Jordan Pettifor’s head proved a potent weapon as Lee Mount inflicted a first Premier Division defeat of the season on Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League leaders Bowling Green.
Pettifor nodded the decisive goal in the second half as Mount won 3-2 to make it three wins on the bounce and climbed to sixth in the Premier Division.
He had earlier rewarded Mount’s strong start with the opener after five minutes, rising above Green’s defence to send a bullet header into the net from a corner.
Green started to pass better with some good play from the back and Jonathan Collins equalised from the spot when Lee Cartwright, clearing the ball from the area with an over head kick, caught a Green player in the face.
Jordan Ryder and Aiden Scully were combining well for the hosts, who regained the lead when Callum Meade went past Dan Taylor and slotted past Craig Lobley.
Green made it 2-2, playing in Gary Ash who smashed the ball past the advancing Ben Townsend.
Mount pressed hard at the start of the second half with man of the match Gareth Gaukroger bossing midfield and John Mark Sawyer and Brad Brocklehurst a strong partnership at the back.
Callum Meade chipped agonisingly wide following a great run from Paul Fiander but Pettifor struck from their next attack, placing a downward header past Lobley from Fiander’s pin point cross.
Elland Sports crushed visitors Waiters Arms 8-0 to climb above their visitors into fifth place.
Arms begun with nine men and Elland took their chance to take the lead.
Centre half Dean Heppenstall started and finished the scoring with a penalty and got another in between to emerge with a hat-trick.
Carlton Balmer struck twice to help the hosts surge into a 3-0 interval lead and Mark Kelsey and Heppenstall’s second half brace took Elland further clear.
It was a good team display from Elland with Heppenstall’s central defensive partner James Parkinson gaining the man of the match vote.
FC Barge stay third after winning 3-1 to bottom club Mount Tabor in the other top-section contest to go ahead on a wet weekend.
Division One leaders Old Pond kept up the good work with a 4-2 home win over Triangle.
Play was very cagey in a first half of few opportunities. The high Triangle defensive line was very well marshalled and formed an effective barrier to Pond’s attacks.
This solid foundation enabled Triangle to take the lead through their star performer Jack Dighton, who broke through and finished well.
It didn’t take long for Pond to gain parity. Glen Lee delivered from the right flank and Joe Shaw slid the ball home.
Pond could have taken an interval lead but Paul Taylor’s deft chip came back off the bar.
Taylor then missed a spot kick, having been tripped in the area, but he did give the Hove Edge side the lead for the first time moments later. Chris Marsh provided a great cross and Taylor tapped home.
A defensive lapse allowed Dighton to hammer home his second but Pond sub Wayne Allert, so often the hero off the bench, won the points for his side.
The big front man converted from a Marsh cross after the ‘keeper fumbled and then Michael Barlow found the target man, who boomed home a header from close range.
Pond keeper Ben Briggs made a couple of quality second half saves to continue his good form.
Hollins Holme are second after crushing visitors Queens Head 8-2.
Queens drew first blood in the opening 15 minutes but goals from Andrew Butterworth, Rob Stansfield and Joe Fielding sent Hollins into a 3-1 interval lead.
The home side’s superior fitness told in the second half and it was largely one-way traffic.
Dubles from Margi Greenfield and Butterworth put more daylight between the teams and Ryan Stansfield completed the home scoring before Queens got a late tap-in.
Fourth-placed Bradshaw won again, by 4-2 at Rastrick BC.
Chris Woodhouse opening the scoring and, after Rastrick had equalised, got his second.
Bradshaw scored a fortunate third when Andy Woodhouse’s shot hit Tom Boyle and went in and that two-goal cushion served Bradshaw well, the sides each scoring once more before the final whistle.
The battle of the Ryburn clubs went Valley’s way with a 3-0 home win over United.
Stallions avenged an earlier defeat in the basement battle with Royd Club, making the most of home advantage to come out on top 4-1.
It was a good day for Top Club and Hen’s Face in Division Two.
Top Club strengthened their postion as title favourites with a 4-3 success away to another of the promotion contenders, North Bridge, who had lost only once before Sunday.
Hen’s Face are Top Club’s nearest pursuers after a 3-1 victory at King Cross Park but well-placed Halifax Hammers Reserves dropped two points in a 1-1 home draw against Beehive and Cross Keys.
After pushing Top Club close the previous weekend, bottom club Halifax Rangers gained a deserved 3-3 draw at Hebden Bridge, who had knocked them out of the League Cup two weeks earlier.
Star of the show was striker Adam Rayner, who ran himself ragged as well as bagging a brace, his second goal salvaging a point.
Rangers took the lead when Peter Bowe left Martin Bishop’s pass to allow Rayner to run through and score midway through the first half.
The home side played the more stylish football and three minutes before the interval Jamie Casey ran through unchallenged and slotted home for 1-1.
Within two minutes of the start of the second half, Bridge had taken the lead with a well-taken header by Matty Marsden, who directed the ball across goal.
Rangers level when Aiden Hill looped the ball over for Mike Kellett to add the finishing touch at the far post.
However, they were undone when Marsden got goal-side of his marker to plant another header beyond ‘keeper Josh Ward for his second.
The visitors plugged away and Hill’s lovely pass over the top led to Rayner gliding the ball beyond the home ‘keeper.
Halifax Hammers hit back from a goal down to beat division-lower Oddfellows 2-1 and book their place in the Halifax FA Sunday Cup final.
In a tight first half, Oddfellows deservedly went ahead with a long range effort.
Hammers had opportunities to level but their efforts were well saved by the Oddfellows keeper.
It wasn’t until the 67th minute that Hammers drew level, Mohammed Ozair sending the ball looping over the ‘keeper.
Hammers were now in control and six minutes later a neat pass by Ozair set up Terriq Pervez, who smashed the ball into bottom corner.
Hammers had further chances to increase the lead but were denied by good defending while a late Oddfellows free kick went over the bar in last three minutes.
The match was very well refereed by Mick Denton.