Clitheroe Wolves under 11s Red secured their second consecutive league championship, with a convincing 4-0 victory over a very strong Mill Hill side at Highmoor playing fields last Tuesday evening.
The young Wolves knew they had to win their last league game, while hoping other results went in their favour.
Clitheroe got off to a strong start, pressing the Mill Hill rearguard, and their efforts were rewarded when the immense Owen Jackson won a 50/50 challenge on the edge of the opposition area, before firing a powerful drive inside the right-hand post.
The Clitheroe youngsters continued to press after the break, and they were rewarded when a thunderbolt from Jackson came down off the underside of the bar, and any doubts about the ball crossing the line were erased when Juddson Hickey powered the ball into the back of the net.
Man-of-the-match Hickey sealed the victory, showing great composure, firing the ball low and hard under the keeper.
The Clitheroe strike-force, of Bradley Ditch and Frankie Jackson, were a constant threat to the Mill Hill defence, and good inter-passing between the pair found Jackson through on goal, where a delightful chip saw the ball nestle in the back of the net, for a convincing victory over their rivals.
Manager Dave Watson commented, “It is credit to the hard work, belief, and no shortage of skill, that this group of boys have secured a deserved consecutive league win.
“Mill Hill are an excellent side, and recently knocked us out of the cup, so it was a test our character and resolve in showing we had the nerve and skill to overcome that disappointment, and win the league.”
Clitheroe Wolves Under 10s Reds beat Crown Paints Gold 4-1 in a solid performance, with goals from George Bland and man of the match Harry Jackson.
The side then beat Mill Hill Blues 2-0 to secure third place in the East Lancs Red League.
Taylor Wilson’s strike spun off a defender’s leg and hit the back of the net to give Wolves the lead, before a shot from Bland rebounded off the Mill Hill keeper and was turned in by Jackson.
Man of the match was Joe Wilson.