Young footballers celebrate success

Young Ripon footballers have swept to victory in a regional tournament.

Ripon City Panthers under 11 A team took first prize at Wigton Moor Junior Football Gala in north Leeds.

The squad split into two to play in the five-a-side competition and the A team fought off 13 other clubs to take the title.

Ripon B team fell just short of progressing beyond the group stages, but their coaches said they played with great determination and Luke Ratcliffe, Joel Francis and Lorcan Gallagher all deserve special mention.

In the final the A team came up against hosts Wigton Moor. A goal by Aaron Haswell, followed by a second from Kai Tinsley put the boys in the lead, and they were cheered to victori by parents, relatives, friends and their team-mates in the B team.