Junior football: Drig’ show magnificent resilience after setback

Drighlington Juniors Under-13s.
Drighlington Juniors Under-13s.
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Drighlington Juniors Under-13s B returned to winning ways in Division Two of the Huddersfield League with a resounding 7-0 home win over Huddersfield YMCA Under-13s.

Despite difficult conditions for both teams Drighlington tried to play passing football and eventually pressure told for the home team.

Luke Marshall and Tom Solomons both bagged a brace while Luke Asquith, Joe Clarke and Matty Clark got one each.

Meanwhile, in Division 5A, bottom of the table Hall Green United Under-13s were thrashed 14-2 by Park Avenue Under-13s. Alex Waplington managed to score two well taken consolation goals. United are yet to win a game and have just two points so far this season.

Elsewhere, Hall Green United Under-16s earned a creditable 2-2 draw against Division Three visitors Kirkheaton Under-16s.

Goals from Curtis Preston and Charlie Harvey helped United bounce back from two consecutive defeats to earn a deserved point against the sixth-placed side.

Hall Green United Under-12s inched closer to the Division 5B title with emphatic 7-3 win over Hepworth Under-12s in extreme weather conditions.

Joshua Topp opened the scoring early in the first half whilst Green were playing into the wind. Hepworth then scored three goals to go into half time with a 3-1 lead.

The second half saw Green take control with Emily Sykes scoring the first of an eventual hat trick.

Dalton Jackson then scored his brace of goals and Joshua Topp completed his goals double.

Sykes finished the scoring with a long range shot before her in-swinging corner looped over the keeper into the goal in the last minute to finish her hat trick.

United will secure the title next time out if they can beat their nearest rivals Gomersal & Cleckheaton C who are the only team who can potentially catch them.

Hall Green United Under-11s got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Elland Under-11s in Division 4B.

The Greens had suffered four straight defeats prior to the game and were glad to get back to winning ways.

Strong winds made it difficult for both sides but with the wind against them in the first half Greens managed to edge into the lead through Cian Small.

Green started the second half positive and with the wind behind them they extended their lead with Small netting his second goal.

Elland pulled a goal back but Greens rounded off a good display with Small completing a well deserved hat trick.

This victory helped United close the gap on sixth-placed Westend Tigers to just four points with two games in hand over their rivals.