HERE are some of the junior football highlights from last weekend.
Todmorden Sports Centre Under 12s 3
(West Riding Cup)
A LONG trip to Altofts in Wakefield saw Todmorden suffer their first defeat of the season and crash out of the cup.
Although enjoying the majority of the play, the visitors came up against a determined home side who took their few chances.
Altofts took the lead in a goalmouth scramble but Sam Foster soon levelled. Todmorden failed to defend a corner and Altofts regained the lead before half-time.
Benjamin Pearson restored parity and it looked as if the visitors would go on to win the match but two break-away goals gave Altofts a 4-2 scoreline with 15 minutes left.
Foster pulled one back direct from a corner but in a frantic finale Todmorden missed several chances.
TSC U8s 9
Beacon Celtic U8s 4
TSC U8s turned on the style for the second week running seeing off Beacon Celtic.
Ben Ormerod led the way with four goals but he was ably assisted by Harvey Lucaszyk, who hit a hat trick, and both Max Goldie and Jacob Entwistle also scored in a real team effort.
But it was not all plain sailing and both Reece McDermondy and Max Dawson were forced to defend well at times.
Goldie opened the scoring halfway through the first half, but the visitors hit back immediately, and though Lucaszyk quickly added a second, the Halifax outfit restored parity after the restart.
Ormerod struck again for the home team but the visitors responded for a third time, despite the best efforts of TSC keeper James Hartley.
Ormerod turned on the style to finally end the visitors’ resistance, firing a quickfire hat trick.
Entwistle added another before teeing up Lucaszyk to slot home and he completed the scoring and his hat trick near the end.
Crossley Juniors U7s 5
Todmorden Sports Centre U7s 6
The Wasps’ form continued with a victory against a team that had not lost a game all season.
Wasps found themselves under early pressure and against the run of play Wasps opened the scoring, Harrison Calvert finishing off a counter attacking move.
Crossleys got an equaliser and added a second.
Max Duffy got his first goal, taking his chance well.
The first half ended with both teams adding two more goals to their tally, Calvert and Duffy scoring again.
The second half saw the home side take the lead, but Duffy then completed his hat trick.
With the game level and only five minutes to play Wasps got a penalty for deliberate hand ball.
The home goalkeeper made an excellent save, diving to his right to keep out Alex Mather’s well struck kick.
With the last action of the game Calvert tapped in from close range.
Hebden Bridge Saints Penguins 2
Crossley Swifts 1
THE Penguins pressed from the start.
They got their reward with an Isaac Mitchell goal mid-way through the first half.
Swifts got their own reward early in the second half after a goalmouth scramble.
Billy Duffy was unlucky not to score a couple after great midfield work by Joey Gwilliam.
Finally Ted Vile hit the ball into the back of the net, giving them a justly deserved win.
Greetland Stars U9 1
Hebden Bridge Saints Scorpions U9 2
Honours were even in the first half, although Scorpions’ Dan Bradshaw went close to scoring on three occasions.
But on the stroke of half time Sam Murphy was powerless to prevent a wicked deflection giving Stars the lead.
Just after the restart Bradshaw picked up on a loose ball to score.
Man-of-the-match Edward Ludlam provided the vital link between defence and attack with his tackling and skilful distribution.
Just as a draw seemed inevitable, a swift counter attack saw Bradshaw fire the ball home to settle a fine game in Scorpions’ favour.
Hebden Bridge Saints U11s Whites 7
Lightcliffe U11s 1
George Thompson opened the scoring for Saints after Will Jackson and Jake Bogacki combined well.
Thompson then crossed for Bogacki to chips the goalie to double the lead.
His corner then fell to Thompson to make it 3-0. He then completed his hat trick just before half-time.
In the second half Lightcliffe tried to recover ground, but Jack Holmes crossed for Bogacki to extend the lead to 5-0.
Lightcliffe then conceded a penalty and Jack Anderson put it away.
Lightcliffe pulled back a goal, but there was still time for Anderson to add a seventh with a shot from outside the box.
Crossley Swifts U9 0
Tod Sports U9 4
Tod started with Nicholson in goal for the first half and Bragg in the second.
The defence snuffed out Crossley attacks and the midfield were tireless in their efforts.
In attack Bragg, Nicholson, Law and man-of-the-match Jones ran rings around the opposition.
The first half was dominated by the visitors and just before the break Jones grabbed a goal.
The second half followed a similar pattern and Tod’s barrage of attacks eventually wore the Swifts defence down.
Thompson got Tod’s second and shortly afterwards Nicholson converted from close range.
Close to the end he scored his second, and Tod’s fourth.
Tod Tigers 4
Crossley Swifts 0
Tigers got back to winning ways after the long lay-off with an excellent all round ream performance.
After aslow start, Ashley Thomas put Tigers ahead and Thomas England settled any nerves with a crisp shot to make it 2 – 0.
After the break further theren was constant pressure and Tigers got a penalty, which was well saved by the Crossley keeper.
Alex Thompson made it 3 – 0 and late on Lenny Sorrell scored the pick of the goals with a fine solo effort to make it 4 – 0