Following our last game away to Silsden the league had updated the league table and it showed that the required number of points for the boys to finish the season top of the pile was in fact 2 points and not 5, this being due to Sutton losing at home to the Blues.
So our game on Tuesday at St Peters meant a home win would see the boys crowned as Champions in their first competitive season. However given this was a derby game against a team who had inflicted our only defeat of the season we knew that it was going to be anything other than easy.
With a full squad available and near perfect conditions at St Peters and with a big crowd, the scene was set.
The start of the first half was very tight with both sides cancelling each other out with both defences breaking each others attacks down, and it was evident that the two sides were well matched as neither side gave each other any time on the ball, however mid way through the first half Oliver opened the scoring with a well drilled shot into the bottom corner. Horsforth however responded and were level within a couple of minutes when the Horsforth winger delivered a great cross from the byeline and the striker met it first time to accurately guide it past Fin. It was really end to end at this stage with Fin and the away keeper making some great saves, however shortly before halftime, and after a flurry of Guiseley corners, a low shot from the edge of the box from James, was too hot to handle and it was spilled at the feet of Oliver who made no mistake from five yards out. So 2-1 at half time.
The start of the second half saw the boys really take the game by the scruff of the neck, with Niall scoring from an acute angle with virtually his first touch after replacing Jaiden, shortly after Oliver completed his hat trick with a well taken penalty after a Horsforth defender had handled in the area, and Taylor got our fifth with a well drilled low finish into the corner. However at 5-1 the away side were always dangerous and Josh having replaced Fin at Half time had to produce a couple of notable saves at full stretch. Horsforth continued to press towards the end of the game and were rewarded with two soft but well earned consolation goals.
The referee blew the final whistle amid jubilant scenes, and the boys had not only beaten the best side that they had played this season, but they fully demonstrated to everyone that they are much deserved league champions, and with two games to spare. Credit must go to Andrew and the Horsforth boys and parents who contributed to a great game and occasion. Big thanks also to all the home supporters/parents who turned out in their numbers to cheer the boys on. Also a big thanks to Craig “Clattenburg” Bedford for reffing the game so well. MOM went to a deserving Joseph, but in fairness the trophy could have gone to any one of the boys.
The boys deserve all the plaudits for their efforts so far this season. I think it’s fair to say that they have been written off by some in the past, but they have shown that they are a special group of players, they all have their own individual strengths, but they work their socks off for each other and are everything a team should be. Both myself and Wilko are very proud of them and what they have achieved.
The season isn’t over yet….Just a reminder that this Saturday we are at Home to Keighley Shamrocks (11am ko) and later in the day it is Guiseley AFC/Juniors “Share Day” (3pm ko) we will be meeting at Subway at 2.15. The boys will get in for free if they wear their training tops/tracksuits or match shirt. Parents will get in for half price..£5.
We then have our final league fixture at home on Tuesday against Silsden 6.30ko. This obviously means that training has now concluded for the season at St Mary’s.
This is then followed by a friendly game again at home on Sunday 5th May against Calverley (11.30ko) the significance of this game is that we will be visited by a committee member of the Keybury League who will be presenting the boys with their league winners medals and the league trophy, so definitely a day to bring a camera!