Another early morning trek up to Bacup for this one which was the first of the divisional cup games.
The pitch was… interesting, with 45 degree gradients in parts but the same for both teams.
With 2 late defensive withdrawals from the squad and one running late it meant Joe, Tommy and Ewan filling in.
Ciaran in the net, Joe and Ewan playing fullbacks with Saif and Tommy centre half. Bailey, Isaac, Harrison, Rahman and Jack playing across the middle and Jackson up front. Sam was on standby to cover any position needed… Sean and Rex made it just after kick off.
The first half was pretty even with one decent effort each. Whitworths came first with their lad trying to dink Ciaran who had come out to try and claim the ball. Luckily Tommy read the situation and made a goal line clearance. The chance for Royton fell to Jack who but it wasn’t hit cleanly due to a defender challenging and it bounced back off the post, Rahman was there to knock it in but smashed it high and wide.
Regular subs were being made to try and keep fresh legs for running up the hill but the half finished 0-0. A pretty even game although I think we slightly edged it.
The 2nd half got underway and all to play for. Tommy now moved up into midfield and H dropped to play alongside Saif at the back. Again, pretty even without many clear cut chances from either side but it was when Jackson was reintroduced that the game changed. 15 minutes played and he smashed on it. 1-0 to Royton. The game started to open up now and the chances were being created by Royton and Saif and H stopped everything coming their way. With 24 minutes played Ciaran knocked a big ball over the top, Jackson took his shot and went right into the bottom corner. Rex made sure and tried to claim a cheeky one but a 2nd for Jackson.
The last 10 minutes was straightforward with a couple more half chances coming but that was it. 2-0 to Royton.
Man of the match was voted by Neil this week and went to Harrison for his graft in the first half and his fine defensive display in the 2nd.
|March 23, 2019||10:30 am||North Bury Junior Football League Championship - U14's 2018/19||2018/2019||Saturday|
|Whitworth Valley Hornets U14's|
|Whitworth High School Hall St Whitworth OL12 8TS|
|Whitworth Valley U14’s||0|
|Royton Town AFC U14’s||2|