Junior football round-up

Todmorden Sports Under 12s 12

HAFC Juniors Under 12s 0

A superb team performance saw Todmorden cruise to victory against a plucky side who chased every ball despite being out-played for long periods.

Henry Antemes scored two early goals and Lewis Porter added another after racing clear.

Benjamin Pearson added three in quick succession before Sam Foster struck twice to give the home side an 8 - 0 half-time lead.

HAFC switched goalkeepers after the break and played played much better.

Despite carrying an injury Jack Pearson slotted home before Benjamin Pearson added two more.

The final goal was scored by Alec Hodkinson.

Todmorden Borough Blacks U9s 1

Hebden Bridge Saints Scorpions U9s 4

Scorpions began hesitantly and Borough came forward strongly.

Gradually, however, Scorpions played their way into the game.

Both Callum Cushing and Thomas Robinson came close before Dan Bradshaw hit a well placed low shot past the Borough keeper.

Towards half time Borough came more into the picture and almost levelled with a shot that hit the post.

In the second half a Borough striker hit the bar with a header, they equalised with a shot from an acute angle.

From a long ball down the middle Robinson outpaced the defenders and finished with style.

Joshua Knight, then made it 3-1 to Scorpions after a goalmouth scramble.

Borough were always dangerous on the counter, but Edward Ludlam was immense in defence and Jake Blackhurst ensured a monopoly of possession in midfield for Scorpions.

Robinson made it 4-1 from a good throw-in to seal victory.

HBS Tigers U12s 7

Boothtown Allstars U12s 5

In the first of a weekend double header Tigers made a fantastic start and raced into a 6-1 half-time lead.

The first three goals all came from passing through the centre of a brittle defence, which Martin Howard, Sam Thompson and Josh Peterson finished off.

Callum Allen and Alasdair Pedley both converted good crosses from Howard on the right and Peterson grabbed his second goal.

Tigers seemed to come out half asleep after half time and a rejuvenated Boothtown got it back to 6-5 before Pedley got his second to seal Tigers’ win

HBS Tigers U12s 4

HX1 United U12s 2

Tigers rounded off the season with a victory that leaves then with a chance of a third place league finish.

They were quick out of the blocks with two goals in the first five minutes from Sam Thompson, the second from the penalty spot..

Josh Peterson added a third with a long shot before HX1 got on the scoresheet.

Alasdair Pedley re-established Tigers’ advantage getting first to the rebound from a Thompson shot. Two tired teams came off at half time with the score at 4-2.

After the break Peterson hit the bar and Pedley the post but the score stayed the same to the end.

Tod Sports Centre U10s 1

Boothtown U10s 0

Tod took one more crucial step towards a league title.

Boothtown are a rapidly improving side, so this was always going to be a difficult hurdle to overcome and looked more organised and alert

However, the home side always posed a threat, and a skilful move from Caldwell – wrong-footing his marker and then finishing with the outside of his foot – put Tod ahead just before half-time.

Todmorden came alive in the second period and created the better chances.

But in the closing stages they were thankful to Diggle who raced off his line to preserve the result with a vital block.

Tod Sports Centre U10s 1

Hebden Bridge Tigers U10s 0

With the same result for the third game running, Todmorden proved strong enough to come away with maximum points.

The first half was evenly balanced, with Tod on top early on, but it was Tigers who finished the half with a period of sustained pressure.

Tod turned up the heat in the second period and created the bulk of the chances.

Eventually a speculative shot from Rothwell passed through a mass of players and somehow found the net.

Hebden always looked dangerous on the break but solid defence kept them out to record a sixth clean sheet on the trot.