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The Yellows (or should that be blues for this away tie?) traveled the short distance to Bronte Playing Fields to take on local rivals Oakworth Wasps looking for a much improved performance from their last game away at Eccleshill.

The home side came into the game expecting to walk all over Sutton after they had won a pre season friendly with ease. It looked like that might be the case as Oakworth walked through the Sutton defence and tapped home a goal to go 1 nil up after only 23 seconds. This was far too easy for the home team and Sutton weren't going to let them do that again. The Yellows went on the attack and Cody Leach went dancing past the home defence and was brought down in the area as their right back couldn't handle him. Chloe Hodge stepped up confidently to take the resulting spot kick on 5 minutes but unfortunately for Sutton her effort was well saved by the keeper. It was then Oakworth who went on the attack but JP dealt with the threat by covering across and putting the ball out of play. Greg Riddiough then calmly defended the throw as he came out with the ball and released Callum Filkin with a quality through ball but unfortunately for Sutton Callum's shot went narrowly wide of the far post. A minute later and Oakworth were 2 up as the ball flicked off Brody Leach's head and fortuitously landed at the feet of the Oakworth striker who had a simple tap in. This came against the run of play but Sutton are a strong unit and they knew the game was nowhere near over. On 13 minutes Matt Akrigg won a corner after some good work on the right by himself and Thomas Harrison. Chloe sent in a corner which Oakworth scrambled clear but Sutton sent the ball back into the danger area for another goal mouth scramble which resulted in Cody Leach poking the ball home to make it 2 v 1 after 15 minutes. The Yellows were right back in the game.

Two minutes later and it was game well and truly on as Sutton pulled level through Chloe Hodge. Jacob Stephens got the ball to Thomas Harrison who found Matt Akrigg in space, Matt took on the home defenders and found Chloe in the middle of the penalty area who finished with confidence burying the ball into the back of the net. This was nothing less than Sutton deserved who had bossed the majority of the 1st quarter.

Five minutes later and Oakworth were back in front but this was against the run of play as Sutton were looking really dominant. A minute after taking the lead Oakworth should have been down to 10 players as Ellie Baraclough was on the receiving end a horrific 2 footed challenge after the ball had gone. Unfortunately only a free kick was given and no card from the young referee. This foul seemed to rattle Sutton a little and Oakworth were nearly 4 v 2 up after the home sides striker found himself in space in the penalty area and he unleashed a rasping shot but Morgan Selwood was up to the challenge and he pulled off a top quality diving save using strong hands to turn the ball around his near post. Selwood then caught the resulting corner to see off the danger. If the foul had rattled Sutton then Morgan's save seemed to lift the team again and really fired them up.

Sutton were deservedly back level on 27 minutes as Cody got his 2nd goal after a fantastic cross from Chloe which was right on the money and Cody smashed the ball into the top corner of the net to make it 3 v 3. Sutton should have taken the lead on 31 minutes as Chloe got a kick to her left ankle just inside the Oakworth half but she didn't let this put her off as she saw her opportunity and won the ball then she beat 1st one then two and finally a 3rd Oakworth player on her way down the left, she then cut inside onto her right foot and sent a wonderful cross in from the byline but unfortunately for Sutton no one could quite get on the end of it. If they would have done it would have been a goal.

Oakworth won a throw in deep in injury time and just when it looked like Sutton had cleared the danger it fell to one of the Oakworth strikers who scored a cracking goal as he put the ball into the top corner of the net. You just don't save those!!!

At half time the Sutton manager spoke to the players about the Rugby League world cup final and how England gave everything and left nothing out on the pitch. If they could do the same then they'd more than likely get a win.

Unfortunately the 2nd half started exactly the same as the 1st half with Oakworth scoring after just 32 seconds of the restart. There coach told them to go on and hammer Sutton but he obviously didn't watch the same 1st half as everyone else as Sutton had bossed the 1st half in everything but the score and they would do the same in the 2nd.

After 40 minutes Sutton were back in it. Chloe sent in another cracking corner which ended up at the feet of impressive defender Greg Riddiough who put the ball past the keeper giving him no chance. This is Greg's 1st goal of the season and made the score 5 v 4 to Oakworth. Things were getting heated on and off the pitch which Sutton had spoke about at half time, if they could get the opposition arguing then it ment they were on top even if they weren't in the lead on the scoresheet.

On 48 minutes Cody once again went dancing down the left and had beaten the right back with ease which forced what can only be described as a rugby tackle in the area from the right back. Maybe he'd also watched the previous days final? This time Chloe wasn't as confident as normal but the shout came out for her to take the penalty. She stepped up but once again the keeper made a fantastic save to deny her. On another day she'd have slotted them both away, next time I'm confident she will.

Morgan then pulled off another anazing save as Oakworth let fire a shot from the edge of the area which Selwood pushed over the bar, he needed strong arms as it was a fierce shot but Morgan was well and truly up to the challenge.

Again Sutton had a chance to pull back level after more good work from Cody who took on the Oakworth defence and then he sent in a fantastic cross which just evaded Matt Akrigg's toe by millimeters. All it needed was the slightest touch and it would have been a goal. Cody had the beating of the Oakworth right side and he had the right back in his pocket as he took them on and beat them time and time again. He was clearly enjoying himself out on the Sutton left.

Sutton drew level on the hour mark or at least they should have been as Chloe released Matt in acres of space and he blasted the ball confidently past the Oakworth keeper and in to the back of the net only for the referee to blow for offside even though the flag stayed down. The referee clearly hadn't seen the Oakworth right back who was 5 meters (and the rest) further down the field. The home support had shouted for everything as they were desperate and didn't like the fact Sutton had dominated this match which the young ref had done well to ignore but on this occasion he fell foul to their appeals and made a bad call. To his credit he imediately realised his mistake and apologised but he'd blown his whistle so it was too late to change his decision.

The Yellows were totally dominant in this 2nd half and how they weren't in the lead is anyones guess as Oakworth just couldn't break and the od time they did the Sutton rear guard dealt with what little threat they had.

With just a couple of minutes to go Oakworth tried to launch a counter attack only to come up against JP who brilliantly broke up their counter and played a lovely through ball for Callum Filkin who's shot was well saved by the keeper.

So that was that and another game where the scoreline didn't reflect the game but this team are improving week after week which is what junior football is all about. Yes wins are good and yes it would be good to be higher up the table but at the end of the day it's the players development that is the most important factor right now and these players are developing into fantastic young players.


Morgan Selwood stood strong in goals making several quality saves for which he needed strong hands.

The defenders all played well and as a diciplined unit. Greg Riddiough, JP, Brody Leach and Jacob Stephens all worked so hard and dealt with the Oakworth attack.

Ellie Baraclough came in for some extreme treatment against her former team but all credit to her for not retaliating and playing probably her best game yet for the Yellow's

Thomas Harrison was asked to play in an unfarmiliar role on the right of midfield where he performed really well and improved as the game progressed.

Cody Leach had the beating of the Oakworth right and left Bronte playing fields with the right back still in his pocket! I just hope he's let him out now.

Chloe Hodge despite missing 2 penalties kept her head up and she was pure class so it wasn't a surprise when Chloe received the acknowledgement of the Oakworth coaches who said she was the best player on the pitch for both sides.

Callum Filkin worked really hard up front causing Oakworth all sorts of problems. He's a real handful.

Matt Akrigg showed bags of skill and really should have had the goal that his hard work had earned him but unfortunately the ref made a ricket to deny Matt his just deserts.


Supporters Player(s) – CHLOE HODGE & GREG RIDDIOUGH

Opposition Player - CHLOE HODGE

Sporting Acheivement – JACOB STEPHENS & THOMAS HARRISON (for their combined hard work on the right)

Player of the Week – CODY LEACH

A final word about the ref. Yes he made a couple of mistakes that cost the Yellows dear but he is a young lad who is trying to make his way in being a referee and I thought he had a good game over all. The home fans and team didn't make his task easy but he stuck to it and was big enough to admit and apologise for his mistakes. Refereeing? I wouldn't do it for ££££££££ never mind for free. Well done lad and hope to see you at Sutton in the future.




Before the game kicked off there was a minutes silence for rememberance Sunday which was impeccably observed by both sets of players, coaches and supporters.

It was a bright sunny morning which meant the supporters stood on the same side as the Sutton manager as they couldn't see for the sun on the spectator side of the ground. This meant the spectators had to be on their best behaviour or they could find themselves in trouble from the Sutton coaching staff!

The Yellow's were without Reece Bithell who picked up an injury in last weeks warm up and also club captain James Pyrah was on the bench as he'd been a doubt before the game due to him having a bug all week. This meant that vice captain Chloe Hodge stepped up to take the captains armband on what was her birthday weekend.

Sutton for once started well as they are famous for their slow starts but not today. That said it was Thackley who had the 1st shot after 4 minutes but it was comfortably saved by keeper Morgan Selwood. Two minutes later Sutton won a corner which Chloe sent in which the visitors just managed to scramble clear to safety. It wasn't long before the home side hit the front and it was right midfielder James Kitson who started it off deep inside his own half. Thackley had the ball on the left and were looking to create a chance but James somehow won the ball with a cheeky back heel. He then had to battle his way past 3 more Thackley players before he had some clear grass in front of him which allowed him to then race down field and draw the Thackley defence out. At this point he laid the ball off to striker Matt Akrigg who beat an onrushing defender and squared the ball to strike partner Callum Filkin who rifled the ball into the back of the net giving the visiting keeper no chance. This was the 1st time in the 3 games against Thackley that the Yellows had been in front.

Sutton were totally dominant now and the only chances Thackley had were from breaks but most of them were stopped by some resolute defending by centre backs Greg Riddiough and Brody Leach.

It looked like Sutton would double their lead on 16 minutes as Cody Leach cut inside from the left and made his way into the penalty area and took the ball past the keeper only to somehow shoot wide with the goal gaping in front of him.

On 18 minutes Jacob Stephens who was playing at left back for the 1st time was replaced by James Pyrah. Jacob had had a very impressive 1st stint and looks more at home in defence more than in midfield. From the throw in Chloe Hodge found Matt Akrigg but the ball bobbled just as he took his shot and the keeper made a straight forward save. Callum was next to go close after Ellie Baraclough slid a fine through ball to the striker but this time the keeper pulled off a good save to deny him. A minute later Sutton did double their lead as the ball fell to Brody Leach inside the Sutton half where he controled the ball and then sent a fine ball over the top to pick out Matt Akrigg who collected the ball and put it past the keeper to make it 2 nil to the home side.

On 24 minutes Sutton were forced into a substitution as right back Thomas Harrison picked up a knock which he was struggling to shake off. It was a shame because Thomas was having another strong game but it meant Jacob would get another chance to impress at full back.

Sutton were now in total control and could easily have had a few more goals as both Chloe and Callum tested the keeper but he was having a good game and denied both players with fine saves. Sutton then forced another corner and as usual Chloe sent in a teasing cross which just missed Greg's head and Ellie's shot went just wide as Thackley failed to clear the danger.

James Kitson then got his reward for having a fine game as Ellie thwarted a Thackley break and threaded a great ball through to James who finished confidently to make it 3 nil to the hosts. Ellie was having a fine game as she frustrated the visitors every time they tried to come through the middle.

With a couple of minutes to go till half time Thackley looked like they were through on goal only for JP to get back and not only win the ball but he cleared the danger as well.

Half time and Sutton were looking comfortable with their 3 v 0 lead.

The Yellows were warned at half time that at some point in the game Thackley would have a spell where they could easily turn the game on it's head as they had done on the previous 2 meetings this season. It looked like they were going to do just that as they created a chance after just 30 seconds of the restart but Morgan Selwood made a good save. After 39 minutes Morgan was brought into action once more as Thackley broke and when the ref failed to spot that 2 of their players were clearly offside they bore down on goal but justice was done as Morgan made a fine save to deny them. Sutton managed to soak up this early pressure and then once again took control of the game as they broke down field and worked the ball to Callum who's fine effort was well saved by the visitors keeper. Next it was Chloe who forced another fine save from the keeper and Cody then hit the crossbar with a follow up shot and as the ball fell to Ellie on the edge of the area but unfortunately she pulled her shot just wide. Sutton continued to attack and increased their lead further on 49 minutes as Callum's shot was once again well saved by the keeper but Matt followed up and put the ball in to the goal to make it 4 nil. Ellie Baraclough who was also celebrating her birthday weekend came off for a breather after 53 minutes and was replaced by Jacob who had swapped with Thomas at half time. Shortly after Thackley won a free kick and sent in a good ball only to head it wide, much to the relief of the Sutton supporters.

Two minutes later and Sutton looked to have put the game to bed as they hit Thackley on the break after good defending from Thomas Harrison and Greg Riddiough the ball found its way to the impressive James Kitson and he picked out Callum Filkin in acres of space who calmly rounded the out rushing keeper and put ball into the back of the net to make it 5 nil with 14 minutes to go.

Unfortunately the home side thought they had got the game won at 5 v 0 and were guilty of everyone trying to score instead of creating chances for team mates. Thackley nearly made them pay by scoring 4 goals in the final 12 minutes, their 2nd coming after a blunder by Selwood but he made up for it by pulling off an amazing diving save low to his right only to see Thackley put the rebound in the goal. Morgan certainly couldn't be blamed for that as he had no chance with the rebound.

Sutton still had plenty of chances to kill the game off once and for all with Cody shooting inches over after a quality pass from Chloe but Cody would have been better to have crossed the ball. Matt did a fine turn and shot inside the area only to see the keeper once again pull off a fine save and Chloe saw her shot from the edge of the area drift agonisingly wide.

Sutton held on in the end to get a much deserved 5 v 4 victory which was the perfect birthday present for both Chloe Hodge (12) and Ellie Baraclough (13).



SUPPORTERS PLAYER –Greg Riddiough & James Kitson


PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Greg Riddiough



Sutton arrived for this Phoenix Cup tie after having a 2 week break without a fixture. The grass was on the long side which isn't good for Sutton's passing style of football.

The game kicked off and Sutton made their usual slow start and were soon behind to a 3rd minute goal from the hosts. This was doubled 3 minutes later as Brody Leach turned a cross into his own net. No blame can be given to Brody though as he had to try and deal with the dangerous cross with a number of Thackley players waiting behind him to put the ball in the net. Unfortunately for Brody he saw the ball squirm off his foot as he tried to turn the ball behind and he direcrted it past the stationary Morgan Selwood in goals leaving him with no chance to make the save.

At 2 nil down after just six minutes it looked like it was going to be a long difficult morning for the visitors but these players are made of tough stuff and they don't let set backs get them down. They regrouped and created a good chance of their own 2 minutes later as Matt Akrigg who was playing as a sole striker saw his shot saved by the home keeper. Sutton were soon right back in game as they worked it wide to Cody Leach on the left and he cut inside to beat at least 3 players on his way to the byline, he then sent a pass across the 6 yard line where Chloe Hodge slotted the ball past the Thackley keeper to make it 2 v 1 after nine minutes.

Sutton had now settled into the game and were managing to play some quality football despite the ankle deep grass as they pushed Thackley back as the Yellows went in search of an equalizer. After 14 minutes the home side managed to clear another good cross from Cody only for the ball to drop to Ellie Barraclough on the edge of the area and her shot just cleared the crossbar. Thackley were now getting frustrated and had resorted to pushing the Sutton players rather than trying to win the ball with a tackle fortunately the referee was on top of this and gave Sutton several freekicks. One such freekick on 16 minutes nearly resulted in a goal for Sutton as Greg Riddiough found Chloe in space and she threaded a neat ball through to Matt Akrigg who's shot was well saved by the home stopper.

The Yellows continued to put Thackley under pressure and they worked the ball out to the right wing where Reece Bithell got the ball and after some good work he beat a couple of Thackley players he then found Chloe Hodge on the edge of the penalty area, Chloe then beat another player as she cut inside and saw her chance as she fired her shot into the top corner of the Thackley goal to make it 2 v 2 after 18 minutes. This was an absolute wonder goal struck with power, pace and precision from outside the penalty box and it flew like an arrow into the top of the goal. Reece had been growing into the game in what was his 1st appearance of the season after sustaining an injury on the eve of the start of the new season. It was also the 1st time he'd played on the right side of midfield.

Thackley restored their lead after 20 minutes as they scored against the run of play after a Sutton attack broke down and Thackley hit them on the counter and they found their pacey striker in space who calmly took on Morgan in goal and slotted the ball home to make it 3 v 2. Sutton were nearly level 2 minutes later after a goalmouth scramble but unfortunately they just couldn't find a way to get the ball over the goal line and the home side finally managed to clear the danger. Sutton carried on pressing though and soon got their reward after 24 minutes. Sutton won 2 throw's in succession and Reece sent in a long throw into the box where Chloe flicked on with her head, the ball fell to Cody who managed to scramble the ball into the net to make it 3 v 3.

That was the final score of a very good 1st half which the Yellows had dominated for most of the opening period.

The 2nd half started the same as the 1st with Thackley getting 2 early goals on 35 minutes and then 37 minutes. Sutton then got themselves together and took control of the game but unfortunately they just couldn't find the goals they needed to be back in the game score wise. Sutton were creating chances but they just couldn't turn them into goals as the home keeper made some fine saves to deny them. On 16 minutes Cody received the ball on the left and sent in a wonderful cross which unfortunately beat everyone but the ball made it out to Reece on the right and he sent in another wonderful cross but again Sutton couldn't turn it into the goal.

Thackley then put the game to bed with 2 quick fire goals on 17 and 19 minutes which made the score 7 v 3. This came much against the run of play and the Sutton defence had performed well despite the scoreline with Greg, JP, Brody and Thomas Harrison all in good form. Thomas had made several good forward runs with the ball and the 7 v 3 score really didn't reflect the game so far.

A minute after Thackley's seventh goal the visitors were nearly on the score sheet for the 1st time in the second half only for the very impressive Chloe to be denied her hat trick not once but twice by the red and whites keeper. Sutton went on the attack straight from the restart as Matt passed to Chloe who found Reece in a bit of space he then passed down the line to Matt who sent in a very dangerous cross which Chloe met but her 1st shot was blocked by the keeper who quickley picked himself and smothered her follow up strike to deny the visitors. Unfortunately things got worse for Sutton as Thackley made it 8 v 3 after 23 minutes but again this was against the run of play. Again the Thackley keeper was called into action as he saved superbly off Cody who was having his best game of the season so far and back to the good form he was in at the back end of last season. A minute later though Cody got his reward as he got the ball wide out on the left. Cody then beat 1st one defender then cut inside to beat a 2nd and then a 3rd defender and just as it looked like he'd wasted a great opportunity he put the ball between the keeper and his near post to finally get them on the 2nd half scoresheet. It originally looked like Cody had fired into the side netting but it was obvious he'd scored when the keeper picked the ball out of the back of the net.

Thackley finished off the scoring by getting their 9th deep in injury time again against the run of play as Sutton were on the attack as they had been for most of the game. The final score of 9 v 4 really didn't reflect the game at all as Sutton had dominated most of the game with all the players playing well but these things do happen in junior sport and Sutton can take away the fact that they have improved massively from the 1st game of the season against the same opposition and this time out played them for large parts of the game. The defenders and defensive midfield of JP, Greg Riddiough, Brody Leach, Thomas Harrison and Ellie Barraclough (who did a cracking Cruyff turn) didn't get much of a mention because Sutton spent most of the time on the attack despite the final score. Also Jacob Stevens did a decent job in central midfield especially with his dangerous through balls. With more games a bit more confidence Jacob will become another good addition to the team.

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SUPPORTERS PLAYER – Reece Bithell & Chloe Hodge

SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT - Brody Leach (for his fantastic goal saving header off the line)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Chloe Hodge (Involved in everything and was the best player on the pitch)

OPPOSITION PLAYER OF THE WEEK Reece Bithell (one of his best performances for the club)


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The Yellows went into this mornings game still looking for their 1st win of the season and were up against a team they played once last season losing 4 v 1 away but that game was a much closer affair than the scoreline. Sutton were reminded before the game what had made them successful last season. That hard working team ethic had been lacking a little in previous games and if they were to get anything out of the game then they needed to get back to doing what they did so well last season.

Sutton kicked and were on the attack straight away winnining a corner within the 2nd minute which the visitors just about managed to clear. Sutton continued to press forward and when Horsforth cleared their lines the ball only went as far as James Pyrah who threaded a wonderful through ball for Striker Matt Akrigg who ran into the area but unfortunately he put his shot inches wide of the post. On 5 minutes Horsforth managed to win their 1st corner as Thomas Harrison broke down the visitors 1st attack and put the ball to safety. The danger was well dealt with by Sutton and they cleared their lines.

Two minutes later and Sutton were in front through lively striker Callum Filkin. Greg Riddiough and JP had combined well to break up a Horsforth attack and Brody Leach won the ball back in midfield and released Callum with a lovely through ball. Callum used his pace to beat the defenders to the ball and put it calmly past the onrushing goalie to make it 1 v 0 to the home side. The Yellows could have doubled their lead a minute later as the ball found its way to Matt Akrigg via Ellie Barraclough and Cody Leach and Matt's shot brought a good save from the keeper. Then on 11 minutes Matt Akrigg was at it again but yet again his shot was saved as the keeper turned the ball wide. Callum Filkin got his head on the resulting corner from Chloe Hodge but again the keeper made a good save. A minute later the visitors keeper was again called into action this time from a Cody Leach strike but again the keeper denied Sutton with a good save.

Sutton made a change after 15 minutes as Cody Leach got a kick to his ankle and had to go off injured and was replaced by Jacob Stevens.

On 16 minutes Horsforth won their 3rd corner after more good defending from Thomas and JP. It was heart in mouth time as they put the ball into the 6 yard area and Sutton struggled to get the ball clear. After a bit of a goal mouth scramble they managed to get the ball clear as Brody finally managed to boot the ball up field and to safety. For the next 7 minutes the visitors had their best part of the 1st half as they put the Sutton defenders under a fair bit of pressure but between them and keeper Morgan Selwood they dealt with everything the visitors through at them. On 23 minutes the ball fell to Chloe Hodge who's inch perfect through ball found Callum Filkin but yet again the visitors keeper manage to save his shot. Horsforth then managed to win 3 corners in quick succession the 1st coming after a wonderful block from Brody Leach who turned the ball behind. Sutton dealt well with the threat from the Horsforth corners and soon they were 3 nil up. Firstly a wonderful pass from Ellie Barraclough found Matt Akrigg in the area and he blasted his shot past the keeper to double the Yellows lead on 29 minutes. Then 2 minutes later they were 3 up as 1st Matt had a shot saved and the rebound fell to Callum who also saw his shot saved only for the ball to fall to James Kitson who burried the ball into the back of the net to make it a well deserved 3 nil lead to Sutton. There were cries of offside from the visitors but it looked onside from where I was stood.

The score stayed at 3 v 0 til the half time whistle sounded. The players still got a bit of a telling off though as the Sutton manager didn't want the team getting complacent and thinking that the game was won at half time.

Cody Leach was re-introduced for Jacob Stevens who'd been lively since coming on.

Sutton had clearly listened to the half time message and were on the attack from the restart. On 38 minutes Matt Akrigg got his second of the game after strike partner Callum Filkin bravely won the ball off the Horsforth centre backs and found Chloe Hodge in space who's good work and perfect pass created a chance for Matt who put his shot past the keeper and into the net to make it 4 v 0. 2 minutes later and Sutton had a corner after Cody Leach thought he'd scored only for his shot to be cleared off the line and turned away for a corner. Chloe's corner was headed over by a Horsforth defender for a 2nd corner. This time Chloe sent in another teasing cross which the defence managed to clear but Chloe had read the play and moved to the left hand edge of the area where she brought the ball down and beat the keeper with an audacious chip from just outside the area which gave the keeper no chance. This cracking goal made it 5 v 0 to the home side.

Horsforth were now throwing everything at Sutton as they desperately looked for some consolation but the Sutton rearguard held strong with Morgan Selwood sweeping up what the defence didn't clear. After 49 minutes Horsforth did manage to force their 1st corner of the 2nd half which Sutton struggled to clear and just when they thought they'd finally got on the scoresheet Greg Riddiough cleared a shot off his goal line.

With about quarter of an hour remaining Sutton were forced into their final substitution as Cody Leach succumed to his earlier knock and was replaced by Jacob Stevens.

A minute later and the visitors were finally on the scoreboard as they fired home from inside the Sutton box giving keeper Selwood no chance. The game then went a bit end to end as first Callum had his shot saved and then a couple of minutes later Horsforth put a shot inches wide of Sutton's goal.

On 61 minutes the home side extended their lead and put what ever chance the visitors had of getting something out of the game totally beyond reach. James Kitson broke down a Horsforth attack and found Matt Akrigg out wide on the right. Matt then cut inside and found Chloe Hodge in front of goal with a lovely cross which Chloe put away for her 2nd of the game and the home sides 6th.

It then looked like Sutton had put the cue in the rack early as the visitors got 2 more goals in the next 3 minutes both of which should have been dealt with by the Sutton back 4 and keeper but they had worked so hard in the previous 62 minutes they could be forgiven for switching off when they were tired. Fortunately the Yellows did wake up again and saw out the final 5 minutes and the visitors didn't threaten again.

Final whistle blew to bring to a close a fine performance by the home side and by far their best performance of the season. They look to be back to where they were in the 2nd half of last season, working hard and playing well for each other. Every player played their part and the awards must have been very difficult to choose as there were several candidates.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Greg Riddiough

SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT – Chloe Hodge (for her beauty of a chip)

The awards were extremely difficult this week as everyone played their part in the performance. It was great to have Brody Leach back in defense and he was extremely unlucky not to get an award. Chloe Hodge was class as usual creating plenty of chances and scoring 2. Callum Filkin worked his socks off and scored a good goal. Matt got his customary double and for the 3rd week running won the away managers player. Morgan Selwoods big clearences helped to launch several attacks. JP orchestrated his defense well. Ellie Barraclough broke up play and got 1 asist and played a part in another goal. James Kitson had arguably his best game for Sutton since joining in the summer and looked dangerous going forward. Cody Leach had a really good 1st stint but was unfortunately hampered by injury. Finally last but not least Jacob Stevens continues to show good promise and is improving every week.



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The Yellows were playing their 1st home game of the season after the earlier postponement had given them no fixture on the first day of the season. They were also wearing their brand new kit for the first time thanks to RRG Group and Toyota Silsden for continuing to back the team for the next 2 years.

Sutton kicked the match off and were looking a little lathargic it was almost as if some of the players had been partying the night before but surly not when they knew they had a game of football to play in the morning. Despite this Sutton took the lead on 6 minutes as Greg Riddiough released Callum Filkin with a fine pass. Callum then took on the defence and found Matt Akrigg who lashed the ball into the back of the net to give Sutton an early lead.

Unfortuately their lead didn't last long as Menston drew level on 7 minutes as the Sutton defence were caught napping. Menston then spent the next few minutes putting the home side under pressure as they won a corner but thankfully keeper Brody Leach dived low to prevent another score. Menston did take the lead though as they scored on the counter as Sutton were looking to draw level Menston cleared their area and were quickly down the other end to make it 2 – 1 after 11 minutes. The visitors then made it 3 – 1 on 14 minutes as they scored a goal that was a carbon copy of their previous score. Once again a Sutton attack broke down and Menston were quick to counter and punish the home side.

On 19 minutes Menston won 3 corners on the bounce but Sutton stood up to the challenge and eventually cleared the danger. Unfortuately within a minute it was 4 – 1 to Menston as they extended their lead. This was a bit harsh on Sutton but they seem to be struggling with playing 3 at the back.

Sutton won a corner on 25 minutes and vice captain Chloe Hodge sent in a dangerous cross which the vistors defence cleared only for it to drop to the Yellows captain James Pyrah just outside the area. JP rifled his shot over the Menston keeper and into the roof of the net to score only his 2nd goal in 7 years. His last effort was from just inside his own half with a wind asisted effort 2 years ago. That made the half time score 4 – 2 to Menston and on the balance of play it was a fair scoreline.

Within 2 minutes of the restart Brody Leach produced a fine diving save to deny Menston another goal. 2 minutes later Menston did extend their lead as their striker received the ball and drove into the box then put it past the onrushing Sutton keeper to make it 5 – 2.

Two minutes later Sutton were back in the game. They won a free kick just inside the visitors half which Greg Riddiough took quickly. He found Jacob Stevens in space and his low cross was met by Chloe Hodge who made no mistake in putting the ball past the keeper and into the net. At 5 – 3 the home side were back in the game and if they could have put Menston under some sustained pressure they could easily have won this game but unfortuately it was Menston who took a grip on the game. Menston controlled the next 10 minutes and scored 3 more goals to put the game beyond the home side. It would have been easy for Sutton to just give in but this team have strong character and they weren't about to cave in. With 4 minutes remaining Jacob Stevens put in a lovely through ball which Matt Akrigg latched on to and he calmly rounded the keeper to put the ball into the empty net. At 8 – 4 the game was all but over but as I said this group don't give up and Sutton finished the game on top as they won 3 corners in a row but unfortuately they couldn't convert them into goals.

Special mentions have to go to firstly Greg Riddiough who battled away all the game and produced some great balls going forward. He also kept encouraging his team mates through the whole game. Also Chloe Hodge who's corners were causing panic in the penalty area and produced a goal for JP. It's only a matter of time before Sutton start to turn more of these corners into goals. Brody Leach was brave as always and his brother Cody worked hard up front but looked to tire at the end (I think he may have been 1 of the partying contingent). Thomas Harrison worked hard and Jacob Stevens showed some improvement as he looks to fit into the side. Both Ellie Barraclough and James Kitson are starting to fit into the team nicely and both will only get better as the season goes on. Callum Filkin worked hard and was a lively treat the whole game both on the left and up front. Matt Akrigg helped himself to a brace of goals again as his efforts are paying off. JP wasn't quite as impressive as last week but he did weigh in with that wonder goal although I think he was another one who was out partying!


PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Callum Filkin




REFEREE'S PLAYER – Greg Riddiough

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