Greetland Under 14 Stars secured their first clean sheet of the campaign and recorded their eighth successive victory to stay joint top of Huddersfield League Division Four after a 6-0 win over Westend.
After Louis Rushworth and Brad Main passed up early goal-scoring chances and Jake Rust rattled a post, the home side deservedly took the lead when Main hung a perfect up to the far post where Sean Gabbitas was on hand to tap in.
Within five minutes, the Stars made their domination tell with a second for Gabbitas before Adam Bairstow flicked George Haigh-Gill’s corner wide and both Rushworth and Rust missed an open goal from Jake Moorman’s precise cross.
Rushworth fired over from close range and Alex Dean struck the cross bar with a powerful cross-shot as the Stars continued to push forward. After a long range Dean effort cleared the crossbar, the Stars grabbed a third, Gabbitas crossing for Rushworth to tap in after his initial shot had been saved. A fourth goal soon followed as Bairstow picked up the ball in midfield before finding Rushworth who fired in an unstoppable drive.
The Westend keeper saved from both Bairstow and Rushworth but there was little he could do when Moorman flicked up Gabbitas’ cross and volleyed the ball into the far corner before Gabbitas completed his hat-trick.
BRIGHOUSE Juniors under 11s produced a fighting display but were unable to hold Clifton who went on to record a 5-1 win.
Brighouse took the lead when Sam Potter and Logan Massey combined for the latter to score with a fine strike. Clifton responded and despite some desperate defending by the visitors they scored four goals before the break. At the other end Brighouse went close through Jonah Smith who twice brought good saves from the home keeper.
Brighouse defended manfully after the break, led by Matthew Airey, Lauren Horner and keeper Joseph Croft.
Brighouse could have scored when Jake Fawthrop went on a fine run and brought a great save from the home keeper before seeing his return header cleared off the line.
And Bradley Ho also burst clear before being stopped with a last ditch tackle before Clifton grabbed a fifth goal near the end.
More Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier