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Malcolm Spalding  Wednesday, April 18, 2001  08:49 GMT

The weather was cold but the football was enjoyable for the combined Under 11/12 squad that competed in The Snickers Festival of Football up in Norfolk over the Easter weekend.
Colts started slowly against Newton Aycliffe from County Durham, the game was played on Astro Turf at The University of East Anglia in Norwich, Colts were under pressure for a lot of the game mainly through their own poor link up play but Adam Spalding was in fine form in goal and Colts turned round 0-0.
Battling against the wind in the second half Colts finally conceded goals all of which were well struck efforts to go down 0-3.
An hour later Colts came up against Kingsthorpe Jets from Northampton, a side that had just missed out in the Semi Finals of their County Cup Competition, so a tough match was in prospect.
10 year old Ben Ward took over in goal for his first game in full size goals so there was great relief when he pulled off a great save early on.
Colts were under pressure but defended well with both Matt Farr and Ben Ward outstanding, while up front Mario Pembertons pace was causing Kingsthorpe problems and he got free only to be foiled by Jets keeper with a save at his feet.
It was Mario who got free again in the area but he was brought down fromm behind and with everybody appealing for a penalty Adam Spalding stole in behind the defence to crash the ball home from the edge of the box.
Jets then put Colts under intense pressure but good defending and good luck saw Colts hold out.
It was more of the same in the second half with Jets putting Colts under pressure but Capel looking dangerous on the break and it was Colts who got the decisive next goal when Adam Spalding again got free in the box and he shot powerfully into the top corner of the net.
Colts hung on for the last ten minutes but still had chances to go further ahead.
So Colts needed to win their last group match on Sunday against Abbey Youth Eagles from Waltham Abbey at Smallburgh on grass.
Again Colts started slowly and were soon 0-2 down to a strong looking side but they gradually began to get back into the game and pulled a goal back when Mario Pemberton just got to a through ball before the Goalkeeper and turned the ball home from the corner of the area.
It stayed 1-2 until ten minutes from the end but Colts were more than a match for Abbey and the impressive Mario Pemberton was causing problems and taking some strong challenges. Abbey made the game safe with 2 late goals. But Colts will feel well satisfied having learnt a great deal and will come back to Suffolk stronger and more confident in their ability.
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