JUNIOR football is now well under way, with a number of sides in action.
St Columbas U13s 2
Todmorden Sports Centre U13s 8
TODMORDEN managed to piece together their passing football and continue where they left off last season – in winning form.
A clever pass from Henry Antemes fell to Benjamin Pearson who opened the scoring in the first few minutes.
Sam Foster crossed the ball and a hapless home defender turned it into his own net. Another cross from Foster was met by Pearson who scored his second of the game.
Centre-back Alec Hodkinson went forward for two successive corners and scored both times, firstly with his head and then a tap-in. Antemes finished coolly just before half-time to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.
Playing against the slope and into the wind Todmorden found the second half more of a challenge.
St Columbas scored from a corner before Pearson completed his hat trick and then another own goal made it 8-1. The home side doubled their total before the end.
Todmorden Sports Centre U10 1
Todmorden Borough Blacks U10 1
THINGS started perfectly for the hosts when Bragg deftly laid a through ball directly into the path of Jones who finished clinically to put TSC 1-0 up after only a couple of minutes.
There was great football by both teams with excellent movement on and off the ball from Noah Hudson, Jordan Glover and Callum Issitt and Lewis Rushworth.
Early in the second half, Tod Borough were level again.
The Sports Centre defence allowed a long Borough goal-kick from Nicholas Shaw to bounce over their heads and into the net.
TSC proceeded to press for a winner and carved out several good chances but could not convert any of them.
Time ran out, with both teams having to settle for a share of the points.
Hebden Bridge Saints Scorpions U10 1
King Cross Shamrocks Whites U10 4
PLAYING some good football, Scorpions dominated the first half.
Edward Ludlam and Jake Blackhurst were solid at the back but good chances were not taken and Shamrocks’ keeper showed good form to deny Ludlam and Tom Robinson.
In what was virtually the last kick of the first half Shamrocks’ striker showed how to take chances with a quick snap shot.
When Shamrocks grabbed a second from a corner early in the second half, the home team began to lose its shape.
Although Dan Bradshaw’s cool finish pulled a goal back after a good through ball by Knight, woeful defending allowed Shamrocks to get a third goal
Khalid Ayub had a good game in Scorpions’ goal, but a misunderstanding in defence left the Shamrocks’ striker to tap the ball into an empty net for his and Shamrocks’ fourth.
Hebden Bridge Penguins U11 5
Todmorden Sports Centre U11 1
THE Penguins had inflicted Tod’s heaviest defeat last season in the cup, but Todmorden started surprisingly well, and looked the stronger of the two sides for the first 20 minutes.
But despite the competitive start, there was not much activity in the goal areas at either end of the pitch. However, as the half drew to a close, Hebden almost scored.
The Penguins were the dominant team in the second period.
But Tod were caught cold by an early strike, then conceded a headed own-goal only minutes later.
Pritchard however tore down the left side and thumped in an excellent morale-boosting goal in reply.
It was short-lived though, as Hebden proceed to stretch the lead further – again, with more than a helping hand from Tod, who frequently failed to clear their lines and conceded three more preventable goals.
Tod Colts U9 10
Tod Tornados U9 1
COLTS showed no mercy for their Tod Sports Centre comrades Tornados in the season-opening league game at Vale Park.
They used their experience to great effect against a Tornados side in their very first competitive match.
Pressure told after five minutes when Jacob Entwistle prodded in from close range. Ben Ormerod then fired home twice from distance, despite the efforts of Tornados keeper Johnny Benson.
Sammy Crobbers added a debut fourth soon after before Tornados scored their first ever goal when Seth Ridout capitalised on great work from Joss Francis.
Tornados pushed hard for a second after the interval with Hani Paskin-Hussain going close, but Colts then upped a gear to run away with the match.
Skipper Max Goldie scored with a great drive and both James Hartley and Harvey Lucaszyk (two) got on the score heet after outpacing the Tornados defence.
Entwistle rounded it off with two late strikes, one from the penalty spot, to complete his hat trick.
TSC U8 Wasps 4
Ryburn Blacks U8 2
WASPS got their season under way with an entertaining 4-2 home win against Ryburn Blacks.
Conditions were perfect, and made for an end to end match with both teams putting in a great effort.
Harrison Calvert scored the Wasps’ first goal with a typical poacher’s effort. Ryburn equalised shortly before the break to send the teams in level.
Wasps roared into a 4-1 lead with further goals from Max Duffy, Nathan Firth and Alex Mathers, the latter being a spectacular long range shot which looped over the keeper.
Ryburn put the Wasps under pressure towards the end and pulled a goal back, but the home side held out to win.
Wigton Moor Girls U14 2
Hebden Bridge Saints Girls U14 2
THE top two teams of last season met with Hebden eager to prove a point after just losing out to Wigton in the race for the title.
The Saints took the fight straight to Wigton and a through ball from Charlotte Siddall allowed Bethany Waring to slot home the first goal.
Lisa Zhabina in goal along with Sophie Lally and Rachel Littleboy in defencet were managing to stop each Wigton attack.
More pressure led to the second goal as Waring chanced on a spilled shot from the keeper and knocked it home
It was not until the last 10 minutes that Wigton found their form and managed to level the scores.
Horforth St. Margaret’s U12 1 Hebden Bridge Saints U12 Girls 1
SAINTS girls got off to a pleasing start in their first league game.
The girls continued training throughout the summer and this showed in their increased fitness levels.
They took a strong squad to Horsforth and all played a part in a tense and closely fought match.
Horsforth had a strong defensive partnership at the back and despite numerous attacks the girls struggled for a break through.
A defensive mix-up in the second half led to the Saints conceding a soft goal.
The game was evenly matched and Saints did not let their heads drop.
Not long after the Horsforth goal Safia Touray, despite injury, sprinted down the wing, cut inside and fired a low shot in to the corner of the net with her left foot, to level the score.
Despite some chances on both sides, including a fine save by Harriet Walton, the scores remained level at the final whistle.
l HEBDEN Bridge Saints under-nines enjoyed a trip to Barnsley’s Oakwell stadium on Monday to watch England’s Under 21s friendly match against Israel U21’s.
For some, it was their first taste of a professional football match.
The boys were joined by some of the parents and friends, along with their team sponsor, Richard Eyres of RAE Computing Limited.
l Photographs of junior teams already received will be featured at a later date.
l A NUMBER of Todmorden-based boys were among the stars of the Rochdale Cobras U15 side which lost 16 - 6 at home to highly-rated Folley Lane U15 in the North West Counties Division Two rugby league match.
Training is at 5.45pm on Tuesday and Thursday at Firgrove, Rochdale. New players are welcome.
The next game is away at Bank Quay on Sunday.