Junior Football Club
Managed by Steve Stennett and Ian Brailsford you can find information regarding the Under 14’s here.
Please contact the team coach for the next U14 fixture or check again later.
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20/09/2020 League home Kirkburton
Team; Max, Cameron, Keegan, Lance, Jacob, Luke, Luis, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Leo, Ethan, Jaxon, Finley, Kayden.
The lush green pastures of Farnley Tyas provided the backdrop for our opening League game of the season with an eagerly anticipated clash against age old rivals Kirkburton.
The coaches named an unchanged team after last weeks impressive win at Penistone, and kicking down hill our boys were the fastest out of the blocks. Leo testing the keeper with a shot well saved.
Five minutes in and Toby claimed the honour of first on the scoresheet latching on to a loose ball on the left corner of the box to fire us 1-0 up. Then, seconds after the restart the keeper denied him an instant double, saving low to his right with Charlie the initiator from the left.
Luis and Luke started where they left off against Penistone setting the tone for the game, tightly controlling possession and switching play to our wingers who caused havoc down both flanks.
Kain broke free down the right to accept a perfectly timed pass from Luis before striking an unstoppable shot past the keeper to make it 2-0 and although the boys dominated possession and created most of the chances Kirkburton were allowed to get themselves back into the game soon after, all be it fortuitously.
A Burton break down the left flank followed by a driven cross deflected off the unlucky Luke and into his own net to halve the deficit.
Jacob almost capitalised on a neat ball from midfield cutting in from the right to send a left foot shot goalwards which saw the keeper scrambling low to his left to turn it round the post.
Luke swung in the corner which beat the on rushing Keegan, Charlie recovering the ball on the left before setting Toby up for a shot which was again saved.
Another Toby effort from inside the box indirectly lead to goal No3 with our ‘spark in the middle of the park’ driving a blocked shot which fell to Charlie who left the net bulging with a terrific follow up.
A Keeper clearance fell straight to Kain but his shot shaved the crossbar and with our coach urging the team to kill the game off. Town never really got a strangle hold on their opponents who deserve great credit for fighting back.
With minutes remaining in the half the visitors No 8 cut in from the left and pulled the trigger from the edge of the area only to find Max alert to tip the shot over the bar.
Keegan and Lance dealt easily with any threat from set pieces whilst Cameron and Jacob starved the visiting striker of any service from the wings with our two fullbacks out pacing and outmuscling their opponents keeping the score at half time 3-1.
Changes in the second half saw the introduction of Kayden as striker with Leo switching to left back Jacob pushing into midfield with Ethan coming on to fill the right back position. Cameron and Toby making way for the two subs.
With the engines restoked for the challenge of defending the lead whilst kicking uphill the boys responded on the front foot. Luis getting into a shooting position and forcing a save. Luis then turned creator, a crossfield pass to Kain resulting in Kains cross, Jacob nipping in ahead of a defender to nod one into the keepers arms.
Minutes later Charlie cut in from the left and rattled the crossbar with a dipping right foot rocket that looked destined for the net. before Kayden struck the fourth.
From the restart Lance won back the ball and and sent the pass of the day, pinging a 40 yard switch for Kain to chase ending in another shot over the bar.
Luke sent Chaz through on the left who fizzed the ball across goal but wide of the post.
More substitutions meant more to worry about for the Kirkburton fullbacks, the speedy Jaxon and the flying Fin replacing Charlie and Kain and the two harangued their opposites with fresh impetus. Fin immediately chasing down the advancing right back to slide in, win the ball and play a pass inside for Luke to swing a searching ball towards the back post just missing Jaxon’s outstretched right boot.
Luis then played Jaxon in behind the left back, Jaxon seeking out Kaydens near post run and shot which deflected wide. The following corner harmlessly cleared.
The Sky blues then found a silver lining. A long ball down the left won by their No9 lead to a knock forward into the path of their No17 who buried his shot into the bottom right corner to give the visitors hope.
The last 15 minutes were scrappy , our best work coming down the wings with Kirkburton relying on a breakaway long ball. Leo, Lance, Keegan and Ethan dealing admirably. Keegan particularly chasing hard to deny the opposition striker.
Toby came on for Leo, Jacob switching to left back with Toby immediately benefiting from Ethans slide rule ball down the centre to force the keeper into a block which fell to Ethan to try a spectacular chip which cleared the keeper but dropped agonisingly wide of the post.
An intricate passing move initiated by Fin followed by a one touch triangle involving Luis and Toby found Luke driving forward into the box, his turn and quick feet lead to a chance for Fin to shoot, Kirkburtons back up keeper making another fine save.
Luis, Luke and Jacob all had shots from distance without troubling the Kirkburton goal and the final whistle blew on a welcome 4-2 win.
Not as fluid a performance as last week but all the same a convincing victory and three points in the bag.
Parents MOM this week Luis for controlling possession in midfield alongside Luke. Players MOM Kain for his tenacious attacking play and a cracking goal.
A big thank you to the Holmfirth Town parent core, who were called into action midweek with their fleet of petrol mowers to ensure the pitch was in tip top condition, three points a worthy reward.
|13.09.20||Penistone Church||1||-||5||(U14)||Match report|
13/09/2020 Friendly away to Penistone Church.
Team; Max, Keegan, Lance, Cameron, Luke, Charlie, Luis, Ethan, Leo, Toby, Kain, Jaxon, Archie, Rowan, Finley, Jacob, Kayden, Jake.
As the congregation of parents gathered on the touchline in a Covid compliant fashion, little, were the assembled aware that on this Sabbath day they were to be treated to such a heavenly performance from our boys as they ran out 5-1 winners at Penistone Church.
Free flowing high tempo football straight from the off, lead to Town seizing the early initiative. Luke and Luis dictating the pace from the middle of the park to set Cameron and Charlie creating chances down the left with Jacob and Kain reciprocating down the right to cause the home defence all sorts of problems as Leo and Toby launched themselves from central positions to capitalise on a number of driven crosses into the box.
Luke sent Charlie clear down the left of the penalty area, holding the ball up just long enough for Chaz to overlap and receive an exquisite through ball which he guided low passed the keeper’s left and into the net to put us 1-0 up.
Shortly after the restart Luke powered a shot towards the postage stamp top right corner but the keeper leapt high to his left to make a fine save.
Leo then almost grabbed the second goal with another well driven shot but again the keeper was equal to it diving low to make another smart save.
Down the right Jacob found Kain advancing before Toby received a pass inside, on the half turn he looked up and switched to Charlie who hit a left foot shot fizzing across goal but this time his shot veered wide of the post.
With the boys switching the ball with such fluency and stretching the play, our wingers saw plenty of the ball and it was no surprise when Kain doubled our lead with a superb strike. Luke harrying the opposition, intercepted a defensive pass into midfield, fed the ball outside to Kain who drove his shot low and hard past the despairing dive of the keeper and into the bottom left corner of the net.
With Lance and Keegan solid at the back and Fin in goal quickly recycling the ball left and right to Cameron and Jacob, our two marauding full backs were able to turn defence very quickly into attack.One touch and two touch passing triangles built into top quality attacking moves and shooting opportunities for Luke, Toby, Leo Kane and Charlie. Luis working incredibly hard to take on the defensive responsibilities to allow Luke to power further forward and get his shots away.
Soon we tripled our lead with a goal which summed up the pattern of our play perfectly. Lance and Keegan winning the ball back deep in our own half, Fin quickly recycling to Keegan, a one touch pass to Cameron forward into the path of Luke, Luke out left to Charlie who shrugged off a challenge sped to the bye line before squaring it to Leo who took a touch before smashing the ball home for 3-0. Get in!
Penistone were reeling. Deprived of shooting opportunities by an unrelenting back four. The home side’s No12 looked to be the main target as they probed to try and piece together an attack down the left but he was desperately unlucky to have Jacob as his marker who didn’t give him an inch. Wise to the situation he switched to the right for the remaining 10 minutes of the half only to find Cameron slamming the door shut with equally crunching tackles to defend the clean sheet.
As we approached half time Luis thrust forward and chipped the keeper but the ball dropped just over the bar. Toby pressured the home defence into giving the ball to Luke who blazed one over and then Penistone had their first strike at goal but again it was too high to trouble the keeper.
Wholesale changes at half time saw the introduction of Jake at right back with Ethan partnering Lance in the middle and Rowan at left back.
Jaxon and Archie manned the flanks, right and left respectively. Kayden lead the attack with Max regaining the No1 jersey with our Fin looking forward to more action, keeping goal for the black and whites as their goalkeeper had sustained a hand injury.
The half burst into life straight from kick-off. Jacob breaking from midfield angled a pass inside to Luis, who released Jaxon down the right, his cross was met by Archie at the back post whose first time effort spun inches wide.
Penistone came more into the game but Ethan and Rowan worked hard on the left, to keep the home side at bay. Jake backing that up with some sterling work on the right to deny the left winger a sniff at goal whilst also finding space and shouting for the ball wide to enable us to get back on the offensive early and send Jaxon clear on the counter attack.
Luis played Jaxon in who crossed for Kayden to shoot over the bar Jake then set up to Luke for a hammer shot which went wide and then Archie almost capitalised on a chance set up by Luke and emanating from Lance at the back but again the ball veered wide of the upright.
Penistone created shooting opportunities but couldn’t hit the target, the closest coming from a dubiously awarded free kick given against Luis which curled high and wide of Max’s goal.
Lance then progressed a move from the edge of his own area to find Luke forging forward into space before Archie was released in behind the right back and into the penalty area only to be foiled by his own teammate Fin who pulled off a fine save in goal for Penistone (quickly dispelling any fears of his professional integrity)!
The fourth goal eventually came our way. Kayden’s second half work rate reaping rewards after badgering the home defence into giving the ball away to Luke who set up a shot with a rocket of a left foot that even Fin couldn’t save.
Penistone hit back with a breakaway goal of their own, nothing wrong with the injured keepers right foot as he latched on to a long ball from his new No9 position to fire past Max and narrow the deficit to 4-1.
Luis set up the final goal after another Stella display in midfield providing Luke with an opportunity to play a one two with Archie and smash home a fifth.
Minutes later the ref blew for full time on a fine 5-1 victory. Luke claiming the Players and Parents MOM award after a dominant display and two fine goals.
What can only be described as a first class team performance capped a thorough pre-season schedule of seven games, 2 internal matches and around 14 training sessions with plenty of minutes in the bank for our 19 man squad. Credit to the coaching staff for their hard work in meticulously preparing the boys for next week’s opening league fixture at Kirkburton. Bring it on!
|06.09.20||Yorkshire Amateurs||0||-||4||(U14)||Match report|
Holmfirth Town U14s bounced back in emphatic style after last week’s hammering to secure their first clean sheet of pre season, Soundly beating Leeds/Bradford outfit Yorkshire Amateurs 4-0 at Roundhay Park.
Enforced changes meant Finley swapping the right wing position to keep goal with Ethan taking the right back start and Jacob stepping in for Captain Luke as a holding midfielder. Leo starting up front as our lone striker was the main change in attack whilst Jaxon joined Kayden and Tyler on the bench.
Our boys kicked off down the slope, exerting early pressure on the left through Cameron, Leo and Charlie resulting in a hatrick of corners for Toby to send into the box but without a breakthrough goal.
Ethan worked the ball out wide to Kain and a flick inside sent Jacob bursting into the box before his low shot across goal cannoned off the post, Luis rebound shot was blocked, as was a second follow up from Jacob the loose ball dropping to Toby who put Charlie through on the left with Charlie’s first time shot bending wide .
Leo then tested the keeper after cutting inside then out to power a shot from inside the box with his left foot which the keeper palmed away at full stretch to stop the postage stamp top corner finish.
12 minutes in. Leo, Kain and Luis combined well in the middle of the park to set up a crossing opportunity for Jacob on the right, he found Charlie unmarked at the back post to volley us into the lead.
With the boys taking control of midfield the home side struggled for much in the way of possession with the Ammos relying heavily on their No4 holding midfielder to thread the ball through for a lone striker.
Lance and Keegan remained solid , recycling any loose ball to get us back on the attack.
Half an hour gone and the reds of YA created their best chance of the half, the No11 being played in for a 1v1 with Fin who forced him wide left but couldn’t prevent a cracking strike from a tough angle heading for the back of the net before Lance tracked back to head clear from the goal line.
With the warning of an attacking threat heeded our boys regained control and passed the ball around much better than their hosts. Luis sent Kane through on the right and a pass inside resulted in a Toby snapshot being deflected wide for a corner.
Toby swung in the cross with the ball half cleared to Lance who hit a first time shot rocketing towards the back of the net before the keeper leapt to his left to make a fine save.
Leo then doubled our lead. Toby driving into the box hit a powerful shot which the keeper parried low to his right, Charlie was first to the rebound to fire a left foot shot which the keeper again deflected away but only into the path of Leo who gratefully slotted home the loose ball.
Cameron pushed forward to link with Kain and send Jacob on another foray into the box with his shot deflecting for a corner on the right. Toby swung in the cross with Cameron hitting a shot which sent the home sides shot stopper again performing acrobatics to save with a dive to his right.
Keegan and Lance ended the half by showing terrific understanding to thwart a dangerous attack Lance stretching a leg to win the ball, return to his feet to receive a one two pass from Keegan before working the ball to Luis in midfield. The half time whistle blew seconds later with our boys maintaining the two goal lead.
The second half saw the introduction of Jaxon up front with Leo switching to right back in place of Ethan and despite the boys kicking uphill, they carried on pretty much the same as they left off in the first. Kain sending Jacob through into the box, he angled a cross for Toby to hit first time with the shot blocked and falling to Luis who shot narrowly wide.
Toby had a free kick from range saved and moments later sent the ball wide left for Charlie to chase, turn the right back inside out before crossing from the bye line only to be headed clear of the on rushing Jaxon.
Luis and Leo provided the service for Kain down the right and a one two with Toby almost bore fruit with Tobys shot spinning agonisingly wide.
At the other end the home side lacked ideas with the main tactic a long through ball for the leggy No10 to chase. Lance and Keegan dealing amiably together with the threat, one always available to sweep up if the other was beaten for pace. Rarely did the home attack break our defences, with Fin on hand to collect shots with ease or recycle by playing out first time passes to Cameron and Leo in wide positions.
Though facing the slope, a combination of fresh legs (Kayden and Tyler coming on for Luis and Cameron), the reintroduction of Ethan and the way the boys played the ball to feet in order to work into wide areas meant they preserved energy and made the opposition work harder despite their geographical descending advantage.
Eventually the boys got a crucial third goal. Jacobs ball over the top causing uncertainty in the Ammos box, the keeper looking to come out and claim but hesitating enough for Kayden to pounce first and guide it into the net.
As the Anmos tired our ammo fired. Jacob initiating a move from his own half found Charlie advancing on the left, he set for Tyler to turn and find Jaxon down the right and a ball inside allowed Tyler to get a first time shot away but the keeper saved.
With minutes remaining, Jacob put the game to bed with a terrific run and strike from distance and the boys celebrated a convincing 4-0 win.
Having worked on team shape during the week, coach Steve was delighted with the response to last weekend’s setback. “Every player player showed themselves today individually and collectively and we were strong, confident and organised all over the pitch” Singling out Leo and Jacob for particular praise in a fine team performance.
Players MOM Jacob with Lance claiming the parents award. Well done lads!!!
|29.08.20||Steel City Rangers||10||-||1||(U14)||Match report|
29/08/2020 Friendly away to Steel City Rangers.
Team; Max, Keegan, Lance, Ethan, Cameron, Luis, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jaxon, Tyler, Finley, Jake
With six players unavailable and three carrying injuries this was never going to be an easy trip to Steel City and so it proved as the boys were hit for double figures at St Georges Park, Thorncliffe.
Rangers, having knocked us out of the County Cup last year went into the game full of confidence having also strengthened last season’s squad with more quality new signings.
Excuses out of the way, this was not the boy’s finest hour!
The first period saw us pinned into our own half without mustering a shot on goal and were it not for Max in goal, the damage could have been much worse than the 7-0 half time deficit.
Rangers were outstanding, using a 3-5-2 formation to drive forward with width and flood our midfield, they showed superior technical ability alongside some clinical finishing. The first touch was excellent and more importantly they were the winners of every second ball.
Max was called upon in the first minute to save from the nippy No7 in a 1v1 at the edge of the box and shortly afterwards their impressive midfielder powered a shot against the bar which was thankfully cleared.
Try as they might our boys could not get a grip on the game, too often giving the ball away cheaply and inviting the opposition to attack.
Five minutes in, Rangers got the breakthrough, a delivery over the top finding their No7 in space on the left and from what looked like an offside position he rounded Max and put his side a goal up.
Rangers No18 then helped himself to goal number two with a snapshot from outside the box. A third goal soon followed with Fin looking to clear a corner at the near post but only managing to deflect the header into his own net, which just about summed up our first half.
Jake came on for Ethan who was struggling with a heel injury but could do little about the fourth goal as the yellow and black tide again won back the ball in midfield and advanced towards the box before striking a shot into the top corner. Tyler came on for Cameron with Charlie switching to defence but three more were added before the break to put the home side virtually out of site at the break, 7-0 the score.
At Half time more changes were made with Cameron back on alongside Lance, Keegan and Ethan in defence with Kain dropping into holding midfield alongside Luis, and the second half saw a much improved Town side as they began to pass the ball better and piece together a few attacks for the first time in the match.
Jaxon and Toby worked hard to harry their defence and Charlie, Toby and Finley combined well with Luis and Kain in midfield whist the back four defended our penalty area, restricting Rangers to shots from long range.
Good work from Keegan and Kain found Toby down the right who played the ball inside for Luis to fire home from just inside the box to make it 7-1, and just as we looked like getting back into the game, a freak own goal from a corner found the net off Keegan to make the score 8-1.
Credit to the boys though, they didn’t capitulate, and almost hit back straight from the restart. Keegan slotted a ball to Toby who played a neat 1-2 with Luis before releasing Charlie down the left, he beat his marker and sent in a cross from the bye line for Jaxon but the keeper intercepted low to his right to deny our tenacious striker.
Rangers then got a ninth. The impressive No18 again launching himself through our midfield, down the left and into the box before finishing with a quality driven shot into the bottom right corner.
The boys kept working and Toby, Luis and Kain began to find runners down both flanks, Fin this time sending in a cross for Charlie to hit first time but it went high and wide of the right-hand post.
With the lads creating chances, Cameron and Ethan were able to support our attacks by pushing up from the full back position and the game was a much more even contest in the second period. Jaxon got a shot away that was parried and Fin hit the rebound just over the bar, then Fin had another effort saved having benefited from a neat Kain through ball down the right.
With time running out Rangers then hit a tenth. A low drive from outside the box hitting the post with a Rangers striker first to react to slam home the rebound.
A 10-1 hammering not part of the plan but still plenty to take heart from during the pre-season period so far. The boys have improved fitness levels, been given plenty of match practice against top opposition and shown the ability to keep batting away when the going gets tough.
Players and Parents MOM Toby for showing what is required against high level opposition. quality on the ball alongside grit and determination whilst (today) also carrying an injury.
|26.08.20||Shelley U15s||2||-||5||(U14)||Match report|
Shelley U15s 2 v 5 Holmfirth
The boys bounced back quickly from last weekend’s disappointment at Ossett to bring themselves back to winning ways with an emphatic 5-2 win at Shelley U15s.
Coaches Steve and Ian calmly discussed the need to play our brand of football coupled with a high work rate and the boys backed up those words with a much improved performance.
Commenting on the win, Steve emphasised that all the boys put in a great shift and all contributed to the win.
“Wins are important for confidence but I really wanted the performance tonight. Wow, I got both. The boys battled hard in the early stages to win the spaces to create. Our back four was superb and it was great to see Keegan back to his best. Great creative work in the midfield got our front four on the ball in promising positions time after time whilst protecting the back line out of possession with some telling challenges.”
Jaxon was superb as he usually is in the lone striker role causing the Shelley defence a real headache with his never say die attitude and setting the example with his determination to chase down lost causes.
Our tenacious striker bagged a thoroughly deserved brace with Strike partner Kayden doubling his Holmfirth Town tally for pre season, also grabbing two from the left wing position.
After losing Ethan to another heel injury Kain moved out of the wing role and into the fullback position where again he showed a great attitude to crack on and do a job for the team.
Luke notched another classy trademark left foot screamer to put us 5-0 up and although we conceded a couple in the second half which was frustrating after such first half dominance, you can’t have perfection all the time the first being particularly frustrating as it was route one and should have been dealt with.
The Subs were excellent too especially Tyler and Jake. Tyler playing some lovely neat passes and clever movements. Jake chased everything had a good first touch, held the ball up and linked well with Archie and Tyler in the wing positions.
It was good to see Luis back in the midfield this evening and playing well with Luke. All in all, a great workout for the boys and good to see them play as a team again.
Parents Mom – Jaxon
Players Mom – Luis
Great effort from the whole squad. Well done boys.
Up the Holmfirth Town!
|22.08.20||Ossett Albion||3||-||1||(U14)||Match report|
22/08/2020 Friendly away to Ossett Albion.
Team; Max, Keegan, Lance, Cameron, Luke, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jaxon, Archie, Tyler, Kayden, Jake.
A towering performance by Max in goal wasn’t enough to stop Ossett Albion inflicting a first pre-Season defeat on Town’s U14s at Trinity Academy. The home side running out 3-1 winners.
With the driving rain causing chaos on the roads, Holmfirth Town’s charismatic keeper almost didn’t make the kick off but thankfully warmed up with a sprint to the defending penalty area in time for the opening whistle.
Kayden started up front hoping to add to the hat trick he scored at Aden Steelers whilst Jaxon switched to the right wing position. Toby played No10 with Charlie flanking the left. Luke and Keegan held midfield with Cameron partnering Lance in central defence, Archie at left back and Kain on the right made up the starting eleven ahead of Max keeping goal.
Albion, working their way up the Divisions in recent seasons started brightly, playing a neat brand of passing football synonymous with previous teams who originated from the UNITA junior football club.
Luke had a shot from outside the box clear the crossbar but the home side settled the earliest, carving out an opportunity for their No 10 to curl a shot inches wide and then play a one touch combination through midfield before drawing a foul on the edge of the penalty area. The free kick was driven high to Max’s left but our keeper plucked it out of the air to avert the danger.
More clever interaction in midfield lead to the Albion No10 driving a shot which Max gathered low to his left and a sustained spell of pressure lasting the rest of the quarter yielded more opportunities for the home side.
A perfectly timed through ball split our defence on the left with the centre forward bringing another fine save from Max low to his left before Lance cleared. Max then pulled off a spectacular double save first with his hands then with his feet before Kain scrambled the ball clear and then a shot/cross from the left beat Max only to find Lance in position to clear off the line whilst the driven rebound was again deflected away from the goal-line by Cameron’s quick reflex reaction.
The whistle blew for the end of the quarter with our boys thankful for the score remaining 0-0. Charlie and Archie came off injured, making way for Jake and Tyler and a re-organisation in midfield and defence followed as the second quarter got underway with Kain pushing further up field alongside Tyler and Toby.
The changes had immediate effect as Kain imposed himself wide down the left, outpacing the Albion right back to deliver a cross which was partially cleared to Luke who had his shot blocked and cleared. This preceded another run and cross from Kain with Kayden this time escaping his marker to have a shot blocked and cleared.
Much of our best creative moves came from wide positions as Jaxon and Kain hammered the opposing fullbacks for pace and delivered telling crosses for Toby and Kayden to attack in the box but we weren’t able to convert the chances as the home side defended the penalty box with real authority, keeping a narrow back four facing up to deny our attackers.
In midfield though Albion looked the classier side, building from the back and passing their way through the thirds with ease to create a number of chances.
Max palmed a curling shot round the post for a corner which Cameron dealt with. The Albion No10 then danced clear of a Luke tackle to shoot inches wide and seconds later a ball won in midfield lead to another sortie down the left, Max tipping a shot round for a corner with the resulting cross cleared by Keegan for another corner on the opposite side which Max gathered safely.
A free kick won in the midfield by an Albion striker rattled the crossbar and was cleared before the deadlock was finally broken. A break down the middle resulted in a tame shot blocked by Keegan before it fell to the same player who rifled one in off the crossbar with his left boot, giving Max no chance.
The half time whistle blew with our boys 1-0 down and were it not for some solid defending from Cameron and Lance which restricted the opposition to shots from outside the box, our boys could have been looking at a worse deficit.
The third quarter continued much in the same vein, the sky blues of Ossett sweeping a ball to the right of the penalty box with their nippy winger cutting inside Jake before being brought down for a penalty.
Albion’s striker hit the spot kick hard and true but Max leapt to his right to palm the ball clear and keep the arrears down to one.
Kain continued to be our most potent attacking threat, this time down the right, crossing for Keegan to force a corner. Toby took a short one to Luke, receiving the ball back before shooting wide, and then our best chance of the quarter saw Toby cross for Lance to flick goal wards but the ball was cleared off the line.
The fourth quarter saw more changes as the boys needed to show resilience. Jaxon and Toby both carrying knocks had to continue as we had no other subs, Toby dropping into defence to help stem the attacking threat down the left.
Despite more changes Albion doubled their lead. A shot from the right of the penalty area was saved by Max diving to his right but the ball fell kindly to the sky blue No11 who tapped in the second goal.
Growing in confidence, Kain was a constant threat to the home defence, once again skipping past an Albion defender before being brought to ground on the right corner of the box for a free kick. Up stepped Luke to curl a sumptuous shot round the keeper and into the top left corner of the net to pull the score back to 2-1.
Minutes later hearts were in mouths again, Keegan finding Kain motoring past the Albion defence before once again being upended for a free kick from an identical position. Luke took aim again curling the ball past the keeper but the ball was headed away by a defender who looked over the line when clearing but no goal was given and the ball was scrambled to safety.
Toby burst through midfield and hit a dipping shot just clear of the crossbar before Albion retained their two goal advantage. A throw, deep in our own half was intercepted and a snapshot caught Max off-guard as the ball buried itself in the bottom left corner of the net.
Max sprang into action again just after the restart to save low to his right before Toby released the speedy Kain down the right again, he cut inside the penalty area, past two defenders and curled a shot which was turned round the post for a corner. As the corner was cleared the full time whistle blew to mark a 3-1 win for Ossett.
Players MOM went to Kain this week with our speedy winger also edging Max out for the parents award.
16/08/2020 Friendly away to Northowram.
Team; Max, Keegan, Lance, Jacob, Cameron, Luke, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jaxon, Archie, Leo, Tyler, Finley, Kayden.
Having dispatched of Aden Steelers last week in such emphatic style, Holmfirth Town headed to Calderdale with confidence high.
Adjustments to our team meant Max kept goal with a central defensive pair of Cameron and Lance. Jacob and Leo providing width to a back four with Keegan and Luke holding the midfield. Toby pushed into the No 10 role with Charlie left and Kain right, Jaxon once again starting up front.
A mixture of last season’s Northowram and Hipperholme teams gave birth to a new look opposition under the yellow and black banner of Northowram and it was our opponents that looked the brighter side in the first half.
Central midfielder Ollie dictating play for Northowram with a mixture of confidence and panache as he stroked the ball around finding willing runners in the form of his two wingers and powerful centre forward.
A couple of early shots either side of goal kept Max alert and we were heavily reliant on stout defending from Jacob and Lance in particular to keep the home side at bay with both safeguarded a busy Town penalty area.
In contrast to last week, our boys got the opening goal against the run of play with virtually our first attack. Leo showing great skill to skip past three defenders and send Kain clear of the Northowram left back. Then from a tight angle, Kain looking up, lifted the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net with a great finish.
1-0 down Northowram hit back, Jacob intercepting a dangerous attack through the middle to guide the ball back to Max who cleared to safety. Minutes later a break down the right saw the Northowram striker try his luck from the edge of the box but his shot flashed wide of the near post with Max stranded.
A drinks break followed which benefited our lads more than the opposition who had been playing the 3G surface much better, passing the ball from the back and through midfield without finding the same quality pass in the final third.
Tyler came on for Toby and the game commenced with the red and black’s the first to attack. Tyler was awarded a free kick having been wrestled to the ground near the centre circle, Jacob took it quickly to send Kain sprinting down the right who drove a terrific first time ball across the six yard box just missing Jaxon’s outstretched right boot.
The yellow tide of Northowram ebbed and flowed throughout the first half, Max saving low to his left and then again down to his right as the home side sought the equaliser. Leo stood firm with Cameron to stem the flow down the left with Jacob and Lance taking care of business down the right.
Lance particularly showing great vision at times to intercept many probing balls inside the fullbacks.
The second half greeted the arrival of Kayden for Jaxon, Finley for Kain and Archie for Tyler
Toby came on for Luke whose match was ended with a migraine and the game opened up with chances falling to both sides.
Leo initiated a move in midfield spreading the ball wide right for Fin to fashion a shooting opportunity for Toby which deflected wide for a corner as the boys exerted the early second half pressure.
Toby swung in the corner which was cleared but recycled back to Toby by Jacob pushing forward, Toby linked with Fin conjuring up another effort on goal which deflected away for yet another corner. The cross came in and was again cleared with the Yellows midfield conveying the ball to a striker who almost delivered a sucker punch equaliser on the break but shot whistled wide left.
The passage of play indicated where the game could be won and lost for our boys, controlled passing on the floor sending us beyond the Northowram defence but high crosses being easily dealt with by a much bigger home defence.
Toby continued to be a threat for Town, again pressing forward to receive Fins threaded pass after good work initially from Jacob who won the ball back in his own half. Toby driving a shot which the diving keeper did well to hold down to his left.
Jacob struck a long range free kick which the keeper turned round the post and from the corner Northowram again broke clear with Charlie chasing down the yellow shirted striker and getting goal side, slowing the attackers forward momentum enough for our defence to track back and force the attacker to pass back to a teammate who shot way over the bar.
Leo began to impose himself more on the game delivering a telling pass to Kayden who hit a shot palmed round the post for a corner. Toby crossed and Fin got ahead of his marker to hit a shot which again deflected narrowly wide.
Leo and Keegan both had efforts which went close and a neat one touch exchange between Charlie, Tyler and Toby almost bore fruit but the ball ran agonisingly out of play for a goal kick.
From the goal kick Northowram fashioned a terrific equaliser, passing through defence and midfield to create an opening for a Northowram front man who had his initial shot blocked by Lance before thumping the second ball into the top left corner of the net.
A team is never more vulnerable than when they have just scored a goal and that proved to be the case as parity lasted all of 60 seconds. Lance initiating a move involving Jacob then Keegan who transmitted the ball to Fin bursting into the penalty area to deliver a cross for Charlie to control with his right foot, swivel and shoot past the keeper with his left to put us back in front.
A second half drinks break followed with Northowram carving out the first opening immediately after when a right wing cross was met with shouts for handball from the home sides attack as it bobbled around the box but to no avail as the ref waved play on.
Kayden looked lively for Town and Leo spawned an opening which almost bore fruit were it not for another impressive save from the keeper. Charlie shot wide from just inside the box and Fin brought another save out of the keeper low to his left as our boys looked the more composed side in the second half.
With time running out and our boys sitting deeper, the Northowram artillery launched a final assault, Lance cutting out some testing through balls and positioning himself expertly to ensure that anything that went beyond him rolled harmlessly to Max as the defence battened down the hatches coupling sound organisation with effective communication.
One last chance fell to Fin on the break, Toby slicing open the defence to find Fins right foot just inside the box, the shot was blocked but fell kindly to Fin who blasted a second shot goal bound which the keeper palmed away athletically for a corner. Toby swung in the corner which the keeper collected at his near post moments before the final whistle blew on a hard fought 2-1 win.
Players and parents MOM once again went to Jacob after another solid performance with Lance a very close second in a highly entertaining game. Well done lads!
|07.08.20||Aden Steelers U15s||2||-||8||(U14)||Match report|
07/08/2020 Friendly away to Aden Steelers.
Team; Max, Keegan, Lance, Jacob, Cameron, Lewis, Luke, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jaxon, Archie, Ethan, Leo, Tyler, Finley, Kayden.
After a long hot spring and summer devoid of junior football, our Covid era 19 strong squad assembled for the first official friendly of the 2020/21 pre-season.
The boys welcomed Leo, Lance, Lewis, Kayden, Kain and Ethan with all six new signings featuring in a tough opening match over the South Yorkshire border against U15 opposition Aden Steelers.
Max kept goal with Keegan and Lance forming the central defensive partnership in a back four, flanked by Jacob on the right and Cameron on the left. Captain Luke held midfield alongside Lewis with Charlie, Toby and Kain starting in advanced positions left to right respectively behind the ever energetic Jaxon up front.
A cagey first ten minutes saw both sides battling for possession with Jacob and Kain finding their feet early to provide our most probing attacks down the right.
Jacob powering past the left back provided our first threat on goal, combining with Kain before swinging in a cross which saw Jaxon escape his marker with a darting run to the near post and a first time volley which he whistled just wide of the post.
A physical battle in midfield between Luke, Lewis and two towering home midfielders was a feature of the first half with our boys giving as good as they got from their higher age group opposition, not only winning the ball back but showing superior quality to keep possession and find a pass.
Kain on the right found Lewis who under pressure layed the ball off to Jacob and his first time short ball preceded Luke’s defence splitting pass, angling a ball between right back and centre half aiming for the on running Charlie but the ball agonisingly ran out of play.
With our boys pressing high, the Steelers remained under pressure but still looked dangerous on the break, their impressive number 7 a couple of times getting in behind our right back spot on the counter attack only to be thwarted by Lance who swept up any loose balls from the centre right position. One such occasion saw the left winger speed clear down the touchline but facing Lance, passed the ball inside to the No11 only for Luke to intercept and clear for a corner. As the cross swung in. Keegan rose above a crowded penalty area to head clear and we were back on the attack. Lewis showing great composure to receive the ball on the half turn and find Jacob marauding down the right. With our very own Trent-Alexander Arnold arcing a cross to Jaxon who again cleared his marker but shot narrowly wide.
Jaxon worked tirelessly up front against a solid defence and caused a headache for the two centre halves and goalkeeper who were repeatedly forced into rushed clearances which returned us possession, Toby, Charlie and Kain driving us back into the attacking third.
Steelers changed tack and began advancing down the middle looking to find their tall No9 but Lance and Keegan held firm with Cameron covering any forays down the right.
Charlie chipped in with the defensive work having to track back to retrieve a ball he lost when we were on the attack, showing their right winger a clean pair of heels before not only recovering the ball but playing a composed pass to Keegan in support.
A quick break down the left saw their winger win a corner and as the cross swung in towards goal, Max leapt to palm clear, the ball dropping on the head of a Steelers striker who guided it back towards goal only for Max to once again parry clear with the rebound shot blocked and cleared by a resolute Town defence.
Luke and Toby created an opening finished by Luke unleashing a trademark left foot thunderbolt from outside the box, which looked destined for the top corner but was somehow miraculously palmed away for a corner by an alert home keeper.Toby’s in swinger was headed clear to Charlie who returned the ball to Toby but his right foot shot was saved.
Jaxon and Toby both came close to scoring as the boys forced corner after corner in an unrelenting spell of pressure which featured headers from Jacob, Lewis and Keegan, all going went close without finding the net.
Then against the run of play, the home side took the lead. A set piece free kick lofted in by the No15 bounced awkwardly in front of Max who saved the initial shot but the rebound fell nicely for the striker to tap in the opening goal.
An immediate response initiated by Cameron’s determination to win the ball back on the left touchline was followed by a short pass to Toby who helped the ball on to Charlie and the return pass saw Toby send Jaxon through on a one on one with the keeper who he rounded after a great first touch before a timely tackle sent the ball clear for a corner.
Toby swung in the cross and Lewis rose above the Steeler defence to power home his first goal for Town with a neat header finding the roof of the net.
Steelers hit back sharply when a snapshot from the No10 tested Max who was alert to make the save but it wasn’t long before the boys took a deserved lead. Toby sending Charlie beyond the Steeler defence to lift the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net for 2-1.
As the game opened up more chances followed. The home side No7 finding space on the left chipped in a shot which Max palmed into the air with the follow up striker playing a pass out wide to the winger who scored with a composed finish but from an offside position and the goal was ruled out.
Alert to the threat, our back four remained solid, Kain broke clear and shot into the side netting and Lewis found Jaxon darting into the box but his shot was saved.
Toby and Luke combined before Luke’s shot was handled at the edge of the box and Toby curled the resulting free kick over the wall and into the top corner to put us 3-1 up.
After the restart Luke had a shot saved low to the right and Kain struck another effort over the bar after more good work from Jacob but the half time whistle sounded with no further scoring.
The second period saw both sides make wholesale changes. Ethan came on for Lance with Jacob playing central and Ethan slotting into the right back birth. Straight replacements saw Archie on for Cameron, Leo on for Charlie, Tyler replacing Toby, Kain replaced by Finley and Jaxon vacating the striker position to give Kayden his debut.
From the kick-off our boys continued to press high. Tyler, Leo, Fin and Kayden giving the home defence no time to settle, but it was Keegan who got the first shot away of the half hooking a long range effort high and over the stranded keeper but dropping shy of the post.
At the back Ethan was quick to impose himself on the home side’s star player out muscling him in a 1v1 before playing a neat pass inside to Lewis as the Steelers had looked to build an attack down the left.
As in the first half though it was the Steelers who scored first. Breaking down the right Keegan was adjudged to have pulled back the opposition No8 and from the free kick he struck a powerful shot into the roof of the net to pull the score back to 3-2.
Leo and Tyler collaborated to fashion an opportunity for Kayden who won a corner off the defender. Luke swung in the cross but the ball beat everyone to run out for a throw.
Goal number four soon followed. Luke won a header in the middle of the park which dropped to Leo who arrowed a pass for Kayden to latch onto, round the keeper and restore our two goal advantage with a classy finish.
Steelers regrouped and pushed forward in numbers as they sought to respond. Max saved from the No10 and the same player burst through on goal minutes later but poked his shot wide of the goal.
As the game wore on, Town looked much the fitter side. Jacob energising his teammates with crunching tackles, driving runs and composed passing from the back to keep the pressure on our opponents. Fin created a chance for Kayden whose shot was blocked on the edge of the box before falling to Lewis who set up Luke to hammer a shot inches over the crossbar.
Keegan then won a free kick after advancing through midfield which Jacob hit from 30 yards narrowly clearing the left hand angle of post and crossbar.
Luke made way for Toby after another captain’s innings in midfield and both sides traded shots which were off target before Jacob, after threatening all game, struck a free kick from distance, over the keepers head and into the net to make it 5-2.
The home side rattled the crossbar from a free kick of their own and exerted spells of pressure in the half but as they committed men forward our boys looked the more likely to score with some quick counterattacking football and it wasn’t long before our boys hit goal number six.
A Steelers corner down the right was intercepted by Archie who delivered a telling ball to Toby, his turn and pass found Kayden running through on goal and he made no mistake dispatching the half dozen with another cool finish.
The home side’s resolve seemed broken as our boys showed the Steel at the back with Ethan, and Jacob taking no prisoners alongside Keegan and Archie thus allowing our midfield to swarm forward in search of more goals. Leo picked out Toby with another perfectly executed pass and he in turn found Lewis in space, looking up he played the ball through to Tyler who’s double shot was blocked by a defender then saved by the keeper diving to his right.
Toby added a seventh from a Lewis assist and Kayden capped off a memorable debut with a hat trick goal. Lewis winning the ball in midfield, played a short pass inside to Leo who arrowed another inch perfect ball for our lively striker to finish low into the corner.
Minutes later the final whistle sounded on an impressive 8-2 victory with players, coaches and supporters glowing in expectation of the new season.
Parents Man of the match was split into two halves this week with Jacob edging Lewis for first half MOM, Kayden the second half with Jacob winning the Players MOM.
Prior to the game, a socially distance observed award ceremony took place for last season’s Player Trophy winners as the usual end of year awards night had to be cancelled.All squad members received a small memento in recognition of their achievements last season where the boys finished fourth in their first season back in the top flight.