Junior football - victories for TSC U13s and Hebden Girls U14s

The much-anticipated battle between U13 league-leaders Todmorden and the team closest to them - Boothtown - in the title race did not disappoint.

Boothtown took the lead and held the ball for long periods but could not match the home side’s coolness in front of goal.

Benjamin Pearson equalised before half-time and then gave Todmorden the lead from the penalty spot after Henry Antemes had been fouled. It was his 43rd goal of the season.

Boothtown were industrious in midfield and Jack Pearson, Christopher Reeder, Sam Foster and Jack Denton each had to be on top of their game.

Behind them the defence of Callum Bailey, Alec Hodkinson, Conor Shapland, Jack Crummett and goalkeeper Thomas Stansfield had their most severe test of the season.

The visitors brought the score level but their celebrations were cut short when Antemes broke his four game scoring drought with a brace close to the final whistle.

Lewis Porter went close before the end but another goal would have been unfair on a battling Boothtown.

The win maintains Todmorden’s 100 per cent record that has seen them win all 17 matches played this season.

With no substitutes and a stand-in goalkeeper it looked an impossible task for Hebden Bridge Saints Girls u14 as they faced the league leaders Wigton Moor, a team they have previously never beaten in a League game.

But the girls soon got about their business with some fantastic runs off the ball from Anna Parsons and with Bethany Waring pulling the defence apart it was not too long before they got off the mark with Rhianna Purvis firing home a lovely goal following a pass from Waring.

Ellie Newton was doing a fantastic job as keeper aided by a back three of Rachel Littleboy Sophie Lally and Lauren Worthey.

Littleboy converted a penalty late in the second half to make the Saints’ nerves a little less jittery.

In the second half the Saints mid field of Kiera Holmes and Kira Cunningham were well in command as the Wigton attacks got fewer allowing Waring and Parsons more and more space. All their hard work paid off as Waring slotted home the third.