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U16B - Ipswich U16B (EH U16 C5) - W 10-1 - Ten out of Ten for City U16 Boys
U16 BOYS - 19/02/2017 VS IPSWICH U16B (A) 
TEAM: U16 Boys 
DATE: 19/02/2017 
FIXTURE: U16 Boys VS 19/02/2017 
HEADLINE: Ten out of Ten for City U16 Boys 
LEAGUE: EH U16 Boys Cup 
VENUE: Ipswich School 
RESULT: Won 10-1 
The u16 Boys travelled to Ipswich East Suffolk knowing they were nearly through to the Regional Finals, but determined to put in a really good performance. City attacked from the outset and, after the initial skirmishes, began to hit their straps. IES could not hold out for long and, after some nice interpassing between Harry Paterson and Alex Merron, Harry slid the ball through to Ben Withers to open the scoring. IES came back, but City hit them on the break with fast passing out of defence ending with Ben Withers setting up Ben Chapman to slot the ball home. 
Harry Paterson scored the next two goals, the first with a dribble into the D before nutmegging the keeper, the second poaching a rebound after Cameron Cook had hit the post. Ben Withers finished off the half with a smart reverse stick shot after a lovely run from Dan Phillips. City were 5-0 up at half-time and that probably didn’t fully reflect the extent of their dominance. 
The plan for the second half was to try to keep our shape and pass the ball around the pitch, but it became more difficult as Ipswich understandably began to play deeper. Nevertheless Cameron Cooke took City’s sixth smartly after good work from Harry Bassett, before IES nicked one back with a short corner goal somewhat against the run of play. Alex Merron popped up from left midfield to bundle the ball home on the left hand post after a goal mouth scramble for City’s seventh, before Ben Withers completed his hat-trick with a lovely bit of 3D skill on the run before hammering the ball home. Cooke got the ninth with a lovely manoeuvre round the keeper and, finally, Dan Phillips made it 10-1 slapping home a cross from the right. 
Amongst all this there was excellent play from the rest of the team: Ben Millett in goal, Tom Bailey and Jack Watling marshalling the defence, Fitz Hornor and Jack Watling on the flanks, and midfield generals Doug Tomlinson and Sam Bingham. 
There were so many strong performances that the Man of the Match award could have gone to almost any one of the players, but the players decided to award it to Alex Merron for his runs up the left wing. 
This result means City U16s end up comfortably in second place in the league behind Braintree (who narrowly beat us in a tense thriller) – these two teams dominated the competition. City finished up with three wins out of four with a massive goal difference of +25 and now qualify for the regional finals on 5 March. Congratulations to all the boys! 
RESULT: W 10-1 
SCORERS: Ben Withers,Ben Chapman,Harry Paterson,Harry Paterson,Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Alex Merron,Ben Withers,Cameron Cooke,Daniel Phillips 
POTM: Alex Merron





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