Dacorum District U11 hot-shots blast into the cup semis

The Dacorum District U11 football team have got their sights set on a season to remember
The Dacorum District U11 football team have got their sights set on a season to remember

The Dacorum District U11 side stormed into the semi-finals of the Southern Counties Cup as they breezed past Gloucester District 4-0.

Dacorum started the game strongly with nippy right winger Adam Baldwin squaring the ball to Louie Potton, who unluckily sliced over the bar from six yards out.

Dacorum continued to press forward and, in the ninth minute, buccaneering left-back Harry Bailey hit a thunderbolt of a shot from 25-yards that powered through the Gloucester keeper’s legs and into the net.

Five minutes later, Potton hit a crisp pass to Matheos Maneli who hit a powerful shot just over the bar.

Soon afterwards, Dacorum winger Alfie Williams robbed a Gloucester defender and fired home, but the goal was disallowed as the ball hadn’t left the penalty area from the initial goal-kick.

There was a near miss for Baldwin after Maneli delivered a well-weighted through-ball for him, but Dacorum did eventually bag a deserved second goal when the Gloucester keeper parried out Williams’ fine cross, only for goal-machine Potton to volley in from close range.

In the second half, Gloucester attacked with force in an attempt to claw their way back into the tie, and Dacorum keeper David Saunders was forced into a fine save low down to right hand side.

But Dacorum stepped up a gear and turned their dominance into two quick-fire goals in the space of three minutes.

The first came from lively winger Williams, after a fantastic cross from Potton, allowing him to head home into the top corner.

And Dacorum’s fourth goal came once again from the prolific Potton,as he volleyed home from Bailey’s cross to wrap up the win.