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THE REVIEW - Matchweek Eight

Only three games during matchweek eight as the freeze played a big part with cancellations due to frozen pitches.

In the North division ESPFA Lancashire (Skelmersdale United) hosted an in form ESPFA West Yorkshire (Ossett United) side with all the drama coming in the final 15 minutes.

Goalless up until then, Leyton Baines was given the opportunity to break the deadlock when the home side won a penalty which he duly converted into the bottom corner.

Dwayne Kadi brought the visitors back into the game not long after. His measured run had the defender on the back foot and he chose the right moment to move the ball to his left foot and smashed home the equaliser.

One student central to the Sheepicorns' recent form has been Keel Del-Grande and it was fitting that he won the game for his side with minutes to go, his first touch from a long pass allowed him time to compose himself and slot the winner away.

In three of ESPFA Nottinghamshire's (Carlton Town) five games this season has seen one goal make the difference and that was true to form again in their sixth fixture when they visited ESPFA West Midlands (Rushall Olympic Amber).

Ethan Ruth's dangerous free kick deceived everyone to sneak in to the back post to give the Young Millers' the lead in the first half before Giovanni Lwando reacted quickest when the visitors failed to clear from a corner soon after half time to bring the hosts back into the game.

Minutes after the equaliser and the Yellow's were back in front, Aston Whitehead delightful chip caught the Pics' goalkeeper off his line and ultimately won the game for the Nottinghamshire side for their second successive maximum three points.

In the final game of the day, there was a seven goal thriller at Evans Park when ESPFA Staffordshire (Stafford Town) got back to winning ways with a 4-3 victory over ESPFA West Midlands (Rushall Olympic Black).

Caelan Booth-Jordan put the hosts in front with a mazy run in the box smashing home the opener, before Brendan Haden doubled the lead with a controlled volley to give his side a half time cushion.

Kaylem Stacey brought the visitors back into the game after the break before Booth-Jordan excellent dribbling again weaved his way into the box and smashing home to restore his sides two goal cushion.

Lee Mayne reduced the deficit when he showed strength and paitence before striking the ball from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

With the Pics' having their tails up they went looking for the equaliser and after persistent pressure, they succeeded through Kaylem Stacey again.

Superb work from Declan Kennelly allowed him to get to the byline and stroke the ball across and at the second attempt, Stacey slotted home his and his sides second equaliser of the day.

There was one final twist late on when Booth-Jordan became the hat-trick hero after weaving himself again past defenders and leaving the goalkeeper stranded with a quick finish to win the game for his side.

League Tables after Matchweek Eight

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TEAM OF THE WEEK - #MatchweekEight

Congratulations to all students who have made it into the ESPFA #TeamOfTheWeek.

Special mention to #ESPFAStaffordshire student Caelan Booth-Jordan who was named as the #PlayerOfTheWeek after his hat-trick was the difference in Stafford Town's 4-3 victory over ESPFA West Midlands (Rushall Olympic Black).

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