Warriors hold on for victory in scrappy tie
Rothwell Juniors FC....................... 3
Wistow Warriors U13s.................... 5
Although making hard work of a scrappy, wind-affected fixture, Warriors eventually hung on to pick up their first points in the Selby Junior League season, writes Neil Stephenson.
There were two scores apiece from Harry Dugdale and man of the match Ross Anderson, with the decisive clincher coming from a late own goal.
After Matthew Gill just failed to convert, the midfield trio of Jake Robson, Josh Battye and Bradley Hosie began to take control. And with Reuben Callau showing good industry on the left, Anderson expertly chipped the advancing keeper from 15 yards following a defence-splitting pass from Battye.
But Rothwell equalised after the break when keeper Matty Sayers was left stranded following a risky back-pass. And in another moment of defensive madness, Rothwell took the lead with a second soft goal as Wistow’s defenders failed to clear their lines.
But Warriors were stung into action and Dugdale levelled affairs with a rasping 20-yarder.
A trademark score from Anderson was then followed by a superb Dugdale breakaway goal as he ran from the halfway line, but Wistow shot themselves in the foot when further poor defending reared its ugly head – the phrase ‘too many cooks’ springs to mind with no-one seemingly wanting to take responsibility for clearing the ball.
And after Rothwell went close to scoring an unlikely equaliser, Wistow clinched the deal when an opponent helped the ball over the line in a goalmouth scramble. They are at home to Snaith Reds this weekend.
Brayton Belles U12s..................... 1
Kirbymoorside U12s..................... 5
Though battling to keep pace with their opponents’ workrate, Belles showed good teamwork and applied constant pressure which was finally rewarded when a goal from Milly Ash gave her side a much-needed lift at the end of the first half.
Charley Midson made some committed stops while the defence of Emmi Blackmore, Erin Simpson and Lucy Bingham were kept busy behind midfielders Amelia Tuck, Anna Linton and Rhian Till.
Thanks to John Brown for stepping in at the last minute to officiate.
More Belles reports on page 50
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