Todmorden Sports Centre Under 14s retained the Calderdale League Cup on Sunday, making it successive league and cup doubles.
In the seven years since the team was formed they have chalked up an 84 per cent win rate, losing just 16 times in 172 matches. They have won three league titles from five contested and secured five cup wins.
On Sunday the team took on Warley Greens in the Calderdale League Cup final at Illingworth.
They took the lead through Benjamin Pearson but Warley equalised from a well-struck free-kick. Henry Antemes headed home a long throw from Josh Petersen and the lively Antemes gave Todmorden a 3-1 half-time lead.
With Christopher Reeder outstanding in midfield, Tod extened teir lead to 6-1 with three goals in quick succession from Pearson, taking his season’s tally to 79, before Warley hit a late consolation goal.
Lee Pearson, who runs the team with Mark Stansfield, said: ‘’The boys always play attractive, sometimes breathtaking football, and they fully deserve all their successes.’’
Todmorden Borough Under 11s beat Todmorden Sports Centre 3-1 to be crowned champions.
Needing victory in their last game, they were involved in another hard fought, good spirited match, with both teams playing some fine football.
A perfectly placed penalty by captain Joshua Adams gave them the lead but Sports Centre equalised in the second half with a fantastic shot.
Borough dug deep, moved the ball beautifully around the field and Callum Issitt’s well-weighed ball found Jordan Glover, who made no mistake.
Glover’s effort was touched over the line by Issitt to ensure a fantastic first season at 11-a-side was rewarded.
Hebden Bridge Saints Under 16s Tigers had a 3-2 win over Brighouse B at Midgley Rec in their last ever match.
Marcus Goff and Rory O’Keefe had early chances but Saints went through their comedy defending routine and Brighouse took thelead.
In the second half, playing down the slope, Saints pressed and Sam Bragg poked the ball home at the near post.
Adebatable penalty enabled Brighouse to retake the lead but Goff struck a cracking shot high into the near and Rafi Bear sealed victory with a sublime finish.
The team should be proud of the years they have spent together, growing from boys to men under the stewardship of manager Mike Sudder, always playing with a smile.