Junior round-up: Middleton signal title intent after ending Rangers’ unbeaten run

Action from Rothwell Town Under-15s vs Ossett Town.
Action from Rothwell Town Under-15s vs Ossett Town.
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Middleton Park Under-12s signalled their title intent with Sunday’s 4-2 success at previously unbeaten Bramley Phoenix Rangers Under-12s.

Middleton got off to the perfect start with man of the match Mason Buttle’s early opener quickly followed by a James Head strike.

Bramley hit Middleton on the break to pull a goal back but Buttle restored his side’s two-goal cushion with a fantastic free kick.

Another goal from Bramley kept Middleton on their toes but Head bagged his second through a brilliant trademark goal to increase the pressure.

Amazing team work and passing then led to Kaylum Finister scoring the final goal of the game to cap a five-star showing for the visitors.

The result leaves Park third but only on goal difference behind second-placed Bramley and leaders Wrenthorpe Rangers with all three teams on 12 points.

Wrenthorpe, though, remain in pole position with a game in hand.

Elsewhere at the weekend, Hall Green United Under-16s suffered a cruel 1-0 loss at Kirkheaton Under-16s in Division Three of the Huddersfield League.

A much-improved Green were denied by the woodwork on several occasions and had a goal disallowed for offside before Kirkheaton went ahead late on.

Green felt the goal should have been ruled out for a foul on Charlie Harvey but they then squandered a golden chance to equalise when missing a late penalty.

Lee Turgoose took the Green man of the match award for his excellent display in goal.

Kirkstall Crusaders Under-15s enjoyed a fine 5-2 success at home to Wortley Under-15s in Division Two of the Garforth League, inspired by a four-goal haul from man-of-match Patrick McGill.

Inspirational captain Ellis Redfearn also scored a wonder goal to make sure the points came Kirkstall’s way while fantastic performances came from Francis Gibson, James Mellor and Rinor Ejupi.

In Division One, Ossett Town Juniors Under-15s were felled 4-0 at Rothwell Town Juniors Under-15s.

Ellis Longstaff was named Town’s player of the match but success for Rothwell saw them leapfrog their visitors into fourth ion goal difference, and with two games in hand.

Ossett Town Panthers Under-14s blitzed visiting Dewsbury Rangers B Under-16s 6-0 in Division 4A of the Huddersfield League.

Dan Fletcher and Ben Fishman notched braces for Panthers whose Chris Colley and Christian Hamer added a goal each.

The Panthers led 5-0 at the break with their defence of Mark Scott, Edward Colley, Bradley Woollin and Matthew on their toes after the interval with the ball swirling in the wind.

Title-chasing Drighlington Under-13s A marched on with a 5-1 success at Batley Under-13s in Division One of the Huddersfield League.

Drig’s Ross McHale and Jordan Broadbent both grabbed braces supported by a Harry Carney penalty.

Drig; stay two points behind leaders Westend Lions Under-13s who have won seven out of seven.

Fellow high-flyers Drighlington Under-13s B also enjoyed a 5-2 triumph at home to Dewsbury Rangers Under-13s in Division Two.

Drig took the lead through an own goal with Luke Marshall then going on top notch a brace to supplement a Tom Solomons and Harry Sharp screamer.

Sharp took the man of the match with an excellent game on the left flank.

Drig’ B are also second in their division, three points behind leader Battyeford Under-13s.

Colton Whites Under-12s recorded their first win of the season in Division Three of the Garforth League with a 5-1 victory at bottom-of-the-table Kippax.

Charlie McDonnell broke the deadlock after a hatful of chances had gone begging with the only goal of a one-sided first half.

Colton’s superiority after the break was reflected by two strikes from sub Joseph Lydon plus one from William Lobley and an own goal.

Jack Murray, who combined some brave defending with swift raids down the right, earned the Colton man-of-the-match award.

In Division Five, Kirkstall Crusaders Under-12s were edged out 6-5 by visiting Wrenthorpe Rangers Under-12s in a nail-biting 11-goal thriller.

Kirkstall goals came from Jesse Mboma with a brace plus Adieb Elgallai, Callum Fletcher and Elliot Beaton.

Crusaders custodian Shaun Kane pulled off some superb saves in goal while Alex Barrow-Smith, Jamie Leonard, Ryley Brook, Sam Williamson and Charlie Davies battled valiantly at the back.

Hall Green United Under-12s ran riot in an 11-1 romp at home to understrength Gommersal & Cleckheaton Under-12s in Division 5B of the Huddersfield League.

Player of the match Dovydas Bertulis scored a fine five timer while Emily Sykes and Dolton Jackson added braces to support a goal each from Miron Bibij and Alex Tunningley.

Hall Green United Under-11s were blown off course in a 5-2 loss at Kexbourgh Under-11s in Division 4B of the Huddersfield League.

After going 1-0 down in windy conditions, Green levelled through a Keaton Harrison penalty after Cian Small was brought down.

Green then led 2-1 at the interval through Marcus Barrett’s strike but Kexbourgh had the wind in their sails in the second half. Mathew Patterson took the Green player of the match award but Jack Clements also pulled off some outstanding saves.

Hall Green United Under-10s raced to a 5-1 success at Shelley Under-10s in Division S of the Huddersfield League.

Noah Harding’s hat-trick proved the catalyst for victory with Green’s player of the match Ben Thackrah and Alfie Callaghan adding a goal apiece.

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