Huddersfield Amateurs went six points clear at the top of Senior A in the Yorkshire Amateur League after Saturday’s demolition of Bramley Junior OB by 4-0 At Old Earth.
The score hardly reflects the complete domination that Amateurs had over the Leeds side although a half time score of 0-0 was a slight concern.
The game started with a confident Amateurs side stroking the ball about in midfield with Joe Simmons prominent down the right hand side.
Bramley were content to try and hit their hosts on the break through their pacy strikers, but there was no way through as the defence, well marshalled by skipper Sam Clarke, stood resolute throughout.
The Amateurs missed a number of good chances to open the scoring, with the best one after 30 minutes when Simmons failed to hit the target after a flowing four man move which started in their own penalty box.
Just before half time the home team where denied a strong claim for a penalty when Mark Heppenstall broke clear and looked to have been brought down in the penalty box only for the referee to wave away their claims.
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first with the home team on top. Sam Frankland blazed a good chance over the bar after the keeper had denied Heppenstall, then just afterwards, Clark, Heppenstall and Frankland each hit the post in quick succession.
By now Bramley had dropped deep, frantically defending their goal and it was just a matter of time before their heroic defences where breached, this came with a goal on 60 minutes after good work from Frankland who squared the ball across the goal for Andrew Sutcliffe to open the scoring.
Bramley then had a great chance to draw level after a long hopeful ball caught the Amateurs defence flat footed. The centre forward was denied by a great save from goalkeeper Ben Orchard when through with a one on one.
Five minutes later the game was virtually over as a contest when Heppenstall latched onto the ball and hit a fine 20 yarder into the back of the net to make the score 2-0.
With 15 minutes to go, Heppenstall was brought down in the penalty box and this time the referee pointed to the spot and Frankland obliged with calm assurance.
The game was rounded off when Heppenstall hit a fabulous volley from outside the box to take his goal tally to 19 for the season.
HAFC Reserves won with a last minute Chris Brough penalty away at East Ardsley Wanderers to go joint top of Divison One and the third team came back from a 0-2 half time deficit to defeat Old Thornesians by 4-2, with Dave Holbrook scoring all four goals and registering his third hat-trick of the season.
HAFC went down 7-1 away to league leaders Wainright Old Boys, Ian Donald scored the Amateurs’ consolation.
BRIGHOUSE Old Boys triumphed 7-2 over visitors Howden Clough, with Calvin Lee leading the scoring with a hat trick.
Brighouse went behind when a shot from 35 yards out flew over the otherwise excellent Lee Williams in the home team goal.
Stunned into a response, something clicked in the Brighouse psyche and they immediately stepped up the tempo, playing the ball on the ground as directed.
Particularly difficult to deal with were Lee and Peter Kuleczko on the flanks, their pace and good movement causing Howden Clough’s back four no end of problems.
It was a combination of those two that got Brighouse back into the tie, a pacy run down the right from Kuleczko and a skilful deflection from Lee giving the Clough keeper no chance.
Brighouse piled on the pressure, from the attacking fullback play of Luke Johnson and Joe Nelson, through to the smooth, assured and pinpoint passing game of the cultured Damian Place in midfield the home team took complete control.
Sporadic attacks from Clough were mopped up by the centre back pairing of Andy Hall and Reece Bray but these were few and far between and the game was only going one way.
With a similar break, but this time on the left, it was Lee who evaded the Clough defenders to cross and on the end, this time, was the energetic midfielder James Coates who turned the ball into the net.
It was all one way traffic now and the third goal followed, Coates becoming more influential directing the play passed through to the skilful Matty Roy who went on a mazy run beating two defenders before curling the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Brighouse got their fourth when Coates crossed from the right and the ball fell to Lee, to Lee who finished with good technique from a difficult bouncing ball.
Early in the second half, Lee completed his hat trick, possibly his best goal, from a well placed bullet header after a pinpoint cross by Kuleczko.
Howden Clough didn’t give up and started to push forward and scored when a piece of slack defending allowed a Clough forward to turn in the six yard box and scuff the ball under Williams.
This just spurred on the home team to redouble their efforts and the sixth goal was another compliment to the skills of Roy, cutting in from the right and hitting a powerful shot past the despairing Clough keeper.
Captain Fletcher scored the seventh, a cross from the right by substitute Rob Kenny met by Fletcher, easily putting it past the keeper with his favoured left foot .