A five goal haul from Jay Carney helped Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League title-chasers Carrington to a comfortable 8-0 victory over Shoulder FC.
Carney gave the home side the lead, lobbing the onrushing keeper after being put clean through. Good work from Jordan Coduri allowed Carney to turn the ball home soon after and when a Shoulder player inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net before the break, the game was as good as over.
There was no let up for the visitors in the second half as Carrington continued to pour forward, creating numerous chances.
Carney grabbed himself a second-half hat-trick, whilst Coduri and Damien Randall were the other scorers.
Mount Tabor made it four wins on the bounce as they despatched bottom club Sun Inn 5-2 on a bog of a pitch to all but end their relegation fears.
It was an incredibly dull affair for the first half hour with both teams rarely offering any threat.
Ben Waterworth did manage to bag a first half brace to give Tabor a 2-1 half time lead, but even those goals didn’t seem to inject any urgency or exitement to the contest.
Just before the hour Tabor changed their left hand side completely and that had a positive effect as they went 3-1 up just a couple of minutes later after Adam Helliwell neatly dinked the ball over the keeper from just inside the box.
Soon afterwards Michael Ayscough received a neat pass from Adam Sutcliffe and skipped away from his defender before rounding the keeper to slot home for 4-1.
Slack defending resulted in Sun Inn grabbing a goal back with Graeme Tait netting his second of the game, but Tabor were fairly comfortable and the win was sealed when Pete Southwell played a good ball forward to Scott Pickard who raced forward and lobbed the advancing keeper.
Elland Sports are still very much in touch in fourth as they pushed The Vine closer to the drop with a 5-1 success.
It was a routine win for Nigel Dare’s side who hit the front through David Woffenden’s well-taken goal.
A weak back-pass saw Vine equalise against the run of play before James Greenwood restored Elland’s lead before the break, neatly slotting the ball under the keeper.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with James Greenwood making it 3-1 with his second goal.
Matty Barker then produced a moment of real quality for Elland’s fourth; controlling the ball on his chest on the corner of the 18 yard box before turning the defender and curling a lovely shot into the top corner of the net.
Elland were in full flow and Wayne Crosley wrapped things up after cutting in and slotting the ball home.
Hollins Holme hit top spot in Division One - but were made to work hard for their 4-2 success over relegation-threatened Royd Club.
Holme are one point ahead of Halifax Hammers, who beat Old Pond 4-2, and two in front of long-time leaders Waiters Arms, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Elland Sports Reserves.
However, both those side have games in hand on Holme who face a crunch game against another in-form side in Thornhill Briggs next Sunday.
“We have three games left and basically we will need to win them all if we have any chance of lifting the title,” said Holme spokesman Joel Booth.
“Next Sunday’s game is going to be like a cup final and if we win it then I believe we will go up at least.”
Holme did not make the best of starts against Royd with the strugglers taking a 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of a Nathan Dempsey goal.
Holme were back on terms early in the second period with James Chadwick netting, and they took the lead through Andrew Butterworth’s penalty after George Bamford had been fouled in the area.
Dempsey struck again to haul Royd level but Bamford made sure of the spoils with two goals in the final half an hour.
Waiters Arms continue to falter with Adam Fenton’s injury-ravaged squad managing to battle back to earn a point away to a very strong Elland Reserves team.
Both teams got the ball down and knocked it around well in the first half with Waiters Dean Fulton and Lee Wood going close with half chances before Marco Romano brought out the best in Elland keeper Craig Taylor on two occasions.
At the other end Waiters keeper Ash Rayner was kept pretty quiet with just a long range free kick from Damion Nicholls going close.
The second half started scrappily with the Waiters midfield of Adam Fenton and Danny Cook keeping Elland’s danger men Jimmy Andrews and Nicky Shaw quiet.
And it was Cook and Fenton who combined to give Romano a tap in to open the scoring with 20 minutes left.
Waiters then lost defenders Ash Anderton and Dean Park through injury and only had one substitute available.
Elland pressed on and got a deserved equaliser with a quality strike from Nicholls. Waiter’s heads were down and despite Raynor making a brilliant save from Nicholls, Alex Griffiths was on hand to nod home from close range.
Elland could have gone further in front with Waiters now playing five up front with only Raynor’s heroics keeping them in it.
Waiters showed great heart and Joe Billing netted the equaliser.
Waiters now face two games this week and with only 10 players available their title charge is faltering at the last hurdle.
Halifax Hammers put in a classy performance to lead Old Pond 4-0 at the interval of their clash.
The second half Pond gave it a go and Chris Marsh found Paul Taylor to steal one back.
Paul Meredith fired wide and Chris Payne, back from injury earlier than expected, lofted just over before the same combination provided a second goal, Taylor dipatching Marsh’s cross.
Richard Howard and Andy Dawson had half chances late on, but Hammers were good value for the three points.
Queens Head joint-boss Ian Pickard admitted to feeling annoyed and frustrated when he could only field the bare 11 for his side’s home clash with promotion-chasing Thornhill Briggs.
That was in contrast to 17 players turning up for the midweek 4-4 draw with Royd Club.
Nevertheless, Queens Head started well and took the lead through a Martin Cannon penalty.
However, once Thornhill got their act together there was only going to be one winner as they went on to record a 9-1 success with a handful of the goals coming in the last 15 minutes.
In the remaining game Oddfellows were 2-0 winners over Triangle.
Ryburn United’s Division Two title dream is still on track as they continued their fine season with a 3-2 home win over third-placed Greetland Goldstars.
However, Rastrick BC have momentum and games in hand on their side, and they flexed their muscles with an impresssive 11-0 win at Stubbing Wharf.
The gap between the two remains nine points with Rastrick having three ganmes in hand on the leaders.
Division One: Oddfellows v Acton Athletic, Royd Club v Waiters Arms, Thornhill Briggs v Halifax Hammers, Triangle v Bradshaw.
Division Two: Halifax Rangers v Hebden Bridge, Hens Face v Ryburn United, King Cross Sports FC Reserves v North Bridge, Ryburn Valley v The Vine Reserves, Stubbing Wharf v King Cross Park, Top Club v Rastrick Bowling Club.
Premier Division: King Cross Sports v Carrington FC, Lee Mount v Sun Inn, Mount Tabor v Elland Sports.