U14s V Linthwaite, Upperthong & Hepworth - Match Report
U14s v Hepworth Utd (h) - Match Report
U14s return to winning ways in the league
Uppermill 7 Hepworth Utd 1
Huddersfield U14s Sunday League - Division 3
Sunday 3rd November 2013
Churchill Playing Fields
After five successive away games, Uppermill finally played at home for the first time since 22nd September; their first game at the newly reopened Churchill facility .The hazy days back in late September are now a distant memory with the weather now far more befitting an autumnal November early morning - temperature barely nudging 7 degrees, a bright, fresh start that soon changed to intermittent showers then pouring rain for much of the second half.
The boggy pitch, a late change from the original one designated, was just about playable with water never too far away under the muddy surface.
Hepworth, starting the game in 8th place, fielded a team of only 10 men, having suffered three late cry-offs just as they set off for the match. Apart from a brief spell at 2-1 down, they never really presented any serious threat in what was to become a one-sided game.
Uppermill, in 5th place before the start, were comfortable throughout and played some excellent football given the poor state of the pitch.
The seven goals were shared between Lewis Burton and hatricks each for Ben Kershaw (a good effort given that he played a quarter of the game in goal) and Travis Thornley, who scored a selection of hum dingers from long range to go with his others from previous weeks in what is turning out to be a one man goal of the season competition!
Matt Pazos played in goal again for the first half, with the second being shared between Ben and Toby Kershaw; a good effort from all concerned.
The splendid morning was rounded off by a visit from a photographer from the Oldham Chronicle who took a series of action shots plus a team photo to go on the website
Man of the match was Elliott Gregory.
U14s V Upperthong (a) - Match Report
U14s lose thriller at league leaders Upperthong.
Upperthong 4 Uppermill 3
Huddersfield U14s Sunday League - Division 3
Sunday 27th October 2013
Sands Recreation Ground, Holmfirth
Uppermill travelled over the Pennines to a rainy Holmfirth to play their fifth away game on the bounce, this time a league match against top of the table Upperthong.
Played on the pitch in front of the Holmfirth swimming baths, the match kicked off at lunchtime and followed immediately after another game. With the incessant, squally showers, the surface by then had cut up into a mud bath although it was a welcome change to see a much smaller (albeit bobbly) pitch than usual.
As the fixture was being played at half term there were a lot of players away on holiday so Uppermill were down to the bare bones of just eleven players only (so no substitutes). Ironically, this seemed to suit the team better as a momentum was established throughout without the complication that trying to accommodate numerous substitutions sometimes brings
Matt Pazos played in goal and put in a splendid performance, resplendent in his white kit that so did not suit the muddy conditions!
Uppermill started brightly and were one up after a minute with a well taken goal slipped under the advancing keeper by Joe Langridge. Showing little respect for the runaway league leaders, the away advantage was doubled when Lewis Burton tapped in a second after good work down the right from Ben Fawley (although the ref missed a blatant handball in the build-up).
The home team responded well, however, and were level after a relatively short time when Uppermill conceded an own goal and then failed to clear a corner.
Uppermill refused to lie down and were soon back in the lead after a splendid run down the left by Joe who finished with a rocket in to the top of the net to make it 3-2 to score what was undoubtedly the goal of the game.
An exciting first half ended with the teams level at 3-3 after the home team again replied.
The second half saw Uppermill continue their admirable performance although the team began to tire slightly without the luxury of any substitutes.
The game finally swung on two key passages of play. Firstly Joe had a close range shot superbly saved by the home team keeper – a desperate block using his legs. Uppermill then conceded a foul throw and Upperthong restarted with a shot against the post and a rebound in to win the game 4-3.
Any neutral watching the game would have been hard pressed to guess which team were the run away league leaders. Uppermill, with only 11 players available throughout on a quagmire of a pitch, were very unlucky to lose this game.
Man of the match was Joe Langridge.
U14s v Linthwaite (a) - Match Report
U14s win in the cup at Linthwaite
Linthwaite 5 Uppermill 8
Huddersfield League Cup
Sunday 20th October 2013
Rounds Hall School, Linthwaite
This time saw a reasonably short trip down the A62 for Uppermill to take on Linthwaite in the Huddersfield League Cup.
This was the fourth away game on the run and yet again the pitch was a large bumpy affair, very much open to the elements on the far extremities of the school playing fields on another windy Sunday morning.
In what turned out to be very much a game of two contrasting halves, Uppermill stormed to a 4-1 lead by the break, with goals from Joe Langridge, Ben Kershaw, Travis Thornley (another top corner beauty struck from the edge of the box) and a penalty from Matt Pazos (who was actually playing in goal at the time!).
In what has become a bit of a pattern recently resulting from both the need to change the goalkeeper and also how best to accommodate our healthy turnout with numerous substititutions, some momentum was lost in the second half. Linthwaite actually got back to 6-5 before Uppermill breathed easily again after a late flurry to win 8-5.
The second half saw another goal from Joe Langridge, two from Lewis Burton and pick of the bunch, a mazy run down the right with an unstoppable finish from Matt Pazos - a goal that Yaya Toure would have been proud of!
Man of the match was Lewis Hallett