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This weeks update from the Teesside Junior Football Alliance

Back to basics for one week only, as we returned to full blown League action last weekend.

Leven AFC maintained their 100% start to the season at this early stage, as they travelled across to Middleton Rangers in the Under 12 third division and secured all three points with a 3-1 win. This was a very good performance by Leven, with their goals scored by Esiri Bourdillon, Nathan Hunt and Luca Mitchell. The Middleton goal was scored by Harvey Matthias. Even at the start of the season, with only a couple of League matches played, Leven are one of only three teams in this twelve team division who boast a 100% winning start.

Marton FC “White” were another team to extend their 100% record as they travelled down to Richmond Town Royal” in the Under 13 top flight and came away with the three points following a rather emphatic 6-0 win. Jack Dawson was on target twice for the visiting Marton outfit with Zak Buck, Jake Jamieson, Joe Lamb, and Brad Povey also finding the back of the net. Marton have now scored 13 goals in their first two League matches and, based on their current form, are looking certainties to be up there challenging for honours come the end of the season.

After a winning start to the season in the Under 14 fifth division a couple of weeks ago, FC North Skelton were brought back down to earth with a bit of a bump as they travelled over to Billingham to play a really strong “Synners” outfit and were on the receiving end of a 10-2 defeat, The FC North Skelton goals from Luke Dundon and Cameron Fyfe, but an excellent hat-trick from Mitchell Langstaff, with two goals apiece from both Jack Billing and Chloe Langstaff aided by further efforts from Jack Richmond, Dion Smith and Joshua Young enough to keep high-flying Billingham joint top of the table at this early stage.

Beechwood Youth have made a tremendous start to life in the second division at Under 15 after gaining promotion last season and they managed to record their second win from the two matches they have played when they narrowly beat Grangetown Boys Club by two goals to one. The Grangetown goal scored by Billy Orlopp, but Yousif Kadoum and James Welsh both on target for Beechwood who remain joint top of the division.

Finally from last weekend, the local derby in the first division at Under 18 level between Whinney Banks YCC and Kader FC was won by Kader by four goals to one. So, the bragging rights to Kader this week, with Liam Fawcett netting a fine hat-trick for them and their fourth coming courtesy of Harry Gibson. The Whinney Banks goal was scored by Shaun Raybould. A long way yet to go this season, but Kader will be delighted with the start they have made and are one of only three sides who have 100% winning records at this very early stage.

This coming weekend is predominantly a TJFA Cup weekend, although there’s a smattering of League matches which are scheduled as well. The League Cup started a couple of weeks ago and this weekend sees the continuation of that and also the start of the Challenge Cup Competition.

We start our look ahead at a few of the fixtures being played in the League Cup. 

Guisborough Town welcome TIBS across to East Cleveland in the Under 12 League Cup Competition. Guisborough have made a tremendous start to the season and sit atop the third division after winning both of their opening League fixtures. TIBS are a second division side and have won one of their two opening League matches. A really close end result is anticipated, in possibly in a goal-filled match, which should kick-off around 10:30.

In the Under 13 League Cup Competition Stokesley FC make the short journey to Nunthorpe Athletic in what looks like a mouth-watering Cup tie. Probably one of the best matches of the weekend as Stokesley, promoted from division three to division two last season, play a solid and very capable first division outfit. Stokesley have always had a useful defence, but Nunthorpe are indeed an accomplished top flight side who haven’t exactly hit the form expected of them yet and it may just be that an odd goal decides the outcome of this particular game. Another 10:30am kick-off. 

In our oldest age group at Under 18 and again from the League Cup Competition, Redcar Town make the journey down to Brompton Juniors in a third round tie. Redcar Town are an extremely useful first division outfit, but Brompton have made light work of winning both of their second division League matches and are currently in joint top position. Perhaps a little bit closer than people may think and this has to be given my match of the weekend tag. A Cup tie which should kick-off around 1:30pm. 

Finally for this coming Sunday, a Challenge Cup fixture, which should also be a tremendous advert for the game is being played across in Acklam at Under 14 level, when Kader FC play hosts to Billingham Synthonia. Kader have scored ten goals in their two opening League matches in the fourth division where they are unbeaten so far, but the “Synners” won both of their games and sit at the top of the fifth division, having scored thirteen goals in their two opening League matches. One of the best matches of the weekend in this particular Cup Competition, and a match which could be goal-filled. This one should kick-off around 1:30pm.


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