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This weeks update from the Teesside Junior Football Alliance 

The Boro’ Girls “Blue” team continued their excellent run of form in these early stages of the season and maintained their 100% winning record, as they finished with a narrow 1-0 victory in their game against Seaton Carew “Tigers” in the Under 12 sixth division. This was the first loss of points for Seaton Carew who, even allowing for this reversal, look certain to be in the mix for honours at the end of the season. The all-important goal for Boro’ Girls at the weekend scored by Sophie Wright.

Another team to maintain their very good start to the season, this time in the Under 13 second division, were Darlington Youth who, in one of two very good local derby matches across in the Darlington area at this age group, inflicted the first defeat of the season away at 21st. Allstars “A”. The Allstars goal from Ben Eeles, but a remarkable four goals from the prolific Corbyn Mitchell, already this division’s top marksman by a long way, were enough to push Darlington Youth into joint first place.

The other local derby across in Darlington in the Under 13 age group was played out of the sixth division as the Young Bulls entertained Mount Pleasant Rangers “B”. It was Darlington Young Bulls who kept up their impressive record by winning their fourth straight League game by four goals to nil. Young Bulls are now the only side in this division boasting a 100% record, as goals from Jakub Matusiak, who netted twice, Coban Colley and Russel Mhlanga were enough to see off the opposition last Sunday.

 The Great Ayton Under 14 side continues to go from strength to strength in these early stages and they were another team to keep their 100% winning record intact as they hosted Ferryhill Town in the fifth division and secured a 4-1 win. Goals from Danny Collins, Alec Douglas, Josh Humphrey and Kurt Thurlow were enough to keep Great Ayton joint top of the division alongside Darlington RA “Locomotives” who also won last weekend. The consolation goal for Ferryhill, who have now slipped to fifth in the table, scored by Josh Gamsby. 

Finally from the League fixtures last weekend and this time in the Under 18 third division, in what was billed as being a no quarter asked or given local derby across in Hartlepool, the points were shared, not entirely surprisingly given these two sides early season records, as Seaton Carew “Lions” played hosts to Stranton FC and, in an entertaining match, the final result ended 2-2. Kyle Robson netted twice for Seaton Carew with both William Kidd and Paul Marshall on target for Stranton. Congratulations to the Match Official in this game, as Jez Lambert, a very experienced Referee, attained top marks from both of the competing management teams. Always nice to report on high-scoring Match Officials and top scores from teams usually mean the Match Official has been able to enjoy the game also. So, a really pleasing way to finalise this review of a handful of results from last weekend.

More of the same we hope this coming weekend, with yet more high profile matches in store.

In the Under 12 fifth division Barnard Castle make the journey across to the East coast as they travel to play Whitby Fishermens on Sunday. Whitby are unbeaten so far having won three of their four League matches and drawing the other, but they face top of the table and 100% Barnard Castle who look like a really decent outfit this season. Indeed Barnard Castle have already scored 35 goals in their first four League games whilst conceding only 4 and they are likely to be favourites to win this game. The defence of Whitby, which has been quite effective this season, will have to be at it’s very best to stop the marauding visiting forwards at the weekend, in a game which should kick-off around 11:00am.

The two highest scoring fourth division sides meet up in the Under 13 age group as Whinney Banks FC travel the relatively short distance to play TIBS “Yellow”. So far both teams have scored goals for fun with TIBS netting no fewer than 22 in their opening three games and Whinney Banks scoring 26 times from their first four. The Whinney Banks defence is having a sensational time though and has conceded only one goal so far. A close match in prospect, but Whinney Banks may just have the edge in what should be a great advert for the junior game. Kick-off will be around 11:00am.

My selection as the match of the weekend comes from the second division at Under 15 level, when Stokesley FC play Eaglescliffe Elementis “White”. Stokesley have played only one League match so far this season, but won that rather convincingly by seven goals to nil. Eaglescliffe are currently top of the division having won all three of their opening League matches and this match has all the makings of being a tremendously exciting affair. A really difficult match to predict the outcome of, but definitely one to whet the appetite and a great fixture for any neutral supporter. This game should kick-off around 1:30pm.

Into the Under 16 fourth division, where top of the table and unbeaten after winning their first four matches in the League Ferryhill Town travel across to Hartlepool to play a St. Francis outfit who have won both their opening two fixtures. The St. Francis defence looks capable of keeping forwards at bay, having conceded only once in those two games, but Ferryhill know where the back of the net is having scored 21 times in those four matches. A difficult match in terms of predicting the outcome and it may be that both sides have to settle for a point apiece at the final whistle. Another 1:30pm kick-off.

Finally for this forthcoming Sunday, from our oldest age group at Under 18 and in the second division, TIBS welcome Hartlepool FC across to their venue for what is likely to be a no quarter asked or given affair. Both sides with 100% winning records with Hartlepool having won their first four and TIBS their first three League games. With Hartlepool’s proven firepower against a more than capable TIBS defence, it may be that an odd goal is enough to claim the three points on Sunday. We’ll have to wait and see! This final previewed match should also kick-off around 1:30pm. 

So, more exciting fixtures to look forward to again in the League this weekend.

Chris Ord, League Secretary, Teesside Junior Football Alliance. 2015/2016

 


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