Shazad wastes no time in making his mark

Hebden Bridge v King Cross Park. Jonny Gibson scores for Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge v King Cross Park. Jonny Gibson scores for Hebden Bridge.

Khurram Shazad scored the fastest goal in Halifax Hammers’ history as he set his side up for a Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Premier Division success over Engineers.

Shazad netted after just 30 seconds on the way to a hat-trick and a 6-4 success on Savile Park.

The same player wasted no time in doubling the lead, scoring again after eight minutes after beating his man and hitting a sweet drive into the bottom corner.

Engineers started to threaten and were rewarded when Gavin Fleming headed in for 2-1. However, a good move from the back put Terriq Pervez through for 3-1 and soon after Sameer Ahmed raced past the defence and scored from a tight angle.

Just before half time Matthew Holroyd was left unmarked at the back post and he headed in to make it 4-2.

Engineers came out with all guns blazing in the second half but were kept out by some fines saves and good defending.

Shazad then scored his best goal to complete his hat-trick before Josh Hiley added a third for Engineers.

Hammers scored again through Terriq Pervez before Holroyd added his second.

Engineers kept pushing forward but some good saves and desperate defending kept them out.

King Cross Sports inflicted just a second league defeat on leaders FC Bowling Green following a 2-0 away success.

Division One leaders Old Pond were given a scare by Stallions before sharing the spoils from a 2-2 draw.

Wayne Allert won an early penalty for the Hove Edge side as the Stallions ‘keeper made a crude attempt for the ball, but Stephen Ashford saw his spot kick saved. However, Ashford made up for his miss as he fired the visitors in front.

Midfielder Tom Hiley epitomised Stallions’ hard work with Pond ‘keeper Ben Briggs having to be alert on a number of occasions.

Stallions upped the ante after the break and looked to be on course to pick up a morale boosting victory as they netted twice.

Pond started to threaten late on with Paul Meredith, Graeme Tait and substitute Glen Lee all spurning half chances before a set piece eventually saw Taylor’s corner nodded home by Lee Williams.

A decent second half display was not enough for Rastrick Bowling Club as they went down 5-2 against title hopefuls Oddfellows.

Aaron Burnside thumped home a bullet header from six yards and Dean Kelly clinically dispatched from the spot but Adie Quick’s King Cross-based side took the points.

Royd Club remain bottom following a 4-1 defeat at fourth-placed Bradshaw.

Royd Club trailed 1-0 at half time but it could have been different with James Megson having a goal disallowed for offside.

Royd were also out of luck when loud appeals for a penalty, when John Moyles went down, were waved away.

Bradshaw doubled their lead but Sam Taylor kept the visitors in the hunt with a left foot volley from outside the area after an hour.

However, Bradshaw finished the stronger and two late goals took them clear.

Ryburn Valley and Greetland Goldstars shared the spoils from a 2-2 draw.

Hebden Bridge were behind three times at home to King Cross Park before running out 4-3 winners in Division Two.

Park had won the first meeting 3-2 in early September but a strong second half performance meant that Bridge were worthy winners of the rematch.

The visitors drew first blood but Jonny Gibson equalised with a penalty for hand-ball en route to a hat-trick.

Park regained the lead but Gibson made it 2-2 following a long ball from Matty Marsden.

Park nosed in front yet again but James Dixon scored a spectacular equaliser, picking up a pass from the left, running inside and hitting a superb shot into the top corner.

That left everything to play for in the second half, but Bridge upped their game and dominated on a pitch which was becoming increasingly churned up.

The all important goal came around the hour mark. A cross from the wing was headed on by Steve Oni and Gibson tapped home.

Hitman Atif Hussain netted a hat-trick as leaders Halifax Hammers Reserves ground out an excellent 5-4 win against a talented North Bridge side.

The only other game in the division saw Feathers Reserves romp to a 6-0 home success over Halifax Rangers.