The game of the weekend for Scarborough Ladies FC was also probably the game of the season so far –in any age-group!
The under-15s, having only lost one game in six, headed to Brompton in Northallerton buoyed by the 5-3 win against Stamford Bridge the previous week. Brompton had won five from five however, so it was going to be a stern test for Ian Firth’s youngsters.
And so it proved in the first half, when the home side took a 4-0 lead into the break.
After 10 minutes of the second half it was 5-0, and it looked as though the league leaders could inflict a cricket score on the Boro girls.
However, Maria Hammond scored to give her team some hope. But Brompton responded – scoring a sixth goal, and surely sealing their sixth win in a row.
The Scarborough girls could have let their heads drop, settled for the loss, and gone home to put this one to rest.
But instead they galvanised themselves, lifted their heads, and attacked the Brompton goal with wave-after-wave of penetrating moves.
With around 20 minutes of the hour-long game to go, Megan Green found the back of the net to make it 6-2. Hayley Scholes then scored directly from a corner for her side’s third. Green added her second and the side’s fourth soon after.
Brompton didn’t sit back completely however, and sub keeper Charlie Ward was forced into two vital saves.
Rachel Laverack then netted Boro’s fifth goal, and it seemed as though the impossible comeback was now possible. Laverack came close twice more as the Brompton keeper pulled off some heroics as the rest of her side couldn’t cope with Scarborough’s attacks.
Finally the pressure told, and with just minutes left, Hannah Green showed sublime skill and strength to dribble past three players before putting the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.
The girls celebrated as if they had won the game, and to be able to draw 6-6 after trailing 6-1 is an achievement worthy of celebration!
The under-13s’ form continues to be strong, as they creep up behind leaders York RI week by week.
Last Saturday they faced Fulford Flyers at home, and they recorded their sixth win out of the last six matches with a 3-1 scoreline.
Captain Aimee Ireland scored a hat-trick, and is now the club’s leading goal-scorer at junior level with 14 goals in seven games.
Her team mates Molly Sinclair and Kira McLean came close to scoring also, while defenders Megan Wingfield, Shian Sheader and Chelsea Jackman protected keeper Tiff Ireland throughout the game.
Becky Mallen and Jianna-May Pickard also contributed to a fine win which sees Kevin Mallen’s girls just two points behind the leaders with all to play for in the second half of the season.
The under-16s had to battle for their three points at home against Brompton Juniors.
But they kept their unbeaten record intact with a 4-3 victory – Chantel Padgham scored twice, with Chloe Bennett and Beth Taylor also netting.
The girls now site level on points with leaders Poppleton, but have a game in hand.
It was a slightly easier victory for the open-age side on Sunday, away at Thirsk Falcons.
Chloe Bennett helped herself to four goals and Phoebe Townsend a hat-trick, as their side won 12-0.
Alice Turner and Gem Brady struck a brace each, with Diz Hodgson scoring a single goal.
It was a strong victory considering the team were without senior regulars such as Nic English, Natalie Wilford and Laura Breckon.