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Cottenham United Colts U10 1 v 2 Spartak 78 U10 (Cup)

Spartak 78 U10 won their first ever contest in the Cambs Mini League KO Cup with a narrow 2-1 away win against Cottenham Colts. Spartak got off to a bright start and there were early chances for Kaine, Hugo and Brad before Brad scored the opening goal after 8 minutes with a smartly taken finish from close range, after a neat pass from Lukas. However the hosts got back on level terms when they scored a headed goal from a corner as the Spartak defence failed to deal with a well flighted ball. Spartak didn’t waste time and scored again 5 minutes later after a sparkling exchange of passes between Kaine and Ethan eventually delivered the ball for Brad to shoot across the keeper into the bottom left hand corner to make it 2-1. This was no less than Spartak deserved as they were more than a match for Cottenham, who had won all 4 of their opening league matches. Into the 2nd half and the game went end to end with both teams looking to score the next goal. Kaine came closest for Spartak first with a free kick and then with a long range effort from the right wing which the Cottenham goalie pushed away for a corner. Spartak were resolute in defence with everyone battling hard to ensure that Cottenham were restricted to long range shooting. Kaine, Daniel, Ethan and Hudson held a firm back line and were ably supported by Ben, Sammy and Hugo who all made some crucial tackles in midfield to break-up any threats from the home team. Lukas and Brad kept the Cottenham defence on their guard chasing down every loose ball. A word too for the home referee who had a good game and the Spartak players were really pleased when he blew the final whistle to bring the match to an end and with that they move into the next round to be played in November.

Spartak 78 U10 1 v 0 Thurlow Youth U10 (Cup)

Spartak 78 U10 progressed into the 3rd round of the Cambs Mini League KO cup when a single goal proved enough to beat a very well organised Thurlow Youth. Spartak were quick out of the blocks and forced a series of corners but couldn’t create a clear cut opportunity to open the scoring. Eventually the breakthrough came after 22 minutes when a well struck long range free kick from Kaine was deflected upwards and looped over the Thurlow keeper into the back of the goal. Thurlow were proving to be quite a handful particular when attacking down either wing. On the stroke of half time Ben almost doubled Spartak’s lead when his shot hit the post after exchanging passes with Ethan.

The recent thaw meant sticky conditions for much of the game and the 2nd half was a frantic end to end affair as both teams looked to score the next goal. Spartak came close to scoring on 3 occasions when a thunderbolt from Daniel looked destined to score but it just had too much elevation and cleared the cross bar. Next Lukas was put through one on one with the keeper but his shot was well saved and then Kaine too was in one on one but couldn’t manage to hit the target. Thurlow too had their moments and Travis made 2 very good saves to keep Spartak in front and also Hudson made a really important block as a Thurlow player was preparing to shoot for goal. Finally the game ended much to the relief of the home side and they now look forward to another home tie in the next round in the New Year.

Spartak 78 U10 5 v 0 Comberton Crusaders U10 (Cup)

Spartak 78 U10 marched into the quarter finals of the Cambs Mini League KO cup with a convincing 5-0 home win against Comberton Crusaders. Spartak quickly got into their stride and put pressure on the visitors when Brad’s shot from the edge of the box came back of the cross bar and was cleared by the Comberton defence. Spartak took the lead after 6 minutes when Brad burst through to pick up a pass from Lukas and tucked the ball away to open the scoring. Spartak continued to pose the greater threat and it wasn’t surprising to see Brad grab another opportunity to make it 2-0 after 10 minutes. Then Lukas got in the act when he was picked out by Hudson’s pass and another cool finish gave Spartak a deserved 3-0 lead. Spartak were well in control and some neat passing football setup more chances for Ethan and Brad within the box and this was followed by some long range shots from Kaine and Ben. All the while Hudson patrolled the back line in a sweeper role to ensure that keeper Travis was well protected. Indeed Hudson needed to use all his experience when a Comberton striker broke through from the half way line and he just managed to catch up and get a touch on the ball to avert the danger on the edge of the penalty area.

Spartak had the best possible start to the 2nd half when Brad grabbed his hat-trick quickly pouncing on the loose ball to score from 6 yards. Comberton now saw more of the ball and the Spartak defence were well up to the task and when called upon Travis worked hard to keep a clean sheet. Spartak got their 5th and last goal of the game when Ethan showed some neat tricks to beat a defender and score with a low shot from just inside the box. Spartak’s hunger for goals saw them create several more chances as Hudson, Ethan, Lukas and Brad all came close. However this was an all round impressive team effort with Kaine, Hugo, Sammy and Ben all playing their part allowing some tired legs to take a rest towards the end. This was definitely Spartak’s best cup performance of the season and they advance now into the next round where they will travel to Histon in late February.

Hardwick Harriers U10A 0 v 5 Spartak 78 U10 (Cup) | Video | Play Now

Spartak 78 U10 cruised into the KO Cup Semi-Finals with a convincing display against a very good Hardwick Harriers U10A on a super playing surface at the St Catherine’s College playing fields, Cambridge. It was Spartak who created the first early chance when a shot from range on the run from Brad hit the side netting. Not long after Spartak took the lead as a cleverly lobbed pass from Ethan setup Brad, who beat the last defender and scored convincingly with a low shot passed the keeper. Spartak came real close to doubling their lead when Hudson’s free kick was just missed by 2 Spartak players and the slightest touch would probably have found the target. However Spartak did eventually get their second goal as a free kick from Brad, close to the half-way line was deflected by a Hardwick defender passed his goal-keeper. So 2-0 at half time and Spartak were within touching distance of the next round.

Hardwick came blistering out of the blocks at the start of the second half and now exerted some pressure on their opponents. Spartak keeper Travis did really well to keep out a deflected cross with his legs to ensure his team remained 2 goals clear and thankfully Ethan was on hand moments later to keep out another effort from Hardwick. Spartak finally got the ball up the other end of the pitch and were awarded a free kick on the right hand side. Daniel’s whipped in ball was flicked goalwards by Kaine and was well saved by the Hardwick keeper. Both teams continued to press and it was clear the next goal was going to be important. Spartak were now back on terms territorially and a well taken corner from Hudson was met superbly by Sammy and his bullet header was unstoppable and gave his team a comfortable 3-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining. This was followed by the move of the game, initially involving Kaine and Brad with a clever interchange in midfield, the ball was moved onto the left wing to Lukas and another 1-2 with his teammates saw his first time shot well saved by the Hardwick keeper low down by the foot of the post. Hudson got the 4th goal with a very typical run down the centre of the pitch beating 3 players and then firing a low shot across the keeper into the corner of the goal. Spartak had further chances before Lukas got the 5th goal after a very nice pass from Hugo put him clear. An excellent all-round team performance from Spartak means they progress into the Semi-Finals and will play Histon Hornets towards the end of March.

Histon Hornets U10 1 v 3 Spartak 78 U10 (Cup Semi) | Photos

Spartak 78 U10 beat Histon Hornets 3-1 to secure a place in the FA Cambs KO Cup Final to be played at the Cambridge Football Stadium, Trumpington Road. Conditions for football were really good with bright sunshine clearing the overnight frost and the pitch was in excellent condition. Spartak won the toss and elected to kick with the sun on their backs and with the assistance of the slight incline. Spartak players and supporters were pleased to see Hudson take his place in the starting line-up given the injury he had incurred in last week’s league game with Newmarket. Spartak started brightly and there were early chances for Daniel, Ethan and Hudson followed by some pressure from a series of Spartak corners. Histon looked to counter but found the Spartak defence in determined form as they protected their half and limited the chances for the home side. After 18 minutes the breakthrough came as Brad burst through at pace down the middle to slot his shot low and hard into the back of the Histon goal, just rewards as only moments earlier he had only been denied by the keeper’s feet. Towards the end of the 1st half Histon did have a good opportunity to get back on level terms but the shot went well wide of the Spartak goal. More good work by Spartak as they ended the half with Hudson bursting down the right wing and the ball eventually ran out for a goal kick.

Spartak were caught cold at the start of the 2nd half and Histon drew level within 30 seconds of the kickoff. The ball was moved quickly out to the left wing and Histon forward (Harvey Simpkins) cut inside to unleash an unstoppable powerful shot and credit to Travis he did manage to get his hands to the ball but couldn’t prevent it going in to level the score at 1-1. This clearly lifted the home side however Brad made his intentions clear as he took a long range pot shot from the kickoff to keep the Histon keeper on his toes. From the return drop kick Kaine won the ball in the middle of his own half and pushed the ball deep into Histon territory. Brad immediately pressurised the Histon left back and won the ball, what followed next was right out of the text book as first Brad picked out Lukas on the left hand side of the penalty area with an accurate pass and in turn Lukas’ one touch pass was met first time by Daniel and he curled his left footed shot around 2 defenders to beat the diving keeper in the corner of the goal to restore Spartak’s lead, to finish off a move of real quality. This was just what Spartak needed an immediate response and you sensed their confidence return. Ethan and Kaine worked really hard in midfield and defence alongside Hudson and with Lukas and Brad continuing to look threatening in attack Histon were pegged back for the next 10 minutes. Travis too was playing his part with some excellent distribution and drop kicking which helped Spartak to clear their lines, his timing and distance was first rate. Ringing the changes Hugo, Ben and Sammy came on again from the bench, to give Kaine, Daniel and Lukas a well earned rest. Ben and Hugo made some strong tackles in midfield and as usual Sammy was picking up the loose ball and using it really well. Into the last 5 minutes and now Histon were giving their all to seek out another equaliser. Thankfully Daniel made a super tackle to deny the Histon captain as he was bearing down on goal, and in the process he picked up a bad knock to his ankle, which meant he had to come off. Into injury time and Travis made a good interception to keep Histon out. From Hudson’s goal kick Kaine won the ball and found Lukas and his cross was met by Brad inside the penalty area and he just managed to get enough on the ball to force it over from close range to double the lead and secure the tie for Spartak. So a well earned 3-1 win for Spartak means they progress to the Cup Final and await the winners of Cherry Hinton and Plantation Panthers who play their semi-final in a week’s time.

Spartak 78 U10 1 v 2 Cherry Hinton Lions (Cup Final) | Photos

Spartak 78 U10 took their place in the FA Cambs U10 KO Cup Final against their arch rivals Cherry Hinton Lions, in a match played at the Cambridge City football stadium on Milton Road. Both teams had some early chances to score and Spartak were really unlucky to fall behind when a deflected free kick just snuck into the corner of their goal to give Cherry Hinton the lead after 8 minutes. Sammy and Daniel both had shots on goal just before Cherry Hinton almost doubled their lead but a tremendous goal line clearance by Daniel cleared the danger. Kaine and Brad combined really well as a series of one-twos down the right finally ended with a clearance by Cherry Hinton just as Brad was poised to shoot. A blockbuster from Hudson from well within his own half was well saved by the Cherry Hinton goal-keeper and the first half ended as no one was able to get on the end of an excellent floated corner from Lukas.

Into the second half and now Spartak started to get the upper hand and a series of chances threatened the Cherry Hinton goal, Hudson had 2 shots go wide and then a Brad header went just over the bar. This persistent pressure finally yielded a goal for Spartak after 36 minutes as this time it was Sammy’s well placed corner that was brilliantly met by Lukas and his first time shot levelled the scores much to the delight of the many Spartak supporters. With the momentum behind them it looked like Spartak would now go on and score again but Cherry Hinton wasted no time in responding and a long range effort from the right wing whistled passed Travis and into the Spartak goal to restore their lead. It took Spartak a few minutes to recover from this setback before two more headers missed the target first from Brad and then from Lukas. Hudson came closest for Spartak to taking the game into extra time and his shot was well saved by the Lions keeper and so Cherry Hinton held on and managed to win the game by the narrowest of margins. Well done to both teams it was a super contest, both teams defended really well and they received a standing ovation from all of the spectators. Cherry Hinton won the cup but the real winner was football itself for providing such fine entertainment.

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