Mixed results at Pocklington event

HALIFAX under 16 Boys travelled to Pocklington to play four more games in the Yorkshire League and had mixed results

They started against slowly against Doncaster who were a good side who fully deserved their 2-0 win.

The second game was an even encounter against a strong Gateshead outfit with Connor Sutcliffe playing well as the stand in keeper. Harry Greenwood and Casey Marshall worked hard but were helpless to stop two fine goals from Gateshead. Cameron Hellowell scored one in response but despite the efforts of both Matthew ward and Oliver Stokes, the team were unable to fashion an equaliser.

The third game against Slazengers saw a good all round performance with Peter Garside solid in defence and Daniel Sorice made some telling tackles.

Matthew Bairstow opened the scoring for Halifax but Slazengers hit back with an equaliser. It was then the Kristian Mayland show as his speed and skill tore the Slazenger defence to ribbons and he completed a 15 minute hat trick for a 4-1 win.

The final game produced a competent team performance with Halifax never in any danger of losing the game, Mayland opened the scoring with star midfield man Joshua Sutcliffe getting on the scoresheet with an excellent strike from a short corner to wrap up the victory.

HALIFAX under 12 Girls travelled to Leeds University for their second Yorkshire League tournament and despite a disappointing set of results the players pleased their coach with their excellent attitude and level of improvement for such a young and inexperienced team.

Missing their two key players, who are both injured, winning games was always going to be hard so the focus of these games was always about development.

The first two games resulted in 2-0 defeats to York and Northallerton but there were some highlights with Emily Walker and Leah Kalter showing much more composure in defence and Jodie Staples beginning to pass the ball well.

The third game against Slazengers was the team produce their best performance as they dominated possession. Katie Illingworth, Halifax’s only experienced outfield player, controlled the game from midfield but despite good work from Jess Wilson in attack, the team were unable to score and it was unfortunate that on a rare attack Slazengers stole the game in the last few minutes.

The fourth game against Leeds saw the team continue to improve with Annie Denton and Olivia Zito beginning to find their feet at this level. Lack of finishing was a problem but keeper Regan Midgley had a really good game to deny Leeds, the game finishing 0-0

The final game was against a strong Ben Rhydding team and despite playing well and giving the opposition a hard game, Halifax were well beaten 2-0.