Darlington 21st Allstars - THE club's season went into overdrive last week with midweek and Saturday matches in addition to the usual Sunday games.

The Under-15s were in Alternative Cup quarter-final action at home to Hartlepool Power Station and started poorly, conceding an early goal. However, they equalised with a penalty from Anthony Pepper.

While the away side regained the lead immediately, two second-half strikes from man of the match Paul Burrows saw Allstars march to the semi-finals.

The Under-15 Colts, after a couple of disappointing results, got back to winning ways with a tremendous 3-0 victory at Yarm Town Boys. A truly gritty performance was capped by goals from Michael Gibbon, Tommy Wright and Steve McCready. Gibbon was named man of the match for a resolute all-round midfield display.

The Under-12 Colts were in home league action to Spraire Lads and drew 0-0 in a typical derby game, dominated in the second-half by the Colts who were unlucky not to take all three points. Man of the match was David Hill. Then, in a home game against Wheatley Hill in the Alternative Cup, the Colts progressed through to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory and their fourth successive clean sheet. Callum Tevendale got the goal and Nicky Fox was man of the match.

The Under-12s were also in dual action, first in a league game at home to top of the table Leven which ended in a brilliant 3-2 victory for the Allstars. After an early goal from man of the match Thomas Shann and an equaliser from the home side, Allstars played their best football of the season-to lead 3-1 by half-time with two goals from Kyle Swankie.

Despite a second Leven goal, Allstars defended superbly and took a welcome three points. Then, in a friendly at home to Marton, the Under-12s gave debuts to Lee Stephenson and Ryan Docherty who both had good games. Allstars lost 4-3 with their goals coming from Swankie (2) and Shann. Man of the match was Jonathan Vinton.

The Under-13s made the long journey to Redcar Town and extended their run of good form during March with a 1-1 draw, their fourth game in succession undefeated. Sean Edwards got the goal from the penalty spot and John Paul Swift returned from injury to take the man of the match award.

In the Richmondshire Youth League, the Under-11 Colts made it seven draws out of 12 games played with a 1-1 home scoreline against Catterick. While both sides had chances to win, the final scoreline was just about right. Man of the match Matthew Andrews got the goal.

The Under-14s were in two-match action, the first game at home in the league to Cleveland Juniors. In the first-half the away side took the lead but in a strong second-half display Steve Howden grabbed an equaliser and Allstars were unlucky not to take all three points. Man of the match was Dave Hardisty. In the Alternative Cup quarter-final at home to Newton Aycliffe SC, the Under-14s gave a poor display, lacking conviction, against a lower-league team and went out 4-0. Man of the match was Ian Braithwaite.

The Under-11s were at home to South Bank Juniors in the league and trailed 2-1 at half-time. However, a second-half rally brought a second goal to make it 2-2 which keeps Allstars in championship contention. Jack Henderson and Mark Buckley scored and Jamie Hind was man of the match. The Under-11s were then in Alternative Cup action at St. Aidan's and were 1-0 up at half-time via Henderson's 16th goal of the season. However, two second-half goals from the home side resulted in Allstars losing 2- 1. Lee Mullis was man of the match.

The Under-13 Colts were at home to Bedale in the league and were 3-0 down at half-time. However, a second-half revival brought goals from Johnny Maddison and Stephen Oliver but they just could not get the equaliser, the final result being a 3-2 defeat. Man of the match was Chris Trumper.

The Under-17s travelled to First Division Horden Boys in the Alternative Cup and in a close and exciting game, were drawing 1-1 after both full-time and extra-time, Dean Lowson getting the goal. The penalty shoot-out was also close with Allstars going out 5-4. Man of the match was Sayam Green. The Under-16s were at home to Wolviston Court Rangers in the league in a banana-skin top against bottom clash. Not totally surprisingly, Allstars gave a disappointing and hesitant performance, spurning the few chances they created against a resolute defence and lost 1-0 via the late conversion of a goalkeeper's kick using the wind. Man of the match was Stuart Ford. The Under-10s were in seven-a-side league action twice with the first game at home to Hartlepool St. Francis proving to be a tight affair, the away side getting a late goal to win the championship and condemn the Allstars to a 1-0 defeat. Man of the match was Liam Coates. In a subsequent friendly, Allstars won 1-0 with a goal from Liam Clarke, Luke Scarr man of the match. The following day, the Under-10s travelled to Hartburn Juniors and recorded a 5-0 victory, man of the match Jack Johns getting two goals and the others coming from Daniel Groves, Coates and Ross Kelly. In a friendly, they won 4-0 with two goals from Groves and one each by Ross Burton and man of the match Stephen Allenby. Again at seven-a-side level, the Under-10 Colts were also in action twice over the weekend. First, they travelled to Stokesley Juniors, the A team drawing 1-1 with a goal from Anthony Cox and a man of the match display by James Dunn. The B team lost 4-2, Allstars' goals coming from Scott Colling and Lewis Jarvie. Man of the match was Issam Mohamad. The short journey to Darlington Albion followed the A team losing 7-1, the goal coming from Richard Moorhouse, Jarvie man of the match. The B team lost 2-1 with a goal from Jonathan Leer. Man of the match was Liam Dixon.

Darlington Spraire Lads

The Under-10s were the first of the club's teams to qualify for a cup final this year. In a close game, Spraire beat Hartlepool St Francis 2-1 to reach the Teesside Alternative Cup final with goals from Hickman and Davison. In the follow-up friendly the scores were reversed, Spraire losing 2-1, Hickman scoring again.

At 11-a-side, the Under-12 reserves beat Darlington Albion 4-2. In an entertaining game with plenty of goalmouth action, Spraire's goals came courtesy of Liddle (2), Borrowdale and one for man of the match Chandler.

The Under-13 B team progressed to the quarter-final of the Alternative Cup with a 3-0 victory over North Tees. In a great game the goals came from McDonald (2) who also made the other goal with a great cross for Tarrent to slot home.

At the same age group, Dynamos entertained Seaton Carew in a close- fought game where McGee was outstanding, the only goal of the game was from Thompson to give Spraire a 1-0 victory.

In the cup, Spraire played at Under-15 against Thornaby Juniors in yet another close encounter. Spraire came from 1-0 down to pull level through Martin and the score stayed at 1-1 through extra time with Spraire going through 5-4 on penalties.

The Under-16s went to Marske and simply did not perform, losing 6-0.

In the mini soccer, the Under-eights played Hartlepool Premier and despite a great goal from Chambers, they lost 2-1.

In the following game Spraire won 2-0 against the same opposition goals from Shaw and Todd. Good performances from Bennet in goal as well as Bowes, Plum Burgess and Kneeshaw ensured the victory.

Spraire Lasses played in the Clubs for Young People northern finals, finishing third, and just missing out on a place in the national finals.

Squad: Clarke, Boyd, Johnson, Shutt and Swinbank.

The Under-nines played both home and away at the weekend. The A team played in the Teesside Junior Alliance League Cup semi-final against Hartlepool St Aidans Under-10s, ending in a 1-0 defeat. It was a good game with plenty of skill and determination shown by the lads. There were many chances, but none seemed to end up in the net as it just wasn't Spraire's day. Man of the match for Spraire was Thomas Smedley.

The B and C teams combined to play friendlies against Coulby Newham on a pitch that was very wet. The first game ended 1-1 and Spraire's scorer was Matthew York, Spraire man of the match was Ben Freary.

The second game also ended 1-1, Spraire's scorer and man of the match being Johnny Blewitt.

Byers Green

THE Under-15s suffered a 3-1 home defeat against Nissan on Sunday. The first-half was fairly even until the stroke of half-time where Nissan scored from a free-kick. Byers Green equalised with a Sheldon Metcalfe penalty and a draw seemed the likely outcome but Nissan scored two quick goals.

Brompton (Northallerton)

five Brompton age groups were in action on Sunday. The U-10s A and B teams played Richmond and were beaten in close encounters 2-0 and 5-2 with Tom Bunn and Jack Matthewman scoring Brompton's goals.

The U-11s met Northallerton Corinthians. With so many 'academy' players on show it was obvious to see why Corinthians have achieved so much success this season.

Brompton gave a spirited performance, however, and were not too downhearted at a 9-1 defeat, given the skills demonstrated by the opposition. James Austick was the home scorer.

The U-12s also had a uphill struggle at home to Thirsk, the leagues strongest team. Brompton were defeated 5-0. Man of the match, giving an outstanding performance, was Stuart Dunn with Lawrence Rab coming a close second.

The U-14s were closer to success against Thirsk and were leading 2 -1 with goals from David Bunn and Richard Whincup. However, they spectacularly conceded three goals in the last seven minutes to hand success to the home side. The U-16s provided the only winning formula of the day by beating Colburn 8-0 with goals from Matthew Hill (2), Chris Gunnel (2) Neil Kirkbride (2) Abubakar Ajisafe and Sam Scanlon.

Coxhoe Boys

Goals from Adam Strong and Geoffrey Cairns gave the Under-10 team a 2-1 home win over Shildon Juniors in the Russell Foster Youth League but they went down 4-1 to Town Castle Rovers, Adam Strong scoring for Coxhoe.

The Under-12s defeated Peterlee 3-0 at the weekend with goals from Jamie Lawson, George Hesler and Ross Woodward, all goals set up by Tom Orton who was named man of the match. Ben Raine and Peter Hetherington played well in defence.