TJFA Weekly Update: 27th Nov
This weeks update
We managed to play around 50% of the scheduled matches last weekend as the rain and frozen pitches forced a number of teams to postpone. Nevertheless we still had some great matches from the ones undertaken.
We start with an excellent result for second division Wynyard Village Under 12 who, for the second successive week, managed to pull off a very useful win, this time against Darlington TSC who were joint top with Wynyard prior to this match. Just the one goal in this game, but very important it was, scored by Charlie Smith and Wynyard now extend the lead at the top to three points over TSC who have played a match more.
Darlington Young Bulls had two very impressive victories at the weekend. Firstly their Under 12 seventh division side, who were entertaining Redcar Athletic "Blue" recorded a 3-1 win to move into a menacing second place in the table, only two points behind their opponents last weekend and they have an all-important game in hand. The goal for Redcar Athletic scored by Sean Kennedy, but Joseph Backhouse, Sean Chidanyika and Matthew Tempest were all on target for the Young Bulls.
The Under 13 Darlington Young Bulls side were equally impressive as they hosted New Marske in the sixth division and won by four goals to one. Continuing to carry all before them, Young Bulls are now nine points clear at the top, although they have played a couple of games more than their closest rivals, but they remain unbeaten after eight League matches and they do look in fine form this season. The New Marske goal from Daniel Glenton, with Russel Mhlanga scoring twice for Young Bulls and Jakub Matusiak and Aaron Scarr also hitting the target. New Marske remain in joint second place following this reversal.
Whinney Banks FC continued their 100% winning start to the season with a rather comprehensive 7-0 win over Hartlepool Pools Youth in the Under 13 fourth division. Unbeaten Leven Athletic also won at the weekend to stay top, but Whinney Banks remain just one point behind and have an all-important game in hand. The "Banks" goals at the weekend from Liam Healey who netted a fine hat-trick, with Connor Fryett netting twice and Joseph Pattison and Dominic Smith also finding the back of the net.
Bishop Auckland St. Mary's "Aces" were another team to continue their run of excellent form and they quite easily managed to maintain their 100% winning start to the season as, in the Under 14 top flight, they comprehensively beat Greatham FC "A" by seven goals to two. Only the second reversal of the season for Greatham, but St. Mary's are having an excellent season and look the team the others all have to watch out for, as they moved five points clear at the top following this win. The Greatham goals both scored by Jack Hall, but Gidion Kanyondo hit a fine hat-trick for St. Mary's with Adam Dovaston, Harrison Lynch, Luke Penberthy and Liam Robson also finding the target.
Prissick Rovers are another team to be having a fine season and they kept up their 100% winning record in the Under 16 second division with an excellent 7-1 win across at Norton & Stockton Ancients at the weekend. Adam Campbell netted a hat-trick and he was ably supported by Michael Hoyland, who found the target twice, with Ross Leech and Owen Watson also scoring. The consolation goal for Norton & Stockton, who have now slipped to third in the table, came from Jordan Burnup.
Finally from last weekend, from the Under 18 third division, another team to maintain their 100% winning start to the season were Spraire Lads from Darlington who hosted Seaton Carew "Lions" and Spraire Lads now find themselves at the top of the table following a 5-1 win. The Seaton Carew goal from Kyle Robson, but Jamie Wood scored twice for Spraire Lads with their other three goals coming courtesy of Luke Fidell, Joshua McLay and Noah Robinson.
So, more great action out there again, even allowing for the very poor weather conditions which we experienced.
More League action coming up for the last playing weekend of November, with a handful of top quality matches selected.
We'll start with the Under 12 third division match between top of the table and 100% winning Guisborough Town playing hosts to second placed Marton FC "Blue". The Marton team have lost just once this season and will want to make sure Guisborough don't widen the six point margin they are currently holding. Guisborough are certain to be favourites in this match as they boast both the best attacking and defensive records in the division, but a great game in prospect which should kick-off around 11:00am.
In the Under 13 third division second placed Bishop Auckland St. Mary's make the journey across to the Hartlepool area to play third placed Seaton Carew "Tigers". St. Mary's are unbeaten at this stage, but Seaton Carew have lost just the once and, with both sides having similar scoring records, this game looks as though it could be really close. Another match which should also kick-off around 11 o'clock.
The Under 14 fifth division match between Great Ayton and Darlington RA "Locomotives" came very close to being given my match of the weekend tag, as the top two sides in this division battle it out up at Easby Lane. Both sides score goals for fun, with Great Ayton having knocked in 46 in their seven matches and Darlington RA having scored 43 times in their first six. In what could be a really exciting end to end match for any neutral supporter, this game kicks off around 1:30pm.
My selection as the match of the weekend comes from the Under 15 second division as Eaglescliffe Elementis "Whites" play hosts to Cleveland Juniors. Locked together at the top of the table with both sides boasting 100% winning records from their first six League matches this is sure to be a top quality match. Eaglescliffe have the slightly better defence at this stage, but both sides know where the back of the net is and both defences will be put under severe tests on Sunday. Just one of those games that crops up on odd weeks, where there may be no better place to be. A really terrific match to look forward to, which should also kick-off around 1:30pm.
Finally for this week, a selection from the third division in our oldest age group at Under 18 level, which also looks likely to throw up a really close end result, takes place at Newton Aycliffe, where the Newton Aycliffe Juniors "Black" outfit welcome a side just a short travelling distance away, as Spraire Lads from Darlington pay them a visit. Another two teams boasting 100% winning starts, with Spraire top of the division having won their first six League games and Newton Aycliffe Juniors three points behind after winning their first five. This should be a typical no quarter asked or given affair, with a number of players on both sides knowing each other extremely well. The excellent defence of Newton Aycliffe, which has conceded only five goals in as many games, against a more than useful attack-minded Spraire Lads side which has seen them score 34 goals in just six games. A great fixture to end this week's Report on, with this final match also scheduled to kick-off around 1:30pm.
So, much more exciting junior football action across the north east area to look forward to again this forthcoming weekend.