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Hullbridge's teen talents tear apart Ilford
1:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Non-league Football
HULLBRIDGE’S young guns fired six past Ilford in a cup game to record their best win of the season.
A Sports side littered with teenagers dismantled visitors Ilford in the second round of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Tuesday.
Youngsters Liam Nash, Kurtis Clarke and Rory Clark all impressed after coming into the side for the weekend’s brilliant 3-2 win over title-chasing Enfield 1893.
Clarke scored a brace and Nash was also on target alongside Dean Wallace, Carl Mullings and Jimmy Cox, a 23-year-old who revelled in leading the line in the youthful-looking side.
It came just a week after Sports were thrashed 3-0 at Bowers and Hullbridge committee member Colin Webb admitted it marked quite a chance in fortunes.
He said: “That performance against Bowers was one of our worst for years, so it’s been great to see how the players have responded.
“Some of the younger lads have come into the side for the weekend’s win over Enfield and they have taken their chance in the side well.
“To be honest, I think the score against Ilford flattered us a bit because our keeper made some good saves and they did not play that badly. But we played some great football and hit them on the break well. It was great to see.”
It was also a bit of a family affair for Sports as they fielded two pairs of brothers – ex-Bowers duo Rob and James Lacey, and Hullbridge boys Liam and James Nash.
Webb said: “I don’t think we’ve ever had two pairs of brothers playing at the same time, I doubt many clubs have. It was nice to see and tells you how much a close club we are.”
A penalty from Angelo Ogunseye and goals from Ben Sartain and Mike Finneran gave the Bees a 3-0 home win over London Bari.
Calvin Poku equalised for Bowers to make it 1-1 at Enfield 1893, but the hosts scored an extra-time winner through Jake Giddings.