Clifton back on right track

Junior football - under 15s - St Columba's v Warley Town.'Zac Murphy for St Columba's and Harry Moska for Warley.
Junior football - under 15s - St Columba's v Warley Town.'Zac Murphy for St Columba's and Harry Moska for Warley.

Clifton Rangers under 15s returned to winning ways in Division One of the Huddersfield League with a 6-1 success over Howden Clough despite going a goal down after only five minutes.

Clifton regained their composure and equalised 10 minutes later when Matty Rowles scored from close range after Callum Charlton’s shot had come off the bar.

Clifton hit the front two minutes later from a header from Curtis Ioannou and a George Gray penalty just before half time made it 3-1.

Clifton’s dominance continued in the second half with Jordan Hoyle scoring after a great through ball from Charlie Price. Aaron Tankard made it five after he chased what seemed a lost cause only for the keeper to spill the ball and he slid the ball into the net.

The scoring was completed when the ever impressive Callum Charlton shot into the corner of the net inside the penalty box to give Rangers a comfortable win

Boothtown Juniors Under 16s made it four wins from four with a hard fought 6-2 win over Rochdale side Copperpot who were playing their first game in the Calderdale League.

The early stages saw Copperpot dominate the game and Boothtown were grateful to keeper Aiden Robertshaw and some strong defending by captain Jack Pullen and Ben Heavyside.

Jay Cartwright and Ben Fox battled hard in midfield but a rare slip by Jonny Higgings allowed Copperpot to take a deserved lead.

Boothtown responded and a great through ball by Robbie Wardle allowed Jamie Randall to break clear and his scuffed shot found its way into the bottom corner to level the scores.

The rest of the first half belonged to Boothtown with Elliott Core scoring a quick-fire hat-trick, two with his head from corners, to send Boothtown in at half time with a flattering 4-1 lead.

The second half was also closely matched but after Boothtown introduced substitutes Lewis Birchall, Luke Stocks and Aaron Darnbrook they stretched their lead further with Jamie Randall adding his second following more strong play from Wardle. Brandon Field then crossed for Birchall to add the sixth with his first goal in a Boothtown shirt leaving just enough time for Copperpot to add a deserved consolation goal.

Greetland Under 14 Stars maintained their one hundred percent home record with a comfortable 4-1 win over Linthwaite at Goldfields.

After Sean Gabbitas had been denied and an Anthony Smith effort was cleared off the line, the home side took the lead when Gabbitas’ goal bound shot was deflected into the corner of the net.

Alex Dean, Jake Mooman, Adam Bairstow and Gabbitas all passed up chances to extend the lead but Linthwaite grabbed the next goal when Jamie Plumby tapped in after Luke Heaton had made a double save.

The Stars’ profligacy looked like it may have cost them the three points as Bairstow hit a post and Moorman headed Brad Main’s corner onto the crossbar, but the home side finally restored their lead when Main planted an effort past Shaun Stacey from close range.

A solid defensive display, inspired by the man of the match George Haigh-Gill restricted the visitors’ attacking prowess as the Stars ran out comfortable winners, Gabbitas netted his second via another deflection before Smith powered in from close range after his initial effort was blocked.

More junior football in Thursday’s Courier Sport