Junior Football: Crusaders and Colts stay on upward trajectory

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-14s
Kirkstall Crusaders Under-14s
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KIRKSTALL CrusADERS Under-14s maintained their unbeaten run in Division C of the Harrogate & District Junior League with Sunday’s 5-2 success at Helperby United Under-14s.

Kirkstall displayed their poppies with pride upon the long trip up the A1 and produced a solid opening 15 minutes in which centre halves Oli Wigglesworth and man-of-the-match Owen Thompson gave Crusaders the platform to build on.

Goals soon followed from Zak Yasir, Glenn Mazyondo, Kyle Baptiste and a brace from Jay Berkley.

But solid performances also came from keeper Will Coupland, Jay Clifford, Adam Javid and Callum Fletcher which enabled Maty Mather, Josh Morris and Lewis Binder to excel.

Kirkstall then learned that leaders Nidd United had romped to an 11-1 success at Otley Town, keeping Kirkstall second and three points iff top but with a game in hand.

In the Garforth Junior League, Horsforth St Margaret’s Colts Under-14s moved top of Division One with an impressive 6-1 triumph at Wigton Moor Juniors Under-14s.

Horsforth went ahead within the first five minutes when a smart move down the right hand side led to Charlie Webb cutting the ball back for Michael Wood to finish with a bullet header, giving the Wigton keeper no chance. Wood then turned provider for the second putting Charlie Heath through who calmly stroked the ball into the net.

Heath added his second to make it 3-0 before Wigton pulled one back but Heath then went onto his hat-trick after Wood headed behind the defence for him to run on to and rounded the keeper.

The onslaught continued in the second half with Ollie Mangham hitting the fifth directly from a free-kick before Michael Wood completed the six by leaving the defence for pace and rounding the keeper and finishing with polish.

Elsewhere, Brighouse Sports Under-11s romped through to the second round of the West Riding Cup with an 11-1 cakewalk at Golcar Under-13s.

On a heavy pitch, Sports started well and an early through ball from Morgan Ellis led to Lewis Todd getting his first of the day.

Sports’ second came from a Todd shot that had been parried by the Golcar keeper and Ben Estgate cleaned up.

Golcar were always dangerous on the break and pulled one back, only for Sports to get a corner on the stroke of half-time which led to Robbie Thompson’s first goal of the day.

Turning round 3-1 up, fast flowing football from Sports then ripped the heart out of Golcar.

A great individual run led to Todd getting his second, and Sports’ fifth came from Thompson skipping past two defenders to slot home.

Next up again was Todd who beat the Golcar offside trap to give the keeper no chance.

Will Thompson then got himself on the scoresheet next after linking up with Harry Streeting before left winger Ben Orley popped up for his first of the day with a great finish inside the box.

Todd then latched onto a fine defence-splitting pass from Drew Mitchell before gettiing his fifth from a Jake Crossley short corner.

Ben Orley then finished the day off with a fine goal set up by Bradley Hall-Crowther.