COCKERHAM U14s were certainly psyched up for the battle at the top of the table on Sunday, stunning their opposition with a first half display of sheer passing brilliance.
Team work has been central to their play over the last few games and this match was no exception. They are certainly becoming a force to be reckoned with in their league.
Long throw specialist Hilton assisted Moore’s sweetly struck volley for the first goal after just two minutes. He then went on to score himself minutes later.
Cockerham’s back four looked solid and with the midfield dominating their area. Dugdale in nets looked a lone figure. Cockerham moved the ball round well to produce Moore’s second goal which he headed home from a Hilton cross.
Goal of the game from Alexander followed with a beautifully struck shot, which was a definite goal the moment he connected from 20 yards out.
Ripon then somehow managed to create an opportunity and claw one back before half-time.
The second half was a little more even with Ripon fighting for every loose ball trying desperately to drag themselves back in to the game.
Man of the match Ball however destroyed any hopes with two superbly positioned assists to create goals for Timpany and Topping.
Timpany then doubled his tally when the keeper fumbled Alexander’s initial efforts.
Ripon, to their credit, never conceded the fight and scored their second with a well timed run which got round the back of Cockerham’s attacking defence.
Hilton secured an excellent victory for the Cockerham team with his second goal, late on in the game.
With only three league matches left and still undefeated, hopes for silverware are high this season.
Cockerham U14: Dugdale, Alexander, Gaughan, Fazackerly, Atkinson, Moore, Ball, Luczynski, King, Hilton, Timpany, Southward, Topping. Man of the match: Adam Ball. Sponsors: The Barton Grange Hotel.
Next week Cockerham travel to Ribbleton Park for a 2pm kick-off.