A HUGE crowd gathered on a glorious day to see if Clitheroe Wolves Under 9s could complete a tremendous season and clinch the league title.
Only a win would do for the home side, in their last game of the season, against Rishton United.
On a very dry, bobbly pitch the Wolves stuggled to play their usual passing game. Chances came and went early in the game, as Wolves began to wonder if it wasn’t going to be their day.
They needn’t have worried however as leading scorer William Slipper combined with Oli Hunter to get the first, and ran on to a quality throughball by Daniel Scott and smashed in his and Wolves second to make it 2-0 at the break.
Inspired by the coach at halftime, Clitheroe came out all guns blazing.
Goalkeeper George Miller became a virtual spectator as defensive duo Lloyd Hitchen and Theo Jackson adopted their ‘thou shalt not pass’ attitude.
Two great individual goals from Joe Llewellyn and a volleyed finish by Daniel Scott from a Tyler High corner made it 5-0.
Rishton scored a consolation penalty late on but it was to be Wolves’ day.
The boys thanked the supporters at the end with their own unique version of the “campiones” song.
Wolves deserve great credit for sticking together after a difficult time last year.
The boys have all made massive improvments through hard work and a real determination to win.
Special thanks due to the coaches, parents, George, Mike, Sven and kit sponsor Johnson Mathey .
Clitheroe Wolves Under 11s Reds beat AFC Darwen 4-0 and 7-1 over the week.
In the first encounter, Wolves began on the attack with George Bland firing wide, and Connor Jackson was denied by keeper theee times.
Bland went close again before a Ben England strike opened the scoring.
Bland soon took the score to 2-0 before Darwen attacked scored from a corner in the run up to half -time.
Wolves again attacked, with Sam Pickles being denied early in the second half, before Joe Briggs netted.
Harry Jackson and Pickles also had chances before man of the match Connor Jackson scored to take the game beyond Darwen’s reach.
The second meeting followed a similar pattern with Connor Jackson and Joe Briggs passing up opportunities before Pickles opened the scoring.
Darwen equalised immediately with a long range shot, but Wolves continued to attack, with Jackson, Taylor Wilson, Briggs and Kit Lloyd denied before England made it 2-1 at half-time.
Joe Wilson almost added a third before Bland scored, then Jackson took the ball round three players and the keeper before slotting home.
Wolves keeper James Prendergast made a good save, and Clitheroe continued to press, with England and Wilson having efforts cleared off the line before England netted again.
Pickles added a fifth, with Harry Jackson completing the scoring.
Man of the match was again Connor Jackson.