U14 Titans pick up the points

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Titans were at home to Seacroft Colts in the unfamiliar surroundings of East Ardsley Rec, the game having been moved there due to the state of the pitches at The Crescent. This was their first game for 3 weeks, and they were looking to repeat the good performance that saw them narrowly miss out to league leaders Garforth Rangers last time out. The visitors arrived with a marginally better record in the league so this was always likely to be a close game, and Titans opted to play up the slope in the first half with the bright autumn sun in their eyes. And it was Titans who took an early lead when Ben fired home a superb strike from just outside the penalty area which gave the keeper no chance. However the lead was short-lived as Seacroft equalised straight from the kick-off, with Titans guilty of being asleep at the back. This set-back didn’t seem to faze the Titans though, and Paul regained them the lead, slotting home from close range. Matty then extended the lead, sidefooting home a Ben cross from inside the 6-yard box, before the roles were reversed – Ben tapping in after the keeper spilled a Matty shot. Half-time 4-1.

In the half-time talk the Titans were tasked with getting the first goal of the second half, which would probably have put the game to bed. However it was Seacroft who found the net first, beating debutant keeper Ewan. With their tails up they then added another to close the deficit to one goal, despite a strong suspicion of offside in the build up. Ben then completed his hat-trick and restored the 2-goal advantage, racing through after equally looking to be in an offside position to cooly beat the Seacroft keeper. There was still time for Seacroft to add a fourth which led to a few nervous minutes before the referee blew to see Titans run out 5-4 winners.

Man-of-the-Match was Luke for a hard-working display as substitute in a rare outfield appearance for him.