Calder in seventh heaven at Holmfield

Football - Holmfield v Calder 76.'Jordan Pettifor for Holmfield and Gavin Fleming for Calder.
Football - Holmfield v Calder 76.'Jordan Pettifor for Holmfield and Gavin Fleming for Calder.

Calder 76 face a blank weekend this Saturday after climbing into second place in the Halifax AFL Premier Division following a stunning 7-1 success at Holmfield.

It was an excellent display given the conditions as Calder romped into a 4-0 lead after just 20 minutes leaving the home side with no way back.

Jon Gibson set the visitors on their way with John Moynes adding a well-struck second from distance.

A slip by the Holmfield ‘keeper presented Stephen Jones with the opportunity to knock it back past him for the third after which Matt McCambridge sneaked in at a set-piece to make it 4-0.

Holmfield then enjoyed a decent spell of possession which brought its reward with a goal followng a defensive mix up.

Calder were in no mood to relax their grip and Gibson and Moyniham both scored again for 6-1.

Both were keen to secure their hat-tricks but it was Rick Topham who put the icing on the cake from centre half.

Leaders Ryburn United missed the chance to open up a three point gap after they were held to a 2-2 draw at a Copley United side lying third from bottom.

Hebden Royd Red Star slipped to third after their scheduled game against Sowerby Bridge was postponed while Stump Cross edged into fourth with a 3-2 success at Midgley United.

They displaced Greetland who could only pick up a point from a 1-1 draw at Greetland.

Division One leaders Northowram recorded their seventh successive win after seeing off the threat from Stainland United by 3-1.

The result was secured on the back of an impressive first half which featured fluent passing and movement and was the cornerstone of a three goal interval lead.

The Rams’ defence was caught out in the opening minutes by a long ball, but an excellent block from ‘keeper James Bunn prevented his side from going behind. Thereafter, the Rams controlled the play and only a string of fine saves from Ryan Severn kept them at bay.

Mark Eade was the player most often denied but five minutes after the ‘keeper had misjudged a corner to leave Matthew Rushworth with a tap-in, he scored the second goal after 20 minutes.

A perceptive pass from Danny King, who distributed the ball intelligently throughout, picked out Chris Conroy and his first time ball left Eade in the clear and he rounded the ‘keeper and slotted home.

A mazy run from Conroy saw Ross Risdon head home the cross and it took a miskick from Bunn to provide Stainland with a rare chance which failed to find the target.

Eade then teed up Olly Spencer just before half-time but Severn’s outstretched arm kept the ball out.

Stainland came more into the game in the second half with Karl Jowett, their best outfield player, causing problems down the right as the Rams struggled to regain their passing game.

They should have increased their lead shortly after the restart but Eade mistimed his header from James Fearnley’s pinpoint cross.

Jowett was behind Stainland’s goal with a run and cut back which was sidefooted home by Craig Peters and despite spells of scrappy play the Rams still created chances.

Conroy headed over the onrushing Severn only to see the ball bounce wide and when he took the ball around three opponents and into a good position, he fired over the top.

James Waggett struck the bar with a measured free kick and while Stainland competed better than in the opening half, Bunn was rarely troubled, and with Waggett and Rushworth in commanding form in central defence the Rams comfortably saw out the game.

Second placed Salem ran out 6-3 winners struggling Halifax Irish Centre whie Shelf United followed up their County Cup success over WRCAL Premier Division side Halifax Irish Shelf United with a 4-2 home success over Greetland Reserves.

AFC Crossleys opened up a two point lead at the top of Division Two following their 2-1 success at Spring Hall Celtic with Mixenden United picking up a solitary point from their 1-1 home draw with King Cross Warley Reserves.

Shelf United lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a 3-2 success over Calder 76 Reserves,

Bottom two in Division Three, Salem Reserves and St Columbas, shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw.

Both teams went into the game in good spirits with Salem suffering one defeat in four and Saints on the back of their great victory against Savile Arms.

Chances were scarce, but after 20 minutes Salem nudged in front when Martin Jenkins continued his fine goalscoring record by latching on to a slide rule pass from Dave Holcroft and slotting past Macauly Richardson.

Shortly after Saints thought they had drawn level when Ryan O’Neil scored however, referee Eddie Owens ruled him offside.

As bright sunshine turned to heavy rain and hail the pitch, which started out on the heavy side became a quagmire. This gave the advantage to Saints’ younger legs in the second half and not suprisingly they gained the upper hand and O’Neil superbly finished with a rasping shot from the edge of the box after Paul Crabtree misplaced back header played him in.

Saints had a strong period but Salem’s back four of Brad Cahill, Richard Boyle, Rob Worthington and Tom Jenkins held firm.

After they had weathered the storm it was the home side that finished the stronger with man of the match Dan Manley pulling the strings. However, overall a draw was a fair result.