Cock-a-hoop Halifax win two trophies in a day

It was a day of double celebration for Halifax with the men’s first team clinching the Yorkshire Division Two title and the ladies seconds lifting the Yvonne Horner Shield .

The men blitzed Brigg 6-1 in their final match as Halifax moved back up a division after voluntarily dropping down two at the end of last season

Captain Matthew Graham was the star of the show with a tremendous hat-trick at Park Lane High School.

The home side dominated possession early on but failed to take their chances until the 25th minute.

Then a lovely ball from Michael Jones left Graham one on one with the last defender. Graham beat his man before flicking the ball into the corner past the advancing keeper.

Matthew Bairstow soon made it 2-0, being quickest onto a loose ball and firing in a great shot from a narrow angle.

Graham got his second by smashing the bouncing ball from waist height into the top corner and Jones made it 4-0 with an excellent drag flick from a penalty corner just before half time.

The half time talk was about maintaining the tempo of the game and keeping possession so as not to allow Brigg back into it.

Josh Sutcliffe, Tom Love, Peter Bamforth and Ryan Dransfield worked hard to achieve this and Graham made it 5-0 midway through the half with a lightning shot from a narrow angle.

The game began to fizzle out but some sloppy play at the back allowed Brigg to get a consolation and deny Matthew Metcalfe the clean sheet he deserved.

Jake Balmforth scored Halifax’s sixth, pushing the ball into the corner after a goalmouth scramble, to round off a successful season for a young team.

The ladies seconds, already Yorkshire Three champions by a nine-point margin, were 2-0 winners against Lincoln Roses firsts in another match at Park Lane.

Lincoln have won Yorkshire Five so with both teams looking to double up there was a fantastic atmosphere with fans from both clubs lining the pitch.

From the first whistle, Halifax could see they were not in for an easy game.

The defence of Alison McManus, Jess Speight, Ruth Bury and Tracey Helliwell stayed tight, managing to keep the Lincoln attack at bay.

After 20 minutes some brilliant play from the midfield led to Margaret Bottomley getting the first goal.

Lincoln appeared to have scored from a penalty corner but the umpire ruled that the ball had been struck from outside the ‘D’.

Halifax counter-attacked and the midfield of Bottomley, Adele Cocker, Ellen Campsall and Louise Bottomley powered forward to create an opportunity for Dani Parker to score Halifax’s second goal.

The home side knew Lincoln would come at them in the second half but Nicola Boulton and Rachel Hoyle worked hard in midfield and forwards Michaela Holroyd and Parker continued to create chances.

Goalkeeper Annie Staples organised the defence well in the dying minutes to ensure victory.