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|16.01.22||Matlock Town||1||-||5||(U15)||Match report|
Matlock Town away (Friendly)
Team: Sam, Jaxon, Cameron Keegan, Lance, Luis, Finlay, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Ethan, Bradley, Luke, Romario, Keon.
With White Rose in cup action this week, the lads top of the table clash had to be postponed to the frustration of a fully fit and eager Town squad. Instead the boys traveled to Matlock Town for an equally challenging friendly against top amateur opponents on their luxurious new 4g surface.
High on confidence after last week’s win at Westend, Town were buoyed by the signing of another hot young prospect Romario, plucked not from the beaches of the Copa Cabana (Town’s scouting network doesn’t extend that far…. yet) but from the pitches of Leeds Road Sports complex! where he recently joined the boys for training, making an immediate impression in the process.
Town lined up in a familiar 4-2-3-1 with Cameron once again spearheading the attack, Romario slotting into the No10 position with Charlie on his left and Kain on his right. Luke captained the side from holding midfield alongside Toby with Luis and Jacob flanking our central defensive partnership of Lance and Finlay in a back four ahead of Sam in goal.
The royal blues of Matlock seized the early initiative, showing clear composure to play out from the back and display progressive possession football into the Holmfirth half as Town slowly got to grips with the fast playing surface.
A pinpoint pass from the opposition keeper lead to a break down the right wing, the blues No7 squaring the ball across the area to set up a shot which Sam expertly smothered down to his right.
Our boys soon regrouped, creating much the better chances as Luke commanded control of the midfield, taking the fight to our opponents with aggressive counter pressing, driving runs into the opposition half and intricate balls through the defence to release Charlie and Kain down the wings, Romario and Cameron through the middle.
Much of our play focused on the left, Luis, providing the foundations which allowed Luke to receive the ball deep and drive his team over halfway, Charlie profiting on occasion to speed clear of his marker and force two corners in quick succession, the first after a block tackle from the right back the second a shot palmed away from the near post by an alert keeper.
Toby swung in our first corner just a fraction too high for Cameron at the back post and the second bang on the money as Luis rose to glance a header narrowly wide.
Luke then almost grabbed the opener, releasing Charlie clear of the right back before Charlie checked back to send a ball across the six yard box towards our captain who had continued his run but, off balance, scuffed the shot wide.
Sam was called into action to make a diving save to his right from a shot emanating from a Matlock counter attack before Luke gave us the lead in spectacular fashion.
Toby finding Romario in a pocket of space provided our No10 with the opportunity to dazzle and turn showing quick feet to his opponent who caught him late on the edge of the centre circle conceding a free kick in the process.
From distance Luke caught the keeper off guard, rifling in a left foot shot which rattled into the top right corner of the net via the crossbar.
Toby,Cameron and Luke combined to send Charlie to the byeline again, his cross once again diverted for a corner whipped in by Toby and half cleared to Kain on the edge of the box who drilled his shot across the keeper and wide.
Sam made another crucial save diving to his right to keep out a break and shot from the Matlock No 9 before Charlie doubled our lead, pouncing on a mis-hit clearance from the keeper to beat the blues centre half to the ball and hit an early shot into the back of the net before the keeper had time to recover.
With halftime approaching and Town pressing hard from the front lead by Cameron, Matlock fought hard to get back into the game and Lance, Finlay, Luis and Jacob had to remain alert to keep the blues at bay, Lance and Finlay calmly holding off their opponents through the middle whilst Luis and Jacob ensured they weren’t outpaced by the Matlock wing attack.
The halftime whistle blew with Town still two goals to the good as the second half saw the wholesale introduction of a strong Holmfirth Town bench.
On came Jaxon, Bradley, Keegan, Keon and Ethan, and off went Lance, Toby, Kain, Finlay and Cameron as Town continued their assault in a much more open second period.
Romario continued his impressive debut, pressing high and creating space for his teammates with some intelligent running to take away a marker which facilitated Luke’s sweeping runs towards the box as he combined with Charlie to set up an early shooting opportunity for Keon whose shot was blocked, Jaxon following up to hammer another effort which struck a defender and was scrambled clear for a corner.
Luke swung in the cross, Luis rising above the defence to guide a header past the keeper to make it 3-0 to the boys.
The game then swung from end to end, Jacob busy at right back to stem the tide of left sided blue attacks, Sam pulling off another couple of fine saves as Matlock upped the shot count well into double figures.
In midfield Bradley grasped the nettle to rob his midfield opponents of possession and start us back on the attack through the middle. Jaxon proved a menace on the right, shooting just too high of the target on one occasion and sending teasing crosses for Keon to attack as our striker often proved too hot to handle but thwarted on occasion by the offside flag.
Matlock then got themselves back into the game, a long ball through the middle splitting our defence and sending the number 8 clean through on goal where he beat the on rushing Sam with a cool finish.
Luis, Charlie and Romario made way for the reintroduction of Toby, Kain and Cameron to provide fresh impetus in the final twenty minutes and it didn’t take long for our subs to make an impact. Toby fashioning an opening to shoot inches over the bar before Kain sent Keon clear of his marker to bear down on goal, round the keeper and send the ball beyond the despairing outstretched defender on the line with a composed right foot finish from a tight angle.
Cameron continued to provide service to Kain on the left before Keon doubled his tally, receiving a through ball from Brad to outmuscle his opponent and smash home from the edge of the box to make the score 5-1.
With the luxury of having so many top class options from the bench Town finished strong as Matlock wilted, Keon cruelly denied a hatrick by the offside flag after Kains exquisitely directed pass over the top was met by Keon’s deftly taken left foot volley over the keeper and into the net.
The game ended 5-1 to herald another impressive victory at top opposition and showcase the mouthwatering capabilities of this ever strengthening squad.
Players MOM went to Luke for a commanding performance in midfield, an assist and a top quality opening goal with Sam securing the parents award for assured handling in goal and some crucial saves during key stages of the game.
Well done boys!👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
|09.01.22||Westend Lions||2||-||4||(U15)||Match report|
Westend Lions away (League)
Team: Sam, Jaxon, Cameron Keegan, Lance, Luis, Finlay, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Ethan, Bradley, Luke.
A New Years visit to the Lions den isn’t for the faint hearted but our boys rose to the challenge, avenging their pre Christmas defeat by taking all three points at Westend.
Positional changes saw Luis take on the left back role with Jacob switching to right back, Finlay slotting into holding midfield and Cameron starting for the first time this season as lone striker.
Town began brightly, dominating possession early on and putting the home side under pressure. Jacob pushing high on the right to send in a couple of teasing crosses which Charlie and then Luis nodded inches over the crossbar.
Ten minutes in and Luke sent Charlie speeding down the left, his square pass inside the box finding Toby who took the ball on the half turn before playing into the path of Kain whose goal bound effort took a slight deflection off a red shirted defender before clipping the top of the crossbar and flying over for a corner.
Toby swung in the cross from the left for Cameron and Luis to attack with the ball dropping to Finlay who smashed it into the roof of the net to put us one up.
Westend were quick to respond, the Lions awakening heralding new found pressure on Towns backline which eventually merited an equaliser.
The all reds, marauding down the left, won a free kick on the edge of the box which beat our wall but not Sam who dived to parry it away, the Westend striker pouncing on the second ball to fire home the leveller.
Westend seized the initiative, capitalising on some hesitancy at the back to take the lead. A break down the right saw two of our defenders beaten for pace before Luis recovered to block a right foot shot inside the box which fell nicely into path of the Lions No9 who powered his team into the lead.
Both sides then traded possession and chances, Westend looking a threat down the middle with Finlay, Lance and Keegan all kept busy whilst our best attacks came from wide, Charlie and Kain benefitting from Luke’s creativity to swing in crosses which left the home sides central defence exposed but where we couldn’t beat an excellent keeper.
Kain and Charlie both took defenders away with intelligent off the ball running which opened up opportunities for Luke and Luis to test the keeper from range as they both endeavoured to drive into space created through the middle and unleash dipping shots on goal which the keeper was equal to.
Jacob continued to send probing balls into the box from deep to keep the goalie occupied but the half time whistle blew with the score line remaining Westend 2 Town 1.
The second half saw a much improved performance from Town as they matched their opponents for physicality, battling for every second ball and dominating their opponents who seemed content to sit deep, defend their lead and hit us on the counter attack.
Lance put in another mammoth performance at centre half as he wrestled to quell the Lions quick breaks through the middle whilst also providing an attacking threat at set pieces. Tenacious Toby pushed higher up the field to create openings for Cameron, Charlie and Kain and Jacob provided the extra threat wide on the right, playing little give and go’s with Kain and exploding into the box to drill crosses along the six yard box for Cameron to attack.
Westend struggled to stem the tide and Town finally got their reward. Keegan found Luke with a pass from deep, Luke sent Charlie clear of his marker on the left with Charlie pulling the ball back from the byeline to Toby who rolled the ball across the six yard box and into the path of Kain who found the net at the back post.
Having made the second half breakthrough Town were unrelenting. Jacob overlapping the left back once more to speed past him , into the area and power an unstoppable shot between the keeper and his near post.
Three, two up Keegan made way for Bradley. Finlay slotting into central defence alongside Lance with Bradley holding in midfield and it wasn’t long before Brad was on the scoresheet. Charlie winning a corner off the right back saw Luke called into action to curl in the cross which was headed clear, Luke delicately lifting the rebound back into the six yard area for Brad to nip ahead of the defender and power a header past the keeper and put the lads 4-2 up.
More substitutions followed as did more problems for Westend. Jaxon replacing Kain to cause more mayhem down the right alongside Jacob as Cameron made way for Ethan who ably assisted in forcing the two centre halves into mistakes as playing the ball out was replaced with heavty hopeful long balls from the back.
Lance and Finlay remained solid at the back which allowed Luis and Jacob to continue pushing into midfield to force the home side deep and ensured Sam had a quiet second half in goal as the final whistle blew heralding a vital three points which move the boys six points clear of second place White Rose although having played three games more.
Players MOM this week was split between Luke and Cameron with Finlay just edging out Jacob and Luis for the parents award.
Well done lads. Next up? The big one, White Rose at home!⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
|19.12.21||(U15)||2||-||4||Westend Lions||Match report|
🎄Westend Lions home (League)🎄
Team: Max, Jaxon, Cameron, Keegan, Lance, Luis, Finlay, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Ethan, Bradley, Keon, Luke.
🎁Town secured the Christmas No1 spot despite suffering their first league defeat at the hands of a rampant Westend Lions.🎁
A misty backdrop and an overgrown pitch provided the teams with less than festive conditions and it was the Westend boys who produced the better football in a frantic first half.
Luke had an early free kick tipped over the bar for a corner which was cleared. Toby won a free kick on the left which Keegan whipped in to the box for Kain to head narrowly wide and both Luis and Jacob got shots away which the keeper easily dealt with but despite those early chances Max proved to be the much busier shot stopper.
⛄️The Lions roared, hunting in packs to retrieve possession and pounce first to every ball with our boys struggling to keep pace. Finlay was the one shining light battling valiantly alongside Lance in the heart of defence to keep the visitors at bay.⛄️
Westend bossed the midfield, controlling possession and creating the better openings, spurning a golden opportunity to take the lead five minutes in. A long ball over the top taken in his stride by a Lions attacker, Bradley flying in to block a shot destined for the top corner of the net.
🧑🎄Minutes later a similar ball found the Westend No9 running clear in a one v one with Max but he screwed his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.🧑🎄
Max needed to be alert to stem the torrent of attacks, on one occasion scrambling low to his left to divert the ball around the post and then leaping high to gather the resulting corner safely into his chest as Westend pushed and eventually claimed the goal they richly deserved.
A cross from the left half cleared by Lance fell to the feet of the Lions No 4 who rifled a first time shot into the roof of the net giving Max no chance.
❄️Keon came on as a second half substitute for Bradley, immediately taking up the striker position alongside Luis with Jacob switching to right back and the boys looked much sharper enjoying their best period of the match to take advantage of a sleeping Lions defence.❄️
Kain and Charlie gained more influence out wide as Toby and Luke drove through midfield providing some quality passes to our wingers who, in turn, afforded opportunities for Luis and Keon to test the keeper with an array of opportunities until we eventually fashioned an equaliser.
Keegan found Luke on the move who developed a double one touch passing exchange with Charlie that sent our winger clear of the fullback and into the box, Charlie curling in a cross come shot to the back post which escaped everyone and found the net.
🥂Having created themselves a way back into the game Town kicked on and it was no surprise when our boys took the lead soon after. Luke crossing for Keon to lay off a shooting opportunity for Luis striding forward on the edge of the box who guided a powerful shot past the keeper for 2-1 Town.🥂
🎉This launched a Lions reawakening and our lead lasted all of five minutes. Westends left winger playing a give and go before looping a cross over Max’s head and into the net for a rapid response equaliser.🎉
Jaxon replaced Kain on the right and was immediately involved switching play to Luke who sent Charlie clear of the right back, Charlie setting up Toby for a strike on goal which the keeper smothered to his right.
Keegan went close with a drive forward and long range effort which dipped over the bar but in all honesty it was the red shirts of Westend that regained the upper hand, once again taking the lead with a powerful header past Max from a right sided free kick cross.
🍻Luke and Charlie combined down the left to provide Keon with an opening to shoot which the keeper saved before Westend put the game to bed with a killer fourth goal. A corner from the left swung in to the back post for a striker to tap in unchallenged.🍻
The game ended with the boys disappointed in defeat but still at least top of the league and able to reflect on an overall impressive first half of the season.
Players MOM went to Lance after a solid display at the back alongside central defensive partner Finlay who took the parents award.
🎁Fittingly, after the game, the boys celebrated the club Christmas party at Adrenaline showing immediately how they are able to bounce back from defeat!🎁
Merry Christmas all and here’s to a happier and healthier New Year ⚽️🎄🧑🎄🎁
Northowram home (League)
Team: Sam, Max, Jaxon, Cameron Keegan, Lance, Luis, Finlay, Charlie, Toby, Kain, Jacob, Ethan, Bradley, Luke.
Town maintained their 100% League record to stay three points clear of the chasing pack after a crucial 3-2 victory at home to bitter rivals Nothowram.
A game which saw plenty of incident and no lack of quality often lead to some tetchy exchanges between two uncompromising teams desperate to secure the points, the referee expertly taking control to ensure football provided the main talking points.
Despite the long grass and uneven surface the boys produced a performance worthy of summit status. Toby making his mark early in the game to set the high tempo in midfield with some quality pass and move manoeuvres into enemy territory aided by the equally impressive Luke as much of the first half was played down the middle, Finlay and Lance providing the foundations from central defence.
Jacob fired the opening salvo, benefitting from Bradley’s good work on the right to receive and drive forward into the box and unleash a thunderbolt destined for the top corner only to be denied by an acrobatic visiting keeper who palmed the ball around the post for a corner. Luke swung in the cross which Luis met with a glancing header inches wide of the left upright.
Northowram hit back on the break, forcing Max into a save which produced a corner for the yellows and a golden opportunity to take the lead. A free header from six yards missing the target and leaving the centre forward apoplectic, his head held firmly in his hands.
Luke drove from deep, unleashing a wicked shot to send the keeper springing low to his right to pull off another spectacular save which lead to a corner on the left. Toby’s cross rebounding back to him via a Northowram head as he set up Luke for a second snap shot which spun inches wide.
Town played the better football to feet but Northowram had the physical edge, often bordering on the illegal to keep the ref busy and it made for an intriguing contest.
Charlie, Jacob and Cameron playing a one touch triangle produced another Toby corner. Luke collecting the near post clearance to thread a through ball for Luis to take on the half turn and angle a cross to Kain who had the ball nicked away from his toe by the visitors centre half as he bore down on goal.
Northowram broke quickly to almost take the lead as their midfield substitute put through a defence splitting pass for the centre forward to lift over Max but thankfully clear of the bar before Luis broke the deadlock in Towns favour.
Luke tracking Luis’ forward run to serve a weighted ball into his path with Luis finishing with a right foot strike low and hard into the bottom left corner of the net.
A goal down and with frustration mounting, Northowram mouthed off to the referee once too often, the yellow shirted No6 sent to the sin bin for eight minutes solace and contemplation! But rather than dampen the spirits this seemed to galvanise the visitors as they fought hard for the equaliser which came on the half hour mark.
Toby adjudged to have fouled his opponent down the right side of the penalty area presented the yellows a free kick opportunity which was driven across the six yard box, everyone leaving it as it flew across Max and into the back of the net.
Town immediately hit back. Charlie playing a one-two with Toby before being dragged down for a free kick deep in the opponents half, Jacob stepping up to curl a shot agonisingly wide of the back post, but it was Northowram that were gaining the upper hand in a ten minute spell where they created three good chances down the middle without finding the net. Lance, Finlay, Cameron and Bradley all standing firm to deny the visitors a lead.
The last five minutes of the half however saw Town wrestle back control. Kain winning a corner on the right which he swung into the box, Luis rising high above the defence to nod home and give Town a 2-1 half time lead.
Second half and the visitors were first out of the traps, No14 pouncing on a loose ball in midfield to carry the ball into our half and shoot high of the target.
Town regrouped. Luis driving forward and providing Jacob with a shooting opportunity that dipped the wrong side of the crossbar before Charlie extended the lead.
Toby switching to Luis breaking down the left who released Charlie to speed past the right back and strike high into the top corner with a clinical left foot finish.
With Town using the width of the pitch and switching the ball much quicker in the second half Northowram were stretched. Keegan replaced Bradley at right back and provided the service for Kain to attack more down the right whilst Cameron ensured Charlie caused the opposition a headache down the left with more forays forward which sent our speedy winger in behind the defence to whip in crosses for Luis and Jacob to attack in the box.
Jacob’s mazy run was brought to an end by an over zealous challenge on the edge of the box. Luke stepping up to curl a terrific dipping shot over the wall with the acrobatic keeper palming his goal bound effort from underneath the crossbar and away for another corner.
Toby arced the ball into the area to be headed clear but only as far as Luke who powered a first time effort from the edge of the box off a defender and onto the crossbar as it looked destined for the back of the net.
Jaxon replaced Kain on the right as Town looked to keep possession and see the game out but Northowram weren’t finished. Lance chasing back to clear a piercing ball which almost put the striker through on goal and both Keegan and Cameron were called upon to make crucial tackles as the visitors looked to break wide.
With ten minutes remaining Northowram reduced the deficit to a single goal, a quick through ball deflecting into the path of a yellow shirted striker who burst into the box before applying a cool right foot finish.
That set up a grandstand finale. Town defending in numbers as the yellow and black tide sought to trickle through weaknesses in an unbreachable defensive wall. The last opportunity created with a touch of magic from the Northowram No18 who dragged a ball back from the byeline and inside the area between two of our defenders to set up a left foot shot from ten yards out which flashed wide of the far post.
With the last chance gone begging the final whistle blew to signal an important victory against title rivals and keep Town top of the Division 1 pile.
Players and parents MOM awards going to Luis for two vital goals in an accomplished team performance.
Well done lads 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
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👏👏👏👏👏⚽️