A home game for Thornes U12s for the first time in four weeks. Like last week's game this encounter was another competitive affair, one that the home team were ultimately well equipped to deal with.
Sometimes Thornes U12s can be a little slow in getting up to the full pace of the game. Not on Sunday. A lively & hard working first ten minutes secured Thornes their first goal from Jack Stepney who had just enough time from Sammy Amaefule's pass to choose his spot.
For the next fifteen minutes, although Thornes had the greater part of possession & forward play there was always the threat from South Kirby of an effective counter attack. Fortunately defenders, Nathan Green, James Lockwood & Robin Stanley were good to their roles & on the rare occasion when South Kirkby did get through, keeper Isaac Mortlock kept the ball out.
Thornes sustained pressure eventually paid off with a second goal four minutes before half-time when Hayden Train who pulled the ball to his right & volleyed to the keeper's right.
Early in the second half when South Kirby scored into the top left corner of the net, Thornes continued to have a collective tenacity that suggested more goals would come their way. And it was Hayden who scored the next two in quick succession. Most of Hayden's goals are scored from hard & skilful work but his third of the morning was particularly entertaining as he danced through the centre of the pitch from Thornes' half & again confidently scored to the keeper's right.
The final goal from Thornes came three minutes before the end when Robin passed a long ball through to Sammy who worked it past a trio of players to score a very well-earned goal.
As usual players were rotated throughout the game & although changes to personnel on the pitch can often unsettle play, everyone was determined to keep up the pressure. Will Bartrum, as ever, kept good control of the ball; Henry Corbett worked well in stifling the opposition; Lewis Goff defended in a no-nonsense way; Bailey Holmes fought energetically; Harrison Shepherd & Toby Stocks battled fearlessly to pressure the opposition goal.
Image: Jack Stepney scorer of the opening goal for Thornes U12 at the weekend (Credit: Michael Stanley)