Lucky 13 for ‘Town as Swifts downed

Boothtown under 13s and Crossley Swifts met for the second week running with Boothtown running out 13-3 winners over a spirited Crossleys team who never let their heads drop.

Crossleys had the better of the opening exchanges and were unlucky not to score on several occasions, mainly due to Boothtown keeper Bradley Madin who made some smart saves.

However, Boothtown began to dominate down the slope and with Steve McCurrie and Nicky Meade creating chances down the wings and Callum Jackson and Tom McGregor looking strong up front it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. Midfielder Josh Langan scored with a fine lob and was quickly followed by goals from Nicky Meade and Callum Jackson. To their credit Crossleys fought back and deservedly pulled one back to make it 3-1.

Boothtown responded and Meade added a second before Tom McGregor scored following a fine run to make it 5-1 and there was just time for Crossleys to add a second before the break following some poor defending.

The second half saw a change of formation for Boothtown with Jordan Kilvington moved to fullback and he responded with a series of great through balls resulting in further goals for Meade to complete his hat trick and McGregor with his second.

Crossleys added a third with a fine strike but with Jake Tait, Corey Wilkinson, Corey Rose and Jack Helliwell defending well the Boothtown midfield took control with Nathan Field and Josh Langan strong in the middle allowing Meade to take his tally to five with a further two, whilst McGregor completed his hat-trick, as did Langan who rounded the keeper twice to add to his first half strike.

It was left to Field to complete the scoring with a well taken penalty after Ellis Maude had made several great runs down the left wing.

GREETLAND Goldstars under 13s returned from a three week break to beat Warley Greens 3-2 on Savile Park

Greetland were on the front foot from the start, getting to the ball quickly and disrupting play. Warley resorted to the long ball clearance which nearly paid an early dividend as the winger gathered before cutting inside and hitting the post from a tight angle.

Greetland returned to playing the ball into feet and a square pass found Reece Kendal in space and he placed his shot wide of the keeper only for it to hit the post and go wide.

Greetland seemed to be getting the majority of possession and were keen to take advantage while Warley cleared the ball long at every opportunity and looked to hit Greetland on the counter.

That resulted in a fine game containing chances and fine saves before Warley took the lead against the run of play when a long range effort bounced badly in front of the diving Brooke and evaded his grasp.

Greetland started the second half as they had done the first and were soon level when Bean passed left into the path of Kendal whose rising strike gave the keeper no chance.

That seemed to settle the team and they hit the front when Ascroft collected a high clearance from the keeper and found Stead on the overlap, drawing the defender before passing behind the defender for Allen to collect. The shot was blocked by the keeper but Kendal dispatched the rebound.

Greetland then opened up a two goal margin when Allen’s shot across goal was pushed out by the keeper only for Lister to pounce on the loose ball and drill it home for 3-1.

The game opened up as play moved from end to end, Allen shooting just wide from the edge of the box and Brooke producing a fine save at the foot of his post.

Warley again found an outlet down the left and some good close control saw the winger get into the box and a clever chip over Brooke as he came out to block pulled the score back to 3-2 but Greetland were able to hang on.

Much more Junior Sport in Thursday’s Evening Courier