Cochrane signs off with a goal in Royal victory

On a day when Halifax Sunday League leaders FC Bowling Green were held to a 0-0 draw by Carrington, and second-placed Shoulder FC Northowram were not in action, FC Royal of Pellon took the opportunity to move into third following a narrow 5-4 success at Mount Tabor.

Royal have been busy rebuilding following the loss of key players, but showed signs things were coming together as they romped into a 4-0 lead.

Curtis Cochrane netted twice on his farewell appearance before joining Elland, with the returning Dean Lawrence and Danny Tuck also on target.

Tabor, who scored five last weekend and still finished up second best, pulled a goal back before the break then used the slope well in the second half to drag it back to 4-3 with a couple of quick goals.

Chris Ellerby nodded in at the far post for Royal’s fifth before Tabor netted again to set up a tense finale.

Lee Mount’s young guns posted their first victory with a convincing 6-1 success at The Vine.

Boss Lee Whitton asked for a response following the midweek defeat by Mount Tabor and his players did just that - no-one more than Callum Meade, who ran the show on the way to claiming a hat-trick.

Two of those came in a first half in which Gareth Gaukoger and newcomer Rowan Ford also netted.

The Vine pulled a goal back to make it 4-1 at the interval, but after that it was one-way traffic as Meade added his third before Paul Fiander completed the scoring with a fine individual effort into the top corner.

King Cross Sports collected their first three points at the third time of asking with a 6-3 victory at a Sun Inn side who have yet to register a point since their promotion. Elsewhere, FC Champs overcame the disappointment of their opening day defeat by beating Engineers 2-1.

Thornhill Briggs maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 9-0 success at struggling Stallions which saw them open up a three point gap at the top of Division One.

Hollins Holme flexed their goalscoring muscles with a 10-2 success at winless Royd Club while Queens Head produced a much better display as they picked up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw against a strong Elland Sports Reserves side.

Elland edged the first half and went ahead only for the home side to level soon after when Gary Eastwood’s through ball found Carlton Balmer who slotted home.

Elland restored their advantage before the break, but it was Queens who looked the more lively in the second half as they created the better of the chances but only had an Eastwood equaliser to show for their efforts.

Halifax Hammers beat Triangle 4-2 to record their first win of the season while Acton Athletic and Waiters Arms were also celebrating after victories over Bradshaw and Old Pond respectively.

King Cross Sports Reserves came out on top 6-2 in their Division Two derby clash with King Cross Park - despite falling 2-0 behind in the opening 15 minutes.

Sports regrouped well and made the most of their chances in an end to end game. Daniel King netted twice with Johnny Ambler adding a stunning 30-yard free-kick.

Joe Sykes helped himself to a brace with Rory Thickett also on the scoresheet.

Ryburn United remain in pole position after seeing off the challenge from newcomers Beehive & Crosskeys 5-2.

Beehive took the lead following a decent through ball, but Ryburn hit back through Gaz Robertshaw before the break.

Lewis Cockroft then made it 2-1, but Beehive brought it back to 2-2 with another through ball that was dinked over the keeper.

Ryburn gradually took control and sealed the points through an Oriol Stophair double and Alex Coburn.

Greetland Goldstars also boast a 100 per cent record - a 5-0 victory at Top Club marking their third successive victory.

It was not all plain sailing, however, keeper Matty Roulson producing a number of fine first half saves to deny the hosts.

It was a different story after the break as Greetland went on to dominate. Will Chadwick claimed the scoring honours with a hat-trick while Alan Walsh - on his debut - and Craig Heppenstall were the other players on target

Premier Division: Carrington FC 0 FC Bowling Green 0, Engineers 1 FC Champs 2, Mount Tabor 4 FC Royal of Pellon 5, Sun Inn 3 King Cross Sports 6, The Vine 1 Lee Mount 6.

Division One: Acton Athletic 2 Bradshaw 1, Halifax Hammers 4 Triangle 2, Queens Head 2 Elland Sports Reserves 2, Royd Club 2 Hollins Holme 10, Stallions 0 Thornhill Briggs 9, Waiters Arms 3 Old Pond 0.

Division Two: Beehive & Crosskeys 2 Ryburn United 5, Hebden Bridge 3 Rastrick Bowling Club 0, King Cross Sports Reserves 6 King Cross Park 2, North Bridge 2 Halifax Rangers 1, Ryburn Valley 0 Hens Face 5, Stubbing Wharf 3 The Vine Reserves 7, Top Club 0 Greetland Goldstars 5.