Leaders Upton are muddy marvels

Upton United under 13s retained a firm hold on top spot in the Charles Rice Junior Football League's Premier Division.
Upton United under 13s retained a firm hold on top spot in the Charles Rice Junior Football League's Premier Division.

Upton United under 13s kept a firm grip on top spot in the Charles Rice Junior Football League’s Premier Division with an impressive 10-3 win at a well organised and spirited Ackworth Allstars team.

Upton defied rain, wind and muddy conditions to produce their best football of the season so far.

They moved the ball accurately with short, intricate passing.

Playing with the wind behind them in the first half, Upton opened the scoring around the mid way point of the half when winger Jack Caddick charged in from the right to meet the ball on the full to expertly smash home from a wonderfully delivered cross from the left foot of Billy Brown.

Upton’s second came when captain Callum Caddick forced the ball home following a parried shot from Ackworth’s keeper.

Midfield engine Cameron Grayson added a stunning individual third. He was seemingly not in a dangerous area a long way out until he beat both Ackworth’s two centre midfielders and smashed home a 25 yard thunderbolt high into the roof of the net.

Striker Robbie Wood added a fourth before Ackworth opened their account when a forward showedood pace to latch on to a short back pass and rounded the keeper to finish despite desperate attempts at a sliding goalline clearance.

Almost on the stroke of half tie, Upton’s Callum Moxon broke down the left side and ran towards goal before confidently and coolly supplying a left foot finish tomake it 5-1.

Ackworth starting the second half well and got a good goal from a long way out by using the wind to float the ball high over Upton’s keeper .

However, Upton soon took charge again.

Striker Wood again found his scoring boots, hitting the net four more times. He took opportunities with either foot to take his season’s tally to 39 goals.

His fifth of the game was the pick when he finished with a vicious right foot shot from 15 yards out to beat the keeper at the near post.

Ackworth added a third before Robbie Tolley completed the scoring by stabbing home from close range.

Individual awards were presented but Upton’s entire team deserved the accolade for outstanding endeavour and effort.

The parents man of the match accolade went to central midfield dynamo Grayson who picked up an award for the second week running.

Moxon won the managers award for a quality display.

Upton again visit Ackworth this Sunday in the first round of the league cup having already progressed to the semi finals of the Invitation Cup.

West End Juniors under tens powered to a 10-1 win at Elvington Harriers.

In an initially scrappy game in difficult conditions, West End went a goal down against the run of play.

West End didn’t let their heads drop and kept playing and applying pressure. Their efforts eventually paid off when they got an equaliser. From that point West End were never troubled and led 3-1 at half time.

They continued in the second-half where they had left off in the first, adding a further seven goals.

MOM Logan Burton bagged four goals. Goals from Jake Beaumont (one), Byron Shaw (two), Harrison Bashforth (two) and an own goal completed the rout.