Carrington drop first points

Actions from Waiters Arms v Carrington at Trinity Academy. Pictured is Jordan Coduri
Actions from Waiters Arms v Carrington at Trinity Academy. Pictured is Jordan Coduri
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It proved unlucky 13 for Halifax Sunday League big guns Carrington, whose bid to go through the campaign without dropping a point was derailed by Halifax Hammers at the weekend.

After 12 straight wins, the current champions had to show all their character to grab a 4-4 draw after being four goals down in 28 minutes at Trinity Academy.

Hammers made a blistering start with the wind behind them, producing some superb quick passing and movement.

Good work on the right involving Matty Waller and Awais Khan enabled Lamin Gitteh to race clear of the Carrington defence and score with a low shot after five minutes.

Mohammed Ozair then danced through to make it 2-0 with a fine solo goal.

Carrington had some half chances but were generally kept in check by some fine defending from the likes of Hasan Jamil.

Fellow 17 year old Khan linked up with Ahsan Farooq and Kashif Akmal before making it 3-0 and Lamin Gitteh scored from Waller’s dangerous ball to leave Carrington on the ropes.

However, they were given a lifeline when Damien Randall’s strike from distance was fumbled into his own net by goalkeeper Usman Hussain.

Matty Jones then struck just before half-time to reduce the deficit to two.

Farooq, Akmal and Mohammed Ozair kept things ticking for Hammers, who saw Khan’s shot beat Craig Turnbull but the ball was headed off the line by Chris Hall.

Turnbull then brilliantly denied Lamin and with 14 minutes left Jay Carney pounced on a loose ball and drilled home from 12 yards.

Some desperate defending from Hammers kept Carrington out until Jordan Coduri kept his composure to level the score.

A draw was a fair result and Mick Denton refereed well.

The battle for the runners-up spot looks set to go down to the wire after Waiters Arms lost 5-1 to Bowling Green.

Mount Tabor stay two points ahead of Top Club in mid-table after a 1-1 draw between the pair.

The game started as a scrappy affair on a Carr Green pitch that has suffered from the winter rain.

The away side took the lead when a long ball wasn’t dealt with by the Top Club defence and the Mount Tabor striker took full advantage.

The lead didn’t last long, centre half James Lord scoring with a great header from a Martin Boon cross. The second half produced few chances for both sides and petered out into a stalemate.

Hollins Holme climbed off the bottom with a 6-3 success away to Ryburn United.

Long throws from Ryan Jeffries set up the two goals scored in the first half. Tom Garland nodded the first and later flicked on for Andrew Smith to head home.

Jeffries increased the lead from the edge of the area just after half time before Ryburn replied.

A George Bamford tap-in restored the three-goal gap and Hollins powered clear through Jeffries’ second and an Andrew Butterworth header before United scored twice in the last five minutes.

Barge FC were the biggest beneficiaries as the top three in Division One were all beaten.

Fourth-placed Barge did their bit with a 4-3 win away to leaders Feathers, who were losing only their second league game this season.

Barge started the brighter, taking the lead with a well worked goal from Jamie Cartledge.

Barge threatened going forward but Feathers took their chances to finish the half 3-1 up.

Andy Salm then stole the show for Barge with a hat-trick, including a great strike from 25 yards and an unstoppable free kick from 35 yards.

Barge manager Matthew Bagshaw commented:”It was a great team effort to come back from 3-1 down and keep our promotion push alive.”

Second-placed Beehive and Crosskeys could have blown their promotion hopes with a 3-1 home defeat by Ovenden BCFC. They have only two games left.

Queens Head’s long winning run came to an end in a goal fest away to North Bridge, who won 7-6.

Bottom side Royd Club lost 9-0 at home to Ryburn Valley and look destined for the drop while Fountain Head and Triangle, the teams immediately above them, drew 1-1.

One win from their last three games will be enough to give King Cross Park the Division Two crown.

They edged nearer with a 1-0 home win over St Columbas, who were completing their 18-game programme, at the weekend.

Halifax Hammers Reserves stayed on course to be runners-up with an 8-2 thrashing of Ovenden Phoenix and Crown climbed above St Columbas into seventh with a 6-1 success over Weavers, who were playing their last game of the campaign.

Crown were stopping the rot after five successive defeats and achieved success in spite of having Chris Davis dismissed after 30 minutes for alleged use of an elbow.

A cracking header from Joshy Maskill gave Crown the lead and Craig Suttle doubled their advantage.

Richy Knight got the third in the second half for Crown, whose man of the match was midfielder Craig Gabitas.