How TSCU13s won the cup

Todmorden Sports Centre Under-13s completed the league and cup double – winning every game.

They wrapped up the league two weeks ago and clinched the League Cup last week, beating closest rivals, Boothtown, 3-1 at the Shay.

‘‘The lads have been fantastic this season,’’ said manager Lee Pearson. ‘‘They have all worked incredibly hard and been a real credit to themselves.’’

The season was cut short because of the poor condition of pitches but in 20 games Todmorden scored 118 goals, conceding just 21. Top scorer was Benjamin Pearson who netted 45, followed by winger Henry Antemes with 33.

‘‘The whole squad has played its part,’’ said Pearson. ‘‘From Thomas Stansfield in goal through the whole team the commitment and performances have been first-class.’’

Unlucky Jake Nyari picked up a knee injury and missed several matches.

The cup final was the best-fought match of the season. Boothtown hit the bar from an early free-kick and worked to close down Todmorden.

Stansfield suffered a broken cheekbone in a collision with a team-mate but played on.

He was regularly called into action, collecting crosses and sprinting from his line to clear.

Benjamin Pearson scored twice to chalk up a 2-0 half-time lead.

Boothtown pulled one back early in the second half and then launched waves of attacks.

The defence held firm with Alec Hodkinson and Conor Shapland strong, supported by the tireless closing down of Christopher Reeder, Sam Foster, Jack Denton, Callum Bailey and Jack Pearson.

With minutes left, the ball fell to Lewis Porter, who rounded the keeper to score and seal the win.