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News of the league cup and the rest of this weeks TJFA latest news

The start of the TJFA League Cup Competition last weekend where 289 matches were played to a conclusion and those failing to win their respective games will now drop into the secondary Challenge Cup Competition. The winners will look ahead to the next stage of the Competition where the matches will be played over the first weekend of October.

The League Cup tie, which was selected last week as possibly being the game of the week, certainly didn't disappoint. In the Under 13 Competition Marton FC "White" travelled across to Darlington to play Spraire Lads "A" and won a ten goal thriller by six goals to four. Ellis Creighton, Adem Kuzgun, Brandon Mallaburn and Jack Myers all on target for Spraire Lads, but a brilliant hat-trick by Bobby Rye and further strikes from Jake Jamieson, Joe Lamb and Brad Povey were enough to ease Marton into the second round stage.

The League Cup match between Stockton West End and Nunthorpe Athletic "A" at Under 12 level required the dreaded penalty shoot-out to determine the winner, after the scores were locked at 1-1 after extra time. The goals in the game from Matthew Bond for Stockton West End, with Daniel Kukielka on target for Nunthorpe, with Stockton West End gaining passage into the second round after the penalty kicks were completed. A great performance from Stockton, who play out of two divisions below their rivals in this age group.

As was also expected, the derby match between Thirsk Falcons "Blue" and Northallerton Juniors threw up yet another close end result in the Under 14 League Cup first round, with Northallerton edging through to the next stage following a narrow 2-1 win. The Thirsk goal scored by Jack Crawford, with Frankie Jones and Ryan Wells on target for the visitors who will now have the bragging rights over the course of this week.

Finally from the Cup matches played last weekend we close out the results Report with the Under 16 second round match played between Hartlepool St. Francis and Boro' Rangers which was won, quite comfortably, by the visitors by five goals to nil. So, Boro' Rangers now advance to the third round stage of the Competition courtesy of goals from Charlie Marshall who netted twice, with James Grabham, Tom Joynes and Conrad McCormick also finding the target.

We return to League action this coming weekend, with nearly 340 matches scheduled across all age groups.

We start our look ahead at five fixtures being played this weekend, starting in the Under 12 age group with what appears an excellent fixture, as two teams who won their opening League matches in the third division meet up across in Darlington, where Middleton Rangers play hosts to Leven AFC. Always tricky at this early stage of the season to guess the likely outcome of matches, but both sides appear to have useful defences and this game may just end up as a low scoring draw. Kick-off will be around 11:00am.

In the Under 13 top flight Richmond Town "Royal" take on Marton FC "White". Both teams had excellent starts to their League campaigns, with Marton scoring seven times and Richmond knocking in four without reply in their respective matches a couple of weeks ago. Both teams ended last season in the top four places, with Richmond gaining the Championship runners-up position. Yet again a match which will probably throw up a very close end result and another 11:00 o'clock kick-off.

FC North Skelton made a good start to their League season with an opening 4-3 win in the Under 14 fifth division and they make the journey up to Billingham to play the "Synners" on Sunday. Billingham also made a bright start in the League with a narrow 3-2 win in their opener and this match could produce another very close end result on Sunday in a game which should kick-off around 1:30pm.

Promoted Beechwood FC made a fine start to their season in the Under 15 second division after securing the Championship of the third division last year, winning their opening match by eight goals to one. They may find things a little tougher this weekend as they play hosts to Grangetown Boys Club who got their season off to a great start scoring three goals without reply a couple of weeks ago. Possibly the game of the weekend, which is scheduled to kick off around 1:30pm.

Finally for this coming Sunday, a fixture very close to being billed as the match of the weekend is taking place over at Sandy Flatts in Acklam. A tremendous local derby in the Under 18 first division between Whinney Banks YCC and Kader FC. Both sides made great starts to their League seasons with neither conceding a goal in their respective openers. Whinney Banks netted five times and Kader hit the target seven times a couple of weeks ago. Both sets of players will know each other very well and there will be no quarter asked or given as these two very strong teams go head to head. Not one to miss if you are in that area of Middlesbrough on Sunday and a great way to sign off the fixtures side of this Report.

Briefly with the Middlesbrough v Leeds United match being scheduled for Sunday, it is possible some of the competing teams may amicably switch the time of their kick-offs to suit. Nevertheless, another great weekend of junior football in store right across the area in the TJFA.

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