby keeper beaten. Anther free kick saw Poachers take the lead Jordie Burke this time provided Danny page with the ammunition, his deep cross found Alex Hobart on the far post, a clever knock down was temporarily cleared but Sam Grouse made no mistake crashing in the clearance with a fine left footed half volley.

Danny page then broke free down the right and was taken down by the out-rushing keeper and the referee had no choice but to issue a red card. Down to 10 men Ashby rallied well and claimed a penalty when the referee adjudged a foul had been committed just inside Poachers box, the Ashby No. 10 stepped up to equalise from the spot. All square at half time Poachers were now able to play keep ball having the extra and try to draw Ashby into committing men forward in order to get in behind them.

Although Ashby defended well it was only a matter of time before Poachers were in front again – Jordie Burke collected a pass from Richard Black before picking out the ever lively Sam Grouse cleverly using a decoy run from Alex Hobart to his advantage Grouse fired in to get his and Poachers second. Substitute James Parker then slide a fine ball through the tiring Ashby defence allowing Sam Grouse to cap a fine performance by completing his hat trick. Ashby continued to try to salvage something from a game they were never really in a position to win and Elliot Taylor made another fine save tipping a ball onto the post which looked bound for goal. In the end an easy day at the office for a confident Poachers squad and a semi-final place booked.


Goal Scorers

Sam Grouse (3)

Player of the Day


Reporter:Julian Burke

Oadby Owls Under 18 (Midland Floodlit Youth League) Vs Coventry Sphinx

26 November 2014 19:45

Half Time Score 0 - 1
Full Time Score 3 - 2


Grouse puts Sphinx in a Spin

For the second week running Poachers took on the league leaders this time welcoming Coventry Sphinx to Freeway Park who took over at the top after Poachers fine win at Rugby last week. Poachers had the better of the early exchanges looking sharp and passing the ball around with increasing authority and confidence. Sphinx looked dangerous on the break and gradually began to ease their way in to the match, Sphinx left winger had tremendous pace and turned this to their advantage with a storming run, crossing accurately for the centre forward to nod in and Poachers found themselves chasing the game. Despite much endeavour Poachers usual accurate passing deserted them and at half time they had to settle for being 0-1 down.

After the half time team talk Poachers came out with far more vigour and the slick passing returned, Alex Hobart, and Mason Stacey both had half chances to square the scores but both efforts went narrowly wide. Eventually the pressure bore fruit when Mason Stacey latched on to a perfect through ball and slotted a neat shot inside the far post to put us on level terms. Harvey Judd made progress down the Poachers left challenging strongly in two consecutive tackles before playing in Sam Grouse (on for James Parker) – Sam raced clear of the Sphinx fullback before rounding the keeper and side footing in a splendid individual goal. Elliot Taylor continued his fine form making a flying save to deny Sphinx from a stinging 25 yard free kick.

Now in charge of the match Poachers turned the screw allowing Sphinx only fleeting visits in to their half of the field, Richard Black once again looked a class act at the centre of Poachers back four alongside Tom Lee and the midfield duo of Jordie Burke and Tom Davies drove Poachers forward at every opportunity. Mason Stacey and Jordie Burke combined well in midfield to send Sam Grouse through on goal, despite being forced wide Sam nipped round the last defender and put in a fierce shot which the Sphinx keeper could only parry – Alex Hobart pounced to poke home the re-bound and Poachers are 3-1 in front and cruising. Spinx got a consolation goal late on following a breakaway move but it was not enough to deny Poachers another fine win putting them into second place just one point behind top spot.

With Sphinx and Rugby still to play each other twice before the end of the season we have to be in optimistic mood for the run in.


Goal Scorers

Sam Grouse (1) Alex Hobart (1) Mason Stacey (1)

Player of the Day


Reporter:Julian Burke

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