Junior Round-Up - Sunday 25 September
Sunday saw all five of the Boro junior sides in action in the Hull and District Youth Football League. Here's how they got on.
Scarborough Athletic 2-4 Flinton Flyers
Scarborough Athletic Under-12s sponsored by Vanguard Caravan Services
The first home game for the new Under 12s, and the pitch was looking great at Bramcote School on a bright morning.
The game started at a frantic pace with both teams putting each other under pressure with no time for anyone on the ball. Boro managed to win two early corners but weren't able to chisel out a clear chance except for a long range shot by Taylor which went wide.
Flinton looked well organised with their left sided midfielder looking dangerous, and following a good build up,'got in behind Boro's defence but shot wide.
It was Boro that would take the lead however, following a mistake by the Flinton goalie, Bevan was first to react and did well to turn into the net with defenders converging.
One thing Boro had lacked last week was some composure in centre midfield, but started out this week looking to play more shorter passes with Jack at the heart of it.
Boro nearly added a second, following a free kick from Taylor which was met on the volley by Camo, but a good save by the Flinton keeper kept out the shot, and the rebound from Frazer went narrowly wide.
Flinton finished the half strongly, with a good shot going wide and then the equaliser, catching Boro's defence wide open, and led to a composed finish.
1-1 at half time but looked like more goals were likely in the second half.
Boro were fast to start again, Frazer kept a ball in down the right, laid it back to Tyson, whose measures cross was met by Camo but his shot hit the post.
Flinton then started to mark their authority on the game as Boro started to give the ball away unnecessarily in dangerous areas. The warning signs were there when a shot was narrowly deflected over, but then a goal which was forced home past Will defending on the line. His vain attempt to save it with his hand brought about a stern warning from the very good referee.
Flinton then had a goal disallowed after Boro's goalie Charles was impeded, but Flinton soon made it 1-3 after Boro again gave the ball away cheaply.
Two good saves by Charles, palming over and then turning a shot on to the crossbar kept Boro in the game, and then on the break, a long ball over the top by Will was turned goal-wards by Josh to give Boro still a glimmer of hope with the clock counting down.
Unfortunately as Boro pressed for the equaliser, Flinton broke away to add an easy goal to make the final score line 2-4.
Lots of positives again to take away from the game, with improved passing, but giving the ball away too many times was costly. Some great individual skill was also shown from quite a lot of the lads, but holding on to the ball just a bit too long led to promising moves breaking down.
It seems a great spirit amongst the lads and coaches, and doesn't look long until the first win comes to further increase that spirit.
Scarborough Athletic 1-2 AFC Tickton Terriers
Scarborough Athletic Under-13s open the scoring against AFC Tickton Terriers
Scarborough Athletic Under-13s were unlucky to lose out in a tight encounter against AFC Tickton Terriers.
After hitting the crossbar early on with a thundering shot from distance, Boro took the lead as a cross from the left was turned in at the near post.
Tickton equalised before half-time to make it 1-1 at the break, but a goal midway through the second half sealed the 3 points for the Terriers.
AFC Tickton Warriors 2-3 Scarborough Athletic
Scarborough Athletic Under-14s delivered a much improved performance to beat AFC Tickton Warriors 3-2.
Despite finding themselves 2-0 down at the break, Boro stuck to their task to score three second-half goals and turn the game on it's head.
The remarkable comeback was achieved thanks to two goals from Marcus O'Flanagan, with Max McNiven also on target as the Under-14s claimed a first win of the season!
Scarborough Athletic 2-1 Driffield Pumas
Scarborough Athletic Under-15s entertained Driffield in their latest HBSFL league encounter on the carpet that is Bramcote playing field!
In what for the past few seasons has been the closest thing Athletic have to a local 'derby', these games are always fiercely contested with all 22 players on the pitch giving their all and todays game was no exception.
Driffield were quickly out of the blocks and had the first opportunities early on but neither effort tested Cameron Anderson in the Athletic goal.
Athletic were soon into the game and forced a couple of corners, one of which George Walmsley got on the end of only to see his header slip narrowly wide of the post.
Midway through the half a through ball caught out the Athletic back four and the Driffield striker gleefully placed the ball past the stranded Anderson, 1-0 to the visitors and cue excitement from the away section of the large Bramcote crowd!
This seemed to galvanise the Athletic boys and a slide-rule pass from George Bramham set up Dan Simpson with a 1 on 1 against the keeper, but the keeper got a hand to Simpson's goalbound effort which then went out for yet another corner.
Soon after, Harry Coldbeck set up Brad Smith but his 25 yarder hit the top of the crossbar and bounced down into the hands of a very relieved Driffield keeper.
At the half-time whistle the Athletic boys could have been forgiven for thinking that this was going to be one of those days, but one thing this team seems to be learning about is resilience and the spirit that goes with it. One thing you have to do with this very hard working Driffield team is match them and in the second half Athletic certainly did that.
Soon chances were starting to flow as Zam Deans was having another fine game on the left, feeding Walmsley who beat his man just inside the box, turned sharply only to see his shot shave the wrong side of the post.
Deans would have the next chance when played in by Nathan Parker but the defender made a great goal saving tackle before Deans could get his shot away.
The equaliser did come 15 minutes after the break when Dan Simpson played in Walmsley who beat the keeper to the ball and placed the ball into an empty net.
Some of the Athletic play was very pleasing on the eye with some good moves between Simpson, Jaydan Hindle, Coldbeck and Smith. The winning goal came midway through the half after one of these moves, with the ball finding its way to Walmsley on the right. His cross found an unmarked Deans at the far post who slotted it into the corner of the net to make it 2-1 to Boro.
Just to show that Driffield were very much still in the game the away team spurned one glorious chance of an equaliser when they missed an open goal.
As time ran down Finlay Marsh, who was having a great game at centre half, had one rasping effort that shaved the crossbar and Harry Coldbeck went close with another shot from the edge of the box.
Driffield's last chance came when Anderson saved a close range shot and secured with it three well earned points from a cracking match.
Hessle Sporting Spitfires 7-3 Scarborough Athletic
Scarborough Athletic Under-16s started the season with a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Hessle Sporting Spitfires.
Athletic started brightly and took the lead when James Skelton showed good composure to chip over the advancing keeper.
The Spitfires were not behind for long though and quickly equalised, but Owen Wilson regained the lead for Boro with a superb header from a pin point Sam Pattison cross. Hessle again responded and equalised before the break to make it 2-2 at half-time in a closely fought first half.
The second half was a completely different story, as Boro struggled to get going. The Spitfires scored five goals to run out comfortable 7-3 winners in the end. Athletic did add a third goal through what looked like an own goal following a goalmouth scramble, did it could not save them from a heavy defeat.
Cup Draw made
The draw has been made for the First Round of the Hull and District Youth Football League KO Cup ⚽️
Ties to be played on Saturday 9 October
U12 - Elloughton Blackburn v Scarborough Athletic
U13 - Hessle Sporting Cobras v Scarborough Athletic
U14 - Scarborough Athletic v Burlington Jackdaws
U15 - East Riding Rangers v Scarborough Athletic
U16 - Bye to 2nd Round