YORKSHIRE Lions are roaring along!
Runners-up to Rastrick last season – thanks mainly to a total of eight draws – they gained revenge in an exciting clash between the two to maintain a 100% record after five matches in the Under 13s.
The Lions are determined to win the title this time and set out their stall by beating their rivals 5-2.
The Lions made their intentions clear from the start and Rastrick were forced into some desperate defending but, despite the home side’s dominance, it was the Brighouse side who struck first.
With the Lions defence on the halfway line, William Tolley’s speed allowed him time and space to give Rastrick a surprise 10th-minute lead.
A mistake by Ben Cooke led to the equaliser five minutes later – the Rastrick keeper kicking a back pass straight into the path of Jake Hooper, who gratefully slid the ball into the bottom corner.
Only the woodwork prevented Tolley from putting Rastrick back ahead moments later, but they were soon struggling as the Lions’ speedy strikers were given too much room and, by half time, Rob Roche, Joe Ripley and Carl David had all struck the back of the net to give the Lions a comfortable 4-1 cushion.
Rastrick’s day got even worse just two minutes after the re-start when a long throw found its way to an unmarked David, who capped a man-of-the-match performance by side-footing the ball home.
The visitors, however, were not beaten yet and Lions’ defenders Luke Smith and Tyrrell Brown were severely tested as Rastrick’s Tolley, Matt Hartley, Callum Lewis and Callum Chima worked hard to find a way through.
By the end of the game Rastrick were well on top and grabbed a deserved second goal thanks to a low driven Sam Gott cross which Hartley was able to turn past keeper Callum Barker.