Junior football round-up

Todmorden Sports Centre Under 12s 9

Warley Greens Unders 12s 1

A RETURN to form saw Todmorden ease to victory against a Warley side who, despite the score line, competed well throughout.

Benjamin Pearson scored twice to give the home side an early lead before Warley pegged one back. Pearson completed a speedy hat-trick soon afterwards before goals from Sam Foster and Jack Pearson saw Todmorden pull away.

Alec Hodkinson scored following a goalmouth scramble and Jack Pearson hit his second from the penalty spot. Hodkinson scored again soon afterwards and Sam Foster finished off a good move to chalk up an impressive score line of 9-1.

Todmorden Sports Centre Under 12s 3

Crossley Juniors Under 12s 4

Vital points in the championship race were lost when Todmorden slipped up at home against a team who seemed to score every time they created a chance.

Benjamin Pearson opened the scoring with a clever chip before Crossley pulled one back after a break-away.

Pearson scored again but the battling visitors repelled the home side’s pressure while building their own neat play which led to three goals in quick succession, leaving Todmorden trailing 2-4.

Alec Hodkinson hit back with a well-taken goal but time ran out for Todmorden who couldn’t match their endeavour with quality in front of goal.

Tod Sports U9s 2

Warley Whites U9 1

Calderdale Junior Cup Semi-Final

Tod made it to their first cup final with a nail-biting 2-1 win.

Tod made a bright start, but Warley came back strongly in a game between two evenly matched sides.

The game swung back towards TSC and they scored in the 12th minute.

Sorrell played the ball to Jones, who finished expertly over the keeper’s head.

After forcing a couple of corner Warley levelled and there was no further score before half-time.

After the break Warley had the better of the game, with Nicholson being called upon to make three vital saves.

With eight minutes left the game turned.

A Warley defender turned the ball back to his own keeper who picked it up. The referee awarded an indirect free-kick for an intentional back pass.

Jones tapped the kick to Emery who who fired home.

Tod held on thanks to some good saves and last ditch tackles as Warley tried to equalise. They now face local rivals Tod Borough in the final.

Todmorden Borough Blacks U9s 2

Northowram Juniors U9s 1

Calderdale Junior Cup Semi-Final

Todmorden Borough Blacks’ victory secured them a place in the final for the first time in their history.

Within the first minute Jordan Glover forced a good save.

Borough continued to press and aganst the run of play, Northowram took the lead with a shot into the net.

Borough created chances, but could not level before half-time.

Continuous Borough pressure after the break was rewarded when a Pilling corner was curled in off the hands of the keeper for the equaliser.

They took the lead in almost identical fashion, an own goal coming from another Pilling corner.

HB Saints Penguins 5

Warley Wildcats 0

After losing last year’s semi-final on a penalty shoot-out, Penguins were determined to reach the final this year.

They took control of the match from the start.

After an unlucky handball by a Warley defender, Penguins’ Ted Vile blasted the ball home.

After a goalmouth scramble, a hasty clearance from a Warley defender went straight to striker Joey Gwilliam, who increased the lead.

Penguins went in at half-time 3-0 up after a header from Tom Holroyd from a cross by Isaac Mitchell

In the second half tireless tackling broke down Warley attacks and new goalkeeper Billy Duffy was on good form.

Mid-way through the second half Penguins went further ahead with a header from Gwilliam and then Vile was there to tap in a rebound from a Gwilliam shot.