Connor rewarded after gaining England call

Former Rastrick footballer Connor King
Former Rastrick footballer Connor King

Former Rastrick Juniors footballer Connor King was selected by England schoolboys for their recent Victory Shield game against Wales last Friday, a game which was screened live on Sky Sports 2.

Fourteen year old Connor played for Rastrick Juniors before being scouted by Burnley where he is in his third season with the Lancashire club and currently their Academy Under 15 goalkeeper.

Following an invitation to attend the schoolboys team training camp this has now led to a call up by England team coach Kenny Swain.

Connor competed with Millwall’s Ryan Sandford for the goalkeeper’s berth for the game played at Aggborough, the home of Kidderminster, however on this occasion the youngest member of the England squad was named as an unused substitute.

Dave Evans, Vice Chairman of Rastrick Juniors, said: “On behalf of the club we would like to send our congratulations to Connor and wish him the very best in what we all hope will be many appearances for England”.

Ethan Wroot captained Brighouse Juniors Terriers U10s to an excellent 4-2 win against previously unbeaten Drighlington A.

Brighouse started brightly and Joshua Heavyside smashed an unstoppable strike into the Drighlington net from outside the area.

The hosts continued to control the game with Kye Lewis and Jack Green dominating down the flanks and man of the match Ethan Roberts standing strong in midfield.

Green went close to adding another goal before Drighlington equalised after a defensive mix up. Lewis then jinked his way through the visitors defence scoring a great solo goal.

The introduction of Samuel Brearley and Joshua Wood added a new dimension to the home side with Brearley threading some perfect through balls to the attacking players but Driglington drew level before half time.

The Terriers showed real team unity in the second half with Joshua Harrison and Wood making some great last gasp tackles halting several attacks. Brighouse went ahead when an inswinging corner was headed into the net by Roberts.

Jack Taylor was faultless all game and pulled off a spectacular save from a perfectly struck shot from the hal way line before Brighouse sealed the game, and their first ever victory against Drighlington, when a Wood thunderbolt struck the back of the net.