Top two set for big midweek clash

The top two in the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League meet tomorrow evening in a game that could go some way to deciding the destination of the Premier Division title.

Both recorded crushing wins on Sunday with Carrington seeing off current champions FC Bowling Green 5-0 to maintain a one point lead at the summit ahead of an Elland side who thrashed bottom club Sun Inn 16-1.

After drawing 0-0 with Green earlier in the season, another close match was expected. However, a dominant wind-assisted first-half performance from the visitors laid the foundation for an emphatic win.

Bowling Green’s defence stood firm early on but the pressure finally told when Matty Jones burst into the box after a neat one two and slid the ball into the bottom corner.

Carrington then forced a series of corners and scored again when Danny Alexander rose the highest to head home.

The strong wind was making it difficult for Bowling Green to enjoy much possession in Carrington’s half but they battled well to keep the scoredown knowing that the conditions would be to their advantage in the second period.

However, their task was made harder before the break when Jordan Coduri found the net with a well-placed header after an excellent move.

Carrington steeled themselves for an onslaught after the interval but a mistake at the back from a Bowling Green defender allowed Damien Randall a run on goal and he made no mistake, lifting the ball into the roof of the net to all but end the game as a contest.

Jay Carney then rounded things off, finishing well after good work from Carlton Pownall

Elland Sports piled on the misery for Sun Inn on a mudbath of a pitch.

Sun were under the cosh from the start when they could only field 10 men which went down to nine following an injury.

Wayne Crossley hit the target five times with Jacob Driver just behind with four.

James Greenwood bagged a brace with Matty Parker also scoring and then going on to miss a penalty.

Damian Gomersall, Glyn Haley, James Parkinson and David Woffenden made up Elland’s tally with Ben Timson netting Sun Inn’s consolation.

The only other game in the top flight saw Mount Tabor and Shoulder FC Northowram share the spoils from a 3-3 draw.

Bradshaw are able to celebrate 25 years in the Halifax Sunday League with their Division One status intact following a narrow 4-3 success over Queens Head.

Andy Riley’s side have avoided the dreaded drop with the three points, coupled with Royd Club’s 4-3 defeat by Old Pond, ensuring their safety.

Bradshaw had been held at 3-3 before Tom Boyle netted the all-important goal.

“I told the lads before the game that it was in their hands and they responded,” said Riley.

“It wasn’t the best we have played this season but it was a entertaining game to watch.

“Queens Head certainly played their part and the referee had a blinder.”

Brandon Field put Bradshaw ahead with a rare headed goal but Queens repsonded to level through Anthony Fenwick and then take the lead with Gareth Sherwood on target.

Field made it 2-2 with a stunning left foot volley from Field then Isaac Nichols edged them ahead.

Queens pulled it back to 3-3 before the break after which Richard Beecham thought he had put his side ahead only to be ruled offside.

Bradshaw rode that particular piece of luck with Boyle netting to claim the points.

Waiters Arms got their promotion push back on track and went back to the top following two vital victories.

They beat Royd Club 4-2 in midweek, with Oliver Coates and Adam Fenton both bagging a brace, and followed that up with a 4-0 win over lowly Triangle on Sunday.

Fenton and Coates both went close before top scorer Marco Romano found space in the box and he set up Coates to tap in.

Straight from the second half kick off Waiters doubled their lead through Dom Wilson whose cross-cum-shot fizzed into the top corner.

Waiters created numerous chances before making the game safe with 20 minutes to go when Fenton volleyed home after an excellent Lee Wood flick on from a Danny Cook throw in. Wilson then found Wood who rifled home a superb fourth.

Waiters now must beat title Rivals Thornhill Briggs next Sunday if they have any chance of finishing the season as champions.

Halifax Hammers are still well placed in second following their 3-1 win over Acton Athletic

Hammers manager Saqaf Hussain made a few changes to his team and it worked a treat with Sam Ahmed bossing the midfield.

Usman Ali scored the first and Matty Waller soon made it 2-0.

Acton came into the game after the break but their goal still came against the run of play.

The wind continued to cause problems and Hammers had chances before Waller struck again.

Acton were awarded a penalty in injury time but Hussain Farooq pulled off a fine save.

Elland Sports Reserves and Oddfellows served up a nine-goal mid-table feast.

The game flowed from end to end with neither defence exactly covering themselves in glory.

However, it was Elland who edged the points courtesy of a Michael Midwood brace and further goals from Damon Nichols, Craig Fletcher and Nick Shaw.

Ryburn United are on the verge of clinching the Division Two title following their 6-0 victory at Top Club.

Richard Swales’s side are 14 points ahead of Rastrick Bowling Club who have three games in hand.

The two side’s meet next Sunday and if Ryburn win they will be crowned champions to go with their promotion.

It could well be that the pressure may be off before then as Rastrick have to face a game with King Cross Sports Reserves tomorrow night where if they fail to get a result Ryburn would win the league.

Ryburn had struggled in their previous two games but with a number of players back following injury they re-discovered their scoring form.

Lewis Cockroft rippled the net four times with Matthew Brierley and Gareth Robertshaw also on target.

Greetland Goidstars are still in a good position to overhaul Rastrick for second spot after their 4-1 victory at King Cross Park.

Although they have played three games more than their rivals, Greeetland are only two points behind and will be hoping that Rastrick slip up.

FIXTURES

Tomorrow

Premier Division: Carrington FC v Elland Sports.

Division One; Bradshaw v Elland Sports Reserves, Thornhill Briggs v Queens Head.

Division Two: Rastrick Bowling Club v King Cross Sports FC Reserves.

Thursday

Premier Division: King Cross Sports v FC Champs, Mount Tabor v The Vine, Sun Inn v Shoulder FC Northowram.