Dalton Dynamoes Under 15s were given a sharp lesson as they were beaten 8-2 at home by Kirkburton in the RCD League First Division.

Dalton struggled to win the 50:50 challenges as they were stretched by a Kirkburton side hoping to prove their promotion to the top division was no accident.

The writing was on the wall as early as the second minute when Luke Seaton crashed a shot against the Dalton crossbar.

The visitors were being allowed far too much space and time and the opening goal arrived just a few minutes later when Nathan McCann headed home a Jacob Kramer corner at the far post.

The Dynamoes were fired into action and Oliver Bellwood was unlucky to see a powerful header cleared off the line as Oliver Martin, Nathan Howe and Augustine Muzannenhamy worked hard to get their side back in the game.

But Dalton’s fragility was underlined when a defensive mix-up allowed Luke Seaton to stab home a second for the visitors after 20 minutes.

Dalton Dynamoees Under 15 (from left) back row: Graham Hall (Coach), Augustine Muzannenhamy, Takudzwa Badze, Jack Bellwood, Oliver Bellwood, Harry Hall, Joe Dowthwaite, Barry Howe (Coach), Neil Martin (Manager) Front row: Efram Isekulwo, Nathan Howe, Matthew Hartley, Oliver Martin, Myles Fennell, Lewis Downey
Dalton Dynamoees Under 15 (from left) back row: Graham Hall (Coach), Augustine Muzannenhamy, Takudzwa Badze, Jack Bellwood, Oliver Bellwood, Harry Hall, Joe Dowthwaite, Barry Howe (Coach), Neil Martin (Manager) Front row: Efram Isekulwo, Nathan Howe, Matthew Hartley, Oliver Martin, Myles Fennell, Lewis Downey
 

With the wind at their backs, Kirkburton were determined to take advantage and, with Dalton still failing to react to the danger, McCann was allowed to drive home a Kramer right-wing cross at the far post to leave the visitors sitting on a three goal lead after just 25 minutes.

Having already provided assists for two of their three goals, Kramer was on target himself when, with Dalton struggling to clear, he stole the ball and skipped past keeper Jack Bellwood to slide the ball into an empty net.

The home side were again unlucky not to get on the score-sheet when another Oliver Bellwood shot was blocked on the line and Oliver Martin could only watch as Charlie Knapper cleared his goal-bound shot.

But any Dalton threats were few and far between and, by half time, they were facing a virtually impossible second half as further goals from Luke Seaton and Callum Lund gave Kirkburton a comfortable 6-0 lead.

An early goal was essential if Dalton were to stand any chance of recovering the game and a couple of goals did arrive soon after the break but, sadly, for the Dynamoes, the goals were at the wrong end as James Capewell rattled home twice in quick succession.

With the result virtually sealed, Dalton finally made the breakthrough when Muzannenhamy turned home a Joe Dowthwaite left-wing cross at the far post.

Harry Hall, Efram Isekwulko and Lewis Downey worked hard as Dalton went in search of goals but Billy Hague, Robert Smallman, Harry Stead and Joe Hughes were giving little away in the Kirkburton defence.

The final goal fell deservedly to Isekwulko, who hooked a half-cleared Harry Hall cross into the roof of the net from six yards.

Oliver Martin set up another chance for Isekwulko moments later but the shot was well saved by Ryan Brooke and with just minutes to the final whistle it would have been too little, too late for the Dynamoes, who will need to show more desire if they are to avoid a struggle at the wrong end of the table.