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Zetland FM's Weekly TJFA Update

A huge weekend of TJFA Cup fixtures played in both the League Cup and the Challenge Cup, plus a few rearranged League matches, which saw just short of 300 matches played across all Competitions in the League.

Third division Guisborough Town proved too strong for second division TIBS in the third round of the Under 12 League Cup, gaining an 8-1 win to progress to the next stage. The TIBS goal scored by Myles Harding, but an excellent hat-trick from Sam Innes, who was ably supported by Johnny Moore and Oliver Winspear, with both of them scoring twice. Jake Patton also found the target for Guisborough.

First division Nunthorpe Athletic also advanced to the next round of the League Cup, this time at Under 13 level, as they beat a very useful second division Stokesley FC team by three goals to one. The Nunthorpe goals from Taylor Freer, David Gofton and Lewis Wright, with Harry Walters on target for the visitors.

Also in the Under 13 League Cup a seven goal thriller was played across at Hall Drive in Acklam, as Thornaby FC paid a visit to Marton FC to play their "White" team. Marton sit proudly at the top of the first division in this age group, but were made to fight all the way in this Cup match, by a plucky Thornaby side, before securing their place in the third round of the Competition. The goals for Thornaby from Spencer Hawkins who netted twice and Thomas Rogers, but strikes from Zak Buck, Jack Dawson, Jake Jamieson and Brad Povey just enough to see Marton advance to the next round stage.

The dreaded penalty shoot-out was required in the Under 14 League Cup first round match across at Seaton Carew, as their "Lions" team drew 2-2 with Great Ayton after the match finished level and extra time had been completed. It was Seaton Carew who made it through on penalties, but this was a tremendous performance by Great Ayton who play three divisions below their hosts in this age group. The goals in this game from Clayton Jewson and George Relton for Seaton Carew "Lions", with Robert Bailey and Josh Humphrey on target for Great Ayton.

In the Under 18 League Cup the very strong Redcar Town team travelled down to Brompton Juniors and gained passage to the quarter final stage of the Competition with a really impressive 8-1 win. The Brompton goal from Charlie Watson, but Christopher Jackson scored twice for Redcar, with further goals coming from Samuel Blythman, Callum Hodgson, Lewis Mitchell, Joshua O'Donavan, Sam Parry and Adam Whyman.

Finally from the Cup ties last weekend Kader FC hosted Billingham Synthonia in the Under 14 Challenge Cup first round across at Sandy Flatts in Acklam, with Kader winning rather comfortably by five goals to one. Mitchell Langstaff was on target for the "Synners", but Jake McWilliams netted a terrific hat-trick for Kader and he was ably supported by both Azaan Mahmood and Daniel Murray who both found the target once each.

So, with most planned fixtures going ahead, we've made a pretty good start in both Cup Competitions, with the next stages of those Competitions now scheduled for the first Sunday in November.

A return to "basics" as League matches are scheduled for the next three weeks and some exciting junior games in store for all supporters across the north east.

This coming weekend sees a number of teams who boast 100% winning League records going head to head and we'll start in the Under 12 third division across in East Cleveland with what looks like a really tasty encounter between Redcar Newmarket and Guisborough Town. Both sides have won their first two matches in the League, with Guisborough scoring nine goals so far to Redcar's eight. A really close end result is anticipated, in a match where both sides will want to preserve their unbeaten records. A great game for any neutral supporter to cast an eye over, which should kick-off around 11:00.

The second fixture has to be given my tag of the game of the weekend as Marton FC "White" welcome the Spraire Lads "A" team across to Hall Drive in Middlesbrough for what looks like a superb game. Marton have so far scored 13 goals and conceded only one from their first two League games, with Spraire Lads knocking in nine goals without reply from their first two matches. A must see match and a game which really could go either way. Another 11:00am kick-off.

Polton Allstars make the lengthy journey across to Richmond Town "Royal" in the Under 15 top flight for another excellent looking League fixture. Polton won their only League game played so far, but Richmond have won both of their opening matches scoring ten goals in the process. This is a tricky match to guess the outcome of and it may be that both sides have to settle for a point apiece come the final whistle. This game should kick-off around 1:30pm.

A huge local derby across in Hartlepool on Sunday, as the St. Francis team play hosts to Pools Youth in the Under 16 fourth division. Pools Youth won their opening match by two goals to one with St. Francis yet to open their account in the League, having played in County Cups and the TJFA Cup Competitions over the first few weeks. Both sides will want the bragging rights across in Hartlepool and this will not be a match for the faint-hearted. A game scheduled to kick-of around 1:30pm

Finally for this coming Sunday, across at Thornaby Road in the Under 18 second division TIBS, who won their only League game played so far by three goals to nil, take on Brompton Juniors who have won both of their two opening matches. These two sides have pretty useful defences and are extremely well organised outfits. It wouldn't surprise me if this game was a low-scoring affair, with perhaps just the odd goal needed to capture all three points. This final previewed match should kick-off around 1:30pm.

So, back to the basics of League games this weekend, but so many tremendous fixtures scheduled to whet the appetite and to be enjoyed by people across the whole of the north east area. 

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