“Work Hard in Silence, Let Your Success Make the Noise”
Lycurgus of Sparta
U13 Spartans played their final home league fixture for 2016-17 and sealed the league with a 2 : 0 win over second placed Whittlesford Warriors
In a tense finale to the season Spartans had opened the gap at the top to six points, but with the final two fixtures of the season being versus the team directly below, a point was still required.
A very even and exciting first 20 minutes saw efforts from both sides, with Connor Fitzpatrick hitting the bar and a great effort by Morgan Pacey Smith being neatly saved by a very good Whittlesford 'keeper.
Spartans began to dominate and three minutes from the break a slick pass from Harry Downes sent Jack Kiln clear down the right flank, a cross come shot zipped over a stranded keeper and crashed into the back of the net.
Spartans added fresh legs at half time bringing on Xayn Kassam (LW), Richard Littlewood (CM), Ben Grain (RB) and Junior Nightingale (CF) who all kept the high pressure pressing game going and snuffed out any thoughts of a Whittlesford fightback.
Quick thinking at a throw in by Leon Rowell set Clark Mcfarlane free behind the Whittlesford back three, an accurate shot to the far post gave Spartans a two goal cushion.
Man of the Match Connor Fitzpatrick went close on a couple of occasions and hit the woodwork for the second time, this time striking post with a rasping shot from just outside the box.
Whittlesford did come close to scoring late in the second half, but in truth it would have simply been a consolation, Spartans fight and desire to be Champions in their first season was never really threatened.
Spartans go to Whittlesford on Wed 26-Apr for their final league game and have a Cup Final to look forward to on 29-Apr versus Witchford Colts.
Morgan Pacey Smith
Goals: Jack Kiln, Clark Mcfarlane
Updated 12:12 - 1 Aug 2017 by Chris Williamson
Assists: Harry Downes, Leon Rowell
MoM: Connor Fitzpatrick