Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November
On Remembrance weekend all of our teams honoured those who gave their lives in time of war with a minute's silence before kick-off. The pictures below show the U8s and U16s paying their respects.
And so to matters on the football field. U7s and U8s both faced teams from Pannal Sports. U7s won two, drew one and lost one. U8s game was a contest between two fairly evenly matched teams, which was reflected in the close scorelines in all four games. We won one game and lost three. U10s faced Clifford, the strongest team in the league and a good test for the boys, who played really well, winning one and going down to three close defeats.
U12s performed poorly against Knaresborough but still managed to win 2-0 to stay top of the league. In an entertaining game against Boroughbridge U12s Girls missed two clear chances to score and paid the price, going 2-0 down. To their credit they recovered from this setback and salvaged a 3-3 draw. U13s got off to an impressive start against Killinghall. We led 2-1 at the break, and continued to play well in the second half, eventually running out 5-2 winners. U17s Girls played well away at Bishopthorpe, coming home with a 2-2 draw.
Cup action for two of our teams. U15s Girls were missing three key players for their trip to Ilkley. We started well, hitting the post twice and missing a couple of good chances before we took the lead. We then made the error of switching off, allowing Ilkley to equalise. A fantastic burst from defence and an inch perfect through ball saw us retake the lead, only for Ilkley to level once more. In the second half we scored again, Ilkley equalised again, and then as our players tired, Ilkley added two more to take the tie 5-3. U16s faced Pannal Sports Lions in a rearranged cup tie away at Pannal's impressive new ground. We lost 6-0, though four of the goals conceded were poor from our perspective, and we hit the woodwork twice.
Action from the U16s match at Pannal Sports Lions
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November
U7s opponents Pannal Ash turned up with just eight players, so we lent them a couple of our boys to even up the sides, and proceeded to win all four games. U11s lost to Clifford. As has been the case in a number of games this season, we started well but fell away in the second half. U14s game with Otley Town was a close affair between two well matched teams. At 2-1 down we were pressing for an equaliser, only for Otley to score a third in the last few minutes and put the game out of reach. U15s Girls played Garforth Rangers in the pouring rain. 1-0 up at half time, we took control of the match in the second half to finish 5-1, with four different girls on the scoresheet.
A couple of our sides were in action in the third round of the County Cup. Despite dominating the first half U12s led Queensbury by just one goal at the break - we had about twenty attempts on goal and scored three, Queensbury converted two of their three chances. We gave away a penalty early in the second half, and were grateful to our keeper who made a fabulous one handed save to deny our opponents the equaliser. After this the boys stepped up their game, scoring twice without reply to win the tie 5-2. U18s ended their involvement in the Cup, convincingly beaten 8-1 by a much more physical Thackley team. U16s game at Pannal Sports Lions fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.
Action from the U14s match v Otley Town
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October
U8s were away at Otley who have a large squad, so we played six games rather than the usual four. We produced some good football to come home with a very comfortable aggregate score in our favour. U9s produced some of their best ever football against Wetherby, winning three games and drawing one. U10s travelled to Bedale, where we won two and lost two, with the overall aggregate score even for the third time this season. The improvements in the team are quite noticeable since the start of the season. U11s lost to Pannal Ash Sports by a single goal. We had chances to equalise, but were also indebted to our keeper who played incredibly well to prevent any more goals.
U12s Boys failed to make the most of their first half chances and as a consequence went into the break level at 1-1. A totally different story in the second half; the goals flowed, and we ran out 5-1 winners to go top of the league. U12s Girls introduced a couple of new players in a friendly against Scotton, rested some regular key players and tried others in unfamiliar positions. We ended up winning a very entertaining game 8-6. U13s got off to a great start against Guiseley, racing into a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately we then managed to concede an own goal just before half time, and then let in another goal just after the break. Final score 2-2. U15s Girls produced their worst performance in some years to go down 6-0 against Brighouse. We were outplayed in every position on the park, a very disappointing day. U15s Boys won 7-3 for the second weekend running, Wigton Moor were our opponents this time. Credit to three of our players who shrugged off illness and injury to take part in the game. This result makes it four wins from four matches so far this season.
The last time U16s Saturday team played against Knottingley it ended as a 4-4 draw. This time we changed our formation to 4-5-1 and won the midfield battle, and even when Knottingley broke through the defence was resolute. We took an early lead from a free kick, adding a second ten minutes from the end. A good win, final score 2-0. U16s Sunday team lost 7-3 to Garforth Rangers in the Barkston Ash Cup. We were missing a couple of key players today, but the game was closer than the scoreline would suggest.
Action from the U16s match v Garforth Rangers
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October
On a damp and muddy morning at Clifford the U7s got two wins, a draw and a defeat, our first loss of the season. U11s suffered a heavy defeat away at Pannal Blues. One goal separated the teams at half time, but we faded badly in the second half.
In a tight contest between two well matched teams U13s lost 1-0 away at Wetherby Tigers. Despite striking the post and the bar each side of half time, we failed to take advantage and score. Unfortunately, late on we conceded following a goal mouth scramble. A great game to watch and although we lost the boys put in a real shift and played extremely well. U15s Girls drew 4-4 with last season's runaway champions Bradford City. City are now a foundation club ready to become an academy and having poached the best players from a couple of clubs in our league are even stronger than last season. An even first 20 minutes became uneven when Bradford scored twice. We pulled a goal back before half time, then got an equaliser thirty minutes from the end following a slip in the Bradford defence. Then it was our turn to self-implode, conceding an own goal and then our failure to clear led to Bradford taking a 4-2 lead. The girls kept going though and scored a great goal to reduce the deficit with five minutes to play. And then joyously we toe poked an equaliser in the last 90 seconds.
U16s Saturday team played a Cup game at home to Altofts. Despite the fact that we are two divisions below our opponents it was a good game and fairly even. Altofts scored twice from corners early in the second half, we got one back only to concede a third. Final score 1-3. U16s Sunday team faced their first real test of the campaign against Leeds Maccabi at Grange Park. We led 1-0 at the break following a tight first half, then worked really hard to control the second half. We scored a couple more and hit the post twice. Our record so far this season reads six wins from six games, and a goal difference of 36-1. It was a great start to the season for U17s Girls, with a 6-3 against Scotton. U18s won 4-2 away at Helperby.
Action from the U16s match v Leeds Maccabi
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October
U7s second outing of the season was a home match against Wetherby Athletic. A great effort from all of the boys to maintain our unbeaten record, coming away with three wins and a draw. U10s put up a good fight against a very strong Ripon side, but were defeated in all four games.
A number of teams were in County Cup action this weekend. U12s faced Oakworth of Keighley, the reigning Craven and District League champions, and our toughest challenge to date. Oakworth took the lead after twenty minutes, only for us to equalise five minutes later from a corner. Our second half performance was the best we have produced since the team first got together seven years ago. Some wonderful pass and move football coupled with solid defending and ruthless attcking saw us score a second, and with five minutes remaining we scored a third to put the tie out of reach. U14s faced Leeds Juniors from Pudsey, who play in the first division of the Huddersfield League and have a season's more experience of 11 a side football than our boys. We put up a good fight, but went down 10-0 to a much better side.
U15s Girls should have played against Wigton Moor in the Cup this weekend, but our opponents forfeited the game. Fortunately we were able to rearrange a league fixture with Farsley Celtic. A pretty even start to the first half saw us miss lots of chances early on. We finally broke the deadlock on the half hour with a super strike, followed by two more goals before half time. We were much better in the second half, scoring twice more without reply for a 5-0 win. U16s Saturday team played against Methley at Grange Park. It was a hard fought encounter settled by a single goal in the second half. Final score 1-0 to us. A less difficult test for the U16s Sunday team, who recorded an 11-0 win away at Menston, to make it five wins out of five, 33 goals scored and only one conceded.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September
A mixed weekend of weather (bright sunshine on Saturday, heavy rain on Sunday) and a mixed set of results for our teams. U8s game at Bedale was a contest between two good evenly matched sides. We lost the first two games but got our act together to win the next two. Having played against Pannal Sports Lions last weekend, U10s welcomed Pannal Sports Tigers to Grange Park on Sunday. We won three games and lost one, with the same aggregate score as last week. U11s played their best football of the season so far in a draw with Clifford.
Despite some good performances from a number of players U12s Girls lost to a very good Knaresborough side. U14s Girls were able to field a strong team for their first game of the season against Pannal Ash. 3-0 up by half time, we went on to win 4-2. U15s Girls started slowly against West End Terriers and went a goal down. This spurred the girls into action, and we hit back with six goals before half time. A less explosive second half; final score 9-2. U15s Boys beat Wetherby Wharfe Valley 4-0, a very pleasing score given that we were missing three defenders through injury. The U16s teams had almost diametrically opposite results; the Saturday team went down 6-0 at Monk Fryston, while the Sunday team continued their excellent start to the season with a 7-0 win at Bedale. U18s lost 4-1 away at Ilkley.
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September
U10s played Pannal Sports Lions at Grange Park, winning two and losing two. U11s found themselves well behind at half time to a clinical Leyburn team, having struggled against a high pressing team. A better performance after the break saw us have the better of the second half, but the result went Leyburn's way.
U12s picked up where they left off last week with a second successive 5-0 win, this time against Beckwithshaw at Grange Park. Some fabulous football, and if not for some wayward finishing the score could have been higher. The first league game of the season for U15s Girls was a two hour round trip to Silsden. The girls played beautifully to triumph 6-2. The U16s Saturday team started well away at Oulton, only to concede from a counter attack. We got one back before the break, only to let in three more in the second half as a result of poor clearing from corners and getting caught on the counter. Final score 4-1 to Oulton. In contrast the U16s Sunday squad continued their winning start to the season with a comprehensive 7-1 victory over Pannal Sports Predators, to give us three wins from three matches, 15 goals scored and just one conceded. U18s beat Wigton Moor 10-4 in an action packed game.
Action from the U16s match v Pannal Sports Predators
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September
A good day for the U8s who overcame the loss of two players at the last minute, beating Wigton Moor in three games and unluckily losing the fourth. Some good performances in all areas of the pitch, with a couple of players scoring their first KDR goals. In contrast it was a mixed day for the U9s at Killinghall, winning two and losing two. U10s started their season with a home fixture against Pannal Ash Reds, winning one and losing three matches. U11s suffered a comprehensive defeat to an excellent Pannal side.
U12s played their first ever Barkston Ash Cup tie away at Wetherby Tigers, coming away with a comfortable 4-1 win and a trip to Sherburn in the next round. In their first game of the season U12s Girls featured three new players away at Ilkley. We were asleep for the first half and were 5-0 down at the break. We improved in the second half but lost the game 7-3. U14s have moved up to 11 a side this season, and also blooded some new players away at Otley. The first half was a bit messy, but they got into their rhythm in the second half and played some really good football. The end result was a 1-1 draw, though the boys saw it as a missed opportunity.
U15s faced a strong, skillful and pacy Ripon team at home in their their match of the season. We started slowly, going a goal behind after just two minutes. Despite three excellent chances, one of which was a miss in front of an open goal we were 3-0 down at half time. The boys analysed their performance during the break and we changed the second half formation to 4-5-1. We dug in, battled hard and scored four goals without reply, though it needed a last minute goal line clearance to seal the win for us.
U16s Saturday team played Knottingley at home. We played some good football in the first half, but did not convert our many chances. Knottingley were not so goal shy, and we found ourselves 4-0 behind at half time. The second half saw more good football from both sides in an end to end encounter. This time however we put our chances away and kept the opposition at bay, battling back to save the game with a 4-4 draw. The U16s Sunday team were away at Lawnswood, producing a great all round performance to win 4-0 for the second consecutive week. U18s were only able to field 10 players against Ripon, with the regular left back playing in goal. It didn't appear to cause too many problems, the outcome being a comfortable 4-1 victory.
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September
U7s played their first ever match away at Pannal Ash Reds, coming home with four good wins out of four. U11s first game at 9 a side ended in a draw against Otley Town Orange. A closely fought game that could have gone our way had we converted more of our chances.
Playing away at Killinghall U12s came away with a magnificent 5-0 win. A strong first half performance saw us 2-0 up at half time, with our goalie superbly saving a Killinghall penalty. We upped the tempo in the second half, adding three goals as we completely controlled the game. Both U16s teams were strengthened by the arrival of a number of new players over the summer. The Selby League team kicked off the new season on Saturday with a 1-0 win in a very competitive game away at Aberford Albion. The Harrogate League team faced league newcomers Horsforth St Margarets Chargers on Sunday at Grange Park. After a goalless first half we hit our stride in the second half, taking a deserved lead courtesy of a near post diving header. An own goal followed, then a couple more as we ran out 4-0 winners. U18s beat Tadcaster Magnet 5-1. We were 2-0 up at half time, though Tad could have felt a little hard done by having hit the bar four times in the first half. We completely dominated after the break, and only some tired finishing prevented us from winning by a higher margin.
Action from the U16s match v Horsforth