Under 12 Division 3
Hepworth Utd B 1 Collegians 1
A WET and windy Sunday morning greeted the visitors at Neiley fields last weekend.
Hepworth had just 11 players and some of them were carrying injuries.
The first half was goalless with Hepworth creating more chances but failing to capitalise on having a strong wind on their side.
The highlight was a great piece of skill by centre half Joel Binks who calmly lifted the ball over an attacker, side stepped another and completed the move with a perfect pass to cheers of “Binksy magic”.
The second half continued like the first with J J Kilner making some great runs and Luke Taylor putting the ball into the danger area only to find a defence that was very disciplined and able to cope with the threat.
Although Hepworth looked more likely to carve an opening it was no surprise when Collegians took the lead with 15 minutes left to play.
Within a minute Sam Travis won a corner after a determined run down the right wing.
The flag kick was delivered perfectly by captain George Jowett and Connor Garlick thought he had equalised when his header looked destined for the goal, only to see the keeper pull off a great save to deny the midfielder.
The clock was counting down and with no options from the bench manager Kevin Taylor shuffled his team to be more attacking. Francis McCullogh carrying a knock at the back got in some heroic tackles with Gabriel Hinchliffe and Harry Boothroyd battling hard as the opposition tried to finish off the game.
With the game stretched Hepworth keeper Jacob Black made two outstanding saves diving bravely at the feet of the attackers to keep his team’s chances of salvaging something from the game alive.
Hepworth were riding their luck as they pressed forward to get the elusive goal they deserved.
Harvey Caton at left back was enjoying the chance to get forward and was not content to see the match just fizzle away. He set off on a run that beat several players and from an acute angle shot with his left foot so fiercely the keeper could not hold onto it.
First to it was Connor Garlick who smashed the ball into the roof of the net on the volley.
The sigh of relief was audible and it was definitely a point won for Hepworth who will be hoping to have a full squad for tomorrow’s game.
Collegians will be disappointed not to take all three points, but having already played all four teams at the top of the league they can now kick on and pick up points to move them up the table.