Battling Boothtown show their strength to clinch second spot

Boothtown under 13s rounded off a fine season by cementing second place in the league with a strong performance in a 6-4 home victory over a hard working Crossley Juniors.

With a cup final appearance still to come later this month this represents a great season for the boys from Grantham Road and veteran manager James Madin.

The early stages saw Crossleys dominate and it was no surprise when they took the lead with a great free kick from 25 yards out which gave keeper Bradley Madin no chance. Crossleys continued to dominate but were guilty of missing a series of chances as welling as hitting the post twice following strong midfield play by Josh Baines and Louie Bates.

Boothtown re-shuffled by putting the influential Dan Hildred back to sweeper and pushing captain Nathan Field into the centre of midfield.

This paid immediate dividends with Hildred getting on the end of a Jordan Kilvington corner and just before the break Steve McCurry pushed Boothtown ahead after getting on the end of a fine Nicky Meade run and cross.

The second half was also evenly matched with Alex Abson solid at the back for Crossleys and Jake Tait likewise at the other end.

However, it was Boothtown who took the advantage when Nicky Meade was rewarded with a goal of his own after strong play down the left by Callum Jackson. Moments later Boothtown went 4-1 ahead when Josh Langan burst through and added the finish.

Crossleys battled back and a series of strong runs by Louie Bates left defenders in his wake and his strong play saw him add the finishing touch to one of his fine runs.

Another great run down the left by Oldridge saw Crossleys close the gap to 4-3 when his fine cross was stabbed home from close range.

This fired Boothtown up and the two goal cushion was restored when a great through ball from the left by Kilvington found Jake Tait and he fired home from inside the box.

Both sides had chances with a great Jack Helliwell header striking the post whilst at the other end front man Tom Abson was brought down inside the box by Madin, but he made amends with a fine save from the penalty.

With the rain now sweeping down both sides cancelled each other out and traded a further goal each before the final whistle.

BRIGHOUSE Juniors under eights celebrated the end of their season with a tour to St Anne’s where they competed in the Foxhall mini-football tournament.

The opening fixture was against a well organised Foxhall team. Brighouse enjoyed some great early chances with Bradley Atkinson and Samuel Brearley both having opportunities to score. It took two Foxhall long range strikes of the highest quality to give the home side a 2-0 win. Brighouse won the second game against AFC Blackpool 1-0 through a Joshua Harrison strike. The third game was probably Brighouse’s best of the day with Jack Taylor outstanding in goal with a strong back three of Joe Delahunty, Joe Whitworth and Jacob Peyton. The midfield pairing of Harrison and Jack Green worked well with Luca Willan lively up front. Despite a fantastic performance Foxhall B won the game 1-0.

The final two games finished with Brighouse winning both 1-0 with goals from Joshua Heavyside and Delahunty.

Unfortunately Sundays fixture fell foul of the weather but Brighouse have already been invited back to Foxhall next year after receiving great praise from the teams management.

Manager Richard Brearley would like to thank the players, parents and grandparents for making the trip such a huge success.