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Two out of three go through

PUBLISHED: 13:36 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:28 24 August 2010

H Connolly (Dale, blue) defeats W Powell (Bexley, red) - ABA Boxing at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex - 25/01/09 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - 0845 094 6026 - contact@tgsphoto.co.uk - NO UNPAID USE

H Connolly (Dale, blue) defeats W Powell (Bexley, red) - ABA Boxing at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex - 25/01/09 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - 0845 094 6026 - contact@tgsphoto.co.uk - NO UNPAID USE

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DALE Youth Club duo Sean Robinson and Andrew Smith moved safely through to the National Schools Championships semi-finals on Saturday without a punch being thrown. Robinson (class B under-42kg) and Smith (class 3 under-63 kg) both gained walkovers in the

DALE Youth Club duo Sean Robinson and Andrew Smith moved safely through to the National Schools' Championships semi-finals on Saturday without a punch being thrown.

Robinson (class B under-42kg) and Smith (class 3 under-63 kg) both gained walkovers in their quarter-finals at Grays Civic Centre and will now box in the semis a week on Saturday.

But there was to be no hat-trick for Dale Youth as Harry Connolly (class A under-38kg) went out on a unanimous points decision against G Crosby of March ABC.

Connolly's energy levels had been sapped by the onset of a cold and, despite winning the first round against Crosby, he found himself pinned on the ropes and took a count in the second.

The Dale Youth boy rocked his opponent with a heavy shot during the final round, but it was not enough to deny Crosby victory.

"It's a shame because Harry had beaten better people along the way," said trainer Steve Newland. "He just couldn't get going, but sometimes these things happen."

Dale Youth Club will have eight youngsters in action this weekend at York Hall for the opening round of the National Association of Boys' Clubs' Championships.


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