U16s vs. Featherstone

The under 16’s returned to action after three weeks without a fixture, today taking on Featherstone Academical in a 10:00 kick off away.

At the start of the day, OWLS just needed to win their last three games to be crowned league champions but with a very tight top three and a trip to Sherburn looming on the horizon, nothing could be taken for granted.

The lads were reminded early on of the near miss at Garforth, as Featherstone took advantage of some nervousness and scruffy play, to go 1-0 up.

Shaken, OWLS were stirred in to action and responded immediately as the leagues top goalscorer, Ethan Felkin calmly slotted home the first of two goals to add to his impressive tally. 1-1

OWLS were soon on top as a deft little header from midfielder Aidan, crept in at the near post to give OWLS the advantage. 1-2!

Featherstone were never out of the game and they showed good composure throughout the game in what were difficult decisions with a swirling wind and a small pitch.

It was OWLS though who turned the screw, with some quality play from MOM Tom K. Aside from pocketing their left back to the point he needed handing back at the end of the 80, he scored two belters and knocked the through ball of the season in, for OWLS fifth.

Featherstone mounted a determined resistance, testing James in goal and forcing some quality saves from OWLS number 1, whilst the two Jamie’s, and Lennie (who incidentally won the dubious accolade of becoming the first player this season to be sin binned) were kept busy in defence, although they were largely up to the task.

Despite a short spell of exasperation towards the end of the first half, Corey played his wing back roll brilliantly today and was responsible for floating on some superb corners and free kicks which overwhelmed the opposition back line, whilst the two CDM’s Connor and Will linked up with Knowlesy to produce some sublime passing and inflict further mischief down OWLS right wing.

Playing on the left today were Jack and Mason, both of who brought much to the table, with Jack battling hard as always and showing off some super accurate passing, and Mason unlucky not to score on several occasions.

All in all, a nervy affair and a bit scruffy at times, with OWLS playing their best football at the end of the first and start of the second halves. Featherstone crept back in to the game at points as OWLS became panicky and stopped playing tidy football, a couple of Featherstone goals adding to the tension in the OWLS ranks. Nerves are only to be expected though at this stage of the season. And with title rivals Durkar fading away in a 2-0 defeat to Beeston, it’s OWLS with the advantage, needing 3 points from two games to clinch the title outright!

League table attached (OWLS have three points to add on for a walkover against Chapletown)


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