Elland make welcome return to winning ways

Top Club v Hebden Bridge.James Lord.
Top Club v Hebden Bridge.James Lord.

Dean Lawrence and Martin Boon scored twice as Elland Sports returned to winning ways in the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday Premier Division with a 5-3 success at Lee Mount

Boon put his side ahead in the first half when he cut in from the byline to fire home.

It was 1-1 early in the second half with Paul Fiander netting for Mount before the visitors restored their lead with Lawrence striking home following a great pass from Dene Heppenstall.

Boon then grabbed his second to make it 3-1 with Lawrence following his lead with his second of the game.

Mount were handed a lifeline when Pete Southwell brought down Des Morris in the area and captain Gareth Gaukroger made no mistake from the spot.

Carlton Balmer then unleashed an unstoppable shot into roof of the net following a run down the right hand side to secure the points in a game well refereed by Gary Porter

Halifax Hammers ground out a 2-1 win over Mount Tabor in a game played out in very heavy conditions.

With both teams struggling to play decent football referee Richard Walker played his part in keeping the game flowing, and it was Hammers who took the lead with veteran defender Faisal Saghir seeing Tabor ‘keeper George Williams off his line and hitting a powerful shot into the top corner.

Mohammed Ozair then scored a brilliant solo goal, running from his own half, to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Tabor were a constant threat through set-pieces and Paul Greenwood saw his effort well saved by ‘keeper Hussain Farooq before Andrew Parker pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.

Tabor pushed men forward in search of the equaliser but were kept out by some good last ditch defending.

The only other game in the top flight saw FC Shoulder Northowram secure a 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Feathers FC

Triangle overcame a stubborn Bradshaw side, with AJ Brown’s third hat trick in two games giving them a 5-2 victory in Division One.

Early pushes into the Bradshaw half proved fruitful and Brown quickly scored his first of the day. Lewis Holdsworth doubled the hosts’ advantage, his top corner strike from the edge of the area was a fine way to start his scoring for the season.

AJ grabbed his second after another fine flowing move to send the home side into the break three goals up.

Bradshaw had more attacking intent in the second half, and Chris Woodhouse grabbed one back with a shot at the near post.

However, Triangle regained their three goal lead with substitute Robin Dance’s driven shot crashing into the roof of the net.

There was still time for each side to score one more goal each, Bradshaw’s Tom Boyle with a hard shot past the Triangle ‘keeper before Brown completed his hat trick after capitalising on a defensive error.

Hollins Holme and Oddfellows both netted six times with Oddfellows seeing off Stallions 6-1 to consolidate second place, and Holme scoring six without reply at home to Ryburn Valley.

Greetland Goldstars also secured a fine win when beating second bottom Rastrick Bowling Club 4-1

Jordan Radcliffe’s late wonder strike was the highlight of an entertaining and hard fought game between King Cross Park and Beehive & Cross Keys which the former won 3-2.

Si Ward opened the scoring for Park, beating ‘the keeper with an unstoppable free kick. Ward doubled his tally soon after, cooly finishing after a well worked team move.

Beehive came back strongly after the break, and scored a deserved goal when Adam Davis slotted home after excellent build up play.

When Ben Burkill volleyed home from a corner to bring Beehive level, the tide looked to be turning. However, a sublime display from Park reserve ‘keeper Tom Stacey kept then at bay.

The game was won by an audacious finish from first choice ‘keeper Jordan Radcliffe. Despite suffering a hand injury which ruled him out of playing between the sticks, Radcliffe, on as a substitute, rifled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards, sparking wild scenes on Pitch 10, his first goal for Park certainly one to remember.

North Bridge claimed back-to-back wins since the start of November with a 6-4 success at Hen’s Face.

Hen’s Face pressed hard and had a couple of early chances but were unable to put them away.

North Bridge took the lead with Wayne Crossley getting on the end of a low cross. Crossley grabbed his second immediately after and then claimed a hat trick after a great move.

Quick passing saw Dean Crossley get on the scoresheet after a low cross from brother Wayne found him only needing to beat the ‘keeper.

Hen’s Face started the second half well and managed to pull a goal back, the returning Chris Carter scoring a matter of seconds after coming off the bench.

Carter then got his second from a corner before North Bridge conceded two penalties which were converted to bring about an interesting end to a great game.

Top Club bounced back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-1 home victory over Hebden Bridge.

The visitors started brightly and created a few chances only to be denied by man of the match, goalkeeper Chris Laughton, who made two point blank saves to keep the score at 0-0.

Top Club started to come into the game as the first half wore on with right winger Dan McCloud causing the Bridge defence all sorts of problems. He got his reward when he was played in by Gary Nicholson and confidently rolled the ball past the goalkeeper.

Bridge equalised from the penalty spot midway through the second half after which Top Club piled on the pressure with Ryan Barkham pulling the strings in the middle.

It was the home side’s inspired substitutions that helped them get the three points with Ryan Collins creating chances up top. However, it was second substitute Dan Thaxter who stole the show for the Rastrick side with a bullet header at the back post from a Ryan Barkham cross.