Junior Football Club
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Honley League away
Team; Max, Cameron, Lance, Keegan, Leo, Toby, Luke, Kain, Charlie, Luis, Jacob, Kayden, Finley, Jaxon.
A fiercely contested local Derby between the Holme Valley’s top two sides ended with a priceless 4-2 victory for Town at a blustery Jagger Lane rec.
An often scrappy affair kicked off with Town on the front foot. Charlie accelerating down the left wing from a Cameron through ball before passing inside to Luis then Toby who switched the ball wide right for Kain to power the first shot on goal which cleared the crossbar by inches.
Shortly after Kain turned provider to send striker Jacob between two Honley centre halves, dinking the ball over the advancing keeper but seeing his effort rebound off the post and cleared.
With Town on top the first goal seemed only a matter of time, Toby coming up with the goods with an accomplished finish following Luis’ bye line cross from the left.
That seemed to awaken the home side who up to the goal had been lead a merry dance in midfield by a rampant Luke, Toby and Luis flanked by Kain and Charlie and headed by the energetic Jacob.
Cameron made two world class saving tackles from the left back position to stop the home sides speedy striker in his tracks as Honley looked to burst clear on goal and the home side fullback hit a dipping shot from range which cleared the bar as Honley fought their way back into the game.
Tackles began to fly in from both sides with neither team wishing to concede ground against their bitter local rivals as Toby, Luke, Keegan and Lance took the brunt of the physical stuff for Town without conceding an inch.
Cameron again showed great strength to hold off a Honley striker on the edge of the box to divert the ball out for a corner which was taken quickly to the former Westend midfielder who shot too high to trouble Max in goal.
A corner on the left saw the home No9 volley wide with the goal at his mercy and minutes later a free kick on the left flashed across Max’s goal but again thankfully wide as the claret and blue continued to push men forward and spring the offside trap.
Town for their part looked dangerous on the break, Charlie and Kain both showing a clean pair of heels to the Honley fullbacks and sending in the ammunition for Jacob to attack in the box whilst Luke, Luis and Toby backed up the assault loading shots from in and outside of the box to keep the home sides no1 busy.
Unusually this was an open Derby game with chances falling to both sides but the second goal was key and Honley grabbed it. Luke clipping a Honley player as he cut inside the box to shoot with the No3 smashing home an unstoppable penalty to Max’s left to restore parity.
From the restart, Town resumed attacking mode, a red tide descending on the Honley goal. Keegan ventured through midfield from the centre half position to set up Luis with a pass that he moved right for Kain to shoot inches wide before Kain deservedly put his name on the scoresheet. Cameron sending Charlie chasing down the left wing, he sped past the right back and crossed from the byeline to the back post where Kain found the net with a tidy left foot finish.
Leo had time to strike a shot from distance which the keeper gathered before the ref blew for halftime with our boys 2-1 up.
The second half started with Town playing the better football. Luke, Luis and Toby looking to keep the ball down and work the simple passes whilst Honley sought the long ball over the top of our back four. Max alert to the home sides tactics, coming out of goal to gather the ball on the edge of his penalty area or clearing first time to safety.
Kain set Jacob for a shot which was diverted for a corner. Charlie battled to win back a ball which Luke picked up on the edge of the box before switching to Kain who shot wide whilst at the other end Cameron again proved his worth to halt a dangerous break down the right to concede a corner which was angled in for the Honley centre half to rise above our defence but glance his header wide.
With 15 minutes left on the clock Jacob nicked a vital third goal, Luke sending Kain clear behind the left back before delivering the cross for our striker to steer past the keeper from the edge of the six yard box.
3-1 up and seemingly in control the lads switched off momentarily and gifted Honley an instant reprieve. Sloppy play at the back and lack of communication saw a Honley attacker sneak into the box , get a shot away that was half cleared to the edge of the area before the Claret and blue No3 rifled a shot low and hard into the bottom corner to reduce the deficit to one.
On came reinforcements in the form of Finley and Jaxon with Charlie and Kain making way and both were soon in the thick of the action. Keegan forging forward secured a pass to Luis who played Fin in behind the right back his driven cross to the back post missing Jaxon’s outstretched boot by millimetres.
With five minutes left on the clock Luke got the decisive fourth goal. Weaving in and out of the Honley midfield he was eventually dragged down on the edge of the penalty box. Up stepped our Captain to send the free kick over the wall and into the top right hand corner and make it 4-2 against his former club.
Cameron was replaced by Kayden after another solid performance by our left back. Jacob filling the slot whilst Kayden took up his familiar role spearheading our attack and with the remaining minutes whittling away it was Town who finished the stronger.
Jacob and Toby both went close from range, with the keeper also kept on his toes by a Fin turn and shot from outside the area, Jaxon meanwhile causing problems for the left back by pressing and harrying him into mistakes and sending in dangerous crosses for Kayden to chase.
With the storm clouds gathering and the rain sweeping in, the ref blew for full time on a hard fought Town victory to send the lads clear second in the League, nine points behind leaders White Rose having played two games fewer.
Luke earned both the Players and parents MOM awards after another Captain’s performance with bragging rights maintained in the rossinieri half of the Valley.
|25.10.20||Laund Hill Athletic||1||-||4||(U14)||Match report|
25/10/2020 League away Laund Hill Athletic.
Team; Max, Keegan, Lance, Cameron, Luis, Luke, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Leo, Ethan, Finley, Kayden.
As the bright October sun shone down through a swirling wind, the dancing autumnal leaves blowing across an uneven sloping Laund Hill pitch, the prospect of a top class game of football seemed remote, but the Town shifted up a level on Sunday, beating the conditions and then beating their newly named opponents Laund Hill Athletic by a convincing 4-1 score line.
With the Sun in their eyes but the slope on their side, our boys hit the ground running. Luke and Toby orchestrating the forward charge with some intelligent passing behind the lines to send Charlie and Kain down the left and right wings respectively and keep the fullbacks well and truly hemmed into their own half.
Cameron, Lance, Ethan and Leo held the back line in front of goalkeeper Max as Keegan was afforded the freedom to push further up the field to support Luis in attack against the familiar physical 4-4-2 formation of the formerly named YMCA.
Luis and Keegan had applied the early pressure in the box to get on the end of crosses from our speedy wingers but it was a counter pressing move down the middle which lead to our opening goal. Luke intercepting a Laund Hill break before arrowing an inch perfect pass into the path of Luis who beat the keeper with an assured left foot finish.
Toby almost added a second with a shot which cleared the bar and Luis battled bravely to win the ball back off the two Laund Hill Centre halves before centring a pass to Keegan who was denied the finish by a last minute bobble on the edge of the box.
Charlie conjured up some magic down the left before hammering a shot which the keeper palmed away for a corner, Keegan went close minutes later then Leo drove from the back all the way to the edge of the box before testing the keeper with a dipping shot which the Athletic No1 did well to gather into his chest.
Athletic were under the cosh but almost carved out an equaliser on the break, the red shirted No8 bursting clear on the left to fire a shot across Max and off the right hand post before Cameron brought the ball away and clear.
With 23 minutes on the clock Luis doubled our lead, Ethan spotting our striker’s run from deep, sent a 40 yard pass over the home defence with Luis lifting the ball over the advancing keeper, to leave it nestling in an empty net.
At two nil the lads continued to play some exquisite football, nailing the conditions by keeping the ball down and piecing together attacking sorties into their opponent’s half with ease. Ethan the stand out player as he lead from the back, snuffing out any attacks down the middle alongside Lance but also playing the ball out quickly, mixing both long and short passes into midfield and to our forward line.
Cameron, Charlie and Luke linked well on the left with Leo Kain and Toby mirroring the creativity on the right, Keegan and Luis benefiting from the service whilst giving both the home centre halves a torrid time down the middle.
Athletic were restricted to set piece moves and counter attacks, Max showing a safe pair of hands to save low to his left on one such occasion from a break down the right whilst he remained focused to quickly claim any ball that got beyond our backline, a rare occurrence as the boys kept space between the lines to a minimum.
Entering the last minute of the half the home side were handed a lifeline, Lance harshly adjudged to have committed a foul on the sprawling No9 just inside the box, the No16 coolly despatching the resultant penalty to halve the deficit at the break.
Kicking uphill with the Sun behind them our boys started the second half with Finley replacing Keegan as our only change.
Luke had the bit between his teeth as he won the ball in midfield before finding Luis driving forward, he sent Charlie beyond the fullback on the left, Charlie drilling the ball across the area for Kain to run onto and hit a first time shot inches wide.
Toby terrorised the Laund Hill midfield alongside Luke, wrestling with his bigger opponents to win the ball back, driving forward to launch assaults on the penalty area and firing in shots at the busy Athletic keeper as the boys were unrelenting in and out of possession.
15 Minutes in. Luke powered a wonder strike which crashed off the crossbar, Fin first to the rebound to divert the ball narrowly over the bar. Cameron then sent Charlie down the left again with his first time cross met by Leo whose shot was well saved by the keeper diving low to his right before Charlie got his shooting boots on, receiving a great ball from Cameron on the left touchline before nutmegging the fullback, cutting inside the centre half and sending a shot into the side netting.
Kayden came on to replace the hard working Kain and within seconds Luke put through our expert finisher who chipped the keeper but the ball dropped over the bar.
Not to be denied, the two teamed up again, this time Kayden sending Luke clear on the right for Luke to arrow a right foot shot into the top corner.
Kain replaced Charlie on the left and the last eight minutes were all Town as the boys outrun, outfought and outplayed their tiring opponents. Kayden providing a new headache for the opposition before he made his mark with another accomplished finish, Luis providing the assist to cap another first class performance.
The final whistle couldn’t come soon enough for Athletic and a couple of minutes later they were put out of their misery. A masterly team performance from the Town against a strong top division outfit.
Given the pitch and the swirling wind, this was a classy performance which puts the boys second in the League six points behind White Rose with a game in hand. With last week fresh in the mind it is one thing playing composed high tempo football on the 3G surface of DC Academy but to do it on this pitch was something else!
Players MOM this week Charlie for some terrific attacking play down the left with Parents MOM going to Ethan, strong in the tackle but composed in possession and quick to get the ball moving forward again and again.
|16.10.20||DC Academy||3||-||11||(U14)||Match report|
DC Academy away
Team; Max, Cameron, Keegan, Lance, Leo, Luke, Toby, Charlie, Luis, Kain, Jacob, Jaxon, Finley, Kayden, Rowan, Ethan, Tyler.
A Luis hatrick capped an impressive performance by the boys in a game of two halves against the prestigious Danny Cadamateri Academy.
In the true tradition of Academy teams, the opposition were kept waiting as the scheduled 7 o’clock kickoff merged into an eventual 8 o’clock kickoff, our boys using an extended warm up time constructively to prepare for the technical battle ahead on a mint 3G surface under the floodlit glow of Burkenshaw Business and Enterprise College.
Champing at the bit our boys were out of the traps quickest. Pressing high and coercing the home sides second string into errors.
The first goal came within minutes of the kickoff, Jacob splitting the defence with a sublime pass into the path of Charlie who applied a composed left foot finish.
Shortly after the restart Cameron found Luke in space on halfway, he played a neat 1-2 with Toby on the edge of the box before sliding a ball through for Luis to nudge past the advancing keeper for 2-0.
Goal number three soon followed Jacob playing the ball wide right to the lightning Kane who hit a cross/shot which the keeper parried but only into the path of Luis who applied the finishing touches.
Luis then completed a quick fire hatrick, rising to head home Luke’s in swinging corner from the right to make it 4-0.
Town were superb, playing out football poetry under the moonlight and floodlights in front of a cooing crowd. Cameron, Luke and Charlie linking down the left to supply Jacob with the ammunition up front with Leo, Toby and Kane reciprocating down the right. Lance, Keegan and Max almost redundant at the back, barely tested other than to recycle the ball for our next attack.
The fifth goal demonstrated the teams dominance across the width of the pitch as our opponents were stretched, creating more space for our boys to exploit. Toby laid the ball out wide for Kain to cross just behind Charlie on the left, he recovered the ball before playing it back for Luis who unselfishly set Toby up for a shot just inside the box which he gratefully smashed home in off the bar.
As the boys dominated possession with some impressive one and two touch passing triangles more shooting opportunities opened up. Charlie, Jacob, Luke and Kain all going close before Kain slammed in the half dozen. Luis finding Toby who set up an opening for Charlie to cut inside on his right foot and cross with the half cleared ball dropping to Kain who sent a dipping half volley over the keeper and into the net .
Minutes later we were in seventh heaven Toby drawing defenders before setting Luke for a power drive which the keeper palmed away to the right, Kain recovered the ball before skipping past the fullback and pulling the ball back for Jacob to dispatch goal number seven at the near post.
A flurry of substitutions followed, Kain, Lance, Cameron, Leo, Toby and Charlie making way for Jaxon, Rowan, Ethan, Kayden, Tyler and Finley as the boys reset to go again.
Ethan was soon involved in the action, rising to head a Luke corner just over the bar whilst Kayden almost put his name on the scoresheet taking Finleys pass in his stride before chipping the keeper but also clearing the bar.
Kayden was again involved in the eighth goal, a rasping shot stinging the keepers hands before dropping to Jaxon who volleyed home in spectacular fashion.
The ninth was another cracker, Leo playing the ball forward to Kayden in the edge of the box he turned and attempted a slide rule ball aimed at Fin which was half cleared but fell to Leo who had continued his run to rifle home a top bins pearler into the back of the net.
9-0 the score before the ref blew for half time and end the home teams misery. Town resorting to their starting eleven for the second half with Fin replacing Max in goal our only change. DCA in comparison swapped their entire team in favour of the A listers to present an entirely different proposition for the second period .
With confidence high, our boys again started brightly as the home side took time to find their footing. Toby’s early ball sending Kain clear to win a corner off a defender. Luke swung in the cross for Jacob to escape his marker and volley home goal number ten at the back post.
Toby then chased down a clearance from the keeper which narrowly bounced wide as the boys continued to press as a unit.
Soon after, the home side broke their duck, DCA’s speedy striker accelerating into the box before striking an unstoppable left foot shot past Fin and into the net.
DCA’ then doubled their tally , a pass inside Leo sending their attacker clear as he cut inside and steered a shot low inside the left hand upright .
As our boys continued to press, the quality of our second half competition meant we had less time on the ball than in the first half and when the home side broke, they broke quickly, a DCA attacker taking advantage of our high line down the left to get in behind and smash home a third goal.
But our lads continued to play some quality football, piecing together more attacks with short crisp passes built from the back, Keegan and Lance leading the way.
Town played the better football as a unit than our opponents who relied on 4 or 5 players who could demonstrate real power and pace.
The pick of the goals was a beauty finished by Luke but preceded by some excellent build up play. Keegan and Lance combining to find Luis on halfway, he advanced to find Kane who squared a pass on the edge of the box for Toby to find Luis who set up Luke on his trusty left foot and Luke beat the outstretched keeper with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box which dipped under the crossbar and into the net.
With time running out Charlie had a shot palmed round the post with Luke sending in a corner that was cleared, Leo hit a looping shot which the keeper did well to save and at the other end Max pulled off a remarkable double save , a first time shot from the edge of the six yard box palmed away before a follow up shot from point blank range which he again somehow blocked and safely gathered.
The ref blew time on a thoroughly entertaining game and a great workout for the lads ahead of Sunday’s first round Cup clash at home to Elland.
Parents MOM going to Max for another solid performance in goal. Players MOM hatrick hero Luis. Well done lads!
|04.10.20||Westend Lions||5||-||3||(U14)||Match report|
04/10/2020 Friendly away to Westend.
Team; Finley, Keegan, Lance, Jacob, Cameron, Luis, Luke, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jaxon, Ethan, Leo, Kayden, Jake.
A Jacob opener and two world class finishes from Luis weren’t enough to seal victory as reigning champions Westend fought their way back from 3-1 down to claim an unlikely win in an eight goal thriller at New College.
Looking to respond to last Sunday’s narrow loss at table toppers White Rose, positional changes were made in an experimental Town line up featuring Fin in goal, Leo at right back and Toby dropping into holding midfield with Luis pushing into the vacated No10 role, Jacob starting for the first time as Striker.
Straight from kick-off Luke drove down the left of midfield and fired the opening salvo fizzing a shot goal wards which the keeper held with stinging hands whilst at the other end a long ball from the keeper fell nicely for the Westend striker to hammer one at Fin which he was equal to.
But from the early stages Town grasped the game by the scruff of the neck. Jacob leading the press which quickly resulted in an opening goal, forcing the centre half into a mistake robbing him of the ball before bursting into the box and applying a cool finish.
The goal seemed to knock Westend off their stride, Toby, Luis and Jacob forcing errors which lead to Luke taking the ball and playing Crossfield passes to Charlie and Kain on the wings as the boys repeatedly got in behind the home defence.
Jacob carved an opening on the edge of the box before being dumped to the ground, earning a free kick which Luke struck well but the wall charged down his effort and the ball was cleared.
Luis then found Jacob breaking clear down the right, he skipped past the left back and delivered a cross which was too high for Charlie with the ball scrambled clear over the left touchline for a throw. Cameron took a quick one to Luis who took a first touch to set up a wicked shot which dipped and curled over the keeper and into the top right corner from a good 30 yards out.
Two nil down and devoid of ideas Westend resorted to uncharacteristic long ball tactics, using their powerful goalkeeper to hoof balls over the top of our defence in the hope of putting through their No 9, but with little joy as Lance and Keegan held firm with Cameron and Leo taking care of the two wide players with some stoic defending, one strong tackle leading to Cameron needing treatment for five minutes on the touchline with Ethan deputising at left back.
Our lads were simply superb in a first half where they pressed high, controlled possession and tellingly, counter pressed to deny their opponents any time on the ball when they did win it back and even less opportunity to break.
Charlie played Jacob in behind the defence but his shot was blocked. Jacob then played a one two with Luis which almost bore fruit but the keeper was out quickly to smother the chance whilst Chaz found Cameron overlapping down the left but his first time cross hit the side netting as Town looked much the sharper of the two teams.
Then, against the run of play Westend halved the deficit. A momentary lapse from a throw in adjacent to the corner of the box down the right lead to a half volley which dipped over Finleys head and into the net with our boys static.
From the restart Town were back on the offensive Jacob sliding a ball through the eye of a needle to find Kain in space on the right side of the area, his first touch sending him into the penalty area his second sliding the ball past the advancing keeper but agonisingly wide.
A Luis, Jacob, Kain passing triangle then fell for Jacob but his shot cleared the crossbar as Town reasserted their dominance and looked to put the game to bed, Luke, Jacob and Kain all going close before half time.
The second half started with Ethan replacing the hardworking Leo at right back and the boys carried on where they left off. Terrier Toby teaming up with Luis and Luke to win possession and find Cameron speeding down the left touchline, he found Charlie in space who crossed first time for Jacob to take the ball forward with his first touch but the follow up shot spun narrowly wide.
Ethan had a scare when dispossessed deep in his own half but the Westend striker spurned the chance to equalise by also shooting the wrong side of the post.
Jaxon came on for Kain and the pressure continued with our diminutive winger finding Jacob inside the box whose venomous shot cleared the crossbar via a deflection.
Luke curled in the cross, clearing the back post only for Toby to retrieve on the bye line and send in a second ball which fell to Luis who smashed it on the half volley into the top left corner of the net for his second ‘worldy’ of the day.
3-1 up and cruising our boys then took their foot off the gas and Westend worked their way back into the game. A break down the left lead to a thunderbolt strike shuddering the post with the rebound falling nicely for the home striker to tap in and reduce the deficit to 3-2.
Minutes later Keegan went up for a header with a Westend attacker on the edge of the box and as the ball dropped the home striker hit an unstoppable half volley into the top corner for 3-3.
Kayden replaced Toby with Jacob dropping into midfield as we looked to regain the lead and although the boys played some great football on the ground they weren’t able to add to their tally.
Westend for their part gained in confidence passing the ball more effectively and getting themselves into shooting positions where they weren’t shy to have a go at goal.
Ten minutes remaining and they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box after Cameron was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball. Up stepped their attacker to blast the ball over the wall and into the back of the net to put the home side ahead for the first time and the lead was never relinquished.
Jacob exploded into the box, his shot forcing the keeper into a fine save to his right. Luke had a shot which rose over the bar and despite some neat intricate play in and around our opponents area the boys weren’t able to carve out a clear opportunity to equalise.
Jake came on for Cameron but Westend added a fifth before full time with another accomplished finish to cap a 5-3 win.
A positive performance from the boys against one of the top teams in the League and as this was a friendly the points are still up for grabs.
Players MOM Luis for a top drawer performance capped with two early contenders for goal of the season. Parents MOM going to the hard working Jacob for another high energy performance and a well-deserved goal.
|27.09.20||White Rose Allstars||2||-||1||(U14)||Match report|
27/09/2020 League away White Rose.
Team; Max, Keegan, Lance, Cameron, Jacob, Luis, Luke, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Leo, Jaxon, Ethan, Finley, Kayden.
With the travelling faithful locked out of the game due to extreme Covid restrictions, it was a somewhat subdued atmosphere as both teams took to the field for an early season clash between the top two in the Division.
Two changes from last weekend’s opening day win against Kirkburton saw Leo slot in at left back with Finley earning the striker role after displaying some clinical finishing all week in training.
From the off our boys pressed with intent, Luke sending Chaz in behind the right back to cross for Fin who steered his shot just wide of the near post, then Kain put Fin through down the right side of the penalty area but his shot cleared the crossbar as the boys dominated possession in a tight first 15 minutes.
Keegan and Lance, solid at the back with Jacob and Leo covering the wings, were rarely tested until midway through the half when the League leaders started to find their footing.
Pressure down the left forced Keegan to clear for the first corner of the game and as the ball swung into the box Keegan was again on hand to head clear.
A White Rose attack down the right lead to a snapshot from the home No4 which Max blocked low to his right, Jacob clearing for another corner. Jacob again needed to be alert to head the near post in swinger out for the left winger to swing in a second attempt with Max leaping like a salmon to claim the ball and distribute quickly down the left where Luke sent Charlie chasing to the byeline with Kain glancing the resulting cross with a header that was scrambled clear.
White Rose began to switch the play quickly creating space out wide but with little in the way of end product as our boys were able to stoutly defend a number of subsequent crosses. In turn, we found space on the counter attack behind their fullbacks who continued to press high in a very even first half contest, our boys more of a threat in the box with their boys a threat from distance, Max demonstrating a safe pair of hands, holding on to any shots offered and gifting no second balls.
A Jacob free kick released Kain down the right, beating the left back for pace before squaring the ball to Luis at the edge of the box who set up Luke for a left foot driven shot which the keeper gathered low to his left whilst at the other end White Rose forced a couple of corners resulting in shots from outside the box ably palmed away by Max and cleared by Leo and Jacob respectively.
White Rose continued to probe down both flanks with Leo and Jacob meeting their match for the first time this season in terms of physicality and aggression. Jacob particularly having a tasty and often testy battle with his White Rose opposite, the referee letting go some pretty hefty challenges from both parties.
Then with five minutes remaining of the half the All-stars took the lead. The No8 collecting the ball on halfway and driving forward unopposed down the middle of the park before unleashing a skimming low right foot shot past Max and into the bottom corner.
Cameron came off the bench to reclaim the left back position with Leo pushing into midfield, Ethan took over at right back with Jacob advancing into midfield and Toby playing striker with Charlie and Fin making way as we looked to spark an immediate response and gain the physical edge on our opponents.
With a minute left in the half the home side missed a golden opportunity to double their lead. A searching cross field pass over Jacob found the left winger in space resulting in a shot driven across goal and wide when a simple ball inside to an unmarked teammate was the better option. Half time 0-1.
The second half saw the introduction of Kayden and Jaxon for Toby and Kain but the home side started the half the brighter. The lively No 10 working a shooting opportunity which he drilled wide and then a right wing cross was set nicely for another long range effort which cleared the bar.
Jaxon recovered well to quell the home side left winger with Lance joining in to put in a second crunching tackle for a corner as White Rose pinned our boys back into their own half switching from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 and using their fullbacks to full effect.
Charlie came back on for Leo but within a minute it was 2-0. Almost a replica of the first goal, their midfielder took the ball from deep, advanced unopposed before unapologetically smashing home the second.
With White Rose in full bloom the boys were up against it but our hardy perennials bounced back with a ten minute spell of high intensity football.
Cameron driving from his own half down the left powered a shot from outside the box which the keeper could only parry to his left, with Kayden the first to react hammering a goal back with his trusty left foot.
White Rose broke from the restart, the No7 shooting wide and then we almost grabbed the equaliser. Cameron again the instigator down the left, drawing the fullback and playing Charlie in behind who angled a ball across the penalty area into the path of Kayden who wasn’t allowed a second touch by the home centre half and the ball was cleared.
White Rose again took control managing the game well, keeping possession and wasting time as and when required. One last chance falling to the League leaders when a cross come shot from the corner of the penalty area floated over Max and hit the back post with Lance clearing off the line.
The final whistle blew on a plucky performance where on another day we could have salvaged at least a point. Plenty of positives including Keegan’s performance at the back earning him coaches MOM just ahead of Cameron who almost turned the game back in our favour. Jacob once again earning Players MOM.
Special thanks to Paul for some excellent camera work allowing parents to watch the game via Zoom in their cars, a taste of the future perhaps? Onwards and upwards for the Town!
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!!!