Graft pays off as St Columba’s clinch Calderdale League title

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ST Columbas under 10s have proved that if you work hard at something then success is likely to follow.

From an inauspicious start in October 2010 when three players answered the call to form a team, the Saints youngsters have now won the Calderdale League Shibden Division title following a 6-0 success over Northowram Rams.

The feat was achieved 13 months after their first ever game and in a season where the team have remained unbeaten, winning 13 games and drawing one from the 14 played and scoring 93 goals to 14 conceded.

Saints played their first ever game in February last year with over half the team never having played a competitive match previously.

Between February and May 2011, Saints managed to get nine games in but suffered some big losses against teams that had been together for two to three years. Undaunted, the players still persevered and they trained all summer with nearly 100 per cent attendance every week.

Now all that effort has been rewarded and manager Rob Friar is naturally delighted.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the team,” said Friar. “The players have turned up every week despite some heavy losses in the early days. “They have been willing to listen and learn as well as have fun at training and they have been rewarded for that dedication.”

The team is sponsored by Haddock and Co Solicitors, and the players who have done so well to earn their title are: Lauren Blay, Ibrar Farooq, Kian Woodhouse, Usman Hussain, Shawais Butt, Sameer Butt, Hussain Quereshi, Kasim Toqir, Lewis King, Dylan Grainger, Brandon Anderson and Syaam Choudray.

CLIFTON Rangers under 15s put the disappointment of the previous week’s cup semi-final defeat behind them as they romped to a 7-0 Huddersfield League Division One success over Gomersal - their best league win of the season to date.

Gomersal dominated the first 10 minutes but when Josh Margison cut in from the left he hit an unstoppable shot from 25 yards to give Rangers the lead.

From then on it was one way traffic as Ryan Thomson and then Callum Charlton scored twice within minutes. Thompson then scored a superb individual goal as he dribbled past three defenders to make it four before half time.

Clifton continued to press for more goals in the second half with George Gray sidefooting in a cross from Callum Charlton and Ryan Thompson completed his hat trick to make it six.

Callum Charlton’s inswinging corner was then headed in by Curtis Ioannou at the back post to complete the win.

CROSSLEY Colts strengthened their position at the top of Under 12 division with two games to go courtesy of a fine 7-3 win against a spirited Halifax Irish side.

Crossleys went in front in the first minute when Matthew Gavan blocked a Irish attack and he passed to Adam Riding whose exquisite through ball found Kyle Baxter who fired under James Langley in the Irish goal.

Crossleys had to survive an Irish onslaught with Regan Armstrong and Tyrin Shields outstanding in keeping them out until Crossley keeper Luke Millar got down well but could not hold an Irish effort and Dylan Kyte stepped up to score.

Irish then took the lead as first half came to a close when the hard working Corey Budgen won the ball and sent Brandon Jackson away and he passed for Luke Samples to fire home.

Crossley were back on level terms within two minutes of the restart when Regan Armstrong and Max Halsworth combined to set up Jamie Sykes who made no mistake.

Crossleys regained the lead minutes later when the ever dangerous Lewis Spinner laid the ball inside to Kyle Baxter who played it back for Spinner to latch onto and stroke home. Irish hit back when man of the match Budgen and Luke Bradley set up Jack Chesters to net.

Crossley soon restored their lead when Lewis Spinner crossed to the back post for Max Halsworth to fire home after which Kyle Baxter headed in from a Spinner corner.

Crossley made it six when Nathan Carter won the ball and sent Luke Newcombe away.

He pulled it back for Tyrin Shields and his lobbed pass found Jamie Sykes whos mazy run was ended with the ball in back of the net.

Irish continued to probe but Adam Riding and Regan Armstrong shackled danger man Jack Chesters well before the visitors wrapped things up when good work between Luke Newcombe, Matthew Gavan and Lewis Spinner laid the platform for Kyle Baxter to complete his first hat-trick of the season.

GREETLAND Goldstars under 13s returned to winning ways with a 4-0 success over St Columbas.

Greetland quickly showed their intentions to challenge for the ball and disrupted the early play giving St Columbas little time to settle.

Greetland had the first chance but Ryan Allen’s penalty for handball came back off a post while Ashley Muncaster flashed at a rebound which went wide.

Greetland were playing with confidence and George Bainbridge went inside one defender then outside the next before shooting wide after which they took the lead when Charlie Lister split the defence and Bainbridge anticipated well to send his dipping shot over the advancing keeper.

Saints pushed forward when possible but some tenacious tackling kept them at range while Joseph Brooke was forced to acrobatically turn away a well-struck free-kick at full stretch.

Greetland were quickly into their stride after the break when Bainbridge fired in his second on the turn and then completed his hat-trick when Muncaster turned his marker and used his pace to get into space on the edge of the box before unselfish passing inside to Bainbridge who drove a low shot wide of the keeper.

Saints fell deeper into defence and left space in midfield. A clearance the visitors fell to Lister who spotted the keeper off his line and a glorious drive cleared the keeper and dipped under the bar to complete the scoring.

More Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier