ALTHOUGH Skelmanthorpe arrived at Salendine Nook High looking for their first points of the Under 12 Division II season against an unbeaten Westend, the casual observer could have been forgiven for thinking it was the other way round.
Westend struggled to contain a Skelmanthorpe side who, after hitting a post in the first two minutes, were 2-0 up at half time.
Jacob Darkes opened the scoring after five minutes with a fine free-kick into the top corner and Adam Geldart doubled the visitors’ lead 10 minutes later.
Westend re-grouped at half time and, while Skelmanthorpe had dominated the first half, it was now the home side’s turn to pile on the pressure and, within 10 minutes of the restart, Westend were level.
Callum Bates fired home from the left before Charlie Harrison pounced on a loose ball to equalise after keeper Seth Morley could only parry a hard-hit shot.
Skelmanthorpe regained their composure towards the end of the game and Greg Moreno fired the winning goal to kick-start Skelanthorpe’s season.
Also in Division II of the Under 12s, Lepton Highlanders lifted themselves into the top half of the division with a solid 2-0 win at Bradley Park, where they took on Yorkshire Lions.
The Lions were unable to find an answer as goals from Mackenzie Longley and Joel Simpson made sure of the points for Lepton.
Meltham Under 12s found their range in Division III when Joshua Beetlestone (2), Michael Walsh, Robert Woodward and Thomas Crosland gave them a solid 3-5 win at Norristhorpe.
In Division I of the Under 12s, Brighouse inflicted a 5-2 defeat on Netherton. Connor Kelly and Sam Ambler found the net for Netherton but a four-goal blast from Jordan Hoyle and one from Lee Fielding put an end to any hopes of victory.
Meanwhile, Netherton’s Under 12 B team were having better luck in Division IV B. Liam Norcliffe and Jordan Barrett made sure of a 2-0 victory over Hepworth United to maintain their unbeaten start and lift themselves into joint top spot.
And in Division IV A of the Under 12s, Rastrick’s Ben Norman grabbed himself a hat trick at Kemble Rangers who were unable to find a reply as Croft (2) and Aran Garth went on to give Rastrick an easy 6-0 victory.