A TIRED looking Yorkshire Lions were simply unable to cope as Netherton secured a respectable fourth place finish to end their campaign with an 8-0 win in the Huddersfield RCD League Under 15 Division IIA.
The Lions gave as good as they got in the opening 10 minutes and Netherton’s forward line were repeatedly frustrated by a well organised defence, but the Lions reliance upon the offside trap was finally undone when a superb pass found Charlie Shore in acres of space and the Netherton midfielder found the top corner with an angled shot from 15 yards.
After 20 minutes, Lions keeper Ryan Simpson was rapidly becoming the hardest worked player on the pitch and only his heroic effort denied Netherton a second goal as he forced Tom Willans to fire wide of the mark.
But Simpson was unable to deny Willans minutes later when the powerful Netherton striker latched onto a Patrick Howell pass to double his sides advantage.
Aaron Sutcliffe and Saul Britton kept Netherton’s Edward Maywand, Akash Jethwa and Greg Medland busy but, too many times, the Lions were unable to convert their efforts into goals and by half-time, a second Willans strike and another from captain had already given Netherton an unassailable four goal lead.
Defenders Lewis Antwi and Jordan Lewis worked keep the Lions in the game but they were unable to resist Netherton’s relentless pressure and further goals from Willans, Liam Dickinson, Greg Medland and Damon Ellam completed a comfortable victory for Netherton.
Another Uppermill side enjoying a good season is the Under 12 team who completed their league programme with a resounding 8-3 win at Batley.
Goals from Nathan Jones, Jack Fidler, Kurt Bennett, Marray Liptrot, Joe Townend and a Nick Tavarozzi hat trick ensured a Division IV title winning season.
In Division III of the Under 13 section Marsden’s promotion hopes were given a massive boost with a home victory over Dalton Dynamoes.
Goals from Sam Clegg, Maguire and a Javian Adams hat trick secured a 6-1 win to keep Marsden in second spot.
Conner Beaumont and Jack Cooper secured a 2-0 win for Linthwaite at Savile Town to keep them in top spot in the Under 14 Division III, but Linthwaite still face the prospect of a title play-off if rivals Mount Pleasant can win their last game against Norristhorpe.
Skelmanthorpe’s Under 15 team underlined their promotion credentials with a narrow 3-2 home win over Farnley.
Chris Hallas, Ryan Thorpe and Jack Hampshire scored for Skelmanthorpe who now need four points from their remaining two games to be certain of promotion, but with one of those games being against champions Brighouse, nothing is certain yet.
Clifton celebrations began when their Under 18 gained victory at Warley Rangers to secure the league title.
Having beaten Warley two weeks ago, Clifton underlined their title credentials when two goals each for Elliot Stout and Daniel Leahy gave Clifton a 4-1 win and the double over their closest rivals.
Next week sees the last of the RCD League’s cup finals at the Canalside (Syngenta) complex with the first game kicking off at 2pm.
The games are: Under 13 – Halifax Irish v Linthwaite (2.00); Under 11 – Honley v Howden Clough (2.15); Under 9 – Meltham v Penistone (2.30); Under 10 – Dewsbury Rangers v Ossett Town (3.30); Under 14 – HAFC v Linthwaite (3.45); Under 12 Dewsbury Rangers v Hepworth Utd (4.00).