Under 14s give champions a fright

Scarborough u14s 2 Rawcliffe 3

SLFC took on reigning champions at home aiming to become the first team to beat them in the league for the first time in two years.

Things started brightly and SLFC pressure paid off when they took the lead, Ellie Speak getting a touch in a goalmouth scramble.

The reds were on top in the contest but momentarily switched off to let the visitor’s pacey striker through to hammer home to level things.

And it was not long before a carbon copy second goal but the leaders ahead which was harsh on the home side.

But with some good saves from captain Daisy Stokoe in goal and some great interplay up top from Speak, Jess Hindle and Amber Colling, Scarborough equalised.

A handball in the box was spotted by the referee and topscorer Hindle stepped up to hammer home.

With both teams creating chances in the second half, Scarborough gambled by taking Stokoe out of net and sticking her up front.

It nearly paid off straight away as she raced clear but was denied by a good save from the goalkeeper.

But it was Rawcliffe who snatched a late winner, Scarborough failing to clear their lines in the area and were punished.

It was a disappointing end to a good performance but the SLFC girls can take great pride in more than matching the two strongest teams in the league – with a bit of luck on their side they could have beaten them both.

This Saturday sees a home match against York RI, kick off 10.30am.

Girl of the match: Anna Bowman