Halifax set for thrilling finish to the season

City of York III 1

Halifax 5

Apart from a 10 minute spell in the second half, Halifax gave a professional performance .

The passing and movement was excellent and in-form strikers Matthew Graham and Jake Bamforth received good ball and ran York ragged.

This fourth win on the bounce leaves Halifax top of Yorkshire Two with a vital game against third-place Scarborough, three points behind but with two games in hand, tomorrow. Halifax have four games left and six teams are still in the promotion hunt.

It was no surprise when Halifax opened the scoring, Matthew Bairstow finding Graham and Bamforth rounding the keeper after an inch-perfect pass.

Graham then set up Tom Love to finish a fine move.

Several other chances were created but the York keeper made some excellent saves.

Dave Wheatley was having his best game for Halifax at the heart of the defence and on the few occasions keeper Matthew Metcalfe was required he showed solid technique.

Graham made it 3-0 at the beginning of the second half with a fine reverse stick shot but the team then got sloppy for 10 minutes and allowed York back into the game.

York scored a good deflected goal to deny Metcalfe a clean sheet but normal service was resumed and Josh Sutcliffe scored, flicking the ball over the grounded keeper after good work from Simon Arch and Peter Balmforth.

The scoring was completed by top scorer Graham, who surprised the York keeper with a powerful push when a pass looked likely.

Halifax Ladies 4

Leeds University 2

Halifax have only a home match with leaders Chapeltown to come in a satisfactory first season in North Two South East.

They lie seventh after victory over a young Leeds University side facing the drop.

Leeds started strongly at Park Lane, passing the ball well, but they were matched by the home side.

After 10 minutes Leeds broke away down the left and scored, Jo Love diving and nearly preventing a goal.

Halifax stayed strong and committed, even though Leeds were quick at moving the ball around.

The hosts were rewarded with an equaliser following good play down the left. Emma Bedford fed Kate Walsh, who played a one-two with Emma Crawford before putting the ball in the back of the net.

In the second half, the university side got an early goal following some quick passes. However, Halifax made it 2-2 when Zoe Hartley powered a rebound into the net.

The match continued to be tough, with good play from both sides. With eight minutes to go, Lauren Wright lifted the ball into the back of the net from a short corner.

Walsh got the clincher after good play down the right.

Other results - men, Yorkshire Three: Halifax II 2 City of York IV 1. Yorkshire Five North: York Uni 5 Halifax III 0, Halifax IV v Bingley Bees P. Women, Yorkshire Three: Cleckheaton 1 Halifax II 2, Halifax Leeds III 5 Leeds Adel Carnegie III 1.