Lawrence at the double as Stump go level at top

Danny Gilfillan (right)
Danny Gilfillan (right)

Stump Cross took advantage of Halifax AFL Premier Division leaders Midgley United’s inactivity to draw level at the top following their 4-0 home win over Northowram.

Dean Lawrence netted twice for Ton Kniveton’s side with Tom Robinson and Ashley Ackroyd making up the rest.

Copley United won for the second time this season in a ten goal thriller against a Sowerby United side still searching for their first point.

A Copley win looked unlikely as Sowerby bossed the game in the early stages and took an early lead when smart play from Andrew Wadsworth picked out Matthew Whitworth who crossed for Oliver Smith to fire home.

Sowerby continued to press but missed several chances before Lee Barber forced his way into the box and lobbed the home keeper to make it 2-0.

Sowerby were cruising but they were knocked back when sloppy defending allowed Luke Hepton to pull one back. A minute later it was all square when Hepton pounced again.

A goal of true class saw Lee Barber beat two defenders with a surging run before drilling into the corner to send Sowerby into the break with a 3-2 advantage.

It was totally different in the second half as Copley’s never say die attitude and Sowerby’s woeful defending saw the hosts become more of a force.

A Steve Campbell strike was quickly followed with a Gavin Gilmore goal to send Copley ahead for the first time.

The lively Matthew Whitworth was upended in the box to give Sowerby a penalty which resulted in Oliver Smith smashing home after the ‘keeper had kept out his penalty.

Copley roared back with substitute Craig Kemp putting them in front again before the unfortunate Garry Boyd deflected a strike into his own net with the very last action of the game.

Calder 76 were unable to build on their previous week’s success over rivals Hebden Royd Red Star as they slipped to a 4-2 defeat at Greetland.

Calder never got into the game and found themselves two goals down in double quick time.

Ricky Topham managed to pull a goal back just before the break which gave Calder some hope.

However, those hopes were extinguished as they failed to push on despite substitute Steve Jones’s promptings.

Greetland went 3-1 ahead with a shot which squirmed past the ‘keeper before Calder introduced Paul Ashman and Max Crossley.

Crossley in particular made a decent impact and he set up Topham’s second - a near post header. Unfortunately, the visitors were unable to find an equaliser and it was Greetland who added a fourth.

Warley Rangers and Elland United fought out a 2-2 draw.

Paul Kendall and Tom Hiley were on target for Warley with Martin Boon and Adam Goldthorpe netting for the visitors.

Hebden Royd Red Star wheeled out 43 year old Danny Gilfillan for his first game for over a year and despite a man of the match display he was unable to stop his side falling to a 5-3 home defeat by Ryburn United.

Gilfillan was called out of retirement as Royd are suffering an injury crisis which even affected the second team who only had 10 men for their Division Two game at Northowram Reserves.

Ryburn are a useful outfit and they rattled into a 2-0 lead.

Red Star, who were unable to call on any substitutes throughout, regrouped and James Chadwick headed in twice from decent crosses to bring the home side leve.

However, they were undone again on the stroke of half-time which served as the killer blow.

Ryburn had the luxury of bringing fresh legs to the fray and they opened up a 5-3 lead before Lewis Cockroft reduced the arrrears with a neat finish from a one on one.

The top of the table clash in Division One ended with Volunteer Arms claiming the spoils with a 2-1 home success over leaders Holmfield.

AFC Crossleys also maintained their challenge at the top with a 4-2 success at Elland Allstars.

Volunteer made it difficult for themselves after having two men sent off during the game.

Jason Varley put them ahead before Luke Busfield was given his marching orders following a clumsy tackle as the last defender.

The home side made it through to the break but then had Jamie Whitehead sent off for a second bookable offence.

Nevertheless, Volunteer doubled their advantage, catching Holmfield on the break and star man Luke Oldridge did the rest.

Holmfield posed a threat and pulled a goal back through Patrick Fitzgibbon, but Volunteer showed great character to hold on.

Craig Gladwin netted twice in AFC Crossley’s success with David Mlodecki and Nathan Sloane also on target. Ash Smith and Connor Bell were the Elland scorers.

Division Two leaders and hot favourites for the title, Illingworth St Marys were made to work hard for their 3-2 win at Sowerby United Reserves.

Sowerby, who gave debuts to three 16 year olds, trailed 2-0 at the break with the visitors’ outstanding player Jake Griffin and Gareth Gaukroger finding the net. However,Sowerby hit back with strikes from Gareth Lymm and debutant Tom Fryer.

Illingworth pressed but Josh Martin was outstanding in the Sowerby defence and they found it hard to force their way through.

The winner eventually came from Luke Prosser for an Illingworth side that enjoyed a lot of possession but struggled to make it count.