Junior football round-up

Hebden Bridge Sharks U11s 0

Tod Sports Centre U11s 10

AN early hat-trick from Jordan Rothwell was a signal of intent, as Tod hunted down the Sharks.

After opening the scoring with a neat strike, he then flicked home from a corner, before unleashing a high curling shot for number three.

It was an early blow to the hopes of the spirited home side.

Thomas Pownall added to Hebden woes before Pritchard and Ormerod put the contest out of sight with two more strikes before half-time.

The Sharks continually battled away in the second period – but they were up against a ruthless and efficient Tod side.

Defensively, Tod held their ground well - and the team kept a good shape - so any Shark attack was quickly repelled.

The Tod forwards showed no mercy as Pritchard grabbed another goal, Caldwell bagged a couple, and England successfully converted from the penalty spot.

It was a one-sided contest, but the lads still deserve praise for their very good display of skill, commitment and organisation. After the previous defeat, it also served as a morale–boosting victory.

All the team contributed to the emphatic result.

TSC U9s 4

Northowram Rams U9s 2

TSC enjoyed a thrilling victory over Northowram Rams on a windswept Vale Park.

The youngsters all played their part in a superb win over a very strong Halifax outfit.

Harvey Lucaszyk opened the scoring for the home team after 10 minutes, showing his pace to great effect before firing home low.

The visitors hit back immediately, despite the best efforts of Sammy Crothers in goal, but Ben Ormerod added a second soon after for TSC and then hit his second with a stunning free-kick into the roof of the net after great individual play.

The Halifax side refused to lie down though and it took some sterling defending by both Max Goldie and Reece McDermondy to keep their lead intact.

Chances came and went for both sides in a frantic second half, but TSC finally gained some breathing space when Jacob Entwistle ended a mazy dribble with a strike from a tight angle to give TSC a three-goal cushion.

Still the visitors came back and finally beat Goldie in the TSC goal but the home team held firm for a great win against one of their strongest rivals.

NH Boothtown Under 10s: 2

Hebden Bridge Saints A and S Under 10s: 1

THE newly formed A and S gave a good account of themselves in their first competitive match.

Boothtown applied intense early pressure, hitting the post from a corner and keeping A and S keeper Xavier Tetteroo-Smith busy in the A and S goal.

The hosts hit the woodwork again and maintained the pressure with a series of corners but the visitors kept them out with disciplined marking and brave keeping.

Just before the interval it was A and S who grabbed the lead.

Against the run of play captain Thomas Backhouse split the Boothtown defence with a long through-ball and Luke Latham pounced to hammer home.

In the second half Boothtown again started strongly and were rewarded with a brace of well-taken goals.

But A and S kept their heads up with man of the match Latham dominating the midfield.

Oliver Sermonds made several decisive runs down the left and was unlucky to see a low angled drive slip past the far post.

A and S might have levelled the scores in the final minute - Latham was brought down in a central position and his well-struck free kick forced a last gasp save from the Boothtown keeper.

Battyeford Belles Under 12s Girls 0

Hebden Bridge Saints Girls Under 12s 3

SAINTS Girls continued their excellent start to the season with an outstanding away win at Battyeford, thanks to a hat trick from striker Lola Foulger.

Her first goal came in the 10th minute, a great shot from the edge of the box after a through pass by midfielder Lucy Hillier.

Saints played some good football. Rosie Bayliss contributed with some confident turns and non-stop running. Niamh Haswell, Lily Williamson and Lucy Holt at the back put in a series of strong tackles and passed the ball around well.

Jess Corne in midfield displayed excellent ball control and passing. Harriet Walton had a safe pair of hands in the net and kept her first clean sheet of the season.

The second goal came in the 57th minute. Foulger pounced on a final pass from Safia Touray.

The two combined again in the 60th minute Touray taking a a quick corner and passing to Foulger who fired in a low shot from a narrow angle, to complete her hat trick.