Green keep title hopes alive

Joe Bryson for Queen's Head and James Chadwick for Hollins Holme.
Joe Bryson for Queen's Head and James Chadwick for Hollins Holme.

FC Bowling Green maintained the pressure at the top of the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Premier Division with a 3-1 win at a battling Engineers side.

Green’s hopes are still under threat from Carrington who are 14 points behind in third place. However, they have five games in hand on Green.

FC Barge are second, 11 points behind the leaders with three games in hand.

“We can only do our jobs and keep winning,” said Green boss Dan Taylor. “Carrington can pip us but they have alot of games to play in a short space of time and we have to hope they slip up.”

Green had the better of the early stages against an Engineers side who showed steel in defence.

Matty Hoyle hit the bar and home ‘keeper Matty McCambridge was forced into a couple of decent saves before Engineers grabbed the lead with Anthony McDonald taking advantage of a defensive mistake.

Green were back on terms before the interval with Andrew Sutcliffe finishing off some neat inter-play and a lucky ricochet.

Jonny Collins missed chances to put the visitors ahead before Gary Ash did just that, benefitting from good work by Sutcliffe.

And it was Sutcliffe who wrapped up the points, firing into the top corner from 25 yards for a fine individual goal.

Lee Mount made hard work of it against Waiters Arms, stealing the game in the last minutes for a 3-2 victory.

Mount made a sluggish start as Waiters were creating the chances early on. However, it was Lee Mount who broke the deadlock with some great passing and a fantastic piece of skill by Ryder who flicked the ball through the defence for Jordan Pettifor to finish with a fine strike through the ‘keepers legs.

Waiters upped their game and fine play and a brilliant cross enmabled Lee Wood to lose his marker and finish with a cool header into the bottom corner.

Waiters took the lead with the same situation on the left hand side with David Chappell losing his marker to loop a fine header into the top corner. Fine defending from Aiden Scully kept the score at 2-1 until half time.

The second half began with Waiters piling on the pressure and an injured Shaun Baxter, deputising again for the missing Ben Townsend, made a fantastic save from Chappell.

Lee Whitton was forced to make some changes after losing Paul Fiander to injury. Mark Womersley and Brad Brocklehurst came on and this changed the game as Mount dominated the final 20 minutes.

Waiters were made pay from some poor defending after man of the match Jack Normanton played a fine cross in for Jordan Pettifor to luckily score a volley off his shin which sent the ‘keeper the wrong way.

Mount missed chances before a through ball from Womersley saw captain Gareth Gaukroger cooly round the ‘keeper to score the winner.

Waiters made one last push and a fantastic last man tackle from Ricky Donald stopped Billy Grogan equalising in the last seconds.

Oddfellows proved that they weren’t giving up on the Division One title without a fight following an emphatic 8-1 success at lowly Royd Club.

Oddfellows have just one game left, against resurgent Ryburn United on Sunday, while championships favourites Hollins Holme, who are four points behind, have three matches left.

Holme played their part in the end of season excitement by beating Queens Head 6-2 away from home.

Bradshaw ensured bottom club Stallions ended their difficult campaign on a low note with an 11-3 success.

Tom Boyle netted six times in a game that was played in a good spirit and well refereed by Ian Childs.

Brandon Field weighed in with two while Steve Cochrane, Simon Stockings and Isaac Nicholl made up the rest.

Nine man Stallions never gave up and scored three goals on the break as the visitors pushed forward in search of more success.

In the other game Ryburn United ran out 5-3 winners at Greetland Goldstars.

Carrington progressed to the final of the Briggs Priestley Senior Cup with a 7-1 win over Elland Sports.

The opening exchanges saw both sides battle hard for control of the game with chances few and far between.

The deadlock was eventually broken in spectacular style, Matty Jones volleying home from the corner of the penalty box.

Elland then threatened with a couple of dangerous looking set pieces before Jay Carney extended the lead, rounding the ‘keeper and slotting home.

Elland pushed hard after the break to get back in the game and were rewarded when Dean Lawrence headed home a Gareth Sherwood cross.

The next goal was always going to be crucial and it was Carrington who restored their two goal cushion, Carney turning his marker in the box before firing into the top corner.

Moments later Carney found himself through on goal again and he finished well to seal his hat-trick.

That goal knocked the stuffing out of Elland and Carrington began to flood forward at will.

Matty Horsfall headed home a corner and then Carlton Pownall slammed in a sixth after a one-two with Liam Brook.

The final goal came in calamitous fashion, the otherwise impressive Mick Higginbotham’s mishit goal kick fell to Carney who raced through and scored with an excellent lobbed finish.

King Cross Park secured their place in the Bridge Balti Sunday Cup final, and set up a date with fierce rivals Queens Head, after a 6-1 demolition of Feathers FC Reserves.

Park were in control from start to finish; a performance which could lead to the club’s first silverware in just their second season.

Chris Leigh opened the scoring for Park, firing home after excellent build up play. Mike Barker then doubled the lead, skinning the defence and slotting past the ‘keeper with a cool finish.

Feathers were shocked into action by the second goal, and almost replied only to see ‘keeper Jordan Radcliffe palm away a goal bound header.

Barker then doubled his tally with a carbon copy of his first. As Feathers heads started to drop, Park won a corner which was crashed home by Nathan Drake for his first goal of the season.

Park continued where they had left off after the break. Sam Dunkley showed a moment of brilliance to make it 5-0. After beating two men in midfield, Dunkley spectacularly lobbed the keeper from 30 yards.

Si Ward, Park’s top scorer, was soon in on the action to make it six before a mistake from Radcliffe ruined any chance of a clean sheet as Feathers scored a consolation late on.