Unbeaten Green scale the heights

Michael Corton breaks for King Cross Park against Ryburn Valley
Michael Corton breaks for King Cross Park against Ryburn Valley

FC Bowling Green gave strong notice of their title ambitions with a scorching 9-0 succes over Lee Mount.

Green’s Dan Taylor said it was his side’s best performance of the season against a young and enthusiastic Mount side.

The victory opened up a three point gap over fellow hopefuls Carrington who have a game in hand.

Green flew out of the blocks and were 3-0 up in the first 15 minutes thanks to a Sam Clarke brace and a third from Tom Holroyde.

Mount enjoyed a little flurry early in the second half but failed to create much in front of goal. Things changed once Green re-established a foothold and they went on to prove their dominance with a further six goals.

Gary Ash netted from a Holroyde cross before Ben Helliwell broke through to make it 5-0.

Chris Dennison then netted twice in the space of five minutes and Mikey Pearson came off the bench to add his name to the scoresheet before Dennison wrapped it up with his hat-trick goal in the final minute, breaking from full back before slotting home.

Elland Sports overcame difficult windy conditions and a hard-working Shoulder FC Northowram side to run out 6-3 winners.

It was an even game throughout and it took until midway through the first half for Elland to take the lead through Wayne Crossley, who wasted the chance of netting a hat-trick in the match by missing from the penalty spot.

Shoulder responded with a fine strike into the top corner to level things up at the break after which Crossley restored Elland’s lead with his second.

Once again the visitors re-grouped to make it 2-2 before the hosts edged in front again through Mark Heppestall.

Good approach play led to Jacob Driver making it 4-2 and James Greenwood added the fifth before Shoulder pulled one back through a stunning 30 yard strike.

Elland had the final say however with Heppenstall collecting the ball from a throw in and firing a screamer over the keeper and into the net.

The only other Premier Division game saw Engineers secure a 6-4 success at relegation-haunted Sun Inn

Hollins Holme broke a disappointing sequence of results with a stunning 8-1 victory at Bradshaw in Division One.

The victory lifted them into fourth spot and back into contention for a place in the promotion shake-up.

George Bamford and Ben Clayton took the goalscoring honours with a hat-trick each while Andrew Butterworth weighed in with two, Chris Garbutt completing the tally.

All four netted in the first half with Bamford scoring twice as the visitors opened up a 5-0 lead.

Bradshaw had attempted to play the offside trap but it was all too easily sprung as Holme continued to pile on the goals.

Tom Boyle gave the home side some respite by adding a consolation past keeper Gareth Swain, who was making his debut after regular custodian Steve Butterworth had become a father over the weekend.

That made it 7-1, but Holme weren’t finished and Clayton completed his treble with two late one on ones.

Royd Club did their hopes of avoiding relegation the power of good with a 3-1 win at Triangle.

The home side were under pressure in the first half but defended manfully before taking the lead following a good break.

Royd continued to impress after the interval and levelled through John Moynes’ effort from distance.

Sam Taylor netted to put the visitors ahead before Matthew Ramsden added a fine solo goal to secure the points.

Queens Head were left kicking their heels after a late cry off from scheduled opponents Stallions in what was set to be a key basement battle.

Queens were changed and ready to play at Shroggs Park when word came through that Stallions were unable to raise a team.

The game is now certain to go down as a 0-0 draw with Queens hopeful of being awarded the three points which will be decided at a league meeting.

Beehive & Cross Keys picked up their second win of the Division Two season by beating Halifax Rangers 7-3 to complete a league double over Mel Owens’ side.

Keys have been improving of late and this victory saw them produce their best football of the campaign to date.

However, what had been a decent game was marred when the visitors had a player dismissed for foul and abusive language 15 minutes from the end.

Keys had opened up a 5-1 lead by the interval and although they were pegged back twice at 5-2 and 6-3, they always had enough in the tank to preserve their advantage.

Karl Smith netted twice with captain Adam Davies also on the scoresheet.

Michael Mitchell, David Armitage, Matthew Robinson and substitute Tel Banham made up the rest.

Rastrick BC opened up a three point gap at the top courtesy of their 4-2 success at The Vine Reserves and Ryburn United’s 4-3 home defeat by Hebden Bridge.

Greetland Goldstars beat Stubbing Wharf to go third with Hen’s Face’s 5-3 reversal at King Cross Sports Reserves dropping them down to fourth.

FC Champs continue to fly the flag for Calderdale in the West Riding County FA Sunday Cup following a 4-2 third round success at Otley Town Sunday.

There were also successes for two local clubs in the Sunday Trophy with Acton Athletic and Waiters Arms both progressing courtesy of 5-2 and 4-1 victories over St John Fisher OB and Sporting Pudsey respectively.

However, there was disappointment for Elland Sports Reserves who crashed 7-2 at the hands of Pudsey Juniors Old Boys.