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Hepworth really mean business; Football.

Under 12 Division 3 Ossett Albion 2 Hepworth Utd B 2 THE pitch might have been shaped like a sleeping policeman, but there was nothing lethargic about this game.

Ossett had won their first four fixtures and were top of the league. Hepworth had won the last three and were keen to show they were contenders for promotion.

Ossett began the game confidently passing the ball and showing good movement. Hepworth were just finding their feet when a chance fell to captain George Jowett from a Luke Taylor throw in. With great vision Jowett let fly with his right peg and although the keeper got his finger tips to it he couldn''t stop it flying into the net.

Ossett continued to play attractive football and were back on level terms through James Bachelor's speculative shot.

The game stretched as the half progressed, with Connor Garlick battling for the ball in midfield and Alfie Perry doing an excellent job holding the ball and bringing players into the game.

Just before half time Ossett took the lead with a ball over the top for Jordan Blair, who calmly chipped the keeper.

The second half was all about Hepworth pressing for goals and Ossett looking to hit on the break. Centre halves Joel Binks and Francis McCullogh were outstanding, reading the game and always first to the ball. Full backs Harvey Caton and Gabriel Hinchliffe tackled superbly and at every opportunity turned defence into attack.

Pressure was mounting with Hepworth showing real desire. Jordan Castle looked sharp and created chances for Harry Boothroyd and Sam Travis who found the keeper in great form. Halfway through the second half Hepworth gained a deserved equaliser. A huge goal kick by keeper Jacob Black saw James Wilkinson run at the defence, beat three players and set up JJ Kilner for a tap-in.

Ossett were rocked and although they were still very dangerous on the counter attack it was Hepworth that looked more likely to go on and win the game.

Manager Kevin Taylor was delighted with the work rate and how he could influence the game by making tactical substitutions. Ossett will be right up there at the end of the season, but Hepworth have sent a clear message to the league that they mean business.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2009
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