Lobley the hero in stalemate

Sunday football - Old Pond v Lee Mount. Glen Hall for Old Pond and Brad Brock for Lee Mount.
Sunday football - Old Pond v Lee Mount. Glen Hall for Old Pond and Brad Brock for Lee Mount.

FC Bowling Green and Hollins Holme battled out that rare beast in Sunday football - a 0-0 draw.

However, that is not to say there was a lack of goalmouth action with both sides creating chances in this Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League Premier Division clash

In the end Green were indebted to ‘keeper Craig Lobley who produced a number of fine saves to keep the visitors at bay.

That included an astonishing 100 per cent success rate with 10 one-on ones where he denied George Bamford and Jamie Gwilliam among others.

Green started the better with the benefit of a strong breeze and Gary Ash and Ash Rayner both spurned decent opportunities to open the scoring.

Holme came back into the game and dominated the last 20 minutes of the first half and almost all of the second when they had the conditions in their favour.

They also had the ball in the net only for referee Mick Denton to rule it out on the advice of an assistant.

A move down the flank saw the ball go out of play and the assistant referee raised his flag.

The referee waved play on and after Bamford had seen a shot saved, Jordan Dean put the ball in the net. Denton then went to have a word with his assistant and disallowed the goal and took play back for the throw in

Both sides also had decent penalty claims turned down, Green claiming that Ash had been tripped when through on goal while Andy Butterworth of Hollins appeared to be clipped as he lined up a shot.

Lee Mount continued their fine run of form to go three points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 6-3 win against Old Pond.

This was the third time the sides have met and could yet again meet if Pond beat Halifax Hammers in their upcoming cup game.

Callum Meade (2) Brian Matthews (2) Paul Fiander and a rare missile from Lee Cartwright scored the goals for Mount

Ryburn United hit the goal trail again in Division One after toppling leaders Mount Tabor 5-1.

The victory closed the gap between the two to four points with second-placed Ryburn having four games in hand.

Ryburn appear to have unearthed a diamond in former junior Lewis Brierley who netted a hat-trick operating as the lone striker.

An own goal set the home side on their way after which Brierley broke through the defence to make it 2-0.

A superb cross was then met on the volley by Daniel Swales as Ryburn opened up a 3-0 lead at the break.

Brierley broke free again to add his second then Tabor were handed a lifeline when a Ryburn defender put the ball into his own net when attempting to clear.

However, Brierley wasn’t finished and when the hosts were awarded a penalty he stepped up confidently to secure his hat-trick and the points.

Queens Head edged further away from the drop zone courtesy of a 3-2 home success over basement boys Rastrick Bowling Club.

A good game played in the right spirit saw Anthony Fenwick net twice for Queens with George Turner also on target.

Rastrick scored from the penalty spot after Benji Steele had handled and then added a second after the break.

However, they were unable to break Queens down as they went in search of an equaliser.

Third placed Ryburn Valley slipped up again this time losing 4-3 at Hens Face.

Another great performance for manager Kyle Tyer’s Bown Cow saw the Division Two leaders team dominate a strong North Bridge team and run out 8-0 winners.

Brown cow stormed into an early 3-0 lead with a fantastic hat-trick from Scott Carney, including a mesmerising solo run.

Cow added a fourth courtesy of an own goal following a fabulous cross from Ash Scully. Scully added a fifth before half time from the spot after he was upended following a driving run.

Cow carried on in the same fashion after the break with Carney grabbing a fourth goal to make it 6-0 before Tom Robinson scored another fine effort from 30 yards leaving the keeper with no chance. Captain Gary Binns added the eighth from a header following great link up play with Carney and Robinson.

North Bridge pushed for a consolation but Cow’s defensive line stood firm with fantastic performances from ‘keeper Aaron Bergin along with 18 year olds Brandon Wilkinson and Michael Calvert, in their first season of open age football, who were sensational.

Ovenden Phoenix ran out 4-3 winners at Old Pond Reserves.

Phoenix, who were making it two wins from two since Tim Brett took over, were 2-0 down at the break.

Brett changed things around and the second half performance was much improved.

The visitors got it back to 2-2 before Pond edged ahead again after kicking the ball out of the Phoenix ‘keeper’s hands and slotting home.

Phoenix levelled again and then played their get out of jail card with the last kick of the game.

After more than 50 games for Beehive & Cross Keys, left back Lee Michael Gill finally got his name on the scoresheet with his weaker foot in a 6-0 success over Plummet Line.