ROUND-UP New season starts for Glossop Juniors
Tuesday 12th September 2017 14:32 Reports Sports Posted by Adam Higgins

Glossop Juniors kicked off their new seasons last weekend, with all teams having to battle against difficult weather conditions.

Some teams were not able to play on either Saturday or Sunday because of waterlogged pitches caused by heavy rain but there were some good results for those who did manage to get a game.

There was a really good team performance from the Under 8s Whites on Saturday, as they battled back hard in the second half and were rewarded with goals from Noah and Jacob D. There were also some good skills shown by Ben and Alfie, who pulled off a great last minute save. Vincent was the Player of the Match.

The Under 8s Reds made their league debut in the High Peak Junior Football League on Sunday morning. There were well-taken goals from Harry Gould, whose overall composed display won him the Player of the Match award. There were great debuts too from Walter and Liam.

Following on from the Blues earlier, the Whites made it a great morning for the Under 10s at Wright Robinson. After a slow start, the boys played some lovely football, highlighted by a screamer of a free-kick from Drew. A few words of encouragement and a loud team cry of “GLOSSOP” heralded the start of the second half. It was clear from the outset the boys had the upper hand, but a handball gave away a penalty which James saved brilliantly. From then on, Glossop dominated and some lovely play through midfield showed signs of good things to come for the rest of the season. Every player deserves a mention as the teamwork was excellent but there was a well deserved Player of the Match award for Freddie.

The Under 13s Blues started their seventh season in the East Manchester Premiership against last year’s champions Curzon Ashton away from home. The Blues went into half-time level, thanks to a stunning strike from Rhys Goodall. They eventually lost 6-2, with Ollie McKay scoring late on and winning Player of the Match.

Meanwhile, the Under 16s Blues got their season up and running with a hard fought draw away to Whitemoss. Having taken an early lead, the Blues found themselves 2-1 behind and, despite levelling at 2-2, conceded again to go in at the break 3-2 down. An end-to-end second half finally saw the Glossop lads get the point they deserved when Declan Hacking kept his cool to produce a fine finish from the edge of the penalty with just five minutes remaining. The other goal scorers were Jacob O’Donnell and Nathan Jackson. Overall, it was an excellent game of football with most spectators agreeing that a draw was fair result.

Glossop’s Under 17s Blues began with a 2-1 defeat away at Inter Cheadle Under 18s on Sunday, despite putting in a superb performance. Their football at times was breathtaking, but they faced a keeper in fine form. With 25+ chances during the game, they were only able to score one, via a strike from Mason making his debut. Man of the Match was Isaac, who put in a great defensive display, composed and relaxed alongside Tom.

And finally, the Under 14 Blues played Mossley on Saturday in very difficult conditions. Despite going 3-0 down, the lads continued to battle hard and stuck with their philosophy of playing football. The Blues were able to pull themselves back into the game with two well-worked goals scored by Ollie, who won the Parent’s Man of the Match after an encouraging debut. The coaches’ Man of the Match went to Dylan, who put in a very commendable midfield display. Despite the result, it was a pleasing display which bodes well for the season ahead.

By Jack Dunkerley