This weekend saw the big freeze wipe out the vast majority of Saturday fixtures, but Sunday's games largely went ahead, and the highlight was a big game for the Under 12 Lions towards the bottom of Division E. See how they got on below:
SATURDAY - GIRLS
All games postponed
SATURDAY - BOYS
Under 8 Lions faced Coundon Court on 3G pitch on Saturday. Although the Lions defended quite well, they didn't create enough chances to win this game. Rajan and Manroop grabbed a goal each. Sehaj was again excellent in goal, keeping the score below double figures. Special mention today to Arjun who made his debut for the Lions!
Our brand new Under 7 Development squad had their 3rd ever friendly on Saturday on the 3G against a new Chapelfields Colts Under 7s team. The game proved to be a mismatch with GNP dominant and Bobby leading the way with a hatful of goals with his direct running and intelligence. Isaac returned to the team to add a hat trick along with goals from Varun, Shaan & Seva. PotM went to Theo for his strong defending and willing running! Well done lads!
SUNDAY - BOYS
Under 9 Lions played Whitley Juniors and ended up all square in a great game. The team were up at half time with a fantastic performance from the whole team & goals by Anopa (2) and Majid (1), who also supplied two great assists for Anopa's goals. Bearing in mind that the Lions lost heavily just four weeks ago against the same team, this was a brilliant performance & result. Just a shame the boys couldn’t hold on for the win, with tiredness kicking in near the end.
Under 9 Tigers visited Coventrians and struggled to find their feet early on. The home side took advantage and took the early lead. As the game went on, GNP got a foothold and created some good openings. The 2nd half followed a similar pattern and the Tigers seemed to be on top for much of it. Despite some clear openings, the only consolation was a deflected corner from Sohan finding the net. Shoutouts to Birat who defended superbly at times and is improving quickly week on week. Dharam never gave up and remained positive despite being on the end of numerous fouls.
GNP Under 10 Pumas hosted Lillington Magpies. The first half saw Lillington control parts of the game and it took a little while for the Pumas to get going, but once they did the goals soon flowed. A cracking strike from Jaiden from outside the box saw GNP take the lead, only to then concede an own goal. Pumas heads didn’t drop, they managed to get a further two goals, through Kian and Maaven taking the lead into half time. The 2nd half Pumas played some great football getting a further five goals. Maaven and Jaiden both got their second of the game & Mason and Lekan followed up with a goal each. Faris got the fifth from a well worked cross, heading the ball past the keeper. Despite the scoreline, Lillington played really well and gave the Pumas a great game. Sam made some sharp saves during the game with Faris making several goal line clearances to keep their goal count down.
Under 10 Lions were away to CTK Rovers. The Lions started off slow, which led to early CTK chances, but the ever dependable Kian McNulty kept them at bay with some fine saves. The Lions played their way into the game and some good football led to us creating a number of chances. Sehaj Heer managed to convert one and send us into half time a goal up. GNP continued playing well in the 2nd half and had a number of clear cut chances. They couldn’t find the 2nd goal and with a few minutes left, CTK managed to equalise and the game ended even. A well contested game - credit to both teams.
GNP U11s Pumas faced Coventrians Phoenix. The first half the Pumas played into the wind but still dominated, missing a number of chances, but going in to the break with a lead courtesy of a neat finish by Aiden O Reilly. With the wind behind GNP 2nd half, Pumas took control of the game extending their lead with a hat trick from Aaron Dhaliwal and a double from new boy Casper Lord - Casper scoring his first ever GNP goal directly from a corner. Several outfield players were used in goals at different times with Ryan Lully finishing the game in goal and pulling off a fantastic save to ensure the Pumas kept a clean sheet for the 2nd week running.
Under 12 Tigers visited table-topping Hawkesmill Juniors in Division A action with a squad decimated by illness and injury. They were forced to reorganise their shape but the boys responded superbly with a gallant display in going down to a 5-0 defeat. Otis made a sharp and focused goalkeeping debut and was well backed up by his back 4 of Cinar, Oscar, Harman S & Enoch. Ayden provided the threat going forward and Harman B patrolled the midfield area robustly. Oscar picked up his 2nd PotM award in succession with a calm and committed display back in his old CB position. Well done to the boys who will hope to have some reinforcements for next weekend.
Under 12 Lions went into a potential relegation six-pointer at home to Coventrians Phoenix, determined to build on last week's clean sheet and trying to leapfrog Covents with a win! They went on to totally dominate the 1st half with 95% of the game in the oppositions half. Smart wing play from Ehan teed up Ayomide for a slick finish, before Harshaan doubled the lead. Sub Junior tapped in a rebound to score with his 1st touch before Jan made it 4-0 following a speculative shot which squirmed past the keeper. The boys were warned that the wind would play a part in the 2nd half and so it proved with the visitors pulling two goals back, before Ayomide was sent back on up front to secure the game and his hat trick with a goal and a penalty, set up by Ehan and Jan respectively. Prabhvir took PotM honours with a dominant centre back display on his return to the team. 6-2. Well done Lions - onwards and upwards!
Under 13 Tigers played a well-drilled Stratford Town Colts at home. In the first 10/15 mins GNP looked in total control, but it was Stratford who scored 2 goals and then took control of the game. Tigers did not give up and still managed to played some great football including 2 incredible 2nd half goals from Aayan & Nav, but Stratford added more of their own to seal a 5-2 win and keep up their Div A title challenge.