Schools Football: Wood nets treble as Leeds crush Barnsley

Goalmouth action from Leeds City Schools Under-11s v Barnsley.
Goalmouth action from Leeds City Schools Under-11s v Barnsley.
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BRADLEY Wood netted his second hat-trick of the season to help Leeds Schools FA Under-11s claim an impressive 5-1 victory over Barnsley at the weekend.

Just minutes into the match Wood gave Leeds the lead by lifting the ball over the advancing goalkeeper into an empty net.

Playing very much like a team, Leeds started to press for a second goal but poor finishing was letting all the good build-up play go to waste as the boys took it in turn to squander chance after chance, much to the dismay of the man in charge.

However, Leeds doubled their lead when Wood got his second – nipping in front of the keeper to head home a fine cross from Ben Littlewood.

Leeds continued to play attractive first-time football without applying the finishing touches – something which will not have gone down well with manager Mr Resister.

The period ended with Barnsley giving a glimpse of things to come by wasting a couple of chances of their own when a mix up in the Leeds defence put them under unnecessary pressure.

It was all Barnsley at the start of the second period and they finally got their just reward when they reduced the deficit to just 2-1 with a fine run and finish, this was quickly followed by a number of other half chances as Leeds struggled to get going and wrestle control of the game again.

Eventually the boys restored order and after another couple of chances spurned, Kron reacted quickest to a loose ball in the penalty area to coolly dispatch the ball past the keeper.

Into the final period of play and it was that man Wood at it again as he completed his hat-trick from close range with an impressive finish.

Then it was the turn of Bradley Pride who marked his return to action with what was to be arguably the goal of the day when a cross from the left was allowed to go across his body to be dispatched on the volley from with inside of his right foot into the far corner.

The impressive result means Leeds retain their place at the top of the league on goal difference.

JUNIOR ROUND-UP

Horsforth St Margaret’s Under-14s Colts got back to business and the top of the league after an impressive 5-1 victory over Bingley.

Retaining the 100 per cent start to the season in league and cup they ran out comfortable winners against a strong Bingley side.

Charlie Heath opened the scoring with a glancing header into the top corner before Bingley pegged the equaliser against the run of play.

Horsforth then stepped up the pace and a clinical finish by Matty Swift made it two, Charlie Heath bagged the third and fourth to complete his first half hat-trick.

The second half saw Charlie Webb complete the win with a calm finish into the bottom corner.

Brighouse A showed their quality to run out comfortable 5-1 winners although it could have been a different match had Brighouse B taken two early chances through Lucas Breton and Jamie McCrink.

They were made to pay for their misses when Ben Brearley won the ball and played in Luke Smith who finished in style.

It was soon two, when Dylan Metcalfe walked through the home defence and coolly beat the advancing Adamthwaite in goal. Ben Brearley got the next as he powered through the midfield and drove the ball into the bottom left corner.

Brighouse A were dominant with their midfield trio of Silas Ennis, Andrew Coates and Brearley dominating the central area.

Brighouse B, though, came close to reducing the deficit when Breton threaded a ball from the right into the path of Sam Lock whose first time shot was saved by the impressive Jacob Bryan.

The second half saw Brighouse B on the front foot, but again when they threatened to score, Bryan in goal stood firm.

The fourth goal came from a corner which was headed home by Metcalfe for his second. Within two minutes it was 4-1.

Play started when Joshua Scott won a tackle on the right and played a quick pass inside to Lock who switched play to the left where advancing full-back Joseph Moore picked up the ball and cut inside the defender to curl a shot goalwards which Bryan palmed out to Will Bakes who stabbed the ball home.

The B team nearly scored a second shortly afterwards when McCrink managed to beat the offside trap only to drag his shot wide.

Brighouse A completed the scoring late on when a speculative effort from Brearley 25 yards out eluded the keeper Adamthwaite to make it 5-1.

This maintains an excellent start to the season for Brighouse A with nine wins out of nine.

In the West Riding Girls League Under-13s Division 2, Whitkirk Wanderers eased to an 11-0 win over Clifton Rangers.

After five weeks without a game Whitkirk needed the weather to stay kind so they could have a run out against Clifton Rangers and they produced a great display to stay in the top three.

The goals came from prolific cousins Dara Glynn (4), Evie Glynn (4), Ella Johnson (2) and Molly Carey.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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