Town under 6’s put in a brave performance at Howden Clough

Match report by Richard Hughes

Wintry conditions greeted the players, coaches and supporters at Howden Clough. A snow covered 3G pitch meant it was going to be tricky for all the players from both teams – well done to Howden Clough for making sure that the games could go ahead. The crowd were treated to 4 very good games of football,with great effort and enthusiasm from all the players on both sides. Freezing cold temperatures and constant snow-fall didn’t stop any of the players putting in 100% effort.

Game 1: Howden Clough 5 – 0 Ossett Town

Game 2: Howden Clough 0 – 0 Ossett Town

Game 3: Howden Clough 2 – 0 Ossett Town

Game 4: Howden Clough 0 – 0 Ossett Town

In game 1 Howden Clough put in a strong performance and managed a 5-0 win despite some great defending and tackling from the Ossett side. Town had to defend for much of the game and weren’t given the opportunity to show their attacking prowess by a dominant performance from Howden Clough. Well done to all the Ossett players in keeping going until the end of the game.

Game 2 was much more of an even game and in fact Ossett were unlucky not to win. There was some great attacking play on show – good pace and passing, and Town were unlucky not to be rewarded with a goal. A very good defensive show by the team as well. A great all-round team performance and some good skills on show in what were very difficult conditions.

In game 3 both teams were evenly matched until a couple of goals late on gave Howden Clough a 2-0 win. The first part of the game saw chances for both sides to take the lead. The game looked to be heading for another 0-0 draw until a couple of classy finishes from Howden Clough gave them victory.

Again in game 4, Ossett came close on a couple of occasions to snatching a win. The 0-0 result was fair on everybody and the level of commitment from the players on both sides was creditable, considering they’d been out in the freezing cold conditions for well over an hour.

Well done to the supporters for turning out on a very cold morning. Thanks to Kenny and Ryan (and his tactics board) for coaching the team so well, also thanks to Steve for keeping all the players warm while they weren’t playing. Well done to the Howden Clough players for playing so well throughout the morning. The same goes for all the Ossett Town players who were:

Ben Steel, Callum Fallas, Toby Harrison ,Tyler Kelly, Thomas Maloney, Connor Stanwix, Lucas Stephens, Finn Tattersfield , Bailey Goodlad, Henry Hughes, John-Charles Mullen, Sam Nightingale and Jacob Ward.

Everyone put in a great effort and can be very proud of themselves. A special mention to Ben Steel who played in goal in all 4 games and made some fantastic saves throughout the morning.

A big thanks to Richard for writing the report, this was a difficult day for the lads and they played against a very strong Howden Clough side but this game is a huge improvement from when we played them earlier in the season with lots of positives to take forward into the next game at the end of February.