TJFA Weekly Update 08th April
This weeks latest news direct from the TJFA's Chris Ord
The selections made in terms of forthcoming fixtures from last weeks Report produced some really excellent matches.
We start off with a five goal thriller played across at Nunthorpe in the Under 12 second division, where the Nunthorpe "A" side were hosting Wynyard Village with Nunthorpe eventually securing a 3-2 win. The goals for Wynyard were both scored by the impressive Matthew Ward, but strikes from Sam Bullock, Ryan Hodgkinson and William Simpson were enough to gain Nunthorpe the three valuable points. Although not totally out of the race for Championship honours, this defeat now means Wynyard are looking for other sides to slip up in the final run-in to the season end. Nunthorpe, on the other hand and following this win at the weekend, remain firmly on course for a visit to one of the Presentation Events.
A fantastic match was played over in Hartlepool in the Under 13 sixth division as the Hartlepool Warriors team entertained the Young Bulls from Darlington. The final score was a remarkable 5-5 draw. Andrew Metcalfe secured a fine hat-trick for Hartlepool Warriors and both Jaxon Bartle and Lewis Halse also found the target for the home side. A hat-trick also for Russel Mhlanga for Young Bulls, with Coban Colley weighing in with two more. Positions remain unaltered at the top of this division with three points still separating these two sides and each having only four matches left to play. With New Marske closing in to just one point behind in third place, this looks as though it will be a nerve-jangling end to the season for these three sides.
A rather more convincing win than originally anticipated in the Under 14 fifth division as Hartlepool Pools Youth travelled across to Great Ayton and returned with all three points following a 5-1 win. Pools Youth are lying in fourth place but are now only four points behind the current League leaders, Darlington RA, but they do have two vital matches in hand, so this was a really important win for them last Sunday. The goal for Great Ayton, who have now slipped to joint second place, scored by Rob Bailey, but Jack Sullivan was in sensational form for the visitors and scored all five goals for his team. A tremendous individual performance by Jack and a great result for Pools Youth.
In the Under 15 fifth division Sedgefield Youth were in exceptional form and they gained a superb victory last weekend as they played away at Rossmere Rangers and came away with the all three points following a 5-2 win. Jack Penfold and Luke Theasby on target for Rossmere, who now look destined to finish in third this place season, but Sedgefield remain firmly in the hunt for end of season silverware following this excellent performance. Their goals were scored by Ethan Cook, who scored twice, Joel Gibson, Kai Robinson and Sam Townes.
Finally from last Sunday, Spraire Lads inflicted the first loss of points for Ferryhill as, in the Under 18 third division, they won by a single goal scored by Luke Taylor. However, with Spraire Lads winning one and losing one last week, and with Ferryhill doing exactly the same, the door has now been opened wide for Newton Aycliffe Juniors "Black" team who won both of their matches, to secure the League title, but this is yet another division which will go right to the death in a really exciting run in to the season end early next month.
We start out this coming week with one of the busiest schedules of the season, as lighter nights now mean a huge number of midweek matches are being played. For the purpose of this Report though, we'll concentrate on those games being played at the weekend.
In the Under 12 fourth division Acklam FC, currently in fifth place, but with games in hand over all of the teams above them, make the journey across to Eaglescliffe to play the top of the table Elementis "Blue" side. This should be a fabulous game, with the best attack in this division of Eaglescliffe up against the best defence in the division of Acklam. If Acklam win all of their games in hand they can go to the top of this division, but Eaglescliffe will be desperate to take all three points for their own Championship aspirations this weekend. A really close game in prospect, scheduled to kick-off around 11:00am, which may just end in a draw.
Also in the Under 12 age group but this time from the seventh division, the top two sides play each other as Darlington Young Bulls welcome second placed Northallerton Juniors to their venue. Quite a bit at stake in this match and whoever wins this game will be firm favourites to end up as divisional Champions, so there is bound to be a lot of excitement for the two sets of supporters. With both sides scoring goals for fun, each having scored over 100 League goals already this season, this has to be my selection as the match of the weekend. A scheduled kick-off time of 11 o'clock for this top class fixture.
Another great looking top of the table match, this time in the Under 13 fourth division, between two sides, Leven Athletic and Whinney Banks FC, who both look certainties to be attending the end of season Presentation Events, but we don't yet know which of the two will be crowned Champions. Whinney Banks are currently nine points ahead, but Leven have two matches in hand and if they win those and gain the three points in this fixture, they will become title favourites. Leven will have to be at their very best though as, even allowing for very similar records, Whinney Banks do have the slightly better figures in both defence and attack, but this is a massive game for both sides and another where spectators should be served up a game of tremendously high quality. This fixture will also get underway around 11:00am.
We now move to the Under 18 age group and we have two matches being played this weekend which are quite simply top quality. In the second division TIBS "B" make the journey across to the Hartlepool area to play Greatham "B". Greatham are top and three points ahead of TIBS, but TIBS have an all-important game in hand. Greatham have scored the most League goals in this division, but TIBS have the best defence and this game may end up as a draw. One thing is for certain though and that is if one of these sides manages to gain the three points they will become outright favourites for the title. Another superb game in prospect, which will kick off around 1:30pm.
And, our final look ahead to the weekend also comes from the Under 18 age group, but this time from the third division, when Newton Aycliffe Juniors "Black" make the relatively short journey up to top of the table Ferryhill Town. Newton Aycliffe have made themselves favourites for the title following two successive victories last week and if they win this match they will take some stopping, but Ferryhill, until their narrow defeat last weekend to Spraire Lads, were having a fabulous season and they will know that if they gain the three points they will automatically become outright favourites. A no quarter asked or given affair in prospect, kicking off at 1:30pm, and a really mouth-watering match to finish this weeks Report on.
We have the busiest week of the season so far coming up, with around 350 fixtures scheduled as the light nights kick in and the teams all start playing catch-up from postponements which occurred over December, January and February. Many of the divisions are still wide open in terms of League honours, so exciting times ahead for many of the players and their supporters over the last five weeks of the season.