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Five star Greetland

Greetland were handsome winners of the only Premier Division game as winter caught up with the Haslem Sheppard Halifax AFL.

They made it five wins in a row with a solid, workmanlike performance in a 5-0 home success over bottom club Shelf United on a heavy pitch.

Eleven other games, including four in the top flight, were called off due to frozen pitches.

The home side started the quicker with Mark Heppenstall breaking clear from Max Duffy’s through ball. His shot was well saved but young striker Jonny Crowther produced a calm finish from the rebound.

Greetland soon made it 2-0 when Carl Ainley sent Adam Oldfield away. His pace and chip was too much for the on-rushing Shelf keeper.

Andy Hurcombe, Danny Dorward and Nathan Wallace all combined to send Heppenstall away and he rounded the keeper to make it 3-0 at half time.

Heppenstall added his second just after the hour mark, after Paul Gee had played a one two with Ellis Dixon, and Carl Ainley completed the scoring with a volley from the edge of the box.

Northowram maintained their good run and avenged an earlier defeat by Salem with a 3-1 success at a bitterly cold Savile Park, where five other games were postponed.

Two goals from Chris Conroy helped do the trick, his first coming after 28 minutes of a low key first half as he took advantage of some sloppy defending and hammered past Steve Hawksworth.

Other than an Adam Ingham header off target from Brett Abson’s cross and a James Waggett low shot that skimmed past the far post, there was little to concern the Salem keeper whilst James Bunn in the Rams’ goal was concerned only with routine duties.

The first five minutes of the second half provided more excitement than the entire first period with Bunn making an excellent save from Matty Horsfall and blocking the striker’s follow-up header at the foot of the post with his legs.

James Fearnley’s glancing header prevented a cross falling into the path of Liam Huson but Conroy’s second goal on the hour settled the Rams’ nerves as he raced clear and side-footed wide of substitute keeper Paul Opacic, Hawksworth having suffered a hamstring injury.

Bunn denied Horsfall with a flying one-handed save but Salem reduced the deficit after 70 minutes when collective ball-watching allowed the alert Huson to steal in and flick the ball home.

The Rams lost their earlier authority and were grateful for the sound defensive efforts of Matthew Rushworth before substitute Paul Glew made the game safe 10 minutes from time, deftly turning home Waggett’s low cross.

Stainland United and Denholme United shared the spoils 2-2.

Denholme needed two goals from Michael Midgley in the last 15 minutes to grab a share of the spoils but visiting boss Mick O’Connor thought his side had enough chances to have won.

Paul Friend took advantage of a defensive mix-up to give Stainland the lead after 11 minutes and Karl Jowett broke clear to add a second after half an hour with the visitors appealing in vain for offside.

Denholme bombarded their hosts in the second half but ‘keeper Ryan Severn somehow kept everything out until Midgley beat him twice, the equaliser coming with five minutes left.

The visitors also had strong claims for a penalty turned down.

Three games went ahead in the second division, the most significant of them being Sowerby Bridge Reserves’ 7-5 win away to their Crossleys counterparts at Mason Green.

Martin Rigby bagged another four goals for Bridge, who grabbed top spot from inactive Warley Rangers Reserves.

Fourth-placed Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves moved nearer the leaders with a 3-1 home win over Halifax Irish Centre Reserves,

Tom Garland scored two fine goals - the second a long-range lob - to put Red Star 2-0 up at one stage.

Irish got one back but Kier Watkinson’s goal settled it.

Sowerby United Reserves remain four points adrift at the bottom after losing by the odd goal in seven away to Shelf United Reserves.

Calder 76 Reserves staked their claim for honours in Division Three with a 5-4 victory away to Denholme United Reserves in the top-of-the-table contest.

Simon Raphael was player-boss in the absence of David Scott and he oversaw a victory which took Calder four points clear.

Raphael’s men stormed into a 5-2 interval lead down the slope at Foster Park in spite of the hosts drawing first blood.

Marc Walters scored a delightful equaliser, flicking the ball over the keeper after taking one touch to control the ball.

Danny Mitchell, James Jackson and a Luke Stones header from a corner put the visitors firmly in charge.

Denholme got a second from the penalty spot after a handling offence but Jackson’s second left the visitors sitting pretty.

However, the home side made determined efforts to avoid only their second defeat of the campaign and scored two past Richard Stock, who went in goal when Martin Higginbottom was unable to continue.

Phil Poole bagged two for Denholme, who dropped to third because Shelf FC continued their progress with a 3-2 home win over Brighouse Sports.

Elland Allstars Reserves were 7-0 home winners against Salem Reserves with hat-tricks from Tom Parker in the first half and then Connor Bell, who had been due to play for the firsts before their game was called off.

This game was in doubt, with one penalty area frozen, but both teams wanted to play and a low sun was a bigger problem for the players in the first half.

Salem, already without four regulars, lost three more to the first team and they fell behind when Parker’s scuffed shot beat visiting keeper Ian Fletcher.

Parker made it 2-0 from Ben Quinn’s long clearance over the Salem back four and completed his hat-trick at the back post two minutes later.

Referee Janecki threw Salem a lifeline when Simon Gill was fouled right on the edge of the box but Halstead’s spot kick disappeared over the bar and the cemetery, losing the ball.

For a while in the second half Salem went toe to toe with Elland until the home side introduced Bell, who scored three cracking goals in 15 minutes.

Salem had a couple of half chances before a thumping header from Pete Noble completed the scoring.

 

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