Knottingley teams enjoy gala glory

Knottingley Albion under 9s, who won the North Duffield Dragons Gala
Knottingley Albion under 9s, who won the North Duffield Dragons Gala

Knottingley Albion under 9s came home victorious after entering two teams in a North Duffield Dragons Gala.

Albion’s Whites emerged as winners after coming through a tough group, opening with a win thanks to two great goals by Callum Ferguson.

In the next two games Ferguson and Jaime Bouncer got on the scoresheet to put Albion top before they beat local rivals Pontefract Sports and Social 2-1. Great pressure came from Keagan Preistley and Jay Jay Fish, whose pass set up Joe McManus to hit a screamer into the net. More good work by Spencer Howe led to Ferguson scoring a second.

Albion lost to group winners Snaith Tornados, but went through in second and went on to beat North Duffield in the semis when keeper Dan Sims was excellent and Ferguson netted the winner.

The final saw Knottingley up against Snaith Tornados again and they hit back from one down to win 2-1 as Preistley set up Fish to equalise and Ferguson’s run led to Fish coolly finishing again.

Albion Blues had a mixed start in the other group, losing to the hosts then drawing as some great runs from Dom Coutts were rewarded with a Brandon Kilvington goal.

Great performances from keeper Lewis Morgan, Kyle Thompson and Billy Gates helped the Blues to draws and they made it through to the plate cup with a win in their last group match after fantastic play from Finley Barker and Charlie Hoaksey and goals from Kilvington.

Their semi-final saw them play Ponte Sport and Social, who proved too good, but all the lads gave 100 per cent.

Knottingley under 9s added a second gala success when the Whites triumphed again in the Moorends Stingers event.

They began with a draw against the hosts despite great attacking play from Callum Ferguson and Spencer Howe.

A 3-1 win over Pontefract Collieries B followed as Ferguson (two) and Jay Jay Fish were on target. Albion now needed to win their last group game to go through and did so as great play from Joe McManus and Keagan Preistley set Jaime Bouncer on a run to score. Stainforth pulled a goal back after a great save from keeper Dan Sims, but Howe’s superb free-kick clinched victory.

A tough semi-final against Groves was won right at the end with a Ferguson header and the final saw Albion in fine form against Moorends. Ferguson put them ahead only for a late equaliser to send the game into extra-time when Fish came up with a winner from Bouncer’s corner.

Albion Blues started slowly in group B, losing 2-0 then drawing 1-1 as Kaylum scored.

A draw against Ponte Colls A earned the Blues a place in the plate semis as they played some great football with Conner McLaughlan outstanding and Mason Scott and O’Donnell hitting the woodwork. They were then knocked out in a penalty shoot-out against Ponte Colls B.

Knottingley Albion under 13s added a Moorends Gala triumph to their list of achievements when they were in good form at the weekend.

The hosts recently clinched the Doncaster League and the league winners from Hull also took part, but it was Knottingley who came out on top.

They got off to a flyer, beating Moorends Yellows 4-0, and this set the tempo as they played some superb football to beat Hessle Flames 3-0, Balby 2-0, Thorne 2-0 and Appleby Frodingham 2-0 to win their group convincingly.

This set up a semi final against Balby’s other team and Knottingley swept them aside 3-0. The final was against Hull league winners Hessle and after a tight first half Albion took control to win 2-0.

The whole squad of Brad Watson, Mitch McHugh, Sam Wright, Josh Powell, Zac Wilkinson, Ben Watts and Brogan Foster was outstanding, scoring 18 and conceding none.