Donovan gets a kick from putting something back into the game

Brighouse Juniors under 11s
Brighouse Juniors under 11s

Former Huddersfield Town, West Brom, Rochdale, Grimsby and Barnsley midfielder Kevin Donovan was plucked from Elland Athletic as a teenager, writes Charlotte Henbest.

The 41-year-old is now retired and since hanging up his boots he has turned his attentions back to the junior game with the Kevin Donovan Soccer School.

A pro-player for 17 years, the knowledge he has for the game is now passed on to children every Saturday morning at his successful sessions held at Brighouse High School and during this half term he has run yet another well attended Soccer Camp.

Donovan is assisted by UEFA B coach Neil Fitzjohn and Level 2 graded coach Dave Clark, and between them they start at Under Sixes right up to Under 12’s.

Pleased with how much their children, Joseph and William, and nephew Joshua enjoy themselves on a Saturday morning, Gary and Heather Taylor, of award winning hair dressers Edward & Co on Bradford Road, have decided to sponsor the Kevin Donovan Soccer School for the year.

“What Kevin, Neil and Dave do for the boys is fantastic, first rate and so with Heather twisting my arm we are more than happy to support Kevin,” said Taylor.

A very grateful Kevin said: “I can’t thank Edward & Co enough for sponsoring the school.

“Our previous sponsors contract had just ended so they have stepped in at the right time. The money will be invested in equipment for the children and we have already got some new training gear for the coaches.”

As well as running his soccer school, Kevin also finds time to offer his services to Northowram and Rastrick Juniors.

Brighouse Juniors U11s put on a five star display in a 12-1 home success over Bradford Hornets.

Despite being battered by the wind and rain the home side dominated possession from the off and went a goal up through Silas Ennis. Five minutes later it was 2-0 when Ennis converted his second after being set up by Luke Ford.

Chances were coming thick and fast with Joshua Scott pulling the strings in midfield, along with Brook Potter, and it was 3-0 in the 25th minute when the in-form George Delahunty broke from the back and powered through the Hornets half before teeing up Potter.

The second half saw the wind behind them and Brighouse varied their passing game, using the long ball to release Jamie McCrink whose pace was too much for the visitors. He showed his finishing skills by scoring six goals for a deserved man of the match award.

In between McCrink’s goals Brighouse created numerous chances and the ever improving Adam Swallow smashed in with his left foot after being played in by Alistair Roberts.

Sam Oates then scored his first ever goal showing great composure by controlling a great cross from Sam Lock and driving the ball past the ‘keeper. Brook Potter scored his second and almost completed a hat-trick when he stuck his knee onto a goalward shot from Joshua Scott but it was disallowed for offside.

Bradford kept working and scored a consolation goal late on when the home defence went to sleep and despite Jacob Bryan saving the first shot they scored the rebound.

Next up for Brighouse is a tough encounter against a Batley side who beat the runaway league leaders Greetland.

Brighouse Juniors Terriers U10s put in a commanding performance away to Dewsbury Rangers, controlling the game from start to finish in a 10-3 success.

Despite difficult conditions and a poor pitch, the Terriers played some fantastic football. Keeper Jack Taylor pulled off some great saves while defenders Ethan Roberts and Joshua Harrison provided great cover.

The midfield looked solid with Samuel Brearley in the centre, Jack Green on the right and Ethan Wroot on the left with trickster Joshua Wood starting the game up front.

With the scoreline close after 10 minutes, substitutes Kye Lewis and Joshua Heavyside entered the fray, adding extra bite to the Terriers’ attack. The Great Wall man of the match was shared between Green and Lewis who both scored a hat-tricks, with Brearley adding two and Heavyside and Harrison completing the scoring.