Upton youngsters secure promotion against Moldgreen

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UPTON U14s came out on top in their top-of-the-table promotion decider against Moldgreen at the weekend.

The Quarry Lane side won the close-fought contest 22-18 on home soil as both sides looked to secure a top-two finish.

Upton’s try scorers were Callum Ashforth, Jack Wickes, Jack Arnold and loose forward Jordan Taylor. Dan Priestley kicked three goals from four.

The victory promotes Upton to Division 2 of the Yorkshire Junior Summer League, which will restart in March next year.

Wakefield-born Warrington Wolves player Ben Westwood was on-hand to present the awards at Upton’s end-of-season presentation night.

Jordan Taylor was player of the year, Jack Wickes was Man of Steel, Jimmy Murcer was Players’ Player of the Year, Aaron Cartwright was Coaches Player of the Year and Josh Hirst won the Most Improved player award.

Callum Asforth, Jack Arnold, Harley Axe and Jordan Taylor also got special awards in recognition of gaining scholarships with professional clubs.

Upton U13s won their final match of the season, beating Stanningley 32-28.

Man of the match Jack Swain scored a hat-trick of tries, while Lewis Marley added a brace and Tommy Owen landed all five conversions and a penalty.

Joe Ashby, Ben Crawford and Euan Mears all excelled in an impressive Upton performance.

The win caps off a brilliant first season for the team in which they finished second in Division 3.

Upton U9s ended their season with a 28-20 defeat against a dogged Bradford Dudley Hill side.

Tyler Raikes gave Upton the lead but Bradford led 16-12 at the break despite Brandon Slater scoring his 45th try of the season.

Man of the match Spencer Hatfield and most improved player Morgan Mears added second-half tries for Upton but they were not enough.

Alfie Wilkinson was top tackler.

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