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Sunday Under 12's (Sheffield & District)...

Manager: Joe Higgins 01246 555741 - 07841 718044
joe42w@aol.com
Assistant Manager: Mick Waller
Match Arranger: Craig Barker 07843 094415 - 01246 452280
Ground: Stand Road Park
League: Sheffield and District Junior Sunday League Division B


Team Information

Kit Sponsor: Coverworld Uk Ltd
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Raincoat Sponsor: Boniface Engineering Ltd
Honours:

2010 - Brinsworth Whitehill Tournament Winners
2010 - Ashover Tournament Winners
2010 - Wingerworth JSA Tournament Runners-up
2010 - Codnor Tournament Winners
2010 - Greasbrough Youth Tournament Winners
2010 - Inaugral Hepthorne Lane Tournament Runners-up
2009 -
Devon and Exeter Tournament Winners
2008 -
Devon and Exeter Tournament Winners & Runners-up
2008 - Friends of Stand Road Park Winners & Runners-up

2007/08 - Sheffield & District Junior League Division W Winners
2007/08 -
League Cup Runners-up,
2007/08 - Rowsley League Runners-up

2007 - Devon and Exeter Tournament Winners
2007 - Chesterfield Town Tournament and Runners-up
2007 -
Friends of Stand Road Park Runners-up
2006 - Dronfield Town Tournament Winners

u12 Squad

Andrew Davies Elliott Barker James Beardow Nathan White
Bradley Preece Elliot Mills Liam Bath Ryan Blacklaws
Danny Bagshaw Jacob Higgins Liam Waller Will Pattison
Danny Jagger Jake Lees

Fixtures & Results 2010/11

2010
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5 Sept H Thorncliffe Colts W 3-2 Danny B. Elliott B, Liam B  
12 Sept H Brampton Rovers W 5-0 Elliott B 2, Andrew, James, Liam B  
19 Sept A Darfield W 3-1 Elliott B 2, Danny J  
26 Sept A Sheffield Sixes L 2-3 Danny J, Danny B

3 Oct H Redfearns L 2-3 Elliott B, Danny J,  
10 Oct H Wickersley Youth D 3-3 Liam B, James, Liam W

17 Oct H Bramley Sunnyside
League Cup 1st Round
W 8-0 Liam B 3, Danny J 3, Danny B, Elliott B  
24 Oct A Wisewood D 3-3 Danny B 2, Elliott B,  
31 Oct A Dodworth MW W 3-1 Liam W, Liam B, Danny J

7 Nov H Crosspool W 5-3 Elliott B 2, Liam W, Danny B, Danny J

14 Nov H Sheffield Rangers W 5-1 Danny B 3, Liam B 2

21 Nov A Thorncliffe Juniors
League Cup 2nd Round
L 1-2 Liam W

2011  
2 Jan H Sheffield Sixes L 2-6 Danny J, Danny B
9 Jan A Redfearns L 1-2 Danny J  
16 Jan A Wickersley Youth D 3-3 Elliott B 3  
23 Jan H Wisewood L 4-7 Danny B, Elliott B, Will  
30 Jan H Dodworth MW W 6-1 Will 3, Liam B 2, James  
6 Feb A Crosspool L 2-5 Danny J, Jake  
13 Feb A Sheffield Rangers W 3-1 Danny J, Liam B, James  
27 Feb A Thorncliffe Colts W 2-1 James, Jake  
6 Mar A Stocksbridge Park Steels L 2-3 James 2  
13 Mar A Brampton Rovers W 2-1 Danny J, Jake  
20 Mar H Darfield L 2-4 Danny B, Jake  
27 Mar H Stocksbridge Park Steels L 3-4 Danny J, Danny B, Elliott  

Goalscorers

Elliott B 15 Will 4
Danny J 14 Liam W 4
Danny B 14 Jake 4
Liam B 12 Andrew 1
James 7    


27 Mar H Stocksbridge Park Steels L 3-4 Danny J, Danny B, Elliott
An exciting end to end thriller saw us finish our season with a narrow defeat to Steels on their first ever visit to Stand Road. We got off to the worst possible start by conceding a soft goal before a minute had been played but took the game to Steels and from Liam Waller's free kick Danny Jagger controlled the ball before slipping the equaliser past the goalie after 8 minutes. Four minutes later Will Pattison returned a long clearance with interest and Elliott Barker cleverly left the ball for Danny Bagshaw to brilliantly lob the onrushing 'keeper and put us into the lead. Unfortunately it became 2 - 2 with still only a quarter of an hour on the clock as we conceded a free kick in the centre circle and then did not react to the flick on giving Steels' centre forward an easy chance to equalise. However we regained the lead on 21 minutes with James Beardow's customary excellent delivery from a corner on the left being headed powerfully into goal by Elliott Barker - two minutes later we were level once more when again we didn't react to a long throw in being flicked on and we reached half time at 3 - 3.
The second half saw both sides have chances to score without particularly playing good football and the game appeared to be destined to end even when with 5 minutes remaining we defended sloppily again when with only 2 attacking players in our area at a corner Steels centre forward completed his hat-trick when he headed in unopposed. Still we had chances to equalise, most notably when Danny B couldn't possibly miss but was blatantly pushed over in the act of tapping the ball over the line with the referee unsighted, and again from Danny J's 30 yarder.
A frustrating end to a season which started with so much promise with only the consolation of finishing in the top half of the table in a very competitive division. I must pay tribute to the smallest playing squad in the league - only 13 players - some of whom have played in unfamiliar positions but have always given their all and played their best even occasionally through injury and illness.

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20 Mar H Darfield L 2-4 Danny B, Jake
Sometimes end of season games where neither side has anything to play for manage to provide a feast of entertaining football - sadly that wasn't the case this morning!
After a bright start where we penned Darfield in their own penalty area for the first 15 minutes we scored the opening goal via the tried and trusted method of Will Pattison's long throw being met by the head of Jake Lees in a replica of last week's winner against Brampton. Unfortunately we then seemed to ease off and struggled to impose ourselves for the remainder of the match; we conceded a soft equaliser on 23 minutes when a free kick was floated into our area and we failed to challenge as the ball ran free to Darfield's top scorer who gave Elliot Mills no chance. Before half time we still had a couple of chances to regain the lead from Elliott Barker's heading on Will's long throws and a spectacular volley from Dan Bagshaw which just cleared the crossbar.
However on a bumpy and uneven surface we couldn't get any passing rhythm and conceded a second goal 10 minutes into the second half. We did improve for the next few minutes and as Danny Jagger cut in from the left and let fly Danny Bagshaw instinctively headed the ball out of the goalie's reach for the equaliser. DJ turned saviour 2 minutes later when he made a miraculous acrobatic goal-line clearance as Darfield looked to regain the lead. This seemed to be the signal for the match to peter out to a draw but disaster struck twice in the final 2 minutes when from a Darfield corner the ball somehow squirmed over the line to put us 2 - 3 down and almost from the kick off a long punt forward was latched onto by the visitor's lone forward and as we hesitated he completed his hat-trick with a shot from the edge of the box.
Although we didn't do enough to merit winning we still feel a little unlucky not to have taken a point from our penultimate match and must look forward to our final game of the season against Stocksbridge Park Steels at Stand Road next Sunday where we shall hope to play better football.
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13 Mar A Brampton Rovers W 2-1 Danny J, Jake
This eagerly anticipated local derby was watched by a crowd of over 100 spectators and was contested brilliantly by both teams; all the players must take great credit for playing a hugely competitive fixture with true sportsmanship and without a single naughty challenge.
It was obvious that the home team were fired up and attacked from the kick off, pressing us back into our area for most of the opening exchanges; a goal disallowed for offside preceeded 2 great opportunities for Brampton to take the lead as hesitancy in our defence presented Rovers with clear scoring chances - the first was brilliantly blocked by Elliot Mills sprinting off his line to smother the shot before a moment later we were fortunate to escape as the attempted lob into the empty net just missed the near post. It took fully 20 minutes for us to mount any real attack - Elliott Barker at last escaped his marker and beat 2 men as he surged into the box before showing great maturity to calmly pick out the supporting run of Danny Jagger who gave us the lead. More pressure from Brampton ensued and just as we looked to take a lead into the break a speculative shot from the edge of the box floated over Elliot into the net to restore parity.

The second half followed a similar pattern with tigerish tackling from the Rovers' midfield ensuring our defenders worked overtime to limit our hosts to a few half chances, one of which was cleared off the line by Jacob Higgins when the ball hit him on the back and flew over the bar. As the game entered the final quarter we finally rested the initiative and started to ask questions of the Rovers defence; from one of Elliott's runs a thumping challenge from Brampton's centre half deflected off our attacker but the referee awarded us the throw in. Will's exocet was met perfectly by the tireless Jake Lees whose back header bounced into the far corner of the net to give us the lead for a second time. The final 6 minutes were played out in a frantic end to end fashion as Brampton pressed for the equaliser while we counter attacked without either side creating any clear cut openings. As the whistle blew to end the game we reflected on a very hard working performance from Bradley Preece and Liam Bath in the centre midfield while Jake's tremendous discipline having been given a particular task to do saw him still find time to notch the winner for the 2nd time in 3 matches. Although our defenders never appeared too comfortable they showed great resolve in making sure that Brampton did not manage to create any clear chances after the break, so well done lads.

The referee congratulated both teams on a brilliant advert for local football played in a sporting spirit. This result confirms we will finish in the top half of the table while if Brampton show the same attitude in their remaining matches they will surely gather enough points to avoid relegation.

Kind regards from a very happy manager!
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6 Mar A Stocksbridge Park Steels L 2-3 James 2
We were disappointed to find our first ever fixture against these opponents had to be played on an awful schools pitch with a ridiculous slope. The first half was an end to end game with both sides showing great determination but the conditions limiting good football. After the first quarter of the game Will Pattison's long throw caused confusion in the area and a defensive header was superbly volleyed into the roof of the goal by James Beardow with a very rare left footer. As so often happens in football, the other side then equalised within a minute when the ball broke to a player who slotted home from a suspiciously offside position. Directly from the kick off James then had the goalie struggling as he tipped a long ranger onto the crossbar.
The second half followed a similar pattern although the home side created better and more clear cut chances and after 6 minutes would have taken the lead but for a breathtaking save by the alert Elliot Mills to block a point blank piledriver. My only surprise was that The Cat failed to hold onto the rocket shot - we'll have to work on that at training. Just as most of us were thinking there would be no more goals we were struck 2 cruel blows in 2 minutes - with 10 minutes remaining we failed to clear our lines and the ball deflected to a Steels forward who scored from close range, before in their next visit to our area the winger's attempted cross looped into the far corner of the net to give our hosts a 3 - 1 lead. Still we did not give up and pressed on with an extra forward to pressure Steels who to their credit defended very well. With 4 minutes to go James Beardow chased the ball near the corner flag and, spotting the goalie off his line, brilliantly chipped the ball into the net to register his second goal.
In truth we didn't really look like getting the equaliser but we were delighted that the lads showed great determination and spirit. James Beardow was Man of the Match not only for his goals but he always looked dangerous and has added workrate to his game.

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27 Feb A Thorncliffe Colts W 2-1 James B, Jake
I watched a game yesterday afternoon where one team had the lion's share of possession and 90% of the pressure without creating many clear chances, whereas the other team defended magnificently with the goalkeeper making several superb saves while his team-mates tackled, headed and blocked everything thrown at them. No, I am not talking about the League Cup Final, but about our visit to Thorncliffe Colts who are mounting a challenge for promotion and who were fired up from the start to throw everything at us. Playing against the wind we found it difficult to get out of our own half as Colts pressed constantly from the kick off and were rewarded after 14 minutes when a free kick on the left was crossed perfectly into the far top corner for the opening goal. We finally got a foot hold and adjusted better to the positional changes we had made; from Bradley Preece's interception and Danny Jagger's pass Liam Bath was through but stopped in the act of shooting with a strong challenge which could have resulted in a spot kick on another day. However the referee was in no doubt after 21 minutes when Jake Lees won the ball in midfield and surged through the mud to release Liam who was again upended as he prepared to score. Up stepped James Beardow to smash the resultant penalty into the net for his 3rd goal in 4 games since changing position and we turned around level.
The second half was, if anything, more one sided as we simply could not escape from our own half but nevertheless displayed great determination and perseverance and stubbornly refused to buckle; attack after attack was launched with a succession of corners caught or even punched by Elliot "Teflon" Mills, ably assisted by Jacob Higgins, Liam Waller, Will Pattison, Andrew Davies and Ryan Blacklaws at the back. In one of our rare sorties into opposition territory midway through the second half an excellent move involving Elliott Barker's surging run down the right, Danny Jagger's turn and pass and Danny Bagshaw's lay off, the tireless Man of the Match Jake Lees timed his run to slot what proved to be the winner with quarter of the game still to play.
I genuinely felt sympathy for Jonny and his players but was delighted with the tremendous effort we put in today to record consecutive wins for the first time since early November. If you look at the league table, our fate is now completely in our own hands!
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13 Feb A Sheffield Rangers W 3-1 Danny J, Liam B, James
After last week's abject performance and a few harsh words from the manager we were hoping for a positive reaction from the boys this morning in a fixture which was switched at extremely short notice to Stand Road as the Jubilee ground was waterlogged. When we hosted Rangers in November we produced our best performance of the season so far to win convincingly by 5 - 1 and we started this match in a similar vein when Liam Waller superbly turned defence to attack by picking out Elliott Barker with a 40 yard pass - Elliott switched play to James Beardow who sliced the defence open for Danny Jagger to cut in from the left and place his cross shot carefully in off the far post with only 80 seconds on the clock. A dream start, but fair play to Rangers who got stuck in and pressed forward in search of the equaliser which arrived after 25 minutes when hesitancy from a long throw left Elliot Mills unprotected and we turned around on equal terms.
We started the second half strongly and after only 2 minutes Jacob Higgins' determination forced a corner which James Beardow crossed at the second attempt to the far post where Liam Bath powered home his first headed goal for C T F C to restore our lead. Pressing on now, Elliott Barker was fouled for the umpteenth time and James Beardow's clever free kick deceived Rangers' competent 'keeper to give us a 3 -1 lead with 8 minutes played in the 2nd half. It is fair to say we dominated the majority of the remaining 22 minutes but Elliot "The Cat" Mills made a superb reflex save to keep Rangers at bay as they refused to give up. However, as the game wore on our strength and drive created a number of chances to seal the game, most notably when Elliott Barker beat 3 men and was blatantly scythed down in the act of shooting....but unbelievably the referee alleged that he didn't see anything wrong with the challenge! Shades of David Ellary in '97 at Old Trafford or what!! Will Pattison bravely returned to the fray despite carrying a painful strain and surged through 3 tackles before seeing his shot saved with neither birthday boy Danny Bagshaw nor Jake Lees able to take advantage of the loose ball. The heavy pitch took it's toll and slowed both sides down in the latter stages but sheer effort from our lads saw us secure 3 points and keep us out of the relegation dogfight.
The manager enjoyed a small slice of humble pie this afternoon after the lads stepped up to the mark with the desired response to his stark comments that there are no easy games in this division.
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6 Feb A Crosspool L 2-5 Danny J, Jake
After the euphoria of our emphatic win last week we were brought back down to earth with a very disappointing display at a windy Crosspool this morning. It was obvious the weather conditions would have a big influence and we played with the wind behind us on a very heavy pitch in the first half - although we had the territorial advantage we created very little and only mustered three good shots which their goalkeeper dealt with very well. As often happens in these situations the other side actually create better chances and Elliot Mills had to make 3 brilliant saves to keep the scoreline blank before we finally broke the deadlock after 27 minutes when James Beardow's corner was headed home by Danny Jagger. We thought a slender lead at half time would be better than none, but even that was taken from us when from our short corner we somehow contrived to give the ball away and within 5 seconds it was 1 - 1.
The second half was only 20 seconds old when the stand-in referee "saw" a handball and gave Crosspool a penalty. The unfairness of this decision really upset our rhythm and we never really recovered as the wind kept us in our half defending against opponents who had now found confidence; however after 16 minutes we shot ourselves in the foot when from our corner we again conceded a goal when a booted clearance ended up in our net less than 10 seconds later. The referee's intervention paid dividends to the home side with 10 minutes to go when he awarded a free kick to a Crosspool player who tripped over the ball whilst trying a stepover and from the resultant cross it was 1-4. We pressed forward in an attempt to recover some pride but then conceded a fifth goal when another clearance from our corner was not dealt with and left poor Elliot exposed. One bright note as the game drew to an end occurred after Elliott Barker's shot was parried by the 'keeper and the rebound was bundled home for his first ever goal by Jake Lees.
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30 Jan H Dodworth MW W 6-1 Will 3, Liam B 2, James B
A week is a long time in football and after the disappointment of our biggest defeat of the season last week we bounced back to record our biggest home win against bottom of the table Dodworth who had staged a mini revival recently. The manager shuffled the pack a little positionally with Jake Lee making his full debut in midfield and we set off quickly putting the visitors under pressure from the kick off - our 3rd corner in as many minutes was cleared to Bradley Preece whose 25 yarder was too hot to handle and Liam Bath swooped to give us an early lead. Another 10 minutes camped in their half was rewarded in the 13th minute when another James Beardow corner was headed home by Will Pattison for his second goal in as many matches. As Dodworth came into the game a piledriver left Ryan Blacklaws feeling groggy and his replacement Jacob Higgins first action was a superb goal-line clearance from under the bar to preserve the lead at half time.

The first 10 minutes of the second half saw Dodworth take the game to us but Elliot "safe hands" Mills ensured they received no encouragement - then after his James Beardow hit the post with a 25 yarder he delivered yet another corner into the danger area where in the melee Will Pattison slid home his second and our 3rd goal. At this point our visitors lost heart and we knew the points were safe - Will Pattison was now hungrier than ever and helped himself to his first ever hat-trick when he completed his perfect treble by slotting home left footed from yet another of James' corners. As we entered the final quarter the energetic Elliott Barker was upended in the area and after making 3 goals James Beardow confidently side footed the resultant penalty into the net to make it 5 - 0; incessantly attacking now we pleased the manager by passing and moving rather than glory hunting and from Danny Jagger's through ball Liam Bath, lurking at the far post, slammed home our sixth and final goal before our visitors scored a consolation goal 4 minutes from time to bring a little consolation to Dodworth whose players, managers and supporters were extremely sporting and good - humoured, perhaps having accepted their fate of playing in the C division next season.
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23 Jan H Wisewood L 4-7 Danny B, Elliott B, Will
"It was a game of 2 halves" is the best way to describe today's game - a first half of excellent attitude, determined challenges and direct attacking was replaced by an abject capitulation after the break which makes you wonder what was in the half time tea, or maybe the half time team talk!
After our slow start was punished when a failure to challenge for the ball in midfield led to an easy opener for Wisewood we enjoyed a purple patch for the 26 minutes up to half time; time after time we won the first challenge and pressed forward. 9 minutes were on the clock when Will Pattison's throw was chased by Elliott Barker who then nodded the ball over the goalkeeper for the equaliser. Several near misses followed including Elliott hitting the post before Liam Waller's long free kick saw Danny Jagger race over 60 yards to round the 'keeper and roll the ball across to Danny Bagshaw to give us the lead. Wave after wave of attack brought no further reward until 3 minutes before half time from James Beardow's corner Will Pattison headed against a post before reacting quickest and side-footing his first ever goal for C T F C - well done Will!!

Well, that's it for the good news!!
Within 5 minutes of the turn around we were level as twice we left players unmarked from corners and Wisewood took full advantage of our generosity; our visitors now clearly had the upper hand and scored two more as they realised that we appeared to have stopped tackling before in a rare attack Elliott was upended in the penalty area. Unfortunately he took the spot-kick like Jonny Wilkinson and skied it over the bar - from the goal kick it took about 15 seconds for us to be 3 - 6 down rather than 4 - 5 if the penalty had been scored. That settled the result but 2 minutes from time Danny Bagshaw had reason to thank Danny Jagger again as the impish Jag won a lost cause and beat two players before sending a long ball to Dan who held off a challenge before slotting confidently past the goalie to complete his second double of the season against Wisewood. However, we still managed to give our visitors the last word when for the umpteenth time they waltzed through non existent or weak challenges to inflict our heaviest defeat of a frustrating season of what-might-have-beens.
Danny Jagger was MOM for his great determination, skill and effort today.
Kind regards from a hugely disappointed manager!
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16 Jan A Wickersley Youth D 3-3 Elliott B 3
This fixture would always be a banker draw with the pools panel as every time we meet Wickersley the points have been shared. We travelled up to Rotherham for our only afternoon kick off of the season to play on an excellent surface which is ideal for passing football. After an even 10 minutes a cross from the right skidded through to the far post where Liam Bath was unfortunate to slice the ball into our net - 2 minutes later a corner was cleared and Jacob Higgins 40 yarder bounced off the bar as we pressed forward. Then we were guilty of ball-watching 6 minutes before half time as a cross from the left fell to Wick's leading scorer 10 yards out and unmarked and he made the most of our generosity by placing the ball out of Elliot Mills reach to double the lead. Fortunately we hit back straight away in bizarre circumstances as Danny Bagshaw finally had a through ball to chase and he was taken down trying to get around the goalkeeper for a penalty. Elliott Barker scuffed his shot wide but the referee ordered a retake for encroachment; James Beardow rammed his shot into the corner, but as we celebrated, Sepp Blatter's brother on the sideline shouted at the young referee that we couldn't change the penalty taker!! Up stepped Elliott Barker to make no mistake this time, so we turned around with something to play for.

The second half was only 5 minutes old when Liam Waller's free kick fell for Elliott Barker to smash home the equaliser from close range. Just as we were getting the upper hand Wick's top scorer turned unchallenged 25 yards out and again put our hosts ahead with a great shot which Elliot got his fingers to but couldn't keep out. It was end to end stuff without any clear cut chances as Wickersley's uncompromising defenders were happy to give away free kicks at the slightest sign of danger. From one of these a defender needlessly handled the ball to give us a second ( or perhaps 4th??!!?) penalty with 15 minutes gone. From the spot Elliott Barker placed his shot into the corner of the goal to complete his first hat-trick of the season and crown his man of the match performance. It is fair to say there was only one team who would win now as we continued on the front foot for the remainder of the game, but fair play to our hosts who defended doggedly and limited us to a few half chances as the match finished 3 -3 for the 3rd time on the trot against Wickersley.

On the whole a less skilful team performance than last week but a much determined show saw us get our first point since the beginning of November.
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9 Jan A Redfearns L 1-2 Danny J
Our longest trip into deepest Yorkshire took us to newly promoted Redfearns who have found wins hard to come by in the higher division - their last victory was at Stand Road, so we were looking for revenge but travelled with a depleted squad missing big Will and with a number of players having been off school this week and not up to their usual standard.
A bitterly cold morning made it tough for all the players but we were warmed up after 9 minutes when Elliott Barker's superb 25 yard free kick came back off the bar and was slammed into goal by Danny Jagger. We felt if we could hold the lead for a while our hosts confidence would shrink but unfortunately 2 minutes later the referee was conned by a dive that Ronaldo himself would have been proud of and awarded a penalty. Almost inevitably Elliot Mills saved the spot kick ( I think we expect this!!!) but in spite of 2 Redfearns players getting to the rebound first, the referee then ordered a retake due to "5 C T F C players encroaching" and we conceded the equaliser.
Nothing of note occurred until the last 15 minutes when we created three great opportunities to win the game when first Danny Jagger couldn't convert a one-on-one after being put through by James Beardow, then Liam Bath who had earlier made a brilliant goal-line clearance had a shot blocked on the line in a goalmouth melee and finally Elliott Barker fired narrowly wide after a surging run by debutant Jake Lees - playing his first ever football match.
The morning took it's toll on our poorly players and we had to make enforced changes as the game drew to a close, but then in the cruellest fashion a mishit cross flew into our goal at the near post to give Reddies a barely deserved victory.
Although some of our players struggled and most didn't exactly have their best game of the season there was a welcome return to good form from Andrew Davies and an excellent display of handling and bravery from our Man of the Match Elliot Mills.
A draw would have been an acceptable point due to illness etc, but unfortunately we returned home like a broken pencil.....pointless! (With thanks to Mr Blackadder)
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2 Jan H Sheffield Sixes L 2-6 Danny J, Danny B
While the football authorities endlessly discuss the merits of a mid season break we returned to action after a five week enforced absence in this top of the table clash; we started brightly and played some attractive passing football against very competitive opponents who are known for taking no prisoners. Unfortunately we could not make any clear chances and looked suspect on the break against the fastest 11 year old in the country. From a free kick 25 yards out Elliot Mills made a stupendous one handed save to show the benefit of his recent warm weather training break, but was helpless in the 14th minute when a vicious swerving shot gave Six's the lead. Defensive uncertainty was obvious as we conceded three more before half time to give ourselves "a mountain to climb".

To our lads credit we continued passing well and defending better after the break and increased the pressure by playing with 3 full time forwards for the last 10 minutes or so - this brought immediate benefits as a surging run by Elliott Barker caused chaos and he slipped a delightful through ball to Danny Bagshaw who unselfishly drew the goalie and laid a goal on a plate for Danny Jagger. 5 minutes to go and our visitors were now panicking - James Beardow cleared the ball to Elliott who again carved through the defence, this time sliding the ball to Danny J who returned the compliment for Danny Bagshaw to give us a glimmer of hope. We continued on the front foot but could not convert either of the 2 opportunities we created and lady luck was very cruel when Six's booted a long clearance to our left wing - when the speedster crossed the ball it skied off his boot and floated into the far corner; our players were now visibly deflated and we offerred little resistance when from our attacking free kick another booted clearance was converted to give the scoreline a flattering look to Six's.

No complaints about the end result.

Best wishes to everyone who reads this for a healthy and happy New Year!!
21 Nov A Thorncliffe Juniors
League Cup 2nd Round
L 1-2 Liam W
After the Lord Mayor's show comes to mind today - our brilliant performance last week saw us go to the top of the league standings, and we hoped for a repeat against Juniors who had slumped to the bottom of the A division with a single win in their 10 league games. However the match itself matched the dull and miserable weather and the pitch didn't suit our passing game as the middle part was waterlogged sludge while in the wider areas we struggled to get the ball out of the long grass.
We struggled to find any rhythm from the start and after a scrappy opening 6 minutes conceded a goal from a corner when an uncontested header gave Elliot Mills no chance from the edge of the 6 yard box. Juniors clearly took heart from this rare event of taking the lead and played some decent football considering the conditions until they doubled their lead 6 minutes before the break when a corner was not cleared properly and a cross to the far post was met by an unmarked player who sidefooted the ball into our net. Finally we played in our opponents half and from James Beardow's superb corner Liam Waller bundled the ball into the goal to reduce the arrears.
Scoring just before half time should have encouraged us but Juniors defended their lead grimly in determined fashion - time after time they used their size and physical strength to challenge us and quite fairly knock our lads off the ball. Quite honestly we didn't create any openings worthy of being called chances as Juniors 5 man defence easily snuffed out our attacks.
Jacob Higgins and Bradley Preece put in good stints today but Will Pattison worked non-stop this morning with his tackling and throw in duties and was named MOM.

Back to league action next week when we will be looking to put this cup exit behind us and make concerted efforts to perform better as individuals and as a team.

I think they say "we can concentrate on promotion now"!!!!!!!!!
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14 Nov H Sheffield Rangers W 5-1 Danny B 3, Liam B 2
For a few weeks now our coach has been of the opinion that we would give someone a real chasing and today was the day - although we knew we would miss Ryan Blacklaws' calm defending the lads set about our visitors with great energy and purpose; we patiently pressed from the first whistle but had to wait until the first quarter had gone before a long throw from Will Pattison was poked over the line by Danny Bagshaw. 3 minutes later Bradley Preece played a great ball through to Liam Bath who was desperately unlucky when his spectacular chip came back off the post, before Rangers had a goal disallowed in a rare attack when their striker kicked the ball out of Elliot Mills hands.
The second half started in exactly the same style and after only 3 minutes Liam Waller's superb delivery from a corner was nodded into the net for Danny Bagshaw's and our second goal, followed 2 minutes later by Liam Bath scoring the goal his industry richly deserved when he converted another of Will's throws which were causing Rangers defence all sorts of problems. 40 minutes of the game had passed before the lads let Rangers have any attacking joy when a long shot was volleyed into his own goal by Jacob Higgins and we were put under a short spell of pressure; however when another long range shot, which would have beaten any other goalkeeper, was expertly tipped round the post by the alert Elliot Mills one could sense the lads from Sheffield knew their fate. We attacked immediately and a great surging run and cross by Danny Jagger was volleyed over by Danny B as we again assumed the upper hand and created numerous chances - 14 minutes in yet another long throw from Will was volleyed into the roof of the net by Liam Bath in a replica of his first goal to give us a 4 - 1 lead. All over the field we harrassed and tackled our opponents until they gave us the ball back and our passing was just as we encourage in training as we ran Rangers ragged. Just as we were thinking it was all over the lads produced a move that had the manager drooling as the ball was moved from Jacob to Liam W, through James Beardow and Elliott Barker to Nathan White who sent Liam Bath scuttling down the wing before his pin-point cross was volleyed home emphatically by hat-trick man Danny Bagshaw.
Danny's hat-trick and Liam's brace obviously take the headlines but this was a wonderful team performance by all 12 players and it simply would not be fair to single out any individual above another today.
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7 Nov H Crosspool W 5-3 Elliott B 2, Liam W, Danny B, Danny J
Constant rain over the last few days meant today's game was played on a heavy pitch but both sides managed to play some good passing football in patches. An even start saw the first chance go to the visitors when a rash challenge in our area give the referee no option but to award a penalty - Crosspool brought on their 1st substitute who slotted his shot in-off Elliot's right hand post after 7 minutes and was immediately taken off again in American Football style! During a concerted period of attack Elliott Barker flicked on one of Will Pattison's long throws and Liam Waller rose to nod the equaliser for his 3rd headed goal of the season, only for a defensive mix up a minute later to gift Crosspool the lead again despite a brilliant save from Elliot. We spent long periods on the offensive and on 23 minutes Elliott Barker delicately floated his cross from the right wing over the keeper's head to restore parity at half time.
The second half was similar to the first with our boys spending more time attacking while Crosspool always looked dangerous on the break; 9 minutes in Brad Preece's perseverance winning the ball and vision with his pass saw Danny Bagshaw pressuring a defender into knocking the ball into his own net to give us the lead and immediately Will's throw and Liam Waller's pass opened up a gap for Elliott Barker to toe poke his second and our fourth goal to give us a clear lead. Just as we seemed to have weathered the storm we conceded a corner unnecessarily and appeared to stand watching as an attacker gently nodded the ball down and it slowly rolled a foot over the line to bring our visitors back to 4 - 3 with still 13 minutes to play. To our credit we did not panic and our best passing move of the morning saw the ball moved between Liam Waller, who who was enjoying his most productive game of the season so far, and Liam Bath who fed Danny Jagger and despite a heavy challenge he managed to score our fifth goal and secure three points. We played out the last few minutes still pressing and Nathan White had a great effort tipped over before Danny Bagshaw shot against the bar with the last kick of the game .
On the balance of play we deserved our second consecutive win and Jacob Higgins assured defensive display saw him awarded Man of the Match just ahead of Liam Waller and Elliott Barker.
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31 Oct A Dodworth MW W 3-1 Liam W, Liam B, Danny J
Anyone who suffers from seasickness would have felt queasy looking at Dodworth's undulating pitch with different size goals!
After 7 consecutive defeats our hosts won their 1st game of the season last week so we expected them to be "up for it" and we emphasised the need to start on the front foot to discourage any hope of a repetition against us. The lads must have listened because with only 30 seconds on the clock Liam Waller headed home from James Beardow's corner to give us the ideal start. However, Dodworth did not roll over and gave us a good test in an even but very scrappy first half which saw us give the ball away cheaply far too many times; from one poor clearance Elliot Mills made great double save including a superb tip over as we struggled to find any rhythm and perhaps a better side than Dodworth would have converted one of the numerous crosses and corners. However we made it to half time with the single goal lead and turned around to give a much better performance in the 2nd half. Asked to look after the ball better and pass with better precision we attacked much more and a sweeping move through Liam W, Nathan White, and Elliott Barker gave Danny Jagger a run on goal and after his shot was saved Liam Bath followed up to crash the ball home to give us a 2 goal cushion with 22 minutes still to play. Despite our hosts playing some extremely good passing football they lacked a killer touch and Jacob Higgins, Will Pattison and Andrew Davies, ably marshalled by Ryan Blacklaws ensured Elliot was not put under any undue pressure. On 15 minutes in another flowing move instigated by his winning yet another tackle Jacob passed through to Elliott Barker whose pass gave Liam Bath an opening and after his shot came back off a post Danny Jagger followed up to score the 3rd goal which his man of the match performance deserved. This effectively killed the game off and just as we were looking forward to a clean sheet to go with our welcome return to winning ways in the league the referee gave the harshest of penalties when an attempted cross hit Andrew's arm and Dodworth's striker slotted a consolation goal from the spot just before the final whistle.
It would be unkind to deny bottom of the table Dodworth a goal as they passed the ball very well in midfield and it illustrates the fact that our division will be the most closely contested as they are not a poor side at all and will make opponents work hard to get a result.
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24 Oct A Wisewood D 3-3 Danny B 2, Elliott B,
It is unfortunate that the talking point after a gripping and well contested match should be some quaint decisions by the referee, but after half time he was the most noticeable person on the pitch and effectively decided the result would be a draw when he pointed to the spot after the gentlest of contacts in the penalty area gave the home team a chance to score their 3rd equaliser of the morning.
We started brightly enough and Elliott Barker collected a poor goal kick in his new central midfield slot and drove to the by-line before pulling the ball back to Danny Jagger whose shot was blocked but fell to Danny Bagshaw to give us the lead after 8 minutes. Unfortunately we led for only 2 minutes before a mix up in midfield and the first strange decision by the referee to ignore the offside flag left Wisewood's winger free to deliver a cross which flew over Elliot Mills head and dropped into the corner. We bounced back and Danny Bagshaw held up the ball until Elliott Barker moved onto it at pace and swerved round 2 defenders before slotting the ball into the goal to put us ahead again on 16 minutes. Again we could not hold on and from our attacking throw in Wisewood's 'classy' defence booted a long ball which we were slow to react to and after again ignoring the offside flag due to someone "not being involved until 2nd phase" we conceded a 2nd time as the now unmarked 2nd phaser had a free tap in at the far post. Strangely enough it was the home linesman who was over-ruled on both occasions rather than the scrupulously fair CTFC liner.
The 2nd half was littered with numerous free kicks which drew exactly the same response from the referee to each "mis-timed" tackle, "Don't do it again" which of course went completely unheeded as the Wisewood players know no further action would be taken. However, we were still the more likely scorers and from James Beardow's corner Danny Bagshaw somehow bundled in his second of the day to give us the lead for the 3rd time. Despite 4 of our players needing lengthy treatment after robust challenges we defended excellently thereafter - Jacob Higgins, Ryan Blacklaws, Andrew Davies bravely backed up MOM Will Pattison's superb display at centre half in front of the increasingly vocal and commanding Elliot Mills in goal and were it not for the penalty scored by sorry awarded by the referee, we would have seen the game out with a win.
Before the game I would have been pleased with a draw, but feel we were not treated fairly today.

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17 Oct H Bramley Sunnyside
League Cup 1st Round
W 8-0 Liam B 3, Danny J 3, Danny B, Elliott B
Rarely does a manager get to simply relax and enjoy a match but today I made the most of a comprehensive win against our old friends Bramley Sunnyside who have fallen on hard times since they were relegated at the end of last season. We experimented with a three man defence this morning and the opening exchanges were quite even but after 8 minutes a move involving Liam Bath and Danny Jagger was headed in by Danny Bagshaw to settle the side down and we created a number of half chances, including one which Liam Bath spooned over the bar to calls for "taxi for Liam" before Liam Waller's corner was converted at the second attempt by Liam Bath.
The second half started with a purple patch of good ball retention and passing which saw us score 4 goals in 5 minutes and effectively finish the match - Elliott Barker's patient wait to join the action saw him head in Will Pattison's long throw before a flowing move started by Nathan White in his own half saw Liam Bath notch his second, followed by a similar move to put Danny Jagger through on goal and he tucked in our 3rd goal in 3 minutes. We paused for breath and 2 minutes later Will won a header in centrefield and Danny Jagger scampered away to register his second of the game and his 5th goal in the last 5 games. Bramley did have a period of attacking but Elliot Mills refused to concede a goal - when a shot did escape his clutches the post came to our rescue; Elliot made the most of his good fortune by clearing the ball for Danny Bagshaw to put Liam Bath in to become our first hat-trick scorer of the season. We were really on top but to their credit Bramley's 2 central defenders particularly didn't give in and we only managed one more goal when Danny Jagger rejoined the action and showed his poaching instincts when from James Beardow's corner he pounced on the loose ball to score the eighth and final goal and complete his hat-trick. Although not directly involved in the goals Bradley Preece followed up last week's man of the match performance with another superb display today.
A clean sheet and the first time we have had 2 hat-trick men in the same match makes for a pleasant afternoon for the manager!!!

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10 Oct H Wickersley Youth D 3-3 Liam B, James, Liam W
In complete contrast to last week's atrocious weather a lovely morning welcomed Wickersley with whom we drew both matches last season - you would not have guessed at half time today that record would remain as we turned around 2 - 0 up only to be a little fortunate to finish with a point. We put our visitors under pressure from the start and were rewarded after only 9 minutes when James Beardow's corner was headed home at the far post by Liam Bath. Elliot Mills confidently dealt with everything Wick threw at him during the first half and 6 minutes before half time Liam Bath chased a long ball into the area where he was crudely chopped by a defender; the resultant penalty was driven low and hard into the corner by James Beardow.
The second half was completely different as we struggled to develop any rhythm and Wickersley hit the crossbar before a free kick gave Elliot no chance; our confidence visibly drained and within 2 minutes the scores were level as we allowed an attacker to run through 3 or 4 half hearted challenges and equalise. At this stage we seemed simply unable to pass the ball to each other and it was a surprise when from another James Beardow corner Liam Waller headed home his first goal of the season with only 6 minutes to go. Still we could not hold out and on 57 minutes we conceded another needless free kick 25 yards out which was blasted into the roof of the net to give our visitors a draw which was a fair result.

Back to the drawing board for a disappointed manager!!!!!
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3 Oct H Redfearns L 2-3 Elliott B, Danny J,
There was a strange atmosphere as we welcomed Redfearns from Barnsley to a deserted Stand Road - someone advised the FOSR cafe owners that all matches were postponed, but the Under 12's are made of sterner stuff and our pitch was perfectly playable. However, our visitors started stronger and brighter and after only 3 minutes a cross from the left was unluckily deflected into his own goal by birthday boy Ryan Blacklaws. The torrential rain seemed to dampen our spirits as we never really got going in an even first half and failed to trouble their goalie in any way until on 23 minutes Elliott Barker broke through on the left and placed his shot just inside the near post for the equaliser.
Even this didn't inspire us and the second half was a well matched struggle until their right winger suddenly found a purple patch of 10 minutes - a run and cross from the touchline looped over Elliot Mills in our goal and was headed in at the far post and this was followed after 15 minutes with a run from deep in his own half which saw him ride 3 or 4 tired challenges and his cross deceived Elliot and sneaked into the net to give Redfearns a 2 goal advantage.
Another double substitution saw Liam Bath excellently give Danny Jagger the ball at the edge of the box, and at the second attempt Danny scored an almost identical goal to the one he scored last week to give us hope for a grandstand finish to at least sneak a point - however, we could not raise our game enough to put Redfearns under any pressure and this damp squib of a match fizzled out without further excitement.

A second successive defeat is a blow to our confidence but we must remember we have lost both games by a single goal only, and we must persevere with our tactics of passing and moving the ball rather than opting for big strong lads who can boot the ball a long way!

After the match last week against the uncouth savages from Six's I have to compliment Redfearns managers, supporters and players who behaved excellently throughout in difficult weather conditions, as did all the representatives of C T F C.

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26 Sept A Sheffield Sixes L 2-3 Danny J, Danny B
We went into today's match with only 12 players, reduced to 11 when James Beardow was hurt after 2 seconds! A quick defensive shuffle left us disorganised, which was most unfortunate as I am sure Usain Bolt's younger brother plays for Sixes. The muscular and jet heeled number 7 brought 2 fantastic saves from Elliot Mills before he inevitably opened the scoring with his 4th 1v1 in the seventh minute. Finally we worked our way into the game and great work by Elliott Barker led to Danny Jagger crashing home the equaliser from the edge of the box. 16 minutes had passed when the Sixes' speedster chased a through ball which was safely gathered by Elliot - inexplicably this lad then blatantly and purposefully kicked our goalkeeper in the face. Thankfully the referee saw this thuggish behaviour and was strong enough to issue a straight red card. The rest of the half was played in a strange atmosphere but just before the interval we cleared a corner to Nathan White who made a great break before passing to Danny Bagshaw - still with a lot to do, he expertly chipped the goalie to put us in the lead.

Playing down the steep slope with a strong wind in their favour it took only 40 seconds for our hosts' predictable tactics to bear fruit as Elliot could only parry a 50 yard bomb into the net. The rest of the half was scrappy and forgettable as there were innumerable stoppages while Tracy attended to our players' various injuries caused by some "competitive" challenges - the longest hold up of 3-4 minutes after a most disgraceful 2 footed lunge left Danny Jagger in a heap thanking his lucky stars that Santa brought him a pair of super strength shin pads last Christmas. The referee did not see this incident which would certainly have led to a second red card were he not unsighted, but we have no complaints with the official as he was excellent throughout and resisted all Sixes' manager and "supporters" pathetic and distasteful attempts to even the numbers up as they kept up a constant haranguing litany of loud "nah den" complaints every time our players made any sort of challenge for the ball. Ironically, not one of them saw the anything wrong in the assault on Danny J!!!
2 minutes remained of this terrible advert for junior football when another long range punt sailed into the top of the net to give Sixes a win which no doubt vindicates their behaviour in the manager's and parents' minds.
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19 Sept A Darfield W 3-1 Elliott B 2, Danny J
Our first away game of the season is also our longest trip to Barnsley to play on an awful pitch with no shelter from the conditions. It was a surprise then to find our hosts play lovely passing football and a very even first half was played mostly with us defending without Darfield creating many chances for all their territorial possession. Elliot Mills was commanding his area and the shuffled defence were very determined. As the game progressed towards half time we attacked more and during a short period of pressure Liam Waller showed great composure holding the ball until he could find Elliott Barker in space - he skipped around the full back and rolled the ball into the middle for Danny Jagger to register his first goal for C T F C. A superb crunching tackle from Jacob Higgins on the stroke of half time saw us come in with spirits raised as the rain poured. The second half was played in a constant downpour but Elliot's handling was perfect, never giving Darfield any sniff of encouragement that he might spill any shot or cross. 14 minutes in a strong tackle from Will Pattison saw the ball ricochet onto his hand and the young referee awarded a free kick - though the shot was blocked the rebound found it's way into the top corner and at that point I think we would have settled for a point. However, we then enjoyed our best spell of the game after a slight tactical switch - Danny's shot from the edge of the box was tipped onto the post by a very good Darfield 'keeper before on 19 minutes a Liam Waller corner was headed into the roof of the net by Elliott Barker in a replica of his goal at Darfield last season. We dominated the rest of the match and 2 minutes before time Liam Bath's delightful pass sent Elliott away down the left - the defence was tired and Elliott cut in before sliding the ball into the net for his second brace in the last 2 weeks.

I think this "B" division will be the most keenly contested in the Under 12's league, so to have 9 points from the first 3 very competitive games is a great start.

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12 Sept H Brampton Rovers W 5-0 Elliott B 2, Andrew, James, Liam B
Our first ever meeting with our local rivals was eagerly anticipated by players supporters and management of both sides. A little more spice was added to proceedings as our visitors included five ex Townies in their starting line-up and apparently some friendly banter took place at school over the last week!!
Rovers started the stronger and we spent the first quarter of the game defending as they dominated proceedings, shooting at every opportunity without really troubling our goalkeeper. Fully 20 minutes passed before we won our first corner of the game, which was cleared easily, but only as far as Andrew Davies who strode onto the ball and from fully 40 yards crashed the ball over the goalie into the net to spark great celebration from our players. This inspired us and we comfortably reached half time with the advantage.
We knew we needed to raise our game and within 2 minutes of the restart one of Will Pattison's long throws was flicked on by Elliott Barker and deflected over the line by a defender to double our lead. On top now, we pressed on and Danny Jagger raided down the left and was in the act of crossing when needlessly pushed in the penalty area for an obvious penalty. Up stepped James Beardow who changed his normal style, sidefooting the ball past the 'keeper for his first goal of the season. Our opponents visibly dropped their workrate now as they had received absolutely no encouragement from our miserly defence who snuffed out their every attack in the second half. James Beardow showed great vision when we were awarded a free kick at halfway - as Rovers players complained to the referee in frustration he delicately chipped the ball forward to the ever - alert Liam Bath who superbly volleyed the ball into the roof of the net to give us an unassailable 4 - 0 lead. We could have scored 2 or 3 more goals as Rovers could not cope in particular with Will's throws - from one Elliott rose to head against the crossbar before on 22 minutes yet another missile from Will was controlled by Elliott who swerved around two defenders before lashing our fifth goal, and we controlled the final period to keep our first ever clean sheet at 11 a side.
Great credit goes to both sets of players and all the supporters who ensured this match was played in a true sporting spirit and the rivalry was friendly and good natured with Rovers even joining us for a few drinks back at the Crown.
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5 Sept H Thorncliffe Colts W 3-2 Danny B. Elliott, Liam

A bright sunny morning and a perfect playing surface heralded the start of the new season - unfortunately it took only 5 minutes for us to concede our first goal of the season from the first corner! We struggled to impose ourselves until an inspired show of determination by Danny Bagshaw chasing a lost cause when he alone noticed the ball hit the corner flag but stayed in play resulted in him laying the ball on a plate for Liam Bath to equalise on 16 minutes. 4 minutes later a quickly taken throw in to Liam Waller saw him slot a through ball to Elliott Barker who steadied himself before driving the ball inside the goalie's right hand post to put us in the lead; Colts were unable to contain us and a Will Pattison missile was flicked on by Elliott for Danny B to power home his header at the far post to put us 3-1 up at the break. This should have been at least four, but Colts' linesman made a number of doubtful offside flags before capping it off by persuading the referee that Elliott's goal from James Beardow's long free kick was somehow illegal.

The second half started just as badly for us as only 3 minutes had elapsed when Colts were awarded a free kick 25 yards out which was expertly curled into the top corner to reduce our lead to a single goal. Thereafter it was end to end stuff with both sides having chances to score but neither managing to do so - our visitors became increasingly frustrated and committed a couple of naughty tackles, encouraged to do so by one single uncouth racist yobbo who is the sort of horror parent that we all wish would stay at home on Sunday mornings. The numerous stoppages for treatment meant the final 10 minutes were scrappy but we held out to claim the 3 points against opponents who will trouble most teams this season.