Heppenstall treble brings first win of season

Huddersfield Amateurs secured their first Yorkshire Amateur League win of the season when they beat Bramley 3-2 and climbed off the bottom of the table having swopped places with their opponents.

Helped by a hat trick from the returning Mark Heppenstall, the side played some of their best football of the season in a fine first half display and thorougly deserved their 2-0 interval lead.

It should have been more as the midfield of Sutcliffe, Hudson and Roy dominated proceedings with wide men Simmons and Harwood causing havoc. Only wasteful finishing kept Bramley in the game.

Heppenstall took both his first half chances well and linked up intelligently with his strike partner Sam Frankland.

He thought he had made the game safe when beating the offside trap to coolly finish and increase the lead on the hour. However, Bramley pushed players forward and were rewarded with a header from a corner.

Andrew Sutcliffe was denied his sides fourth goal when a marginal offside decision went against him and Bramley went straight down the other end and scored their second goal after a goalmouth scramble.

The Amateurs endured a nervous last few minutes but were able to hold out.