A bright autumn weekend welcomed Aycliffe Juniors to their games this week, lots of teams travelling away with a couple of games at Sunnydale.
The Under 8’s travelled to play Golden Flatts who proved to be a physical opposition. Aycliffe used their passing game to create numerous chances but went 1-0 down. The equaliser came quickly but Golden Flatts took the lead against the run of play. The end to end first half ended 2-2 as Aycliffe equalised. Despite a penalty miss, Aycliffe got the winner they deserved in the second half and finished 3-2. Goal scorers Rhys Galloway with 2 and Harvey Lee. The good play continued in the second game and this was won 2-0, over the two games Connor Maitchell and Jack Lowis were men of the match.
The Under 10 Russell Foster league side continued their goal scoring spree with a 9-1 win over Waldridge Park Portland, their seventh win out of eight league games. Goals came from Bo, Taylor, Oli, and Sam with doubles for Bronton and Ted. There was some excellent passing, with telling contributions from Matty, Herbie and Noah. The player’s voted Noah man of the match and the parents award went to Taylor for his goal and three assists.
The Under 10 TJFA side continued their good run of form with a 3-0 win at Billingham Synthonia. Lucas scored in the first half after Aaron drove forward and played him a well weighted pass. Aycliffe had kept their talented opponents at bay with strong defensive work from Aaron, Chloe and Jake. At the start of the second half Aycliffe dominated and Lucas provided the assists to goals for Evan and Zack opening up a 3-0 lead. Thomas was again excellent in goal, keeping another clean sheet.
Under 12’s had their first home game and Sunnydale proved a happy hunting ground as they won 5-2 against Mount Pleasant. The boys tested the visiting keeper from the start and Zack Stewart managed to chip a nice finish for a 1-0 lead at the break. Mount Pleasant started the second half well and drew level, however the next three goals came from Aycliffe’s James Hodgson as they raced to a 4-1 lead. This became 5-1 when man of the match Dylan Howe got on the scoresheet.  The visitors finished with a penalty and it ended 5-2.
Under 14’s had a tough day and suffered a heavy loss away at Redcar, and will be looking to up the effort next week.
Under 18’s Red had only 12 players available for the trip to Seaton Carew. An early penalty was conceded and Aycliffe were 1-0 down after o 2 minutes. Taylor in goal made some good saves and kept the score at 1-0 before an Acuna Ocana break set up Peart to score the equaliser. The score went to 2-1 in favour of Seaton Carew before a second equaliser this time from Lovegreen. Lovegreen who again equalised at 3 goals each after Aycliffe had gone behind for the third time, however Seaton Carew found a late winner to take the points with a 4-3 win. The referee awarded the man of the match to Ryan Peart.
The under 23’s started their campaign with a 3-1 home win against Wolviston. Winwood scored from a tight angle to open up a 1-0 lead. In the second half Gibson curled a 30 yard strike in the bottom corner to double the advantage. Despite controlling the game the lead was halved after a long ball into the box was finished well. The two goal lead was restored when man of the match Howe finished for Aycliffe from close range.  A good start to the league season with three well earned points.

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