The persistent rain during the week again affected the Aycliffe Juniors fixtures but around half the sides managed to find a dry spot for a game…
The Under 7’s played the final match of their league season at Ferryhill. The first game epitomised their season with hard work, playing together as a team and creating space to attack the opposition. The teams were evenly matched and goals from Ashton and Kai saw the match end 2-2. In the second game two early goals were conceded but Harrison and Ashton scored to draw level before Ferryhill found the winner and the game ended 3-2. Huge thanks and well done to all the players for their brilliant play during the season.
The Under 8’s continued their series of friendlies bridging the gap before their final league game on the 1st May. This weekend they travelled to Stokesley and won both games 4-1 then 5-4.
The Under 9’s have completed their league fixtures but the Under 10’S Russell Foster league team will be playing their spring cup competition until mid May. This week they faced Jarrow FC Phythons at a different venue than planned due to waterlogged pitches. It was a game they dominated but could not find a break through. In the first half Evan hit the post and Noah went close. Sam was solid in defence and Josh showed some good touches on the right wing. Later on Taylor hit the bar, Evan had a shot saved and Taylor made a mazy run but his effort was blocked. Jarrow had one good effort well saved by Herbie which earnt him the man of the match award in a game then ended goalless.
The Under 10’s TJFA league side are now close to their fourth consecutive league title after beating second placed Middleton Rangers 2-1. The game was switched from their Darlington base to the 3G pitches at Middlesbrough Sports Village. The Aycliffe team had a great opening period with Harry and Zack making good ground down the wings, Jake dominated midfield. Charlie was clearing anything thrown at the team and Aaron was driving forward well. It was Lucas up front who made the assists again this week after he was involved in laying on Zack’s opening goal and holding the ball up well for Aaron to chip the keeper from distance. The 2-0 lead was halved as Middleton broke but the game was in control and ended 2-1.
The Under 11’s game was lost to the weather whilst the Under 12’s made the trip to face Brompton Juniors for their last away game of the season. With Nathan still unwell James and Jamie shared the goal keeping duties. Aycliffe controlled the game and after around ten minutes Adam opened the scoring before Jermaine crossed for Zack to finish and open up a 2-0 lead at half time. After finishing his stint in goal James scored a great free kick and with Jermaine making good runs down the wing both Adam and Zack added their second goals. One goal went the other way then Dylan scored the teams sixth goal from a free kick. Jermaine was man of the match as the team look to build momentum and enjoy their final four league games which are all at home.
All of the older teams lost out to the weather and the waterlogged pitches mean a bigger fixture pile up for them to get through.