North Staffs Junior Youth Football League Under 12s
Waterhouses Park Rangers 1 Athletico Stoke 2
IN A GAME where the wind was a major influence and goal chances were at a premium, Waterhouses were very unlucky not to get at least a draw.
Although Stoke had the wind advantage, Waterhouses showed some excellent defensive qualities to counter the threat.
Waterhouses looked dangerous on the break and Jake Whiston broke free to see his shot go just wide.
Stoke got a break just before the interval, when Waterhouses keeper Tommie Staley could only parry the ball, and a Stoke forward was quickest to react to slot home from close range.
It was Waterhouses' turn to have the wind at their backs in the second half and they started to press their advantage.
Dan Hardy had a header from just inside the six-yard box saved and a few minutes later, Jack Shepherdson hit a powerful shot out of the keeper's reach to equalise.
The game continued to be a tight affair with very few chances but Stoke scored the decisive goal which was a replica of their first goal. Waterhouses continued to press for the equaliser and from a corner, Dan Hardy's close-range effort was cleared off the line.
Eccleshall Eagles 1 Leek Town Lions 3
LIONS recorded their first league win of 2014, inspired by an early goal.
Elliott Knight put them ahead after just six minutes from a move involving James Hollins and Adam Knot.
However, Lions lead lasted only 15 minutes, as the home side drew level with a bobbling shot which sneaked inside the far post.
With half-time approaching, Lions regained the initiative when a Knott header from a Hollins corner was blocked – but Kieran Millward reacted quickest to volley home.
The second half saw the visitors have the wind advantage, and they came out as if they had the game already won
However, Will Graham twice came to Leek's rescue with last-ditch tackles.
Lions eventually re-established control and made the game safe when Knott picked out Luke Bowman to score with a curling left foot shot into the top corner.
Goldenhill Juniors 2 Cheadle Town 0
AFTER the previous weekend's excellent performance against ASC Tigers, Cheadle should have gone into this game full of confidence. However, with seven players declaring themselves unavailable, manager Glyn Pattinson was left with a considerable headache.
The injured Jack Derbyshire bravely put on the goalkeeper's gloves and, to his immense credit, went on to produce a fine performance.
The game started disastrously for Cheadle, with the hosts taking the lead inside 30 seconds when a wind-assisted punt upfield caught the makeshift defence off guard and the Goldenhill striker went through to score
The Cheadle back four of Jack Pattinson, Kurt Silvester, Tommy Burnett and Jonny Clowes stuck to their task and grew in confidence as they ensured that the hosts were unable to extend their lead before half-time.
With the benefit of the wind in the second period, Cheadle were hopeful of getting something from the game.
However just five minutes into the half they conceded again, when some hesitant defending gifted the Goldenhill striker his second goal.
A Dan Harper corner was met by an excellent diving header from Pattinson – but with the Goldenhill keeper beaten, it was cleared off the line by a defender.
Minutes later, Cheadle had the ball in the back of the net from a Woolliscroft long throw, but the ball had evaded everyone and the effort was correctly chalked off.
This weekend, Cheadle have another tough fixture when they travel to unbeaten Audley and manager Pattinson will be hoping to have a few more players available for selection.