Junior matches fine adverts for football

SCORPIONS’ friendly with league leaders Greetland Golds proved to be a fine advertisement for local junior football.

From the kick-off Scorpions produced an eight pass move which resulted in Jake Blackhurst finding the net without a Golds’ player having touched the ball.

The Greetland side soon recovered, however, and cut through Scorpions’ defence rather too easily to go 2 - 1 up within five minutes.

Thomas Robinson had been looking lively on the right, but Scorpions’ equaliser came as a result of a piece of skill by Callum Cushing on the left wing, and his pass set up Edward Ludlam to drive the ball home.

The pace of the game was furious, and shortly after Blackhurst had grazed the bar with a long range shot, Golds again took the lead with a smart header.

They quickly added another and at half-time Scorpions trailed 4 - 2.

The local team began the second half a little raggedly, but having increasingly imposed himself on the game with his tackling, Joshua Knight went on to weave his way through the Golds’ defence and reduce the deficit.

Golds immediately hit back to restore their two goal lead.

The Greetland team had the edge in technical skill and organisation, but Scorpions more than compensated for this with their drive and determination.

Cushing was giving the Golds’ defence a torrid time with his pace and power on the left, and he capped his man-of-the-match performance with a lob into the net from a distance to make the difference just one goal.

The Greetland strikers were still a handful, bringing out a great double save from Khalid Ayub, but Scorpions defence had tightened up with Simeon Thomas proving sound and reliable at the back.

In the last few minutes Scorpions’ pressure proved irresistible, and a shot from Cushing was parried into the path of Ludlam who made no mistake to make the score 5 - 5.

This was a great team performance in which Leon Parrett and Gabriel Read also played their part, but also a great game in which both sides gave 100 per cent effort.

ANOTHER fantastic display of football secured the win at Horsforth against a very physical opposition.

Anna Parsons was running rampant up front for the Saints as she went on to secure a hat trick with some excellent shooting that proved too much for the Horsforth keeper.

Strike partner Beth Waring was also surging forward at every chance dragging three defenders with her as she went, and managed to get on the score sheet early in the first half.

A penalty conversion from Rachel Littleboy before half-time helped to ease the panic from the odd Horsforth attack.

Saints defence of Littleboy, Hannah Kennedy and Sophie Lally were holding firm and a strong run on goal in the second half saw Kennedy slot home number five.

Lisa Zhabina keeping goal had another brilliant game helping achieve a clean sheet.

Training ground sessions were paying off for the midfield players of Rhianna Purvis, Lauren Worthey, Kiera Holmes, Charlotte Siddall, Ellie Newton and Kira Cunningham with some fantastic passing moves helping the Saints keep possession.