Bennett claims two goals in England victory

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England Under-16 3

Northern Ireland U-16 1

ENGLAND, holders of the U-16 Victory Shield for the last 10 years, began their defence of the trophy with a comfortable victory against Northern Ireland at the B2net Stadium last night.

Shirebrook’s Derby County striker Mason Bennett made the pass that allowed Chelsea’s Conor Hunte to give England the lead.

The Young Lions bossed the early part of the game but allowed Northern Ireland back in the contest in first half stoppage time when Linfield’s Jamie McDonagh capitalised on a defensive mistake before confidently rounding goalkeeper Angus Gunn and tapping home for the equaliser.

Hunte returned the favour for Bennett to score early in the second half and within three minutes Bennett had bagged a brace, heading in from MK Dons’ Oluwaseyi Ojo’s cross just seconds after he’d come on as a sub.

Barring a 10 minute spell just before the break, England dominated the game.

Norton Lea, owner of Chesterfield FC when they reached the semi final of the FA Cup in 1997, has passed away. Lea initially got involved with the club in the 1980’s before controversially selling out to Darren Brown in 2000

Manager John Sheridan was able to dodge making a decision when Plymouth Argyle enquired about taking young striker Jordan Bowery on loan. The Devon side are still subject to a transfer embargo after entering administration and failing to pay their players fully during 2011.

Nathan Smith played the full 90 minutes for Jamaica in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Honduras.

Handsworth moved up to third in the Baris NCEL Division One after a 3-1 home win over Hemsworth despite playing for an hour with 10 men.

Sam Smith gave Handsworth a 21st minute lead but then had Pat Lindley sent-off on the half hour mark.

Daniel Patterson doubled the advantage just before the break and although Ryan Pleasants pulled one back for the visitors, Smith struck the third on the hour.

Worksop Town beat Whitby Town 4-3.