Nine for Waller in rout of Rangers

BARNSTORMING Brighouse Juniors under 17s blasted 18 goals past bottom of the table Bradford Rangers in a totally one-sided contest.

The emphatic 18-2 victory was a fitting farewell for long-serving manager Martin Thomas’ last game in charge.

It was goals galore as the home team dominated throughout - and had enough chances to have scored as many again as they outclassed their opposition with a great team performance and individual brilliance.

Pick of the bunch for Brighouse was striker Matty Waller who weighed in with nine goals ably assisted by Ashley Johnson who scored five.

The pair put Bradford to the sword after the away team had scored first. Johnson immediately equalised after a great through ball by Waller, and then turned provided for Waller completed his hat-trick after just 18 minutes.

Rangers pulled one back after 20 minutes to make the score 4-2 but it was to little avail as Brighouse turned up the heat and fired in six more goals before half-time including another two by Waller, two from flying winger Max Lister, another one by Johnson and then a cheeky strike by Joe Baldwin after a defence splitting pass by midfielder Conor Durkin on the stroke of half-time..

The second half offered no respite for bamboozled Bradford. Within three minutes of the re-start Johnson completed his own hat-trick after good work from Waller and then repaid the favour for Waller to tap his sixth - and Brighouse’s 12th goal - into the net.

On 60 minutes Waller was chopped down in the penalty box but Brighouse substitute Daniel Lever fired the spot kick agonisingly wide. Lever, who normally plays in goals, was the hero minutes later as he slipped the ball under the Bradford keeper for the home team’s 13th goal after an inch perfect pass from Johnson.

Two minutes later Lever, chested the ball down to provide the assist for Waller who fired home and on 69 minutes Brighouse defender Luke Broadbent charged forward to score after good work again from Lever.

When Waller was felled in the penalty area for the second time in the game he made no mistake blasting home from the spot himself and then single-handedly weaved past several Bradford players to fire home his ninth goal and Brighouse’s 17th.

Johnson completed the rout five minutes from time with a stinging strike from the edge of the area that flew into the top corner of the net.

HALIFAX Irish under 12s clinched a second successive victory with a fine 6-1 win over a hard working Hepworth United side.

The opening goal came after only eight minutes when flying winger Regan Martin skipped past the full back and crossed for Zach Thompson to knock the ball high into the net. Two minutes later Thompson made it 2-0 when a Dion Oczabruk throw in was headed on by Niall Paterson and Kian Sunderland set up Thompson for a simple finish.

Niall Paterson and Regan Martin combined again and Martin’s shot was well saved by Wilby in the Hepworth goal while at the other end George Clarke had to race off his line to block a through ball by Ryan Gledhill.

The third goal came shortly before the break when William Endeacott found Matty Crowther and his through ball was coolly finished by Harry Ashcroft with his first goal for the club.

Irish took their foot off the pedal after the break and Aiden Walker and Elliott Cuttle were forced into a couple of great last ditch tackles. William Endeacott had to go off injured and Thompson slotted into the defence as Irish shuffled their pack. However, there was nothing Aiden Walker could do when he bravely blocked a shot on the goal line only for Angus Bray to net the rebound to make it 3-1.

Any hopes of a Hepworth comeback were soon quashed when Paterson had a shot blocked and Kian Sunderland sent a 20 yard effort past Wilby low into the bottom corner. The fifth goal came from a long kick out by George Clarke which was headed on by James Latham-Sharp and Aiden Walker lashed the ball into the corner of the net.

The final goal came from man of the match Regan Martin in the dying minutes when he beat the left back and slammed a shot high into the net.

Much more Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier