Upton’s winning streak ended by Garforth

Upton U10s five-game winning streak came to an end last weekend with defeat to Garforth Tigers.
Upton U10s five-game winning streak came to an end last weekend with defeat to Garforth Tigers.

Upton ARLFC U10’s five-match winning streak was finally ended last weekend as they went down 32-18 away to Garforth Tigers.

The boys trailed at half-time in a feisty affair and after Upton showed great resolve to get themselves back in the game, Garforth upped their game to take a deserved win.

A six win on the bounce looked on the cards as Tyler Raikes opened the scoring early on with a powerful try.

Garforth, however, had other ideas, and swiftly equalised before stunning Upton as they stormed into the lead.

The match became heated under the sun and the referee was called in to calm things down on more than one occasion as Upton went in at the break trailing 12-6.

The away side looked revitalised after the break and soon levelled the match thanks to a trademark Spencer Hatfield try in the corner.

Boosted by the try, Upton took the lead for the second time, before another Garforth try levelled the match at 18-18.

From there, Garforth pulled away as the usually solid Upton defence was left chasing shadows.

The hosts added another three tries without reply as they ended up comfortable winners despite a valiant effort from Upton.

Alfie Wilkinson was named Man of the Match, while Joe Allen took Most Improved Player and Morgan Mears won Top Tackler.

Upton U8s got back to winning ways with an impressive win over Drighlington.

Playing in a late 7pm kick-off, the match escaped the midday sun and both teams started strongly.

Upton soon took the upper hand and scored tries through powerhouses Declan Hague, Kristopher Edwards, Mitchell Light and Kendall Howcroft in the first half.

With some words of encouragement at the break, Upton emerged determined to hold their lead, and put in a strong defensive display to keep Drighlington at bay.

Light added his second try while Howcroft completed a superb hattrick as the boys completed the win, but it was the combined defensive effort of the whole team that stood out.

Most Improved Player went to Ashton Winks for his fearless runs forward and strong defensive presence on the pitch, while Mitchell Light took Top Tackler went to his try-saving tackles.

Man of the Match was awarded to the whole team to reward their combined determination to keep Drighlington at bay, while Opposition Man of the Match once again went to Kai Johnson.