Junior football round-up

AN accomplished display saw Todmorden chalk up their sixth successive victory and maintain their position as league leaders.

Northowram provided plucky opposition but had no answer to the home side’s slick passing and pace on the break.

Benjamin Pearson opened the scoring and went on to record his customary hat trick before half-time, the last coming via his left foot.

Jack Pearson carefully slotted home a fourth before Henry Antemes and Sam Foster added two more.

With minutes remaining, Antemes scored again to give the game a scoreline reflecting Todmorden’s dominance.

In an excellent team performance, Conor Shapland and Alec Hodkinson were superb as centre back partners with Christopher Reeder, Jack Pearson, Lewis Porter and Callum Bailey industrious in midfield.

THERE was little to choose between the two sides in this entertaining clash.

An early Warley onslaught resulted in Enki Gray clearing off the line before the Todmorden crossbar was rattled by a Rangers’ strike.

But Todmorden defended well, and soon began to cause a few problems of their own - with the strong surging runs of Ben Cook and Leon Borrill.

The game was evenly balanced before Warley opened up Tod with a well-crafted goal.

Tod responded well to this setback and showed good spirit. And they got the just rewards for their efforts when Cook and Theo Christodoulou combined before Cook’s cross was slotted home by Benjamin England.

It was end-to end stuff from then. Todmorden defended solidly. A crucial block by Barney Sheehan as a Warley striker loomed in on goal led to his unfortunate withdrawal through injury, and Jude Spensley won tackles all over the pitch.

Tod were committed throughout the team though, and the determination of Thomas Pownall, Jordan Rothwell, Joel Deakin and Jake Ormerod in the middle of the park ensured that Todmorden always had a foothold in the game.

It was soon Tod’s turn to hit the bar, nearly taking a first-half lead.

The second half was as close and as the first. At one end Luis Diggle, Spensley and Gray were all clearing shots off the line, while at the other end Oisin Pritchard and Dylan Caldwell were testing the reflexes of the Warley keeper.

It was after Tod had spurned a potential goal-scoring opportunity, that Warley broke and the next minute had the ball in the Tod net. Warley then struck again to make it 3-1.

Both goals had probably been preventable, but Tod were not finished.

They continued to play good football. Caldwell latched on to a through ball from Pritchard and thumped home a powerful shot.

He was then unlucky in the dying minutes to see his lobbed shot saved on the line at the second attempt by the Warley keeper.

Todmorden played very well, and deserved at least a draw, but, with a bit more good fortune at both ends of the pitch they could have won it.

A GREAT performance from the Tigers resulted in the second win of the season.

The Tigers recovered from being an early goal down to totally dominate the game.

Excellent crosses were put into the box time and time again and it was from one of these that the Tigers opened the scoring through Jake Hurst.

In the second half the Tigers came out of the blocks fast and stunned St Columbas with fast passing and movement which then resulted in the second goal from Bailey.

Billy G then scored a great goal with a sweet strike and Hurst rounded off the scoring with a tidy finish from another cross.

A LIVELY start by A and S was rewarded on three minutes as Luke Latham pounced from close range to open the scoring.

The visitors continued to press with Oliver Sirmond a constant threat down the right and saw several chances go narrowly wide before Latham ran from his own half to double the lead with a fine solo effort.

Blacks replied strongly with a period of pressure but were kept out by tidy covering play from the defensive pairing of Thomas Backhouse and Jordan Haworth and assured keeping from Xavier Tetteroo-Smith.

A and S struck again on 15 minutes with man of the match Latham firing home off the post from long range to complete a fine hat-trick.

On the stroke of half-time the home side pulled one back to keep the match alive.

Blacks started the second half more strongly and were only stopped from scoring another goal by two great saves from Tetteroo-Smith.

A and S were playing good football, with Alfie Meller controlling the midfield and Olivier Tetteroo-Smith showed composure on the ball in support of Latham who knocked in a fourth on 30 minutes.

The visitors kept up the pressure with more skillful wing play by Sirmond and tireless midfield running by Alexei King whose efforts were deservedly rewarded with a last-minute goal.

SAINTS Girls U12s got back to winning ways with an impressive team performance.

The whole squad of 12 players made a contribution.

Ellie Waring started an impressive game with an incisive pass for debutant striker Lucy Hillier to score her first goal of the season with a fierce shot.

Saints continued to build-up attacks through good midfield runs and passing from Rosie Baylis and Jess Corne, with Lola Cameron-Foulger providing the fulcrum.

Within seconds of entering the field as a substitute, Safi Touray twice forced the Horsforth keeper into desperate saves.

Waring completed a brilliant half by scoring the second from long range.

Horsforth attacked very strongly in the second half, requiring Ellie Smith and Lucy Holt to tackle well in defence, with strong support from Lily Williamson in an unaccustomed midfield role.

A breakaway saw Rosie Baylis and new striker Ruby O’Hare combine to set-up for Touray to make it 3-0.

Harriet Walton, in goal, was also in excellent form and was only beaten once, when Horsforth converted a penalty awarded for handball.

Niamh Haswell returned to the pitch with Waring to stabilise the defence as Horsforth saw an opportunity to get back into the game.

Then in a sweeping move Baylis, Cameron-Foulger and Corne combined with long-range passes to set up Touray for her second goal.

WASPS started brightly and were unlucky not be ahead after excellent attacking play by Alex Mather, Aiden Schofield and Harrison Calvert.

Against the run of play Panthers took the lead from a corner. Then doubled their lead shortly after.

The two goal deficit only stirred the Wasps into action and they were soon only a goal behind when Alex Mather forced the ball in from close range after good wing play by Schofield.

Moments later Duffy equalised for the Wasps and a cracking strike soon followed from Alex Mather.

The opening stages of the second half were tight, with Ross and Barney Mellor marshalling the defence. Wasps soon began to dominate with Thomas Barker winning the tackles.

There was good wing play between Alfie Hudson and Nathan Firth, who beat two players before sliding the ball into Max Duffy to collect his second and put the Wasps further ahead.

Duffy completed his hat trick thanks to good work on left by Schofield.

Substitute Harrison Calvert came off the bench to provide some great finishing in the final stages of the match scoring the Wasps last three goals, completing a superb hat trick.

Although largely a spectator in the second half Wasps goalkeeper Ben still had to be alert to make some excellent saves.