Cross continue fine form as Elland’s title hopes suffer a blow

Acton Athletic v Triangle. Kyle Tyers and Mike Alsaneak.
Acton Athletic v Triangle. Kyle Tyers and Mike Alsaneak.
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In-form King Cross Sports picked up their third win on the bounce as they put a spoke in Elland Sports’ title hopes with a 4-2 away win.

The victory was due to a fine team performance that saw Cross create chances while hounding Elland when they were in possession and never letting them settle.

The visitors were two goals to the good early on, Sam Taylor poking home in the six yard box following a corner and James Dodd also netting.

Elland pulled one back and Cross held their slender lead into the break after Lee Wharton headed another home effort off the line.

Cross went onto the attack again in the second half and opened up a 4-1 lead courtesy of Mikey Jordan and Dodd’s second.

Mark Heppenstall pulled a second goal back for Elland in the final minutes but the job had already been done.

FC Bowling Green considered their 1-1 draw at FC Champs as two points dropped as they continue the battle to retain their title.

Champs had a strong side out while Green seemed to struggle under the expectations they are shouldering with a treble still on the cards.

Champs took the lead after 10 minutes when Sam Hiley broke down the right and crossed for Tom Robinson to convert.

Green finally began to get a grip late in the half and Joe Swallow’s cross-cum-shot came back off the crossbar while Jonny Collins had a goal chalked off for offside.

Green continued to create chances after the break before Collins made it 1-1 after latching onto ben Helliwell’s through ball.

Dan Taylor then hit the post with a header while Champs had a late chance, Lee Atkinson producing a fine save to deny Dan Crossland.

Lee Mount consolidated their mid-table position with a 4-3 home win over Shoulder FC Northowram while Mount Tabor lifted themselves off the bottom following a 4-2 success at The Vine.

Tabor started with a good sense of urgency and were soon ahead after a good delivery from a corner from Matty Heliiwell was met by his brother Adam who rose well to head home.

Vine weren’t short of attacking energy but the back four of Scott Pickard, Adam Sutcliffe, Pete Southwell and Jimmy Mason comfortably dealt with any threat.

Tabor looked the more likely to add to their lead and so it proved when Michael Ayscough, starting up front after three seasons in centre midfield, latched onto a long ball from keeper Jay Crowther to go one on one with the keeper and he cooly stuck it away.

Ayscough was again in the right place at the right time and got off a fine shot which brought a good save from the keeper but the ball fell into the path of the returning Dan Willars who tapped in the rebound.

Vine pulled one back midway through the second half but minutes later a lovely crossfield ball from Scott Pickard saw Ayscough get away from the chasing defenders before producing a great finish for 4-1.

Vine still went looking for goals and Matthew Whitworth notched his second of the day but Tabor were not to be denied.

Halifax Hammers hit the goal trail in Division One with Mohammad Ozair and Chris Woodhouse netting four times in his side’s 15-2 demolition of rock-bottom Stallions.

However, that scoreline never looked on the cards after Stallions hit the crossbar in the first minute then went into a 2-1 lead.

Ozair’s haul included two stunning long range free kicks while Woodhouse profited from good team work for three of his with the other coming from a cheeky free-kick.

Ahmed netted a hat-trick, with Matty Waller, Ashan Farooq, Terriq Pervez and Wajid Nawaz, from the penalty spot, also on target.

Waiters Arms continue to keep their noses in front at the top thanks to a 5-1 victory over a battling Bradshaw side.

Front two Billy Grogan and Marco Romano caused the home side problems, but it was veteran player manager Adam Fenton who had the first two chances, missing from point blank with a header and then fluffing his lines when clean through.

He made amends when his clever through ball released top scorer Romano and he finished emphatically past Wayne Camplin.

Waiters powered on with Grogan getting his name on the scoresheet after a pinpoint corner from Danny Cook, and it was three just before half time when Romano tuned provider for Rajko Jovanovic to rifle home from five yards.

Bradshaw came out fighting in the second half and they duly pulled a goal back when Jamie Millar calmly slotted home.

This was to be short lived though as Waiters went straight up the other end and Jovanovic slotted home after great approach play from Dean Park. Park then won a penalty when he was hacked down in the box by Cochrane, Jovanovic making no mistake from the spot for his hat trick.

Hollins Holme took advantage of Acton Athletic’s involvement in the League Cup to take over third place following a 2-1 win over mid-table Old Pond.

Holme were missing George Bamford and Ryan Jeffries who failed to show, but still produced a dominant first half performance which laid the platform for their success.

Andy Huyton put Holme ahead early on with James Chadwick doubling the advantage before the break.

Old Pond came out for the second half determined to make a game of it and Holme ‘keeper Steve Butterworth saved a penalty before the visitors netted their consolation.

Royd Club leap-frogged Queens Head after coming from behind to win their basement battle 3-1.

A decent game which, was played in a good spirit, saw Queens take the lead through Martin Cannon’s penalty after Luke Eastwood had been brought down.

A defensive error allowed Royd to get back on terms and they went ahead from the penalty spot five minutes ahead of the break.

The second half continued in the same vein but it was the home side who secured the points with a third goal 10 minutes from time.

There was nothing unlucky about Greetland Goldstars’ victory over Stubbing Wharf as they hit 13 without reply in Division Two.

That victory saw Greetland close the gap on second-placed Rastrick BC to just one point with the Brighouse side in cup action.

They also reeled in leaders Ryburn United at the same time, Richard Swales’ young side suffering a surprise 3-2 defeat at King Cross Sports Reserves.

Hens Face continued their promotion push with a 6-2 win at King Cross Park whiloe Top Club, in fourth, hit six goals for the second week running with their 6-2 victory over Beehive & Cross Keys.

Carrington progressed to the semi-final of the Senior Cup with a 6-0 win against Engineers.

Jordan Coduri opened the scoring, finishing well after good work from Jay Carney.

The home side doubled their lead soon after when Carlton Pownall found Liam Brook with an excellent pass and his pinpoint cross picked out Coduri who headed home his second.

Carrington continued to push forward and scored again when Robbie Graham beat Craig Lobley from the penalty spot.

Damien Randall then added a fourth just before the break, drilling home from outside the box.

Carrington dominated possession in the second half and Hayden Kerris added a fifth with a powerful strike.

Engineers did force Craig Turnbull into a couple of superb saves late on before Coduri rifled home for his second hat-trick in as many games.

Acton Athletic are going great guns under new boss Conrad Woodhouse and their fifth victory in the five games since he took charge saw them secure a Bridge Balti League Cup final meeting with Thornhill Briggs in April.

Acton were too good for fellow Division One side Triangle in Sunday’s semi-final as they had seven different players on target in an 8-2 win.

After an even start Acton cut loose with Kyle Tyers beating a couple of players before unleasing a decent strike to open the scoring.

Gary Binns added a second and central defender Callum Noakes chested down a corner and fired in the third.

Tyers and Scott Carney were tearing the Triangle defence to shreds and it came as no surprise when Ryan Carney made it 4-0.

James Machon made it five after which Acton switched off and Triangle were able to pull two goals back in quick succession.

Normal service was resumed when Tyers’ cross-cum-shot looped over the keeper then Scott Carney beat two men and chipped the keeper for 7-2.

It was left to Matt Bodkins to head home from a corner to complete the rout for Acton whose central defenders Noakes and Andrew Woodhouse ensured they remained solid at the back.

Thornhill Briggs booked their place in the final with a 2-0 success over Rastrick BC.