TJFA Weekly Update: 14th Jan 2016
The latest news and results from the TJFA
Only a small percentage of matches possible last weekend as the rain continued to fall and we managed to play only 47 games from the 295 scheduled.
Nevertheless, we'll start the report with the game in the Under 13 third division which saw Polton Allstars win their first League match of this campaign as they travelled across to Great Ayton, who were also looking for their first win, with Polton eventually winning by four goals to two. Charlie Tierney was on target twice for Great Ayton, but a double from Gus Glass and further strikes from Francis Adou and Sam Mason enough to secure Polton's first win of the season.
In the Under 14 top flight Bishop Auckland "Aces" held on to their impressive 100% winning record and secured their seventh straight victory when they travelled over to New Marske and won by three goals to one. Quite a good performance by New Marske whose goal was scored by Liam Williams, but Tom Aldsworth, Harrison Lynch and Liam Robson all hit the target for the Bishop "Aces" and they have now stretched their lead at the top of the division to eight points.
A tremendous performance by Primrose Hill as they visited Boro' Rangers in the Under 16 first division at the weekend and held the team in joint second place to a 2-2 scoreline. The Primrose Hill goalscorers were Jamie Leeming and Lewis Lyons, with James Grabham and Tom Joynes finding the target for Boro' Rangers.
In the Under 16 second division, another team who managed to secure their first League win of the season were Richmond Town as they played across at Top Corner Sports on the Trunk Road and came away with all three points following a close fought 3-2 win. A great performance this by Richmond against the third placed side who are the divisions top goalscorers. The two goals for Polton scored by Shane Myers and Adam Rymer, but Dan Diamond netted a double for Richmond with Shayne Ketley weighing in with their third.
Normanby United "Orange" kept tabs on the League leaders in the Under 16 third division as they travelled across to Stockton to play the West End side and emerged victorious following a 4-2 win. This Normanby side are going well this season and look certain to be in the shake-up towards the end of the season when the silverware is awarded. Harry Brown and Jack Lees on target for Stockton West End but two goals for Josh Simpson and further goals from Tom Keogh and Lewis Tuckey enough to keep Normanby just a couple of points behind the League leaders at this stage.
Finally, from a decimated fixture list last weekend and again from the Under 16 age group, another side to gain their first victory were Nunthorpe Athletic "B" who were playing hosts to Eaglescliffe Elementis in the fourth division. The three points not quite enough to move Nunthorpe off the bottom position but this win will have given their confidence a huge boost. The Eaglescliffe Elementis goals from Charlie Eggleston and Jack Walton, but Jake Heslop scored a tremendous hat-trick for Nunthorpe "B" with their fourth goal scored by Isaac Wappat.
So, another poor weekend in terms of the numbers of fixtures played and we now have quite a severe backlog. We just hope the rain which has caused chaos over the past month or so relents sufficiently this week to allow us to get back on course in terms of fixture fulfilment.
For the upcoming fixtures, we start in the Under 12 seventh division where second placed Darlington Young Bulls welcome top of the table Northallerton Juniors to their venue. Northallerton have yet to lose this season and are this divisions highest goalscorers, having scored 91 times in just 10 matches in the League. Young Bulls are themselves having an impressive season though, having lost just once in their first ten games and they are certainly not goal shy with them finding the target sixty times already. It may be that the points have to be shared in what could be an entertaining and end to end match at the weekend. Kick-off is scheduled for 11:00am.
A cracking match in store up at Broughton Road, as Stokesley play hosts to Darlington Youth in the Under 13 second division. Two very good sides on display with Stokesley currently top, although having played two games more than Darlington who are only three points behind. This is a really high quality division this season and a close end result in prospect in another match which should kick off around 11:00am.
Fourth division Redcar Athletic make the trip down the east coast to Whitby to play Fishburn Park in the top match at Under 14 level. Redcar are currently top of this division, but only three points ahead of the 100% winning Fishburn side who have two games in hand. A win for Fishburn will put them firmly in the driving seat for Championship honours and Redcar will know that nothing less than a point will do on Sunday if they are to prevent Fishburn going top and becoming the outright favourites for the title. A close end result in prospect with Fishburn perhaps the slight favourites to gain the three points this weekend. This game has a scheduled kick off time of 1:30pm.
Moving into the Under 16 age group, a mouth-watering match is scheduled in the fourth division over at Easby Lane, as third placed Great Ayton play hosts to second in the table Middleton Rangers. This has to be given my tag as the match of the weekend, as the best attack in this division of Great Ayton which has seen them score 44 goals in just eight matches, plays against a very useful Middleton defence which has conceded only 9 goals in their first eight League matches. Both sides have lost just one match each at this stage and a draw, which would keep them both firmly in the hunt for silverware, looks the best bet in a game scheduled to kick-off at 1:30pm.
Finally for this forthcoming Sunday a terrific fixture in the Under 18 top flight as second placed Greatham FC "A" play hosts to top of the table and unbeaten Billingham Juniors. Easily the best attack in this division of Billingham against a tremendous Greatham defence which has conceded only 5 goals in as many games. A real no quarter asked or given affair where a win for either will see them top the division at the final whistle. An end result too close to call and this final previewed match will also kick off around 1:30pm.
So, we begin 2016 with the long run in to the season end in May with more exciting and eagerly anticipated matches scheduled, starting with a number of those this forthcoming weekend.
Chris Ord, League Secretary