JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Otters at their best to beat Bedale in cup clash

Minor League round up, sponsored by Hawkes Health Fitness & Coaching
Minor League round up, sponsored by Hawkes Health Fitness & Coaching

Scalby Under-14s’ best team performance of the season helped them into the next round of the North Riding Cup as they overcome an excellent Bedale side.

The Bedale outfit, who had plenty of height in their team, started the game very brightly but found Scalby Under-14s' Connor Avison and Eddy Hopper in great form from the start.

Heslerton Under-Eights keeper Joey Palmer keeps out a Cayton strike. Picture: Steve Lilly

Heslerton Under-Eights keeper Joey Palmer keeps out a Cayton strike. Picture: Steve Lilly

Fifteen minutes into the game Louis Kille broke down the right hand side and swung in a delightful cross for Reuben Staveley to sweep home and put the Otters 1-0 up.

A few minutes later Liam Coulson had a rasping 30-yard drive tipped over by the commanding Bedale keeper which would have put Scalby 2-0 up.

However Bedale went down the other end and scored a good goal themselves to level the game up.

Bedale had a touch more possession in the first half and broke down the wings a few times, causing problems for the Scalby defence and in the last seconds of the first half their winger cut in and struck a lovely shot, only for Freddie White to make a full-length top drawer save to keep the scores locked at 1-1 at half-time.

Bedale again played to their strengths in the second half, using their fast wingers a lot, Josh Pickin, Olly Backhouse and Sam Norton having their hands for the full match.

One of the Bedale wingers was an excellent player and caused problems all afternoon and it was one of his mazy runs that led to a penalty and their taker made no mistake to put them ahead.

Midfield maestro Edwards, who had a great game, set Jake Reeves up for his first of the game to equalise, but again Bedale came back with a drive from outside the box to take a 3-2 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Scalby then stepped it up a gear, Tyler Smith, who was excellent all game, linked well with Owen Lambert and Will Whiteside to set Reeves up for his second to make it 3-3 and set up a nervy finale to a thrilling cup tie.

In the final minute Bedale broke clean through, but man of the match White made a crucial save.

Scalby then played the ball out with Kille putting Staveley clean through for him to lob the advancing goalkeeper with a great finish and put the Otters into the next round of the competition.

Scholes Park Raiders Under-12s beat Pickering Pikes 7-0.

Raiders battled in torrential rain and dominated their cup clash opponents Pickering.

Once again Raiders squad put in a fantastic team performance against a strong Pickering team.

Pikes pressed for goals but unfortunately couldn’t get through the resolute Raiders midfield and defence.

Scholes soon got onto the scoresheet which saw goals from Sam Hampton (2), Coby Rowe (2), Charlie Baldwin (2) and Harley Adams help them to a comfortable victory.

Heslerton Under-12s welcomed Ayton Athletic to Sand Lane for the first round of the cup.

The game was a hard fought contest in which every Heslerton player stepped up to the mark, and put in their best performance of the season against league leaders Ayton.

A hat-trick from captain Joe Pearce(3) and goals from Billy Keough and Sam Farkas were enough to end the game with a 5-5 draw.

Penalties from Billy, Hayden Williamson, James Brooke and Cihan Eroglu secured Heslerton’s victory.

Heslerton Under-Eights Jaguars travelled to Cayton on Sunday.

Cayton started the game very well and Heslerton keeper Joey Palmer had to make some important early saves.

The Heslerton defence held firm but Cayton managed to break it down eventually.

Jack McDougall and Harley Bott both stood strong, putting in some excellent challenges throughout.

Player of the match went to Tia Walker for some excellent saves when taking over in goal.