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Best Bradford Park Avenue efforts can’t deny Cleckheaton
A mid-table Huddersfield RCD League under-tens battle between Bradford Park Avenue and Cleckheaton went the way of the visitors 4-2 despite a best display of the season by their Horsfall hosts.
An own goal gave Avenue the lead but their excellent play did not yield further reward as Cleckheaton took control to move 3-1 ahead.
The efforts of goalkeeper Aiden Stevens were unable to prevent a fourth goal after the interval but Avenue were finally able to celebrate again when Jack Wilkinson scored a late consolation.
Wyke Wanderers under-nines A took all three points with a 3-0 win at home to Dalton.
Wyke had to wait until the second half to break the deadlock, with Jacob Smith on target, and Jack Leach followed it up with a brace.
The B team were not so fortunate, losing 4-1, with Logan Jean-Jacques netting for Wyke.
Max Paterson and Ben Cockcroft were also on target, while Alfie Turner was named man of the match.
Baildon Dynamos under-tens turned on the style against Scholemoor.
Will Robinson scored a hat-trick, there were two goals apiece for captain Louis Turner, Courbon Carr and man of the match Denon Sokee, with Charlie Menzies and Louis Anderson also scoring in an 11-0 win.
BPA Lizards and Schole-moor Tigers – first and second in the under-12s Blue division respectively – faced up to each other in a battle royal at Scholemoor.
A larger than average crowd packed along the side of the pitch for what could prove to be the title decider.
Both teams stood tall and fought for every ball, with the Lizards taking the lead through Lewis Melvin from 20 yards out.
With seconds to go before half-time the Tigers levelled after a corner was met with a salmon-like leap to force the ball home.
The second half remained close as these heavyweights continued to slug it out.
Finally, a delightful chip from Cameron Brewster glided into the top corner of the Tigers’ net.
With five minutes left Alex Gibson dribbled past two defenders and slotted the ball home to make the final score 3-1 to Lizards, who ended their rivals’ long un-beaten run.
Lizards moved on to 15 wins out 15, needing only four more points to lift the title for a third year in a row.
Albion Sports under-eights dominated large parts of their game against Long Lee and in the end were worthy 6-4 winners.
Man of the match Casey Breaks worked tirelessly and was rewarded with a hat-trick. Sohail Mahmood scored two and Raushan Sandhu grabbed the other.
Westwood Jets under-tens overcame a physical BPA Raptors side 8-0 with goals from Liam Wilkinson (3), Lewis Dunn (3), Andy Hewitson and Jack Clarkson.
Silsden are six points behind but have two games in hand, while Keighley are seven behind Westwood with two games in hand.
With both teams fighting for third place, BD5 FC under-nines came away from their trip to Horsforth Chargers with an accomplished 2-0 victory.
The goals came in the second half, with Adam Terre-longe netting his 11th of the season and Ashdon Hibbert scoring with a precise finish from the edge of the box.
Hassan Bashir kept Hors-forth at bay with some excellent defending.
In the Craven League, BPA Eagles under-12s got their League Cup campaign off to a flying start with a 6-2 win over Calverley.
Man of the match Eisa Faulding punished a half-cleared corner by firing through a crowded penalty area.
Calverley’s vulnerability from corners was exposed again when Josh Barrett’s kick was flicked on by Jack Holroyd for Zack Sangster to finish at the back post.
The visitors pulled a goal back in the second half when they converted from a corner and scored again following a mistake. But BPA soon regrouped and wrestled back control of the game when Kian Hutchinson made it 4-2 with a simple tap-in.
The game was finally put out of reach of the visitors when Holroyd finish clinically for his second of the match. He went on to complete his hat-trick thanks to an almost identical goal, with Hutchinson again the provider.
BPA Juniors under-14s A beat Calverley Juniors 4-2 after playing some of their best football of the season.
The win sees them remain on course for third spot in the league.
Ollie Raistrick gave the Calverley defence a torrid time, his cross falling to Billy Enoch, who made it 1-0.
Raistrick made it 2-0 before Calverley pulled a goal back with a deflected shot.
BPA stepped it up another gear after the break and they increased their lead through Raistrick.
Calverley kept the pressure on by scoring again but Enoch got his second of the game with a delightful lob to secure the points.
There were defiant defensive performances from Luke Taylor, captain Ewan Pyrah, Connor Barley, Connor Russell and Mohammed Saqib. Man of the match was Kayode Ajayi.