After the Government’s easing of the lockdown restrictions on grassroots football York and District u-13 Schoolboys welcomed Bradford Schoolboys for the first match back after lockdown. The priority of this match was to sit back and watch the lads enjoying themselves once again.
The first 20 minutes was a little frantic as both teams eased back in to playing after such a long layoff, York edged the first 20 minutes creating the better chances, but they were unable to find the goal. Just as the first quarter was coming to an end Bradford broke free resulting in a penalty being awarded. York keeper Oliver Huffer stood tall filling the goal as best as he could, he won the battle of minds saving the penalty with his feet. The boys went in 0-0 after the first quarter.
The 2nd quarter got under way with both teams relaxing in to the match and creating some lovely football, York broke the deadlock first with a goal by Ben Farrar who beat the Bradford defenders on pace to slot the ball in to the back of the net with a sweet left foot strike. The 2nd quartet ended 1-0 to York.
The 3rd quarter again started with both teams giving 100% , Bradford came out strong calling on York’s back 3 of Aidan Fewlass, Reece Potter and Mitch Barson to be strong and organised, the constant pressure unfortunately told with Bradford scoring to make it 1-1. York re-grouped and the character of each player was now showing, the York midfield took control of the match, bossing the play and putting in some great work. York were soon awarded a free kick out on the right wing, Danny Nicholson delivered a quality ball in to the box to find the head of Alex Steele who jumped the highest to head a fantastic goal, 2-1. York now pushed on and were awarded a penalty as Ben Farrar was fouled, he dusted himself down to slot the ball low and hard to the keepers left, 3-1 York at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The fourth quarter was dominated by York, a further 4 goals were scored, 2 were added by Louis McGurrin the best being a delightful chip over the on rushing Bradford keeper who could only watch the ball loop over his head and nestle in to the goal. The other 2 goals were scored by James Borlase and a lovely solo effort by Danny Nicholson who went on mazy run and slotted the ball through the keepers legs to make it 7-1.
Although a great result for York & District U13’s the true winner was to have football back after such a challenging period and to watch both sets of players doing what they love best.
Scorers : – Ben Farrar – 2, Louis Mcgurrin – 2, Danny Nicholson – 1, James Borlase – 1, Alex Steele – 1