Brighouse ease to victory in opener

NEWLY-promoted Brighouse Juniors under 15 A made light of having six regulars missing as they adapted to their new surroundings with a 7-2 success over Norristhorpe under 15s

Brighouse dominated the game and scored within the first minute when a cross from Liam Collins was met by Ethan Deal. The team created numerous chances and added two more through Liam Collins and Tyler Stephenson before a mix-up in defence allowed Norristhorpe to pull one back before the break.

From the restart a strong run down the wing from Deal enabled him to score his second after which William Hellawell started to link well with Cam Collins and found space to squeeze a goal past the diving keeper.

Liam Collins and Hellawell added goals to give Brighouse a comfortable lead before Norristhorpe pinched a second before the end.

GREETLAND Stars under 15s kept their nerve as they kicked off their Huddersfield League Division Two season with a 3-2 success over Hall Green United.

Greetland were ahead after just five minutes when Aidan Williams and Ryan Stocks joined forces to enable Stocks to fire home. Playing at home, and with a strong wind at their backs, Stars continued to dominate the first half and earned their reward when good work from Jack Joyce and George Cook created an opening for Stocks to notch his, and Greetland’s second.

Hall Green then came into the game but could not break Greetland’s outstanding defence, well marshalled by Joe Nicholson, while keeper Callum Mawer, was called into action on three occasions but was always up to the task.

The second half was always going to be a challenge and so it proved when the strong Hall Green attack bombarded Greetland’s defence. The pressure eventually told with two late goals.

However, after an important goal-line clearance from Ross Craig and some crucial last-ditch challenges from man-of-the-match Luke Sweeney and Tom Rollins, Greetland played their way out of defence with some lovely two-touch football. Murgatroyd and Kenworthy then combined well with Rory Youell who out paced the Hall Green defence, only to be brought down in the area.

Youell then grabbed the ball to clinically fire home the penalty and secure a very good opening victory.

NORTHOWRAM Juniors under 11s continued where they had left off at the Rothwell 11-a-side tournament by opening their league account with a 6-1 success over a gallant Ossett Town side.

Northowram had blitzed the Rothwell event in style, winning all nine matches, scoring 48 goals, dominated by the new strike force of Luke Cranswick, Finn Donovan and Liam Chippendale and conceding just one.

The group games saw them secure comfortable victories, scoring at least five goals a game before going on to win the event.

Alex Kingsley was the first to notch against Ossett with a 35 yard free kick which had the fortune of going through the keepers legs. Northowram kept applying the pressure with great work on the wings from Finn Donovan and Saxon Hargreaves and it was not long before they struck again through Luke Cranswick.

Ossett came back after the break but Jordan Croft marshalled the defence well enabling both Cameron Wright and Louis Halmshaw to make some marauding runs into the opposition half. The two central midfielders of Logan Simpson and Matthew Owen combined well and with some great one touch play resulted in Owen netting Northowram’s third.

Liam Chippendale then pounced on a through ball to nip one over the keeper to make it four after which Cranswick notched his second with a wonderful strike from just inside the box.

Ossett had a few chances but could not find a way past George Acton until, with 10 minutes to go, their forward slotted in a consolation goal.

Jacob Laurence finally put the game to bed with a dazzling run through the middle before firing into the top corner.

Full junior round up in Thursday’s Courier Sport