Hepworth U15 1 – 3 U15 Tigers

Result: Hepworth Utd 1 – 3 Ossett Town U15 Tigers
Goal Scorers: Adam Berry, Mason Butcher, Calum Issott
Park House Man of the Match: Alex Oldroyd
League: Huddersfield League Div 4A
On Saturday Ossett Town Manager, John Reed took to twitter to praise the U15s for their “great vocal support” during the first teams defeat of Lancaster City in their Evo Stik First Division North fixture.
On Sunday, he would have been purring about The Tigers maturity and quality as they turned on champagne style football in the heart of the Last Of The Summer Wine!!
Town were out of the blocks quickly and with Ryan Turfrey and Mason Butcher finding their passing range early, Finley Townend and Adam Berry took the initiative, but couldn’t convert the early chances that fell to them.
After 5 minutes….shock! A ricochet from a straight through ball landed at the feet of the home side centre forward and he finished coolly to open the scoring.
It didn’t knock The Tigers confidence though and they continued to play some handsome flowing football. With Alex Oldroyd and Levi Mitchell linking with Thomas McGee, Thomas Coe and Joshua Cartledge, play was being switched, space out wide found and chances created. The home goalkeeper was busier than Sam Allen in the Town goal, who merely collected misguided passes and launched further attacks with his great distribution.
Calum Issott hit the post from a tight angle and saw a header from a tremendous Cartledge cross fly agonisingly over the bar. It wasn’t until Adam Berry took things upon himself and from a seemingly impossible position, danced through the defence and finished one on one with the keeper.
Half time and all level.
There was a subdued start to the second half from Town. It was almost like they were still soaking up the words of praise from the half time team talk.
Calum Towey, Tyler Cliff and Danny Stevens came to the fore at this stage, snuffing out any Hepworth breaks and with better distribution, Town were soon playing out from the back again with style.
It wasn’t long before Mason Butcher showed good feet to work some space and provide an excellent finish to put the Tigers a goal up on his debut.
Berry was being targeted for some strong tactics from the home defence and was disappointed to see a penalty claim waved away. The back of his calves wouldn’t agree with the ref!
But it was Issott who put the game beyond the hosts reach when he finally notched and gave Ossett a two goal cushion. Cartledge looked to stretch that lead further but saw two almost identical well struck shots flash wide of the goal. Thomas McGee saw a well struck free kick blocked and when a header looked to have escaped the Hepwoth keepers grasp, he recovered to snatch the ball before the whole ball was over the line.
When the final whistle went the traveling support were able to reflect on a performance that showed a lot of composure, maturity, thought and quality.
The boys application today was excellent, decision making was the best yet and skills excellent on a sticky pitch.
Among a host of high standard individual performances, Alex Oldroyd was awarded the Park House Man of the Match Award with a marvelous performance, that combined defensive strengths with ball playing skills and was outstanding throughout.