Howden Clough 2 v 4 U15 Tigers
Howden Clough U15s B 2 v 4 Ossett Town U15 Tigers
On a blustery day at Batley Sports and Tennis Centre The Tigers were looking to make it back to back wins and continue their improving form and the gathered away support were not to be disappointed.
Ossett were out of the blocks quickly and stamped their authority on the game in the early stages.
Daniels Stevens and Tyler Cliff looked solid in defence against two pacey attackers, but never got caught square and mopped up anything that the home side could muster.
The central midfield partnership of Umar Iqbal and Ryan Turfrey are proving to be quite a substantial engine room even in it’s infancy. The combination of Iqbals raw energetic enthusiasm and Turfreys positional know how, guile and distribution led the way.
The Tigers were passing well and good work led to Issott latching on to a lovely pass by Calum Towey at the end of a flowing move to beat the keeper and break the dead lock.
Town were creating plenty of good chances but they cam and went without increasing their advantage. Sam Allen had to be alert on a number of occasions to collect through balls and made two sharp saves, so the result was never to be taken for granted. Adam Berrys rocket in to the roof of the net from the edge of the area finally gave The Tigers some breathing space and saw them go in at the break with a two goal cushion.
In the second half the game had more of an ebb and flow with Howden Clough looking determined to get in to the game.
Thomas McGee replaced Iqbal in midfield and looked at home with a good range of passing and played a particularly nice series of one two’s with Thomas Coe who was a constant threat down the left.
Sean Owram was tested at right back on a number of occasions by the Howdens pace up front, but he stood up to the test well and with Joshua Cartledge began to make in roads down the right hand side.
Alex Oldroyd and Levi Mitchell continued to battle in defence and Town began to regain their dominance.
A well worked short corner by Thomas Coe and header by Calum Issott made it three and then Issott completed his hat trick to see Ossett home and hosed.
The home side struck twice in the last 5 minutes after the pack was reshuffled, but the result was already secure and it couldn’t take the gloss off a very good, dominant performance by the visitors.
The passing and movement at times was a joy to watch. The thought and purpose behind each pass is growing more evident as the season continues and there is a growing teamwork ethic that is now resulting in a better defensive showing.
Goals: Calum Issott 3, Adam Berry
Man of the Match: Sam Allen