Rangers close on a second title in three years after crucial win

Actions from the Rastrick Junior Football Tounament at Carr Green Rec, Rastrick.'Pictured is Rastrick v West End, under 9s.
Actions from the Rastrick Junior Football Tounament at Carr Green Rec, Rastrick.'Pictured is Rastrick v West End, under 9s.

Clifton Rangers under 16s need just one point from their last game to win the Huddersfield League title for the second time in three years following a hard-fought 5-3 win at Crossleys.

Goals from Jordan Hoyle and Curtis Ioannou had given Clifton a superb 2-0 midweek victory over title rivals Huddersfield YMCA to give them the edge in the title race.

But Crossleys opened up a 2-0 goal lead by the half hour mark.

Rangers hit back with two goals in a five minute spell just before half-time through from Josh Margison and Elliot Lister.

Clifton had most of the play and finally edged in front after a superb run from captain Ryan Thompson who fired home from a tight angle.

Crossleys didn’t give up and a long through ball caught the Rangers defence napping to square the game. With only 10 minutes remaining a desperate Clifton launched several attacks before Curtis Ioannou sliced the Crossley defence open to set up Callum Charlton.

Billy Gaylor added the fifth.

Brighouse Juniors under nine Terriers lifted the trophy at the Woodkirk Valley Tournament.

Brighouse showed intent with a 1-0 victory over the hosts following a stunning goal from Kye Lewis.

In the other group matches everything seemed to click into place for the Terriers with more goals from Lewis and Joshua Harrison. Joshua Heavyside and Ethan Roberts also ghot their names on the scoresheet.

As group winners, the Terriers grew in confidence, firing their way to the final with a 3-0 win in the semis - Lewis, Harrison and Heavyside the scorers.

In the final, Brighouse came back from 1-0 down when Heavyside blasted home to force extra time.

Despite both teams having chances neither was able to force the winner and the outcome was decided by a thrilling penalty shoot out.

Brighouse scored first to settle the nerves but soon found themselves 2-1 down. Two great saves from Jack Taylor put the Terriers in the driving seat. Taylor then stepped up and fired home the final and winning penalty.