Bruce bonus brings maximum rewards for AFC Wembley
PUBLISHED: 14:30 21 December 2011
Novell Bruce netted a stunning hat-trick as AFC Wembley under-11s maintained their perfect record in the Harrow Youth League Premier Division.
Playing wide on the right, Bruce opened the scoring when he picked up Renell Scott’s pass and beat two Brunswick defenders before chipping the goalkeeper.
Scott won possession in midfield and switched play to the left-hand side, where Jaevon Braithwaite crossed for Bruce to make it 2-0 – and Aaron Bryan then beat two opponents before setting up Bruce’s hat-trick.
AFCW continued to dominate in the second half and increased their advantage when Braithwaite and Scott combined to release Kane Clarke, who delivered a cross for Elijah Carter to volley home number four.
In the closing minutes, Brunswick could only half-clear another Clarke cross and Braithwaite sidestepped his marker to make it 5-0 and seal AFCW’s eighth league win out of eight.
Bruce took the man of the match award, while Jovell Simpson earned that accolade for the B team, scoring both goals in their 2-0 home win over Parkfield C.
A superb penalty save from goalkeeper Jermain Denny was the turning point as AFCW under-12s came from behind to triumph 4-2 at Ruislip Rangers.
Ruislip took an early lead before an impressive piece of skill from Adebambo Akinjogbin set up Tyrick Mitchell to grab the equaliser – and half-time substitute Kalen Clarke then put AFCW ahead with a well-taken finish.
The home side fought back, winning a penalty and, although Denny pulled off a fine stop, the rebound was converted to make it 2-2.
But Denny then saved a second spot-kick and that proved to be the catalyst for AFCW to regain control as Kyani Ledgister raced away on the counter-attack, outsprinting three players before firing into the top corner.
Another Denny save denied Ruislip an equaliser before Rhys Clement made the game safe with a fourth goal, looping the ball neatly over the advancing Rangers keeper.
Goals from Abdi Mohamed and Treyvond Morgan secured AFCW under-16s’ first victory of the season as they triumphed 2-0 away to St Joseph’s.
But a depleted under-13s side went down to a 6-1 defeat against Ickenham, despite an early equaliser from Earron Calder cancelling out the visitors’ opening goal.
A threadbare Forest United under-13 team snatched the lead and battled hard before eventually going down 5-1 to Eagles United.
Forest were missing key players, including the long-serving Nico Pennant, but nevertheless went ahead through Tariq Ogunsola, who had also gone close with an earlier effort.
An Eagles equaliser at the start of the second half tilted the balance of the game, though, and the visitors gathered strength as they stormed to victory with a further four goals.
Despite their defeat, the Kenton club have performed well since having to rebuild the team during the summer, with last month’s 3-2 win over Acton Ealing Whistlers Youth the highlight of their campaign so far.
Meanwhile, Robert Graham, Dantae Frazer and DeAndre Johnson all hit braces as Forest’s under-15 team returned to league action with a 7-3 success against Pitshanger.
Jordan Keeley was also on target with a header, while goalkeeper Montel Joseph pulled off some excellent saves to deny Pitshanger further goals.
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