Howden Clough U13s win double

Howden Clough U13s win League Cup final to scoop the double
Howden Clough U13s win League Cup final to scoop the double

Howden Clough U13A secured a fantastic double with an 8-1 victory over Skelmanthorpe in the final of the Under 13s Cup on Sunday.

Clough, who wrapped up the Huddersfield RCD U13 Div 1 title earlier this month, were ruthless in victory, as they racked up a massive score to get their hands on the trophy.

Brandon Thompson, Callum Pearson, Jamie Hanson and Joe Taylor were all on the scoresheet as Clough blew away Div 2 runners-up Skelmanthorpe.

The team have been in sparkling form this season, averaging four goals a game as they waltzed to the league title with a total of 49 points from a possible 60.

They have been even better in the cup, scoring 47 goals over the six rounds and conceding just six, notching wins of 11-1 and 10-1 along the way.

Heavy favourites ahead of the final, Clough showed great professionalism to complete the job and bag themselves another trophy.

Unbeaten in 2013, and on a run of 15 straight victories since December, the boys will go in to next season confident of winning more silverware.

Mark Pinder, Howden Clough manager, said: “It was one of the best performances of the season and a couple of goals that would put the Premiership to shame.

“Retaining league champions and league cup winners - a great double and what a way to end a long season.”

Elsewhere, Howden Clough U15B also got their hands on winners medals as they were crowned U15 Div 3 league champions.

Clough dropped just seven points all season to win the league from second-placed Scholes by four points.

The boys scored 130 goals en route to the league title, finishing with 21 wins, two draws and a solitary defeat from their 24 matches.

Despite being run close by Scholes, Clough finally secured the title on Friday, May 10 with a 4-2 win against Gomersal & Cleckheaton, before finishing the season with a narrow 2-1 victory at Batley Phoenix on Sunday, May 12.