Todmorden Sports Centre under 11 Tigers battled to a 5-3 victory over AFC Halifax in Sunday’s Calderdale/Bradford Champions League clash.
With the Centre Vale Park pitches still unplayable the game was switched to AFC’s Ogden sloping ground.
Tigers were on the back foot in the first half and an uncharacteristically shaky defence conceded three goals.
At the other end the referee ruled that Ciaran Bourne’s header from a Thomas England corner hadn’t crossed the line before the goalie retrieved the ball.
Tigers went on the rampage in the second half but the lack of a goal meant tensions rose. Eventually Bourne slotted home a rebound following a powerful Noah Priestley free kick. Priestley bagged a second but for 10 minutes an equaliser proved elusive.
Finally a trademark Bourne long throw was headed on by Lenny Sorrell and Ashley Thomas headed home with five minutes to go.
Bourne put Tigers in front for the first time after a mazy run from his own half and Priestley’s second completed the scoring.
Man of the match awards went to Ashley Thomas for heading the equaliser and Jed Denneny for a superb midfield performance.
Todmorden Athletic U8s 3
Baildon Trinity U8s 2
Driving sleet and snow made things difficult but some energetic passing football shone through in arguably Todmorden’s best performance so far.
At half time it was 0-0, thanks to some excellent goalkeeping from Jack Suthers.
The teams cancelled each other out until Bailey Sutton scored after Frank Cooper’s defence-splitting pass.
Baildon were soon level through captain Harry Evans.
‘Keeper Lewis Hogg kept Todmorden at bay until Dan Adams made the all-important break-through.
Baildon’s Callum Rhodes made it 2-2 but after efforts on goal from Euan Logue and an in-form Brett Hopley, Will Hammond capped another strong ball-winning performance with the winner.
There was controversy when Baildon’s Jakub Jaworski shot from distance and Freddie Priestley was ruled to have saved before the ball crossed Todmorden’s line.