Elland and Rastrick fight out a stalemate

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An excellent encounter between Elland U11B and Brighouse Juniors B saw both teams deservedly share the spoils at 3-3.

Brighouse started the brighter andJamie McCrink set up the first goal six minutes in when he controlled a great pass from Tom Potter before playing a simple through ball for Brook Potter.

Elland who equalised in the 15th minute when the Brighouse defence stopped awaiting an offside call that didn’t materialise. The Elland forward played to the whistle and scored with a clinical finish.

Elland took control with James and Joseph Shaw starting to pull the strings and if not for the excellence of Joseph Moore in the Brighouse goal then Elland would have taken charge. Moore pulled three stunning saves out the bag to keep it level. Then in the 23rd minute Brighouse took the lead when Brook Potter controlled a high ball from the keeper, lifted the ball over his head and with an outrageous bit of skill controlled the ball and lifted it in the air before passing the ball through the defence to McCrink who smashed it past the keeper.

Soon it was 3 1 when again Luke Ford on the wing went on a mazy run beating two defenders before playing it out wide to McCrink whose first time cross was converted by Silas Ennis.

Elland refused to buckle and finished the half the stronger but they were thwarted by last ditch tackles from first George Delahunty who was imperious in the first half and Sam Oates.

The second half belonged to Elland and Brighouse were restricted to counter attacks. Elland were swarming forward and the midfield duo of Joshua Scott and Tom Potter were drawn into defensive duties to try and stem the tide. Elland won a succession of corners ten minutes into the second half and it was from one if these they scored their second when Sam Lock cleared to the edge of the area only to see it come flying back past him into the roof of the net from a rocket of a shot.

Elland were denied by an excellent save by Moore and a block by Oates before former Brighouse player Jamie Lewis slid in to score the equaliser.

The stand-in goalie for Brighouse Juniors U15s earned man-of-the-match for his first game in a ‘keeper’s shirt.

Thomas Creasey let in 14 against a rampant Hall Green but walked off to handshakes from his team-mates.

Brighouse were players down in every position but battled to the end of the match.

Declan Halliday came close to scoring in the final minutes, an indication that his side never have up.

Reece Jones in defence and Connor Matthews in midfield weathered the storm as injury left the visitors with ten men for part of the game.