Junior Football Club
Managed by Steve Stennett and Ian Brailsford you can find information regarding the Under 15’s here.
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Team: Sam, Ethan, Cameron, Luke, Jacob, Bradley, Jaxon, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Keon, Gabriel, Finlay, Keegan, Max.
Northowram provided the opposition in this hastily arranged friendly after league opponents Holmewood pulled out of Sunday’s scheduled fixture due to lack of players.
Town lined up against old foes at full strength, Northowram keen to exact revenge for their defeat at the hands of our boys on the first day of the league season.
An experimental Town team matched up to their opponents with equal endeavour, Luke providing the catalyst for our boys as they fought back from 2-0 down to halve the deficit just before half time after Toby provided the assist for Charlie to control with his left and apply a clinical right foot finish to set up an intriguing second half.
Luke pushed his team forward after the break alongside Toby who became our most influential player in the quest for an equaliser but it wasn’t to be our day as Northowram held firm, snatching a decisive third goal before the end to clinch a 3-1 victory.
Players MOM went to Luke with the parents award split between Luke and Toby after both players lead the fightback without their just rewards.
A constructive exercise for the boys and another highly competitive game under their belt as they head into a double assault on the Cup and League title.
Up the Town!
Kirkburton (League Cup) home
Team: Sam, Ethan, Cameron, Luke, Jacob, Bradley, Jaxon, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Keon, Gabriel, Finlay, Keegan.
Town booked their place in the next round of the cup but not without a scare against a plucky Kirkburton team who belied their second division status to provide our boys with their toughest game of the season so far.
Fielding three former Town players, Kirkburton lined up with new kit and sponsor and real fire in their hearts to play their part in an enthralling cup tie both high in quality and incident.
Clear cut chances were few and far between in a first half played out in midfield, both teams bringing the ball down and playing to feet to great effect on a bumpy uneven surface.
Toby once again shone alongside Luke down the centre ably assisted by Keegan and Finlay who were excellent at snuffing out danger and playing the passes forward to create attacking opportunities.
Kirkburton were equal to us as they negotiated the slope with quality passing, working the ball out wide at every opportunity and keeping possession with real assurance but it was Town who eventually broke the deadlock. Charlie breaking away down the left before sending a crossfield ball which split the defence and put Jacob clear on the edge of the box to nudge it past the advancing keeper and into the empty net.
Town squeezed up after the restart, looking to press their opponents further into their own half, Bradley finding Kain via Luke on a number of occasions as Kain used his skills to nutmeg the fullback and drive in crosses for Jaxon and Jacob. Luke and Toby almost benefitting from any loose balls to get shots away without finding the target.
Cameron and Charlie gained more influence on the left as the half progressed, Charlie cutting inside and hammering a shot which the keeper parried into the path of Jaxon who poked the rebound goalwards only for the keeper to quickly recover and smother his shot on goal.
Cameron combined with Luke to send Charlie in behind the right back before the resulting cross was met by Kain who drove a shot low and hard which the keeper pouched diving to his right.
Toby Luke and Charlie had shots saved, Luke curled in a free kick to the back post which Kain headed into the side netting and Town continued to apply pressure but couldn’t make the crucial breakthrough, poor decision making often the cause as our boys looked to pass when a shot was on or looked to shoot when the pass may have been a better option.
Kirkburton could have nicked an equaliser just before half time, former Town striker Ruben breaking through our defence to be denied by Sam who palmed the ball clear as the number 10 looked to round his man and finish.
One nil at half time and both teams made personnel changes. Keon replacing Jaxon and Ethan deputising for Keegan as the lads looked to extend their lead, but it was the visitors who looked the most lively, carving out a number of opportunities without an end product.
Toby, Charlie, Kain, Luke, Jacob and Keon all had shots comfortably saved or high and wide of the target as the lads struggled to put the game to bed, Kirkburton refusing to accept defeat driven on by their menacing No7 who accepted the free role afforded him to generate chaos around the Town midfield and defence whilst our old boys Ruben, Fin and Roddy played a key part in tormenting their former teammates.
Finlay was outstanding at the back, organising the Holmfirth defence and ensuring runners were picked up as he put in some crucial tackles himself to keep the visitors at bay, but eventually the blues got their reward. The No7 winning the ball back on the left of the penalty box before cutting inside and smashing home a deserved equaliser.
With the clock running down, both teams had chances to win it. Jacob sending in a back post cross which just eluded Charlies outstretched boot, Keon breaking clear before launching a rocket of a left foot shot which crashed against the inside of the post and across the goaline and out for a goal kick whilst our former Fin ran in to shoot high of the target for Kirkburton with the goal at his mercy.
The final whistle blew with the teams locked at 1-1, both sets of supporters looking forward to 10 minutes each way extra time and the looming threat of a penalty shootout.
In the end a penalty duel wasn’t required as Town launched a 10 minute extra time blitz to win them the game.
From the kickoff, Jacob recycled the ball quickly from a throw to send Kain galloping into the box, his cross cleared to Luke who drove forward and tested the keeper with a stinging low shot.
Toby followed with an audacious chip from the edge of the box which almost caught the keeper off guard instead he managed to scramble back on his line to claim the ball high above his head and just under the crossbar.
Seconds later the Burton defence was finally breached. Jaxon sending Charlie past his marker, Charlie angled his cross into the path of Kain via Toby’s head, Kain finding the net with a cool finish.
More pressure from the kickoff saw Luke’s shot rattle the woodwork, Cameron first to the rebound to smash home a killer third goal.
Town managed the second half of extra time without major incident, Keon using his strength to win the ball inside the penalty area and send a cross for Charlie to half volley into the roof of the net from point blank range killing the game off with a 4-1 score line which flattered the hosts in a terrific contest.
Finlay scooped a player’s and parents MOM double, combining leadership on the pitch with controlled aggression in winning back the ball and composure going forward as he drove the team higher up the pitch.
Well done lads, we’re up for the Cup! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆⚽️
Wilsden (Friendly) away
Team: Sam, Max, Ethan, Cameron, Lance, Luke, Jacob, Bradley, Jaxon, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Keon, Gabriel.
An impeccably held two minutes silence preceded this Remembrance Sunday friendly game. Town crossing the Huddersfield/Bradford divide to record an impressive 6-1 victory over hosts Wilsden.
The boys lined up in an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation which saw the return of Lance to central defence alongside Ethan whilst Max flourished in his new found role as striker alongside the impressive Jacob.
and it was Jacobs first half masterclass in first class finishing which sent the boys on their way to a comfortable 4-0 half time lead.
Toby orchestrated midfield alongside Luke and fashioned the first clearcut chance of the game, taking Sams clearance on the half turn before sending a sumptuous ball wide right and into the path of Kain who whipped the ball across the penalty area to be met by Jaxon sprinting in from the left who shot narrowly wide.
Minutes later the home side almost took the lead but fell behind in the same passage of play. The lively Wilsden No8 driving forward from the left and unleashing a venomous shot from outside the box which rattled the crossbar before Town scrambled the ball clear to Luke who sent another thread needle ball between the home defence which Jacob latched onto and buried with a clinical left foot finish into the bottom corner of the net.
Seconds after the restart Town doubled their lead. Sam clearing the ball high over midfield for Jaxon to take with a great first touch before steering his pass across the box for Jacob to smash home number two.
Battles along side both flanks ensued as Wilsden sought to use width in reply to our boys dominance of midfield. Cameron tussling to great effect with the Wilsden No9 to deny any space from the right whilst Bradley gained the upper hand over the No 8 who provided the main threat from our Craven League opponents.
Thirty minutes in and it was three nil. Jaxon cutting inside from the left on halfway to find Luke central and in space, Luke swept the ball across the edge of the box, behind the back line of the blues defence as Jacob ran through and smashed home his hatrick goal.
Sam joined the attacking threat, clearing a pass down the right for Kain who cut inside before curling a powerful shot away from the keeper and into the top left corner to make the half time score a convincing 4-0.
Changes at halftime saw the introduction of Charlie for Jaxon and Keon for Max and although the blues of Wilsden applied more of the early pressure, pulling a goal back from a counter attack after Keons shot was blocked and cleared it was our boys who soon reestablished control.
Toby brought down Ethans lofted free kick with a deft first touch before sending Keon through into the penalty area but his left foot shot cleared the upright. Ethan also went close with a speculative effort from outside the box before Toby grabbed goal No5.
Jacob looping in a cross from the right which Toby watched onto his right foot, volleying past the keeper and into the net.
Max and Jax returned to action replacing Kain and Brad as the team was again rejigged to allow Max upfront and Jaxon wide right, Jacob switching to the right back position to shore up the defence and the boys looked more fluent again, Max and Keon cutting through the defence with intelligent running and Charlie and Jaxon creating overloads from the wings.
Charlie sped past his marker down the left before cutting in and shooting straight at the keeper before repeating the process, receiving another Steve Gerrard esq 30 yard pass from Luke skipping to the byeline and pulling the ball back for Toby to set Keon for a fizzing shot which the keeper palmed clear for a corner.
Toby’s cross was scrambled clear to the edge of the box, Ethan running in to aim a chip over the keeper which fell just short of its target and into the outstretched goalies arms.
Toby played a neat one two with Jacob to almost claim goal of the day, Wildens shot stopper at full stretch to palm Toby’s volley away from goal before Charlie notched Towns sixth and final goal, controlling a high ball on the edge of the box before hitting a half volley over the keeper and into the net.
Six one up the boys had time to summon one last effort on goal, Luke sending a ball over the right back for Charlie to take with the finest of touches and send Max through on goal, his shot bringing out the kind of save he would have been proud to make himself.
The final whistle blew on a top quality technical performance from the lads. Luke claiming the Players MOM after another cultured display with the parents deciding on a team award for MOM as everyone played their part in a fine away victory.
It’s up for the Cup next week as Town host local rivals Kirkburton. Bring it on!⚽️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆⚽️
Ecclesfield Red Rose (Friendly) away
Team: Max, Ethan, Cameron, Luis, Keegan, Jacob, Bradley, Jaxon, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Finlay, Keon, Gabriel.
With the dying embers of bonfire night melting into the Ecclesfield landscape it was up to our boys to reignite the football fireworks and provide a dazzling display for the hardy supporters.
Unfortunately the match failed to generate many oohs and aaaghs, with the blue touch paper remaining largely unlit in a scrappy affair that fizzled out with a hard fought one nil win for Town. Cameron sparking the victory with a bullet header at the back post from Kains expertly driven corner.
Sheffield league division one outfit Ecclesfield provided strong opposition from over the border as both defences rose to the fore to keep chances at a premium. Bradley at right back putting in a solid performance on his Holmfirth Town debut to contribute to our third clean sheet of the season alongside Ethan, Cameron, Keegan plus Max in goal.
Toby toiled tirelessly in midfield alongside Luis to provide the creative spark which saw Kain galloping clear of his marker on a number of occasions in the first half as most of our best attacking moves came down the right.
Keon acted as an attacking midfield fulcrum balancing distribution from right to left as Charlie sought joy down the opposite flank, Jacob looking the most likely to score as he turned lost causes into chances, twice chasing down defenders to rob them of the ball inside the touch line and test the keeper with shots on goal.
Cameron then broke the deadlock. Kain latching on to Toby’s pass down the right to force a corner which he angled across the six yard box where Cameron rose at the back post to nod in the winning goal.
Cameron on form then turned provider, receiving Keegans pass deep inside his own half before playing inside a ball for Keon to turn and flick into the path of Jacob, our captain crashing a shot off the inside of the post when it had goal written all over it.
Town finished the stronger of the two sides shored up by the return of Finlay to the defence in place of Ethan as the whistle sounded for half time.
More changes were made for the second half with Jaxon coming on to lead the line, Bradley slotting into midfield and Jacob taking up position in defence as Keon and Cameron made way and the pattern of the first half continued both sides trading half chances but lacking an end product.
A promising move emanating from Fins energetic run down the left found Charlie in space, he cut inside and switched the ball for Kain to knock past his marker and send a testing cross which the keeper plucked out of the air as Charlie looked to meet it at the back post.
Bradley almost scrambled the ball home as the keeper fumbled another Kain cross but recovered in time to smother the rebound and Charlie was unlucky to see his low left foot shot beat the keeper but come back off the post and into the grateful goalies chest following Jaxon’s great work to set up the shooting opportunity.
Ethan returned to action for Bradley as the team was rejigged again, Toby going close minutes later with a delicate chip over the keeper which dropped just the wrong side of the post, Cameron almost grabbing a second soon after, driving into the box down the left, cutting inside and shooting with the keeper equal to it.
The final chance fell to Ecclesfield, the centre forward breaking clear of our defence and hammering a shot destined for the top corner were it not for the acrobatics of Max who palmed the ball into the air before gathering safely.
The whistle blew on another industrious away win and a pleasing clean sheet for the boys. Max receiving the Players MOM in recognition of his contribution to the shut out whilst Toby scooped the Parents award for sheer persistence, hard work and quality on the ball.
Well done boys👏👏👏👏👏👏⚽️
|24.10.21||Queensbury Celtic||2||-||4||(U15)||Match report|
Queensbury Celtic (League) away
Team: Sam, Ethan, Cameron, Luis, Luke, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Finlay, Keon, Gabriel.
Having dispatched of Rangers last weekend (Rastrick), Town travelled to Celtic looking for a Calder Valley old firm double on a cold and windy Queensbury Sunday morning.
Missing Keegan, Jacob and the jet pack burners of Jaxon, our boys lined up with a hardy eleven devoid of outfield subs but up for the epic challenge ahead.
Chances were few and far between in a dogged first half where both defences took the plaudits.
Our main attacking threat coming from Kain down the right in the first 20 minutes, Luke and Toby providing the creativity to send our right winger clear of defence, ably backed up by Keon on the inside and Gabriel up front.
Fin lead the backline with a commanding performance in central defence alongside Ethan as both battled hard against the Queensbury front two and the elements, the wind also providing a formidable opponent for our trusty centre halves as the ball swirled around in the air.
Both teams showed quality with the ball to feet and Queensbury fashioned the first clear cut opportunity which lead to the opening goal. A neat through ball piercing our defence for the home striker to receive and pass through the advancing Sam and into the net.
Town regrouped, Luke dictating the pace from midfield bringing Charlie into the game down the left supported by Cameron who pushed our defence forward. Toby taking control of the right and moving the ball between Luis and Kain to provide forward momentum on the opposite flank.
With half an hour gone Town turned the game around with a two minute smash and grab.
The equaliser punctuated a fine team move. Cameron laying the foundations from the back to advance and feed Gabriel, he held off a defender finding Keon in the process who continued a chain of first time passes involving Fin, Toby and Luis before Kain was sent galloping clear of the defence, our winger delivering a perfectly directed cross to pick out Charlie’s run at the back of the six yard box Charlie needing a touch to set up a shot on his right foot and a ball in the back of the net.
Straight from the kickoff, lightning Charlie struck a second time, receiving Keon’s through ball to cut inside and hammer home to give us the lead.
Shell shocked Celtic hit back, Sam called into action to pull off a spectacular triple save, first tipping a breakaway shot onto the bar then punching clear the rebound cross which fell to a Celtic striker to hit a third time effort forcing our keeper to spring low to his right and gather the ball to his chest.
Town then survived another scare when the Queensbury striker broke clear and beat Sam with a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net only to see his effort ruled out for a marginal offside.
Despite the pressure Town finished the half strong, Keon’s mazy run and pass to Gabriel setting up a shot which was saved before Luke and Charlie combined to send Kain through on goal only to be bundled to the ground by a Queensbury defender on the edge of the box, the referee waving play on much to the surprise of all concerned as the whistle blew for half time with our boys leading 2-1.
The second half saw Town build on their lead. Toby and Luke gaining more prominence to dictate play from midfield and exploit the spaces for Charlie and Kain to run into and expose the Queensbury 3-5-2 formation.
Cameron supplied Luke who fed Charlie down the left, his cross deflected for a corner which Toby zipped across the six yard box with venom, nobody attacking the ball to apply the finish it richly deserved.
With Charlie leading the right sided centre half a merry dance and Kain doing the same on the opposite side, Queensbury were forced to retreat, both wing backs finishing as fullbacks as they attempted to stem the flow of attacks driven by Luke and Toby in the middle of the park.
Max came on for Gabriel, again swapping keeping for striking and for a second game this season he came up with a goal, latching onto Toby’s through ball and applying a clinical finish.
Luke cut inside on his trusty left foot to power a shot which the keeper half saved, smothering the rebound as Max pounced looking to double his tally.
As Charlie was increasingly shackled by two defenders, Toby and Luke looked for space elsewhere, expertly switching play to put Kain away on the right, Kain again bundled over on the edge of the box to win a free kick which Luke curled around the wall but too high to trouble the keeper.
Luke then got the reward his industry deserved. Driving forward from deep, drawing the defender towards him before playing the pass for Charlie to overlap clear of the defence and turn the ball back inside for Luke to take a touch and smash home our fourth goal.
Kain used his pace and skill to set up a shot which the Celtic keeper deflected onto the crossbar and Toby also went close before Queensbury struck a second consolation goal. The Celtic striker hitting the top left corner with a free kick from the edge of the box, Fin picking up a yellow card for an adjudged late challenge.
The final whistle blew on another fine away win, Town maintaining their 100% start to the season to go six points clear at the top as they prepare for next week’s table topping clash with Westend.
Luke bagged both Parents and Players MOM awards showing composure on the ball, creative influence in a captain’s performance to lead his team to a vital victory, Well done lads👏👏👏👏👏⚽️
|17.10.21||(U15)||2||-||1||Rastrick Rangers||Match report|
Rastrick Rangers (League) home
Team: Sam, Jaxon, Keegan, Ethan, Cameron, Luis, Luke, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Finlay, Keon, Gabriel.
Having entered the Lion’s den last week at Holmewood, Town returned to their more familiar pastoral home surroundings of Farnley Tyas to face a plucky Rastrick Rangers side, our lads battling hard to earn the 2-1 win.
Riding high in the league with a 100% record and second behind White Rose only on goal difference Town lined up full of confidence against a Rangers team without a point so far and reeling from the loss of their two regular centre halves. A routine three points? Far from it as Rastrick fought for their lives pressing all over the pitch to deny Holmfirth space and coming up with a chance or two themselves on the break which almost got them the point many could argue they deserved.
Kicking down hill in the first half Town struggled to find their rhythm, long and short passes going astray and clearcut chances kept to a minimum by a solid Rastrick back four and a compact midfield.
Keon worked hard up front, probing for an opening and he struck twice from outside the box to bring a save out of the keeper whilst the other flashed the wrong side of the post.
Toby and Charlie both had long range efforts easily saved and Keegan went closest with a drive from deep inside his own half and shot which the away stopper plucked from under the crossbar and although our boys had the bulk of possession they lacked penetration in the final third. Rastrick looking dangerous on the break when the opportunity arose.
Sam had to be quick out of his goal to sweep up the balls over the top a couple of times with Ethan and Keegan shepherding the centre forward who looked for space in between.
Kain and Charlie worked the wide areas with Cameron and Jacob pushing from the fullback positions but the boys were far less effective than in recent games, in main thanks to two Rastrick fullbacks who were quick to shut out their opponents, and a couple of makeshift centre halves who showed great composure to sweep up our attacks. Eventually though persistence paid, Charlie breaking through the defence only to be scythed down by the centre half for a clear penalty.
Luke stepped up to strike the spot kick to the right, the keeper anticipating well to parry the ball out allowing Rastrick to clear.
Finlay came on for Ethan in defence, Luis switching to centre back as Fin helped bolster the midfield adding a physical presence which gave Luke and Toby the freedom to create more forward momentum and allow both our wingers to get into the minimum space afforded by the Rastrick fullbacks by drawing them inside.
With minutes remaining in the half Luis almost made the breakthrough, Cameron exchanged passes with Charlie before thrusting forward into the box and winning a corner on the left. Toby swung in the cross, Luis rising above the defence to power a header goalbound which the defender headed off the line.
Keon hit a shot inches over, Kain got in behind the defence more to create several half chances which lacked the finish and Charlie’s snapshot from the edge of the box was saved as Town ended the half strong. The whistle signalling half time as both teams walked off goalless.
Jaxon replaced Keon up front for the restart as Town kicked uphill seeking the elusive goal and what an impact he made! five minutes in, chasing down Toby’s through pass, wrestling free of an opponent before sending a dipping shot from outside the area over the keeper and into the net to register one of the goals of the season.
That was the catalyst for a stronger second half performance, Toby seizing control of midfield to dictate the tempo, switch play and create more space down the wings for Jacob and Kain to exploit down the right Charlie and Cameron reciprocating down the left.
Minutes later Town doubled their lead, Toby finding Kain in space behind the left back, Kain angling in the cross for Charlie to rise and nod in off the back post.
Cameron drove forward to latch onto Fins pass, shooting into the keepers chest. Seconds later receiving another Fin lay off before arrowing a pass down the line for Charlie to sprint past the right back and drive across the six yard box, Jaxons shot blocked and cleared, then Jaxon burst clear of his marker to get on the end of Kains cross and glance a header inches wide of the far post.
With Town now in control more changes were made, Gabriel coming on to make his league debut with Ethan returning to action in defence, Cameron and Keegan making way. Luke switched to left back as Toby dropped into holding midfield. Gabriel taking up the vacant No10 position.
The boys took time to adjust and the Rastrick centre forward took full advantage, jumping onto some indecision in defence to nip ahead of our high back line and get a toe to the ball as Sam came to gather, reacting to the loose ball to tap in a simple goal.
Rastrick took heart and gave the Town defence a few scares, switching play themselves to better effect and sending a few invitations to run in behind our rearguard with telegraphed balls over the top which lead to chances that kept Sam alert in goal.
Cameron returned to the action for the final ten minutes to shore up the defence and allow Luke to partner Toby in midfield and the pair were effective in retaining possession for our team seeing out the remaining minutes and securing the three points.
Both goal scorers took the MOM awards for decisive moments in a tight game. Charlie winning parents award for what proved to be a winning header. Jaxon winning the players award for his spectacular strike which set us on our way with what may prove to be goal of the season.👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
|10.10.21||Holmewood Utd||1||-||8||(U15)||Match report|
Holmewood Utd (League) away
Team: Sam, Jaxon, Keegan, Ethan, Cameron, Luis, Luke, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Max, Keon.
A gladiatorial performance at Holmewood saw Town march to victory, slaying their opponents 8-1 in an often bitter and niggling affair which saw four players booked.
Keon lead the line for Holmfirth quickly establishing his dominance over the centre halves to hold off an opponent and power a shot from outside the box which the keeper could only palm into the path of Charlie who applied the finish.
Our diminutive left winger then doubled his and Town’s tally after terrific work from Jacob to chase back and win the ball deep inside his own half before releasing a pass to Luis who found Toby venturing down the right, Toby angling a cross for Charlie to tap in the second.
Toby, Luke, Luis and Charlie tussled with Utd midfielders constantly in a first half show of strength, enduring shirt pulling, elbows and devious late challenges often out of view of the referee, to give their opponents the run around with quality football.
Keegan squared up to the terrier like No8 with the goalkeeper rushing a good forty yards to involve himself in the handbags at ten paces which followed only to earn himself the first booking of the day for his troubles, the game turning scrappy as the ball bounced off the uneven surface and with far too many late challenges disrupting play. Both sides guilty of getting involved in meaningless face offs.
If this was a ploy by the home side to break up the flow of our boys football, it worked for a while, the referee halting play to allow both teams a cooling off period.
Keon who worked hard to chase down the defence kept cool and put in a top first half performance, getting shots away but also setting up chances for Toby, Charlie and Kain to get in behind the defence, Toby finishing off one move only to be called back for offside.
Cameron was involved in a personal battle with the right winger which almost erupted and Ethan was drawn into another squaring up with the home No7, Jacob, as captain, often intervening to calm his teammates and ensure we finished with eleven players on the pitch.
The Holmewood No8 then pulled a quality goal back. A cross-field free kick sent diagonally over our defence from the left side of the centre circle finding the perfectly timed run of the Utd midfielder who smashed the ball past Max for 2-1.
Town responded well. Keegan causing chaos with one of three free kicks swung into the box, the keeper flapping at it as it fell to Luis who shot wide.
Kain went on a mazy run which ended with a clipped ankle on the edge of the box. Luke stepping up to curl a left footer round the wall and into the net.
Cameron was soon called into action as Holmewood sought to hit back literally and metaphorically, our right back chasing down the winger but adjudged to have fouled his opponent near the byeline. In came the cross/shot which rattled the bar, the rebound lofted back into the mix only for Max to punch away the cross and Luis to clear.
Minutes later Luke sent Kain clear who forced the ball past the keeper to put us 4-1 up. Charlie added a fifth, keeping a calm head to get on the end of Toby’s cross and claim a first half hatrick, the move once again emanating from Luis and Lukes creative work in midfield.
Five one up at half time and the game effectively over as a contest Sam came on for Max in goal, looking for a second half clean sheet and Town set off eager to extend their lead.
Luis rattling the crossbar early on from a Toby corner Toby gathering the loose ball and curling a stunning shot which again dipped onto the bar when the back of the net would have been a more fitting reward.
Charlie intercepted a goal kick before teeing up Keon for a shot which spun wide and as Charlie terrorised the right back with quick feet and dangerous crossing, Kain began to gain more influence to do the same down the right with the unlucky left back feeling the brunt of his work.
Shots from Keon, Luke and Toby stung the gloves of the keeper before Kains right wing cross found Charlie at the back post to tap in No6.
Jaxon replaced Keon from the bench, Cameron adding his name to the scoresheet soon after with a glancing header from Toby’s in swinging corner.
With the home team tired and frustrated, the needling No8 finally got himself booked for another pointless altercation this time with Keegan, with his day ended minutes later from Jacobs crunching challenge which also earned our captain a booking. The inevitable revenge mission played out when the Holmewood Captain then cynically scythed down Jacob on the edge of the box to collect his own yellow card.
But it was cool heads and creative football that won the day in the end. Jaxon unlucky not to notch a goal when his effort was ruled offside from Kains cross and again denied this time by a top save by the keeper after Charlie’s cross.
Max came on as an outfielder for Keegan, immediately immersing himself in the action, getting shots away that were high, wide then saved just to get his sights set for the goal that soon followed. Toby tracking the run of Ethan who exploded into the box and powered in a shot which the keeper palmed into the path of Max to punctuate the score line with an eighth goal.
The final whistle blew on an 8-1 win that keeps Town top of table after three games. Charlie winning both players and parents MOM after another devastating display of quick feet and great finishing. Well done lads👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏⚽️
|03.10.21||(U15)||2||-||1||Queensbury Celtic||Match report|
Team: Sam, Jaxon, Ethan, Luke, Finley, Charlie, Cameron, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Max, Keon, Luis, Keegan.
A little complacency perhaps after last Sunday’s epic victory at title contenders Northowram or maybe some tired legs after a full program of School football this week, either way Town had to scrap for the full 80 minutes to come from a goal behind and edge ahead of Queensbury 2-1 at Farnley Tyas.
The visitors were quickest out of the blocks seizing the initiative and taking an early lead as Town struggled to find their form.
All credit to the lads though as they fought hard to wrestle back control from the green and blacks fashioning a deserved equaliser before half time. Kain driving down the wing before sending a dipping right foot shot over the keeper and into the net.
Kicking downhill in the second half Town continued to apply forward momentum on a tiring Queensbury rear guard. Charlie grabbing the headlines with a mazy run inside from the right to power home a left foot winning goal from just inside the box which secured him both Parents and Players MOM awards in addition to the three points.
Not a vintage performance but great resilience and bouncebackability shown by the boys to claim victory.👏👏👏👏👏👏🙌
Team: Sam, Jaxon, Ethan, Luke, Finlay, Charlie, Cameron, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Max, Keon.
There is something about a sunny Sunday morning at Northowram that brings the best out of our boys and this weekend was no exception as Town prevailed 4-2 at one of the League’s toughest venues.
Fully briefed on what was required and with Luis, Keegan and Lance all missing, Town had to dig deep against a strong physical opponent. Jaxon , Ethan and Sam stepping into battle to play a vital role in a memorable victory.
Northowram hit the ground running asserting their physical advantage in the one v ones, but also moving the ball quickly. Sam the savior with a couple of fine early saves to keep us in the game.
Town however looked sharp on the break, Jaxon receiving the ball twice on halfway before sending Kain galloping down the right flank only to be thwarted by a couple of solid Northowram tackles.
Ethan made a vital interception as a yellow shirted striker threatened to break through one on one with Sam before our keeper palmed a header round the post and pounced seconds later to smother a shot and rebound from the resulting corner.
Then the breakthrough. Jaxon again releasing Kain who nodded the ball past his marker, sending a teasing ball from the byeline across the six yard box towards Keon who tussled with an opponent before the ball fell invitingly for Charlie to smash home the opener.
Jaxon again was creator of the second, receiving Keon’s pass on the half turn before directing the ball down the centre of the area and into the path of Kain who applied a clinical right foot finish.
Jaxon was instrumental in our first half attacking play receiving and distributing the ball left and right with growing confidence and an immeasurable quality as our back four absorbed a constant supply of forward affrays from the home attackers. Ethan, Fin , Cameron and Jacob matching the yellows for Braun and showing superior technique in playing the ball out of danger and bring our midfield creators into play.
Nothowram remained a constant threat particularly on set pieces. Sam rising to save two headers from corners, then diving low to his right to gather a fizzing shot as the No 9 cut inside and pulled the trigger and again scurrying off his line to deny the striker as he directed a volley goalwards from a ball over the top.
Town weren’t without chances themselves as Keon worked the home back line and Luke and Toby moved the ball on the floor to provide shooting chances for Kain and Charlie who both narrowly missed either upright.
Jaxon was unlucky not to notch a couple of ‘worldies’ in his role as No 10. The first a spectacular volley from Fins free kick which flashed across goal to be palmed wide by the alert keeper and the second a curling shot which rattled the woodwork after fantasy footwork from Keon allowed Cameron to set up the shot.
With ten minutes of the half remaining Sam pulled off save of the season so far, the big Norhowram striker rising above our defence Pele 1970s style to power a header down and destined for the net before super Sam did his Gordon Banks virtuoso to tip the bouncing ball over the bar as the home side held their heads in collective disbelief.
Wave of attacks followed with Sam master of his goal demonstrating secure handling as yellow strikers lay in wait for a rebound opportunity which never came. Then as half-time approached the home team pulled a goal back.
A spectacular strike from outside the box giving the unsighted Sam no chance as it flew into the top right corner of the net.
Town regrouped at the break knowing that only a monumental performance in the second half would secure the points and the boys didn’t disappoint.
Toby produced the first real threat of the second half whipping in a corner, won by Luke, which Finlay headed just clear of the crossbar.
Max came on for Keon to give our hard working striker a well earned rest and it was Holmfirth who seized the initiative to put their opponents under pressure, Charlie turning on a sixpence at the edge of the box to test the keeper from Cameron’s throw in down the left before Kain got a crucial third goal.
Jacob giving a shout to Kain and sending a free kick from deep over the home rearguard, Kain reacting with a lightning fast run into the box before nodding the bouncing ball past the advancing keeper.
3-1 up and in the ascendancy Town almost grabbed a fourth, Charlie hacked down at the corner of the penalty box from an increasingly frustrated right back presented Luke with a free kick opportunity, he struck a dipping shot which the keeper did well to get across his goal and tip over.
From the corner Jaxon brought another cat like save from Northowrams No1 as he turned and shot low and hard to the keepers left before our No10 got his just rewards.
Max brought a high ball down to feet playing a pass to Toby who turned and found Luke receiving, shielding and delaying his pass long enough for Charlie to run in behind the right back before telegraphing a perfectly weighted ball into Charlie’s path, our left wingers first time driven cross met by the speedy Jaxon who diverted past the keeper for 4-1.
Town endured a long final twenty minutes, Ethan making many timely challenges as Fin directed our back line and won all the headers that came his way. Cameron and Jacob were equally stoic at left and right back respectively, not only winning the ball back but putting us back on the attack as Norhowram were made to work hard for scraps.
The home side did double their tally but only halve the deficit, slotting home a penalty after Jacob was adjudged to have fouled his opponent but Town stood firm Ethan almost grabbing a fifth with a blistering shot which shaved the crossbar.
In a team full of Man of the matches Sam got the majority nod for both Players and Parents award for his heroic display in goal.
An epic performance full of courage and commitment. Nothing short of brilliant lads!👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏⚽️
Team: Sam, Jaxon, Keegan, Ethan, Luis, Luke, Finlay, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Max, Gabriel, Keon.
Town travelled to Kirkburton with three of their regular back four missing and top heavy with attackers. Forget Ronaldo! Gabriel and Keon returned to Town to make their eagerly anticipated debuts.
Kirkburton, struggling to raise a team, had to borrow Toby for the first half in order to field 11 players as the game had the inevitable feel of a training match rather than the classic battles of old. Town hitting a dozen without reply.
Sam provided the backbeat in a dominant display, keeping the play flowing. Finlay conducting our defensive unit whilst Luis and Jacob orchestrated midfield in order to facilitate the creative flourish of Luke who enabled our attackers to hit the top notes. The results, a cacophony of leather on leather and a rustling Kirkburton net.
Kain struck early to put us one nil up, striking home a devine crossfield pass from Charlie.
Minutes later, two nil. Luke switching play from left to right to send Kain galloping down the wing and angling the ball across the six yard box to the grateful Charlie who doubled the scoring with a left foot tap in.
Kain instigated a third and Charlie’s second of the game, crossing from the right for our diminutive left winger to cut inside on his right foot and curl the ball into the top right corner.
Luke allowed Keegan to push forward from midfield providing the service for three well struck shots on goal, the keeper saving two whilst the crossbar ducked out of the way of the third before Charlie claimed his hat-rick, another cross from the right cooly finished at the back post via Charlie’s left foot.
Ethan sent Jaxon clear on the right who squared the ball inside for Jacob to launch a rocket inches over the bar before Kain applied a clinical finish from Luke’s assist to chalk up a fifth.
The blues struggled to get the ball out of their own half, Fin and the larger than life Keon easily mopping up any adventurous looking forays into our half, both flanks ably covered by Ethan on the right and Luis on the left who provided an additional attacking threat as overlapping fullbacks.
Charlie, who had terrorised the Burton right back all game, again turned him inside out to present Keegan with the opportunity to smash home number six before the team goal of the game made it seventh heaven for Town. Sam recycling a backpass to Keon, who turned out to find Luke on the left, his pass edged forward to Charlie who layed the ball into the path of Jacob, our midfield Terrier driving at the blues defence before releasing a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Kain who rattled the bar with a thunderbolt which fell nicely into the path of Charlie who guided the ball home.
Jaxon was rewarded for his endeavour, slotting home number eight when he pounced first on a shot from Kain which the keeper half parried, and the boys went off at half time good value for their 8-0 lead.
Short on options Kirkburton borrowed Sam as a right back, with Ethan slotting into their defence, Toby swapping a Burton bib for his more familiar Town shirt and Max entering the fray as second half Town keeper.
All credit must go to the home side for a courageous second half display lead by former Town old boy Ruben who battled hard against his former teammates alongside Roddy in midfield. Ruben tested Max with two cracking shots from the edge of the box and played a couple of terrific through balls behind our defence but the strikers were unable to capitalise.
Gabriel came on for Jaxon upfront and it wasn’t long before normal service was resumed. Keon pushing forward and showing some silky skills before laying the ball off to Luke who shot wide. A Jacob, Gabriel combination resulted in Kain striking a shot past the keeper but off the post, Charlie cut in on his right foot to curl a shot which again rattled the upright before Luke grabbed the bull by the horns to drive forward from deep, skip past two defenders and rifle the ball home claiming a well worked individual goal.
A fitting number 10 followed as Prime administer Kain struck a shot parried by the keeper, Gabriel tapping in the rebound to notch his first goal on a return to the club.
Luke hammered home the eleventh, to grab a brace whilst Kain completed a clinical display, notching a hatrick and rounding off a resounding 12-0 win.
Parents Man of the match award went to Charlie, four goals and a couple of assists in a devastating display particularly in the first half. Luke and Charlie sharing the player’s award. Luke for driving his team forward and restoring our dominance when Kirkburton looked to fight back.
Well done boys!
Wombwell friendly away
Team: Sam, Jaxon, Cameron, Max, Ethan, Lance, Luis, Luke, Chaz, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Finlay.
Towns extra quality up front proved the difference in a very physical and often scrappy encounter at Wombwell on Tuesday evening. Jacob, Cameron and Finlay the stars of the show leading our boys to a bruising victory.
The story of the first 20 minutes was an enthralling duel between Wombwells right winger and Cameron, the two rivals locked in battle as the home side looked to set their energetic No7 in behind our defence. Cameron stood firm tussling for the ball and giving every bit as much as he got despite shirt pulling, barging and all manner of methods designed to put our left back off his game and send the home winger clear.
Winning the battle was key, Cameron setting up our first chance of the game with a well-read interception and pass inside to Luke who took the ball on the half turn before spreading a Crossfield pass to Kain who galloped past his pursuer to whip a ball across the six yard box and inches away from the speedy attacking threat of Luis and Charlie.
Wombwell looked to assert their authority with Barnsley brawn as Town relied heavily on the fighting qualities of Finlay, Cameron and Jacob to wrestle the ball off our opponents and get us on the attack.
Max was alert in goal to close down the through ball and clear with the reds restricted to shots from outside the box which lacked any real quality.
Town then took the lead with the first real clear cut chance of the game. Toby finding Kain on the right with space to swing in a cross which evaded the first defender and bounced up for Charlie on the penalty spot who cushioned a header to his left foot and volleyed home the opener.
Wombwell reacted with a couple of substitutions giving the No7 a rest from Cameron but also from Ethan who had afforded him little change when switched to the left but Town remained solid through until half time, going in 1-0 up.
Jaxon and Sam came on for the second half, taking up positions at opposite ends of the pitch. Jaxon moving to striker with Luis dropping into midfield and Jacob slotting into the right back spot vacated by Ethan. Sam replacing Max in goal as Town enjoyed more possession in the opponent’s half.
Kain broke clear from a Luis pass to set up Jaxon for an early strike on goal from a half volley just inside the box which was blocked. Charlie sent a Crossfield pass to Kain who set Luis to whip a ball to the back post with Toby meeting the delivery on the volley but directing his shot across goal and wide.
Luke then had a trio of strikes on goal, the first set up by the industrious Jacob who won back possession and set Luke for a shot saved by the keeper. Jaxon teeing up a second strike over the bar from outside the box before Cameron won a free kick on the edge of the box after an aggressive run from deep inside his own half, Luke’s set piece gathered easily by the Wombwell No1.
With Wombwell tiring Jacob, Cameron and Finlay bossed the back line, pushing forward at every opportunity, confident in their ability to track back and cover as required but also assured by the huge presence of Lance who allowed little to pass him by in a strong second half performance.
Kain and Luis collaborated with Toby to present Jaxon with the opportunity to shoot but his attempt was blocked and cleared, Jacob sprinting ahead of the home midfielder before being upended for another free kick without yield and as Town continued to apply the pressure the home sides defence was finally breeched for a decisive second time.
Jacob picking the ball up deep in his own half before driving into the opponent’s half past two defenders and into the box, playing a wall pass off Kain and striking the ball past the keeper to give the boys an unassailable lead.
Ethan replaced Toby for the last 10 minutes as Town saw out the game to earn another hard fought away win. Jacob’s leading by example securing him the parents MOM award with Cameron scooping the player’s award after doing his team a huge favour, nullifying the home side’s most potent attacker. Well done lads!